CHIEF Justice Prof Ibrahim Juma has described newly sworn in Attorney General (AG) Dr Feleshi as honest, diligent and obedient servant.
President Samia Suluhu Hassan, yesterday swore in former Principal Judge of the High Court of Tanzania, Dr Eliezer Feleshi to officially assume to the roles of AG.
Dr Feleshi became the tenth AG since the position was introduced in the legal system in the country in 1964, replacing Prof Adelardus Kilangi, who has been appointed as an Ambassador.
The swearing-in ceremony was held at the State House in Chamwino, Dodoma and was attended by various government officials and the judicial officers.
Prof Juma described Dr Feleshi, who has worked with him since April 4, 2018 until yesterday when he took the oath of becoming the AG, as honest, diligent and obedient not only to the President but also to the country.
“Dr Feleshi is very loyal to this country and to you, President. Very diligent, he was the chairman of the ethics committee of judicial officers. He is a man who loves and embraces technology because he has been using ICT to the best of his ability to manage courts that are spread all over the country,” he said.
The CJ disclosed that, in accordance with Article 109 (2) of the Constitution, Dr Feleshi, as Principal Judge, is a special assistant to the Chief Justice who oversees the operations of the High Court and its subordinate courts, which handle 80 per cent of all cases in the Tanzanian Courts.
“Without ICT, the management of courts would have been very difficult. His tea in the morning is to look at how many cases have been registered how many have been determined, the piling up of cases and which court has the most burden. So he (Dr Feleshi) is overseeing cases on a daily basis,” he said.
The Chief Justice also described Dr Feleshi as a person who was very supportive of the subordinates as he was able to identify, build and develop talents. Thus, it was his belief that Dr Feleshi would be able to help in that area in his new position as Attorney General.
Prof Juma used the opportunity on behalf of the Judiciary to congratulate the leaders who were sworn in by the President, hoping they would be able to manage the welfare of the people.
“All officials sworn in today are very important to the nation and the Judiciary of Tanzania. Defense and National Service, Information, Communications and ICT, Energy as well as Works ministries and the judiciary play a significant role for the development of the nation,” he said.
Dr Feleshi becomes the tenth AG since the position was established in the country. The first AG was Roland Brown, who served in the position from 1964 to 1965 followed by Judge Mark Bomani, who held the post from 1965 to 1976.
Others are Judge Joseph Warioba (1976-1985), Justice Damian Lubuva (1985-1993), Andrew Chenge (1993-2005), Johnson Mwanyika (2005-2009), Judge Frederick Werema (2009-2014), Judge George Masaju (2014-2018) and Prof Adelardus Kilangi (2018-2021).
Initially, Dr Feleshi served as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for seven years before being promoted to be a Judge of the High Court of Tanzania. He was appointed Principal Judge of the High Court in 2018, taking the position from Dr Ferdinand Wambali, who is currently Justice of the Court of Appeal.