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Vol 59 No 7

Published 6th April 2018


Enemies without and within

The President’s authoritarian measures are meeting increasing resistance, but he is set on his course and has made ugly threats against dissenters

Half-way through his first term, President John Pombe Magufuli is under pressure. Facing a mainstream political threat from the opposition Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema), civil society groups, church leaders and now, young people on social media, he appears to be relishing the confrontations. The state also feels threatened by armed groups killing government and party officials in the Pwani Region. The official response to both challenges has been of a ruthlessness rarely seen before, which has been attracting widespread and alarmed condemnations from all sides.

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