TANZANIA : The United republic of Tanzania president John Pombe Magufuli has done a lot of development ever since he ascended into office some five years ago.
However, President Magufuli’s race to get another five year term in office is facing serious competition from the opposition.
The East African country is currently embroiled in a tough electoral contest as Chama Cha Demokrasia (CHADEMA) politician Tundu Lissu mounts a serious challenge. However, the opposition has long complained of harrassment from law enforcement agencies.
Earlier on Wednesday, Tundu Lissu took to social media to complain of how the police are targeting the opposition. And now, president Donald Trump’s United States of America has finally spoken out.
That's Tanzania Police Force at work against my running mate, Salum Mwalimu, in Ifakara, Morogoro yesterday. It's now official policy. The Director of Elections has revealed that we'll see more police violence, more bombings and teargassing of our meetings! We won't be silenced! pic.twitter.com/lmPFj8E5K7
— Tundu Antiphas Lissu (@TunduALissu) September 30, 2020
Through the US ambassador to Tanzania Mr Donald Wright, the USA expressed concern on the reports of political violence ahead of the late October polls. The US government called for free and fair elections.
“I’m concerned by the reports I’m hearing of politically motivated violence and the overall increase in tensions as we get closer to Tanzania’s elections. I urge all parties to commit to free, fair, and peaceful elections. As the saying goes: Peace is the fruit of justice.”
I'm concerned by the reports I'm hearing of politically motivated violence and the overall increase in tensions as we get closer to Tanzania's elections. I urge all parties to commit to free, fair, and peaceful elections. As the saying goes: Peace is the fruit of justice.
— Ambassador Donald J. Wright (@USAmbTanzania) September 30, 2020