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Govt urged to increase efforts to find missing journalist



With the disappearance of Azory Gwanda, a journalist reporting for Mwananchi newspaper entering the third week with no sign of his whereabouts, the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) and four other civic organizations have strongly appealed to the Government to double efforts to find the missing scribe.

The MCT Executive Secretary, Kajubi Mukajanga, reading out a joint statement before a packed press conference held at the Council offices on December 9, 2017 said the  government should ensure that it brings to book and take legal action against all those involved in the disappearance of journalist Gwanda as a deterrent to kidnappings and abductions in future.

In the statement, MCT  and the Tanzania Defenders of Human Rights Defenders Coalition(THRDC), Tanzania Media women Association (TAMWA), Union of Tanzania Press Clubs(UTPC) and the  Organisation for Journalists Against  Drugs And Crime in Tanzania (OJADACT) expressed serious  concern  on the increasing trends of kidnappings and abductions in the country.

To check the ugly trend, the five civic organizations appealed to defenders of human rights to jointly raise their voice against the disappearance of people  which is fast gaining currency in the country.

They also urged the government to ratify specific international treaties for the protection of kidnapped and abducted persons and those detained and  international protocols against torture and  inhuman treatment.

 The National Assembly has been asked to deliberate on  the disappearances and come up with resolutions.

 The media on its part  has been urged to continue to investigate and inform the public which has been challenged to expose all those with ill intentions to harm  others.

On freedom of expression, an appeal was made to Intermational organizations  to join ranks with Tanzanians  to oppose moves geared at suppressing the right to information.

The Mwananchi Communications Limited (MCL) which publishes the Citizen and  Mwananchi newspapers has been highly praised for being on the forefront in  the efforts to find the missing journalist Gwanda.

The media house has been cited as exemplary to other media houses for the concern  and efforts they demonstrated for finding the missing journalist.

The  National Cordinator of Tanzania Human Rights Defenders, Onesmo ole Ngurumwa  said  during the press conference which was also attended by the Managing Director of MCL, Francis Nanai  said they had sent a fact finding team to Kibiti to establish how the events unfolded.

In their investigation, the team  interviewed Gwanda’s wife, neighbours, local government leaders and the Police.

The chairperson of the Tanzania Editors Forum, Theophile Makunga also attended the press conference.


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