18 June 2018

Tanzania: Mbowe Collapses, Admitted to Muhimbili

Dar es Salaam — Chadema national chairman Freeman Mbowe has been admitted to Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) after fainting on Monday morning, June 18, 2018.

Mr Mbowe was supposed to attend the hearing of his case at the Kisutu Resident Magistrates' Court.

His lawyer Jeremiah Mtobesya and surety Grayson Celestine told the Kisutu Principal Resident Magistrate, Mr Wilbard Mashauri, that leader of the official opposition camp had suddenly fallen sick.

"Mr Mbowe is admitted to MNH," said Mr Mtobesya.

MNH communications and public relations director Aminiel Aligaesha confirmed that Mr Mbowe was admitted on the morning. "He was brought today by his family."

According to Mr Mtobesya, Mr Mbowe, who doubles as Hai MP, has also lost his brother Henry Mbowe who died yesterday night at Tumaini Hospital.

Mr Mbowe is charged at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court together with other top leaders with staging an unlawful demonstration in the city during the run-up to the February parliamentary by-election in Kinondoni, prompting police to fire live bullets to disperse demonstrators.

Others in the case are the party's secretary general, Dr Vincent Mashinji; the deputy secretary general (Mainland), Mr John Mnyika; the deputy secretary general (Zanzibar), Mr Salum Mwalimu, and Women Wing's national chairperson, Ms Halima Mdee.

Others are Tarime MP John Heche, Iringa Urban legislator Peter Msigwa and Bunda Urban lawmaker Esther Bulaya.

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