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Kituo cha Katiba participated in the Fact-finding Mission to Zanzibar, under the auspices of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), with the objective of investigating the human rights violations that followed the October 29, 2001 elections on the island.
The principal goal of the mission was to critically examine the Muafaka agreement as a basis for fostering peaceful constitutional development in Zanzibar, as well as assessing the progress made by the Muafaka initiative in Zanzibar. The mission interacted with a cross-section of people representing the broad spectrum of political views on both the general state of constitutional development and on the Muafaka process in particular.
The delegation met with government officials, the joint Presidential Supervisory Commission (JPSC), members of both the governing and opposition political parties, a former president and chief minister's, current and former Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) members, officials of the judiciary, NGO activists, academics, Parliamentarians, civil service retirees, religious leaders, youth, the media, the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and donors. The mission held interviews at Pemba, Unguja and Dar-es-Salaam. Our findings are mainly concerned with issues of a constitutional or governance nature.
The main recommendations of the mission were:
The mission to Zanzibar was headed by Hon. Abubaker Zein, a member of the Kenya Constitutional Review Commission.