Tanzania’s police banned all political rallies in the East African nation, citing security concerns as rival parties both planned gatherings, the Daily News reported.

The opposition Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo party had planned rallies this month to question President John Magufuli’s leadership decisions, while his ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi sought to mobilize at the same time to defend his eight-month rule.

“The police force calls upon politicians to immediately stop putting pressure on citizens to disobey the laws of the country,” the state-owned newspaper cited Commissioner of Police for Training and Operations Nsato Mssanzya as saying in a statement. “We will take to task any political party that will disobey this order immediately.”

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