Tanzania: Chadema’s executive hunt is open

by Cathy FOFANA
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This Monday, the head of the Dar es Salaam police officially arrested the leader of the opposition party Chadema, he is accused, along with six other leaders of his party, of having incited the population to ransack the infrastructure and burn down gas stations, markets and public transportation.

The president of the Chadema party, Freeman Mbowe, called for a demonstration to highlight the “widespread fraud” surrounding the presidential election and denounce the “illegitimate” results of the recent general elections in the country. The Chadema candidate and main opponent of the outgoing president in the presidential election, Tundu Lissu, who returned to the country after a three-year convalescence abroad – received only 13.03% of the votes.

Freeman Mbowe – President of the Chadema Party

Let us recall that the Chama Cha Mapinduzi party of outgoing President John Magufuli, candidate for a second term, has won almost all of the 264 seats at stake in the legislative elections. As a result, John Magufuli has just been re-elected with 84.39% of the votes.

The door to challenging the results of the presidential election in a court of law is closed to us, and that is why we have decided to address the people.

Tundu Lissu – during the call to demonstrate in front of Chadema and ACT-Wazalendo

Several NGOs accused President Magufuli of sacrificing fundamental freedoms during his tenure and allowing attacks on the opposition.


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