Tanzanian Opposition Delays Protests to Give Talks a Chance

Tanzanian opposition party Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo will begin protests on Oct. 1 should planned talks between religious leaders and the government, over alleged “dictatorship” by President John Magufuli, fail to bear fruit.

The party planned for rallies across the natural-gas producing East African nation after Magufuli, who got into power last year, banned political protests until 2020. While the president is hailed at home for fighting ingrained corruption and wastage of government resources, his opponents say he is cracking down on opposition and free media.

“We are postponing peaceful protests for a month to allow talks between
religious leaders and the president and his government,” Freeman Mbowe, chairman of the Chadema party, said in a statement handed to reporters in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam. “If those efforts don’t bear fruit, demonstrations will begin on Oct. 1.”