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Tanzanian opposition leaders charged with rebellion against Magufuli government | Gambia News Online


Tanzania has charged the leader of a major opposition party and five party members with inciting hatred and rebellion against the government.

The case comes as critics accuse President John Magufuli of being intolerant of dissent in the East African nation.

A statement by the court in Dar es Salaam says Freeman Mbowe and the other Chadema party members have been denied bail.

They were also charged with taking part in an illegal demonstration in Dar es Salaam in February that led to the death of a student.

The student was allegedly killed by a stray bullet while police engaged in running battles with rioters.

The opposition says tolerance for dissent has diminished rapidly since Magufuli took office in late 2015 with pledges to reform the East African nation and curb corruption.

Also last month an opposition lawmaker was sentenced to five months in jail after he was convicted of insulting Magufuli.

The opposition says tolerance for dissent has diminished rapidly since Magufuli took office in late 2015 with pledges to reform the East African nation and curb corruption.

 



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