Dr Kibuta Ongwamuhana is the Chairman of Clyde & Co Tanzania. He is a tax and corporate lawyer who has both academic and practical experience. He specialises in tax dispute resolution, competition law, commercial arbitrations and trademark infringement disputes. The bulk of his work is in tax dispute resolution, and is regularly instructed for the most complex tax disputes.
Formerly President of the Law Society in Tanzania for two terms, Kibuta also served as Commissioner of Taxation in Papua New Guinea. As an academician Kibuta has taught at Universities in Tanzania, Australia and Papua New Guinea. He has taught a variety of law courses, including taxation, company law, commercial law, mining law and international trade law. He has published two books (Tax Compliance in Tanzania, Lexis 2011, Taxation of Foreign Investments in Developing Countries, Kluwer 1991) and has published over dozen articles in refereed journals.
On leaving academics, Kibuta was appointed Principal Advising Officer and later Commissioner of Tax in Papua New Guinea which position he held for four years. He left public service to return to Tanzania and co-founded FK Law Chambers in 1996 as an Advocate of the High Court and the Court of Appeal as well as a legal consultant to a number of private businesses, governmental and non-governmental organisations. Following a split within FK Law Chambers, Kibuta founded Ako Law in 2009 and teamed up with Clyde & Co.
Kibuta has a Bachelors degree in Law from the University of Dar es salaam, a Master of Laws degree (taxation) from the University of Manchester, a Master of Laws degree (international taxation) from the University of Adelaide, and a PhD in law from the University of Cape Town.
represents major mining companies such as Barrick Gold, Placer Dome, Resolute, Anglo-Gold Ashanti, De Beers, and Peak Resources in all their high profile tax disputes involving their Tanzania entities.
represents major mining contractors such as Stanley Mining, LTA-Grinnaker, Tandrill, DTP Terrassement and Caspian in disputes with the tax administration in Tanzania.
acts for major manufacturing companies such as JTI, Alliance One, East Africa Breweries and SAB Miller (the South African Brewing company and owner of TBL).
has handled several high profile competition law cases in the tobacco industry and has done patent and trademark infringement cases for Colgate-Palmolive in connection with its oral and skin products business in Tanzania.
he is currently instructed for an ICC international arbitration involving the Japanese construction company Konoike and is also instructed as local counsel for the Tanzania Ports Authority for a commercial arbitration conducted in London.
does significant pro-borno work for the Christian Council of Tanzania and its member churches (such as the Lutheran Church, the Anglican Church, the Africa Inland Church) and acts for non-profit organisations such as Care International, Finca, Christian Relief Society and two NGOs dealing with street children in Dar es Salaam and in Mwanza.
Kibuta is highlighted as a leading lawyer in Tanzania by Chambers Global (2012)
IFLR (2012) describes him as incredibly progressive and probably the best tax lawyer in Tanzania