Tanzania government to draft new constitution following the release of opposition leader
After the release of the country’s main opposition leader Freeman Mbowe, of the Chadema party who was charged with terrorism and stayed behind bars for eight months before the charges were dropped in early March.
Immediately Mr Mbowe met President Samia to discuss their working relations.
Speaking to the BBC for the first time since his release,he said that In African democracies sometimes telling the truth can be your hanging rope, it’s very unfortunate that our leaders, most of the time, would not like to hear what they don’t want to hear. When you tell the truth and stand by the truth you become the victim of circumstances.
This was followed by the State House issueing a statement that the new constitution will be among other long-term issues that will addressed after 2025 general elections following longterm demand by mbowe.
However,last week, in an exclusive interview with the BBC, President Samia Suluhu Hassan refused to discuss the constitution, saying it was a “matter between herself and Tanzanians”.
But there has been mounting pressure from activists and opposition parties demanding a new constitution.
Mr Mbowe was charged with terrorism and stayed behind bars for eight months before the charges were dropped in early March.