MOROGORO; Gairo. The Tanzania Judicial Service Commission has been asked to speed up the education of citizens, especially in rural areas, on how to file complaints with the ethics committees of judicial officials in the country.

The submission of the complaint is when they are subjected to acts that violate the code of conduct, so that their rights are protected and to receive timely justice.

The Anglican Church pastor in Gairo district, Morogoro region, Canon Benedict Mbelwa made the request in Gairo during an education conference held by the leaders of the Tanzania Judicial Service Commission.

The provision of education for the citizens of Gairo was led by the commission's Deputy Secretary of Ethics and Discipline, Alesia Mbuya, and Deputy Secretary of the Commission (Employment and Appointment), Enziel Mtei and the District Commissioner, Jabir Makame.

Despite submitting the petition, the pastor described how he was entered into an unrelated case and sentenced to five years in prison by two of his colleagues in controversial circumstances shortly after being appointed to lead the Saccos of Solidarity.

Mbelwa has claimed he was charged without any reason and jailed for five years by the Pandambili Genesis Court in Kongwa District, Dodoma region for the trial of Solidarity Saccos.

He claimed that the board leaders at the time had done "worms" and when they were arrested they decided to look at what happened in the saccos, but were suddenly charged without understanding its circumstances.

"I spent six days in custody, then I was bailed and even the trial itself was not transparent, I was sentenced to five years in prison and getting the copy of the sentence took a long time," Pastor Mbelwa said.

The Rev. Mbelwa claimed they were given the right to appeal, and due to the efforts of the Anglican Bishop the Diocese of Morogoro gave the Diocese a lawyer to oversee their appeal.
We were jailed for five years and two of my colleagues, after winning the appeal we were released, but one of us is still serving in prison," Pastor Mbelwa said.