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Tanzania: A CHADEMA leader was arrested for organizing a prayer meeting

Today, it is reported that David Chiduo, Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) Chairman for Kilosa district was arrested for encouraging and wanting to hold a prayer meeting for Hon. Freeman Mbowe. The Police said the opposition leader didn’t have the permit to hold the prayers.

That is the sort of measure and will the state has at this current moment. They are arresting people and dissidents for praying. Certainly, the devil is in them and it’s very ironic that this is happening.

As the previous President believed more in faith and prayer to combat the coronavirus. Therefore, it’s funny months after his demise. The same party and authorities are arresting people for praying and gathering to pray.

So, Chinduo got arrested for organizing a prayer meeting in solidarity and in concern for the Chairman of CHADEMA. Who is lingering in jail on terrorism charges. That says a lot about the state of affairs and what the state is willing to do.

I wonder, what sort of law is there to stop people from praying? What law will be used and what danger is he posing praying for someone? Are the authorities afraid that God actually will listen and release Mbowe? I just wonder and this is disgusting. It is not like he tried to seek out measures of riots and anarchy. No, he was trying to gather people to pray. So, will the same police and authorities arrest priests as well?

Chiduo shouldn’t be arrested for this. What crime did he commit? What sort of dogma did he breach? Was it blasphemy and insulting the state? We need some answers, because this is ridiculous. Peace.

Tanzania: CCM Party Paper suspended for 14 days over a headline

The Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM), the ruling party own newspaper Uhuru have been suspended for 14 days after publishing a story and a headline about the candidacy of the President Samia Suluhu in 2025.

This is a really weird story and says there is something happening behind closed doors within the ruling regime. There is issues behind the power brokers within the CCM. Who is not in check and in order. As the own party and president is not agreeing with the publishing of this story in their own paper.

It is not like it is published or happened on open spaces online or by opposition newspapers. No, this was an internal paper. Who is owned and run by the party. Not just a random publication coming out with the new early.

Should we wonder if there are any sort of power behind the scenes? Since this sort of headlines wasn’t supposed to come this early. The CCM was supposed to only have her as a temporary President until next election?

Are there people who has ideas that they are next in line? That is how things looks like from the outside. We don’t know did this and why the sanctioned the paper. Because, this should be the party press and be ones that writes the stories they want to tell. The Uhuru is supposed speak the message and propaganda of the party. Not just some random stories and be populistic ones.

This is why this doesn’t make sense. The 14 days of suspension isn’t something that you could expect. It is not like it is opposition radio station or online forum. That is what the authorities has suspended in the past. Therefore, there must be a reason for it and someone either said something they shouldn’t or published this to spite someone.

If it didn’t matter or was sanctioned. This would just been another day and preparing for another night. Peace.

Tanzania: The first 100 days of President Samia Suluhu indicate that the tyranny is enforced without mercy

The Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) is reigning supreme in the United Republic of Tanzania. Today it’s the first 100 days of the first woman as Head of State and Commander-in-Chief Sama Suluhu.

She came in with some positive changes, but her reign is continuing the same old fashion tyranny. She’s a female tyrant and that’s the only way to see it. As she orders the direct arrests of opposition leaders and get them charged for terrorism. He keeps the leadership of plenty of leaders of the biggest opposition party CHADEMA. The authorities are keeping them behind bars with no opportunity to get bail or has a change to defend for their freedom. No, they are charged and the authorities can keep them behind bars, because they are a danger to society.

That is why the authorities can torture them and violate the civilians who just happens to be dissidents. The tyrant of Tanzania in her short stint in office has already been able to arrest a bishop. She has already proven her ruthlessness.

As she has no sympathy or care for the Women’s Wing of Bawacha who are behind bars. They have been raped, tortured and the woman have been denied sanitary pads. The tyranny is so alive and well.

The President doesn’t care about the well being of her enemies. No, she will just charge, detain and use the system to go after them. They are terrorist, money-laundering and blowing up gas-stations. Clearly, the CHADEMA leadership should never consider or hold meetings to plan a constitutional change.

Because, a constitutional change and changing laws would give her less power. That is why she has to silence them. This is what she fears, as the predecessor gave her more power. The state and laws, which have ensnared the opposition parties and their movements. The opposition parties has to notify authorities to hold meetings, gatherings, demonstrations and even doing simple training of members. The media have been chocked, social media and bloggers has to get allowed to publish. If they go against the grain, expect the suspension or get charged like thieves as well.

That is what is happening to the CHADEMA. CCM have over the years made it hard to operate and they do it deliberately. That’s why the current can target and charge them. This is nothing new, but after 100 days in power.

All hail the tyrant, Samia Suluhu. She is the new face of Tanzania and everyone should know. That she has no heart for the opposition, dissidents or activists. They will all suffer under her rule. It is now proven and anyone should know this. Peace.

Tanzania: CHADEMA Woman Wing (BAWACHA) – Gross violations of human rights of detained CHADEMA woman underway (09.08.2021)

Tanzania: 6 Bawacha (CHADEMA Woman Wing) leaders arrested

The crackdown on the opposition party Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) continues in the United Republic of Tanzania. This is happening as several of central leadership is charged on terrorism charges and other criminal activity.

While the Bawacha was holding a meeting in Kagera region. As the meeting was held in their offices in Bukoba. The authorities stopped the meeting and brutally arrested their leaders.

The ones arrested are:

1. Dorice Herman

2. Spensioza Kamala

3. Harodia Projestus

4. Odetha Gasper

5. Paulina Bilenge

6. Madina Ibrahimu

This isn’t shocking in the day and age of what’s happening in Tanzania. The Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) is using the authorities and silencing their dissidents with an iron-fist. There is no middle ground and an opposition party cannot even hold meetings within their own organization or inside their offices without being stopped and detained. That says it all about the current state of affairs in the Republic.

The CCM should do itself a favour and have a referendum on a “one-party” state. Since that what’s only left to do and officiate it. As the laws and the authorities rights to do this is insane. The rights of assembly and organizing opposition is getting close to zero. Therefore, do yourself a favour and become “one leader” and “one party” state. As that is what the CCM is practically aiming for at this point.

Because, this is injustice and impunity. They are criminalizing political work and it’s very clear from the outside looking in. Peace.

Tanzania: Bawacha (CHADEMA Woman Wing) – Open Letter – Request for US Intervention in the rapidly degrading Human Rights Situation in Tanzania (28.07.2021)