Tanzanian MP charged with insulting Magufuli

A Tanzanian MP has been dragged to court for allegedly insulting President John Pombe Magufuli.

Halima Mdee, the Kawe MP and chairperson of women’s wing of the Chadema party, was charged in a Kisutu court on Monday and denied the charge.

State Attorney Nassoro Katuga told the court that on July 8, 2017, Ms Mdee uttered abusive remarks against President Magufuli during a news conference at the Chadema headquarters in Dar es Salaam.

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Ms Mdee allegedly said the president talks too much without thinking about the consequences of his utterances.

Her statement could have disrupted peace, Mr Katuga told the court.

He told the court that investigations into the remarks were still going on.

Ms Mdee was released on a Sh10 million bond that was signed by two sureties and herself.

She was arrested on July 4 on the orders of Kinondoni District Commissioner Ally Happi.

The MP had criticised President Magufuli on his stand regarding teen mothers’ right to return to school after delivering their babies.

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