Tanzania: Lowassa, Sumaye Watch As Top Chadema Brass Arraigned

Tanzanian main opposition top brass fail to show up at court.

Dar es Salaam — A member of the Chadema Central Committee, Mr Edward Lowassa was among notable personalities who attended the bail application ruling of the opposition party's top brass at Kisutu Resident Magistrates' Court on Thursday, 29 March.

Chadema chairman Freeman Mbowe, Dr Vincent Mashinji (Secretary General), Mr John Mnyika (Deputy Secretary General (Mainland), Mr Salum Mwalimu (Deputy Secretary General (Zanzibar), Rev Peter Msigwa (Member of Parliament, Iringa Urban) and Ms Esther Matiko (MP for Tarime Urban) were charged on Tuesday facing eight counts of sedition and raising discontent and illwill for unlawful purposes.

Resident Magistrate in-charge Wilbard Mashauri ordered the accused to remain in remand until today when he will deliver his ruling on whether to grant them bail or not after going through the competing submissions presented by the prosecution and the defence.

As expected, the six were brought to the court as early as 8:00AM on Thursday, March 29, amid tight security.

Apart from Mr Lowassa, other senior Chadema leaders who went to the court to witness the bail application ruling for their fellows included Central Committee member and former Prime Minister, Mr Fredrick Sumaye, the party's deputy national chairman, Prof Abdalha Safari and Coast Zone coordinator, Mr Casmiri Mabina.

The list also included: Mikumi Member of Parliament (MP) on the opposition party's ticket, Mr Joseph Haule, chairman of the Chadema elders' council, Mr Rodrick Matembeka, chairman of the party's youth wing, Mr Patrick Ole Sosopi and Special Seats MPs, Hawa Mwaifunga and Suzan Lyimo.

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