Tanzania opposition calls for new constitution, faster Covid-19 research

TANZANIAN opposition leader Freeman Mbowe called on Sunday for the new government to prioritise a new constitution, reviving calls for limiting presidential powers.

Mbowe, chairman of Chadema, the country’s main opposition party, said in a speech the current constitution gives ‘someone the chance to be a dictator or a king,’ adding it should be a government priority to set a timetable and a procedural framework to change the constitution.

Mbowe also called on President Samia Suluhu Hassan to ‘fast track’ her proposal, presented on Tuesday, to form a scientific committee to research Covid-19.

Hassan took office on March 19 following the death of President John Magufuli, who had been Africa’s most prominent Covid-19 sceptic. Magufuli had urged people to shun mask-wearing and denounced vaccines as a Western conspiracy, and the country also stopped reporting data on coronavirus last May.




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