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Tanzania opposition leader attacked by unknown assailants

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Freeman Mbowe, the main political opposition leader in Tanzania was attacked by some unidentified men at his residence. This is coming about two months just before the general elections. He was then rushed to a health center for treatment.

“Mbowe has a fracture on his right leg and according to the doctors his condition has stabilized,” Murotto, the Police commander said, adding that the crime is being investigated.

Critics have accused president Magufuli’s administration of preventing freedom of assembly. The president since 2016, placed a ban on all opposition rallies.

Earlier this year Mbowe and eight others were charged and sentenced to serve a five-month jail term or pay fines for conspiracy to commit offences, unlawful assembly, incitement and sedition.

John Mnyika, Chadema secretary-general said the attack reminded him of one in 2017 when former opposition legislator Tundu Lissu was shot by unidentified gunmen at his home in Dodoma. Lissu was rushed to a Nairobi hospital before he was flown out to Belgium for treatment.

To date, no arrests have been made. Lissu has vowed to challenge Magufuli for the presidency in October. Mbowe has not announced any such plans.

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