Aside from vital by-election trips to Eastleigh, Lord Dholakia found time during last week’s Lords recess to visit Tanzania, the country of his birth, which he praised for not using the death penalty for the last 19 years.
The death sentence was last used in Tanzania in 1994. Lord Dholakia was there as part of a tour campaigning against capital punishment and met government officials, authorities and local media.
He told Tanzanian media: “I am happy to learn that though the death penalty is statutory here, it has not been implemented since 1994. This is commendable and appears to be a nice move and a sign of democratic maturity.
“I have come to learn what is happening in this part of the world and I am optimistic that there are efforts going on in the country. I am not here to dictate on what should be done because this is in the hands of the people to decide.”
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