A few hours after being acquitted of terrorism charges, opposition leader, Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe lands at the state house in Dar-es-salaam, holding talks with President Samia Suluhu Hassan.
Of course it was a closed meeting on Friday night, but after the meeting, President Samia stated that, it was all about building a new nation out of cooperation and mutual understanding between Tanzanians regardless of their political or religious stances.
On his part, the opposition leader, Mbowe said while he appreciate President Samia’s efforts to cultivate peace, his party also has a role to play and they intend offer support and cooperation to build a united country.
Until Friday, the 4th of March, 2022, the Chairman of the Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) party, Freeman Mbowe and three others were being held in custody as they faced various charges, including that of planning acts of terrorism.
The Chadema kingpin together with other senior party officials were arrested last July 2021, in a night raid. They were nabbed in Mwanza, ahead of the planned public rally which was supposed to be held in demand of the country’s constitutional reforms.
They have been appearing before courts of law for the last seven months until their recent release.
As it happens, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) declared through ‘Nolle Proseque’ statement, that the Republic had no interest to pursue the matter further.
Later, the CHADEMA chairman had an audience with the Head of State at Ikulu in Dar.
A few days earlier, President Samia Suluhu had also met and talked with the Deputy Chairperson of the same political party, Tundu Antipas Lissu, who also ran for presidency in 2020 before fleeing into exile in Belgium.
The President held talks with Advocate Lissu abroad, shortly after attending the meeting that brought together the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS).