Tanzania: Youthful opposition MP Sentenced to Six Months in Jail for ‘inciting violence’

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An opposition member of parliament in Tanzania has been jailed for six months for allegedly inciting violence in a community meeting in Kilomberoa district he represents located in Morogoro Region, south-west of the country.

Prosecution alleges that the MP Peter Lijualikali from the opposition Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) and his driver committed the offence on March 1, 2016 in Kibaoni area in a meeting hall of Kilombero District Council.

The prosecution told the court that the two accused persons had created disturbances at the meeting against the provision of section 89 (b) of the Penal Code, Cap 16 – as amended in 2002. Such commission of offence, according to the prosecution, caused a breach of the peace in the area.

Delivering the judgment, the magistrate noted that the lawmaker had three other criminal cases before and convicted for the same. The magistrate had no other option than meting such custodial sentence.

The MP will be able according to Tanzanian law to continue with his legislative position after serving the sentence since it has not exceeded six months.

Chadema’s Director of Legal affairs Tundu Lissu told journalists that the party is preparing to appeal the magistrate court ruling in which he highlighted that the party is not satisfied

“We shall also ask for him to be granted bail which is within the legal framework” Lissu said