World Voting day in Tanzania, the Magufuli "bulldozer" vying for a second term

13:05  28 october  2020
13:05  28 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Tanzanians started voting on Wednesday morning to elect their president and deputies, outgoing head of state John Magufuli , nicknamed the "bulldozer", facing the opponent Tundu Lissu who knew how to reinvigorate the opposition, largely stifled during the quinquennium which ends.

On the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, customary to electoral violence, the situation was clearly tense on Tuesday, the opposition candidate - briefly arrested - accusing the security forces of having killed 10 people, which the insane police.

Wednesday morning, in the Garagara neighborhood on the outskirts of Stone Town in Zanzibar, where the police fired tear gas and live ammunition on Tuesday, Mnao Haji, 48, told AFP that he came to the polling station early. to be able to return home quickly.

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"During the clashes with the police, a tear gas canister landed in my house. I was screaming, I was crying, I was distraught. My heart was beating very hard and I was praying", she testified, while ten soldiers and police were stationed outside the polling station.

More than 29 million voters are called to ballot from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (4:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. GMT) in mainland Tanzania and 556,000 in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, which together constitute the United Republic of Tanzania (approximately 58 million 'inhabitants).

In Zanzibar, voters vote not only in the national ballot (presidential, legislative), but also to designate the president and parliamentarians of the archipelago.

Several AFP correspondents have confirmed the opening of polling stations in the country, in particular in Dodoma the administrative capital, in Arusha the large city of the North, or Moshi, a city located near Arusha, at the foot of the Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.

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Tanzania 's governing party candidate John Magufuli has won Sunday's fiercely competitive presidential election with 58% of the vote , officials say. CCM supporters have been celebrating Mr Magufuli 's victory outside CCM's headquarters in Tanzania 's main city, Dar es Salaam.

Magufuli ’s administration has faced American criticism before. In November, the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania condemned the exclusion of thousands of opposition candidates from local Magufuli is widely expected to seek a second five-year term , although he’s yet to announce his candidature.

"I thank God for giving me this opportunity to choose my leaders. We ask that the Electoral Commission show impartiality so that peace reigns", declared to AFP Nestor Shoo, arrived at 6:00 am in front of the polling station from Mwenge Primary School in Moshi.

Among the 15 presidential candidates, a duel emerges between Mr. Magufuli, 60 years old, candidate for re-election under the green and yellow colors of the CCM party ("The party of the revolution"), in power since 1961 , and Tundu Lissu, 52, on behalf of the Chadema (Party for Democracy and Progress).

During his first mandate, Mr. Magufuli, according to his detractors, showed authoritarianism and adopted an abrupt style of governance, faithful to the nickname acquired when he was Minister of Public Works (2010-2015): the "bulldozer" or "Tingatinga" in Kiswahili.

Soon after his election, his tolerance for any form of criticism seemed to collapse.

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Tanzanians are voting in presidential and general elections in what is expected to be the tightest race in the history of east Africa’s most populous country. Many believe Magufuli , the current minister of works, for which he has earned the nickname the bulldozer , will face a tough challenge from Lowassa.

Tanzanians will vote on 28 OctoberImage caption: Tanzanians will vote on 28 October. The Tanzanian electoral commission has said that Malawi's President, Lazarus Chakwera, is due to arrive Tanzania on Wednesday for a two - day state visit. He will meet President John Magufuli who

Political gatherings outside the election period have been banned, draconian media laws adopted, journalists, activists and opposition members arrested.

Several members of the opposition were killed.

Sixteen balls in the skin

Mr. Magufuli highlights his fight against corruption, the extension of access to free education and a policy of major infrastructure projects in the hydroelectric and railway fields. He also resurrected the national airline.

Facing Mr. Magufuli stands Tundu Lissu, a lawyer by training, who returned to the country at the end of July after three years in exile.

In September 2017, after having been arrested no less than six times during the year for various reasons, Mr. Lissu was the victim of an assassination attempt - which he assures politically motivated - outside his home in Dodoma, the administrative capital.

He is hit with 16 bullets. Twenty surgeries later, the 50-year-old limped, but still managed to campaign and attract crowds.

To the point that in October, the leader of the popular opposition party ACT-Wazalendo, Zitto Kabwe, gave him his support, believing that Mr. Lissu had "the best chance of beating Mr. Magufuli".

In return, Chadema lined up for the presidency of the Zanzibar archipelago behind Seif Sharif Hamad, a veteran of the local opposition, candidate under the banner of ACT-Wazalendo.

The electoral campaign was held without any consideration for the coronavirus, Mr. Magufuli having declared his country "free from the Covid" in July, thanks to the prayers.

Due to the lack of opinion polls, it is difficult to assess the popularity of the incumbent president and the feelings of his policy among the population.

Under Magufuli, the economy continued to grow, before Covid-19, at an impressive rate of 6% per year, but job creation was "few" and aggressive tax collection affected the private sector and cooled investors, underlines Thabit Jacob, a Tanzanian political analyst based in Denmark.

The IMF predicts that Tanzania will escape recession this year, despite the pandemic, with growth of 1.9%.

28/10/2020 08:06:02 - Stone Town (Tanzania) (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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