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This profile was last updated on 1/24/15  and contains information from public web pages.



Employment History

  • Chairperson
    Ukawa's Co
  • Chairman
    Tanzania Centre for Democracy

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Ukawa's Co
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On his part, the chairman of ..., 24 Jan 2015 [cached]
On his part, the chairman of the NCCR-Mageuzi, James Mbatia reiterated that the action of constitution making among citizens in the country and therefore it should have been respected at all costs. Constitution-making inn the United Republic involves two separate states of Tanganyika and Zanzibar and which need to be comprehensively stated, and is different from other East African states which have a single government, he insisted. In respect of this, care was needed in handling people's opinions in order to come out with a comprehensive constitutional draft, he declared, terming the proposed constitution draft as being an illegal document which members of Ukawa see no need in participating in the voting process during the referendum. "In the illegality we cannot participate as everything is improperly organized," he said, intoning further that the ruling party must adhere to the consensus reached when they met with President Jakaya Kikwete. However, he reiterated the need of reviving provisions of the old constitution of 1977 in areas whereby they had agreed upon, like the Election Commission and sending to court election petition on presidential election results.
Mbatia: Judiciary has no power ..., 20 Nov 2014 [cached]
Mbatia: Judiciary has no power over legislative proceedings Ukawa's Co- Chairperson, James Mbatia
Speaking to journalist here yesterday, Ukawa's Co- Chairperson James Mbatia shared his concerns that there are ongoing covert operations to subvert parliament from reviewing the documents.
Accompanied by Ukawa's Legal Adviser Tundu Lissu, Mkanyageni MP Habib Mnyaa (CUF) and several other members of the coalition in the Parliament, Mbatia said the CAG report has indicated that the Tegeta Escrow Account had tax payers' monies.
"It's clear that several government officials have been implicated in the report, however that shouldn't be a reason for the government to stop the debate," he said. "The parliament's role is to oversee the government and advice where possible...but, there are reports that the Chief Justice wrote a letter to parliament seeking to prevent the debate," he said.
"They want to postpone the debate on grounds that the matter is still with the court but the country statute maintains that the judiciary has no power to interfere with legislative proceedings," he clarified.
He said the coalition wants enough time to debate the matter and that all those implicated should be booked for legal proceedings and other political disciplinary actions. "We only want justice," Mbatia reassured stakeholders.
"We want parliamentarians to be given ample time to go through the reports as quickly as possible so that they can discuss the content with authenticity," he explained noting that a single day is not sufficient to debate the matter and so the remaining 'bunge' five days (next week) should be spared to debate the matter.
Commenting on the handover ceremony ..., 8 Oct 2014 [cached]
Commenting on the handover ceremony slated for today in the country's capital, Mbatia said his party together with other parties forming Ukawa have not been invited. As such, he said Ukawa is not aware of the content of today's ceremony and so it cannot comment on it. "Neither Ukawa nor my party (Chadema) has been invited so we don't know what is going on," he said in brief.
Speaking to The Guardian yesterday over a telephone interview, Ukawa Co- Chairman James Mbatia said the coalition 'trusts' in the resolution reached between TCD and President Kikwete.
Mbatia who is also the National Chairman for NCCR-Mageuzi went on to explain that the agreement reached between President Kikwete and TCD to halt the Constitution review process was due to the fact that Tanzania does not have a permanent voters' register to facilitate the referendum process.
Mbatia also revealed that Chadema together with other opposition parties forming Ukawa have not been invited to the handover ceremony today. "Neither Ukawa nor my party (Chadema) has been invited so we don't know what is going on," he said.
On his part the TCD Chairman, ..., 13 Feb 2014 [cached]
On his part the TCD Chairman, Mr James Mbatia, called on all political parties to go into the discussions and drafting of the new constitution with one goal in mind - producing a document that will serve all regardless of political affiliations.
Mr Mbatia said there should be alternative plans for different issues so that deliberations reach amicable outcomes that will benefit the nation.
"We must have plan A, B and C so that if we do not agree on plan A, we move on to plan B and C. All political parties must go there with a common interest - to ensure that the nation drafts a new constitution that has the interest of the public at heart," he said.
Mr Mbatia quoted the holy books - the Quran and the Bible - to show verses that speak of unity and working together for a common goal.
Speaking to journalists here yesterday, ..., 2 Mar 2014 [cached]
Speaking to journalists here yesterday, UKAWA interim leaders chaired by Prof Ibrahim Lipumba, assisted by Prof Abdallah Safari, James Mbatia and Engineer Pamela Maassy said while they were happy that the document was almost ready to steer the meeting, there were several challenges.
On his part, James Mbatia, the chairman of NCCR-Mageuzi, noted that most CA members seem to deviate from the national task and know they support party positions. He wondered why some people were restricting themselves to certain positions which look like organized or an agreed stand to be supported by all. "Right from the beginning, you can see that debate tends to take the same direction. It is like some people have formed strong positions to take, forgetting that we are here to serve the public interest," he cautioned.
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