5 May 2014

Tanzanian Interfaith Group Calls for Ban of Uamsho

Tanzania's Muslims and Christians Brotherhood Society (UNDUGU) an inter-faith non-governmental organisation, has called for the ban of the Islamist separatist group Uamsho, Tanzania's Daily News reported on Saturday (May 3rd).

"From what they advocate for, they are not different from al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and al-Qaeda," said UNDUGU chairman Hamad Rajabu. "The government should take measures to ban Uamsho because it may lead to religious conflicts."

Uamsho is registered as a non-governmental organisation in Zanzibar and advocates for the island's full autonomy from the government of Tanzania.

Rajabu says the group's agenda aims to undermine peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians in Tanzania.

He pointed out that Tanzania has witnessed an uptick in interfaith conflict in the past several years, including numerous acid attacks and attacks on churches and religious leaders, including both Christians and Muslims.

Uamsho leader Farid Hadi Ahmed was jailed in 2012 and charged along with nine other Uamsho leaders with inciting violence in the islands. Zanzibar's High Court granted the men bail in February of this year. They all deny the charges.

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