The government has officially handed over the construction site of the African Court Permanent Premises in Tanzania. The site located 25 kilometres on the outskirts of Arusha town was handed over to the project’s appointed contractors.
The Tanzanian government further allocated to the project approximately US$1.7 million in June 2022. Additionally, this month the government allocated an additional budgetary contribution of US$ 2 million towards the construction of the African Court Permanent Premises in Tanzania.
The projected total cost for the project is Tshs 61 billion (about US$25,792,811).
Expectations for the African Court Permanent Premises in Tanzania
During the site handing over ceremony at the LakiLaki area, Justice Imani Daud Aboud emphasized Tanzania’s dedication to fulfilling its promise of constructing the facility. She expressed optimism that the court would be ready for occupation within the next 24 months.
The construction of the African Court’s permanent premises in Arusha signifies a significant milestone towards enhancing the Court’s institutional capacity. Additionally, the African court will promote the rule of law within the African continent.
Presently, the African Court runs from provisional offices located at Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) buildings, pending the completion of permanent premises. The African Court established by African countries will ensure the protection of human and people’s rights in Africa. Additionally, it will complement and strengthen the functions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
Moreover, the court is composed of 11 Judges, nationals of the Member States of the African Union elected in their individual capacities. The Court meets four times a year in Ordinary Sessions and may hold Extra-Ordinary Sessions.
Importantly, the African court will largely improve the economy of Tanzania through foreign exchange. Many indirect jobs will be achieved from food suppliers and the service delivery sector as well as infrastructure development.