Tanzania Opposition Leader Freed on Bail

Freeman Mbowe, the chairman of Tanzania’s main opposition party Chadema, has been released on bail after winning an appeal against a contempt of court ruling, East Africa news site reported.

Mr Mbowe was freed alongside his co-accused Esther Matiko, a Chadema MP, after spending nearly four months in prison. The two had been denied bail in November last year for failing to show up for a court hearing.

At the time, Mr Mbowe said be had been taken ill while Ms Matiko said she had been on parliamentary duty outside the country.

The Chadema chairman, Mrs Matiko along with seven other top party leaders are facing charges of sedition, incitement to violence and holding an “illegal rally” in February 2018 that led to the death of a female student, who was killed by a police stray bullet.

In an appeal by the pair, High Court Judge Sam Rumanyika ruled Thursday that their rights had been violated, and ordered their immediate release on bail.