W.A.L. Mirambo

W.A.L. Mirambo qualified 1969 with a Degree of Bachelor of Laws, University of East Africa at the then Dar es Salaam University after finishing Tabora High School in 1966. 1970 he was appointed and sworn in as Resident Magistrate and worked in Arusha High Court until 1972, in Musoma (1973) in Mwanza (1974). In Tanga he succeeded his career as District Registrar and Resident Magistrate Grade I in Tanga High Court. While in Tanga he applied to join East African Court of Appeal as Deputy Registrar and successfully passed the interview before the Community Service Commission. As he was to be seconded but could not be released he continued working at Tanga and was by instrument given extended jurisdiction to exercise judicial powers before the High Court. Since 1977 W.A.L. Mirambo is practicing in his own Legal Private Practice in Arusha.

W.A.L. Mirambo is a hallmark in the life of public interest, specialist in socialising as his biography of Memberships is showing. 1980 – 1992 he was the appointed Director of the Board of Tanzania Wildlife Corporation and dealt with legal issues concerning Wildlife Preservation and Tourism. As the Vice Chairman and Honorary Secretary of the repudiated Arusha Gymkhana Club he was the modeler of Club rules and guidelines and became Life Member as an award for his tireless dedication and loyalty to the Club. 1998 he was Elected Chairman of Northern Lawyers Group and Chairman Advocates Ethics Committee/Northern Zone.  In the same year he acted as Duty Counsel in the International Crime Tribunal for Rwanda at Arusha. That he involved himself as a Trustee in the Arusha Press Club shows his big affinity to the Press and public life. He is a partner of Mama Artemisia in all legal matters and Chairman of Mama Artemisia (T) Ltd. His legal services include:

  • Consultant in immigration matters
  • Consultant for foreign investors
  • Company secretary
  • Litigation in the court of law
  • Civil and criminal cases
  • Conveyance
  • Matrimonial matters

Since independence, chieftainship, as a political office, has been abolished, but nevertheless let us have a look into history. The main insignia of a Chief is the “fimbo” (stick) . W.A.L. Mirambo inherited the “fimbo” (through his father) from his grandfather Chief Mirambo, a local warlord, who turned the supremacy in long-distance trading and porterage into a political, economic and military system by uniting the numerous Nyamwezi clans into a powerful kingdom in 1870 with its capital in Urambo. Between 1876 and 1881 he undertook missions to make alliances with neighboring rulers and led expeditions to Burundi, the Vinza and Tongwe in the West, the Pimbwe and Konongo in the South, the Nyaturu, Iramba and Sukuma in eastern Tanzania, and to Kabaka Mutesa of Uganda. Using Ngoni mercenaries – the ‘ruga-ruga’ – his rule extended from the Northwest Buganda border to Lake Tanganyika and covered the area south of Tabora down to Uvinza. To consolidate his power he made an alliance with the sultan of Zanzibar but constant incidents led to the Sultan withdrawing his support, and Mirambo’s kingdom disintegrated after his death in 1884. He is a national hero and a famous war song honors his memory; Iron Breaks the Head. Stanley called him the ‘Napoleon of Central Africa’. Read more: http://www.ntz.info/gen/n00402.html

W.A.L. MIRAMBO “Chief”, Advocate P.O. Box 2796 Arusha Tanzania / Practice: Clock Tower, Maeda Road. Tel. 0784 600011

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