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Arusha, 14 September, 2015:   The President of the United Republic of Tanzania H.E Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has pledged $100,000 to support the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights Legal Aid Scheme.

The contribution was announced by President Kikwete when launching the Kiswahili version of the Basic Facts Booklet of the Court at its premises in Arusha, Tanzania, during a visit to bid farewell to the Judges and staff on 10 September, 2015.

Tanzania is the first AU Member State to contribute towards the Scheme.

He said that the contribution was to support the work of the Court which has recorded tremendous achievements in just a decade of its existence.

‘’It has lived up to its mandate and to the satisfaction of the [AU] Member States,’’ he said.

H.E Dr Kikwete is stepping down next month after serving the constitutional two fixed five year terms as the President of his country.

The President of the Court Hon Justice Augustino Ramadhani appreciated Tanzania’s generous contribution, saying that it would go a long way in justice delivery.
Further information can be obtained from the Court’s website at

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