Kawe legislator charged with offensive language to President Magufuli

11Jul 2017
Crispin Gerald
The Guardian
Kawe legislator charged with offensive language to President Magufuli

AFTER spending nearly a week in police cell, Kawe legislator Halima Mdee was yesterday arraigned at Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court, in Dar es Salaam  charged with one count of using offensive language against President John Magufuli.

Kawe Member of Parliament (Chadema) Halima Mdee (L) appears before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday to face charges of using abusive language against President John Magufuli after being held in police custody for several days.

 The court charged the MP under section 89 (1) (a) of the Penal Code Act  2002 before senior resident magistrate Victoria Nongwa.  Mdee denied the charge against her. The prosecution   comprised   senior state attorneys Nassoro Katuga and Hamisi alleged that Halima Mdee on July 3rd this year at the Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) headquarters office located at Ufipa street Kinondoni District, Dar es Salaam Region, she uses abusive language against President Magufuli by saying that he is speaking vigorously and that he needs to be tighten up with a break. However, the prosecutors asked the court for another mention date because they are still waiting for scientific evidence  including video footages and pictures to submit to the court for proof.  The defense side comprised  six advocates including Peter Kibatala, Jeremiah Mtobesya, Faraja Mangula, Omary Nsemo, Nashon Nkungu and Hekima Mwesigwa.  The legislator was granted a bail under the condition to submit two sureties where each was supposed to sign a bond of 10/-.      The accused fulfilled the conditions. and was granted   bail until   7th August    when the case will come up for mention. Last week Halima Mdee who is also a member of the Chadema Central Committee and chairperson of the CHADEMA’s Women Wing (BAWACHA) was arrested by order of Kinondoni District Commissioner Ally Happi for allegedly uttering abusive language towards President John Magufuli.  Mdee made the speech when she was addressing the press on the rights of teen mothers to receive education  following the recent ban of teen mothers to go back to school made by President Magufuli.   The District Commissioner Happi ordered Kinondoni Regional Police Commander Suzan Kaganda to detain the legislator for 48 hours due to the speech she made to journalists in a press conference.    The opposition legislator has called on Tanzanians to elect leaders who could comprehend important issues affecting the nation instead of making pathwalk declarations. 

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