Monday 1 April 2019 / 10:24 AM Foreign Policy / Liz McInnes

Tanzania’s opposition parties must be allowed a voice – Liz McInnes

Liz McInnes MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Minister, responding to news in Tanzania, said:

“It is deeply troubling to hear that the National Assembly of Tanzania has passed legislation that severely restricts political activities and gives extensive powers to a government-run registrar to de-register parties.

“Opposition politicians should have the freedom to challenge the government and not fear imprisonment for expressing their views – particularly as there are local elections this year and a general election next year. It is critical that Tanzania does not slide into authoritarianism.

“Furthermore, the government’s actions are having a detrimental impact on the nation’s economy, as aid donors and foreign investors are worried about the unpredictability of the current political environment. President Magufuli has made efforts to improve the fortunes of the region’s third-biggest economy since his election in 2015, but should be wary of the effect of this new legislation.”