Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan held talks with the leader of the main opposition party, Freeman Mbowe, at the State House in Dar es Salaam on Monday evening ahead of the opposition party’s general assembly.
“We are aware of what the both have spoken, but it is not yet open to the public,” said Gervas Lyenda, Chadema’s spokesman for the coastal region.
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No further communication from either Chadema or the Presidency was released about the meeting.
Mbowe, the President of Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo(Chadema), is expected to attend the party’s Central Committee meeting on Tuesday, leading up to the Executive Council on Wednesday.
This is the second time the President has met Mbowe this year.
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The President met with Mbowe at the State House in Dar es Salaam on March 4, 2022, after prosecutors dropped the terrorism charges against him.
That was two Days after religious leaders in Tanzania met with the President and urged her to intervene in Mbowe’s case and release him.
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Her meetings with the opposition are considered to have deviated from the footsteps of their predecessor, John Magufuli. When she took office in March last year after Magufuli’s death, President Samia promised to call on the opposition for dialogue – and partially fulfilled this by meeting opposition leaders.