Wrongful convictions, as erroneous as they are, receive little attention in the Tanzanian criminal justice system. The convictions result in psychological trauma, economic loss and other constitutional rights of a wrongly convicted person. This article provides tête-à- tête with Tete, a victim of wrongful accusations of murder, who was tried and convicted for a crime he never committed. The purpose of this article is to suggest the use of restorative justice to support exonerees of wrongful convictions as the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights has been doing though facing rejection by some states, Tanzania inclusive. Doctrinal and empirical methodologies have been resorted to. Findings show that there is little support to the exonerees of wrongful convictions in the current conventional justice system. The article carries with it a reformatory agenda in the criminal justice system and as such urges criminal justice personnel to value the contributions made by this paper by accepting the integration of restorative justice into criminal justice and valuing the contribution made by the African Court on human and peoples’ rights in the realization of the rights of victims of state actions.
Keywords: Tanzania, wrongful convictions, African Court, restorative justice, Tete