Chadema accused electoral authorities of being complicit in scuttling their campaign efforts [File:Sadi Said/Reuters]

Tanzania‘s opposition party has said it plans to boycott local elections later this month, accusing the government of impeding its candidates from running and making a mockery of democratic processes.

Chadema, the main opposition outfit that has faced increasing hostility under President John Magufuli, made the announcement late on Thursday following an extraordinary meeting of its leadership.

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“Our party believes it is wiser not to support such electoral cheating. To continue to participate in elections of this kind is to legitimise illegality,” said Chadema President Freeman Mbowe.

Selemani Jafo, the minister for local government, expressed surprise at the decision, adding that there would be remedies for candidates who

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