Tanzania: Joseph Mbilinyi Aka Sugu to Be Released From Prison Today

Joseph Mbilinyi leaves the mbeya resident Magistrate’s Court after being sentenced to five months in jail.(file photo).

Mbeya — The Chadema national chairman, Mr Freeman Mbowe has arrived at Ruanda Prison in Mbeya, ready for the release of Mbeya Urban MP Joseph Mbilinyi 'Sugu' - "stubborn" or "hard" in English - who was handed a five-month prison sentence in February. Southern Highland Zone Secretary of Chadema Mr. Emmanuel Masonga will also be released today.

Mr Mbowe is accompanied by other Chadema leaders including Special Seats MP Sophia Hebron Mwakagenda (Mbeya), while other Chadema leaders are flocking in.

Mr Mbowe arrived at 6:45a.m. this morning and was instructed by prison guards to wait outside the prison gate, which they complied. Mr Mbilinyi was found guilty in February by the Mbeya Resident Magistrate's Court. His offense was uttering 'bad words' against President John Magufuli at a political rally.

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