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Vol 37 No 21

Published 18th October 1996


Against the odds

Anti-corruption crusader Mrema is testing the government's democratic credentials

After a good and popular start, President Benjamin Mkapa's anti- corruption campaign is running into trouble. His Finance Minister and friend, Professor Simon Mbilinyi, has been accused of accepting a bribe. And Mbilinyi's accuser, Augustine Mrema, has decisively won the first by-election of the new parliament. In Temeke, a poor district of Dar es Salaam, Mrema got 54,840 votes against 33,113 for the candidate of Mkapa's Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party.

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