right to information in public bodies in tanzania: a critical analysis of the law and practice

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I, Kitime Eliud, do hereby declare that, this paper is my original work. It has not been, and is not currently being submitted for a degree in any other university.


The undersigned certifies that he has read and hereby recommends for the acceptance by the Mzumbe University a research paper entitled the right to information in public bodies in Tanzania; A critical analysis of the law and practice. In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Laws

Mr. Yohana Seme.


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This work is dedicated to my beloved parents Mr and Mrs Kitime who throughout the course encouraged and supported me morally and financially.


CAP = Chapter
Co = company
DPP = Director of Public Prosecution
IBID = Ibidem
ICT = Information Communication Technology
EC = European Community
Etc = et cetera
LHRC = Legal and Human Right Centre
MISA = Media Institute Southern Africa
MISA-TAN = Media Institute Southern Africa- Tanzania Chapter
Org. = organisation

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