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Tanzania is seeking out-of-court settlements of some cases filed against the government in international courts, the country’s legal authorities said on Tuesday.

Adelardus Kilangi, the Attorney General, told parliament the focus of the government was to save cost of running the lawsuits.

He told the House that the government was doing everything possible to avoid lawsuits in the preparation of contracts with investors, contractors and suppliers.

He made the remarks when responding to questioning of Saed Kubenea, a Member of Parliament for Ubungo constituency, about steps the government was taking in handling cases in international courts after it had been sued for terminating contracts.

Kubenea had also wanted the government to explain why certain public institutions were still engaging private lawyers despite the 2018 amendments to the law governing the Attorney General’s Office under which all lawyers in the public service were placed under the Office.

In response, Kilangi said some public institutions had already signed agreements with private lawyers before the amendments. They have to honor the signed agreements. Enditem

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