ARUSHA: The Southern, Eastern African Judicial Administrators Association (SEAJAA) is mulling over plans of increasing its membership base as the body starts it annual General Meeting today.
With 13 members to its name, the association of judicial administrators is eyeing to cover the whole continent.
Briefing reporters here on Thursday, Chairperson Professor Elisante Ole Gabriel said one of the agenda during the meeting will be reviewing of the association’s constitution to also include other countries in Africa.
“We are doing every single effort or want to be one of our agenda in our meeting to extend this network as much as possible with the dream of touching the whole of Africa,” explained the Professor Ole Gabriel, who is also the Chief Court Administrator of the Judiciary of Tanzania.
SEAJAA members include Eswatini, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi and Mozambique.
Others are Namibia, Tanzania, Seychelles, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
He said: We have a feeling that will surely happen one day…which is why we are starting that discussion right in the forthcoming a general meeting.
Apart from bolstering its membership base, today’s meeting also seeks to improve SEAJAA network.
“This will also feature among our discussions as we aspire to also bring on board some North African countries,” he disclosed.
According to Professor Ole Gabriel, today’s session will precede the Southern and Eastern African Chief Justices’ Forum (SEACJF) Conference and Annual General Meetin which will be officiated by President Samia Suluhu Hassan in Arusha, tomorrow.
Detailing on the objectives of the body of the judicial administrators, Professor Gabriel said SEAJAA, among other things, entails at upholding the rule of law in Africa.
“As you are all aware, rule of law remains a pertinent issue on the continent, and we need to promote it for a common judicial interest,” he added.
With its headquarters in Namibia, SEAJAA which was established in 2017, seeks to to exchange best practices and foster co-operation among members on matters of common concern, promote the rule of law, democracy and the independence of the Judiciary and its administration and to assist in strengthening institutions tasked with judicial administration in member countries.