U.S. Congress Presses Tanzania to Conduct Free and Fair Election

The ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has introduced a resolution calling on Tanzania "to ensure free and fair elections" as the country prepares for elections on October 28. Last month, top members of the U.S. House of Representatives urged the government of President John Magufuli to conduct a free and fair vote. A resolution introduced by the ranking Democratic and Republican members of the House Subcommittee on Africa have urges the government of Tanzania to respect human rights and to honor contracts with U.S. companies operating in the country. A focus of concern is a dispute with Symbion Power centereing on the breach of a 15-year power purchasing agreement for the Ubungo power plant. Tanzania was one focus of a Subcommittee hearing on September 30 examining the erosion of democracy across subSaharan Africa.

 

U.S. House Africa Subcommittee Hearing on Democracy in Africa. Ranking members Karen Bass and Chris Smith (top row), Ilhan Omar and witnesses at table (bottom row).

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President Obama does a header with soccer ball that creates kinetic energy at Symbion's Ubungo power plant in Tanzania in 2013.


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