Tanzania: Activist found beaten, dumped in village


An activist has been found beaten and unconscious in a southern Tanzanian village, prompting fears of a crackdown on opposition politics.

Mdude Nyagali, a young activist and member of Tanzania’s leading opposition Chadema party, was found late on Wednesday evening his party said in a statement. The group says Nyagali was beaten and dumped in a village near his home town of Mbeya – the latest in a number of attacks against opposition figures, according to Chadema.

Opposition activist beaten, dumped

“We confirm reports that Mdude Nyagali has been found. He was discovered unconscious, but breathing … in rural parts of Mbeya,” Chadema said in a statement released on Thursday.

Nyagali is an active government critic on social media – something Tanzania’s government has actively targeted in recent years. Last year, the government introduced new licensing laws for websites publishing content, which made it too expensive for the vast majority of Tanzanians to run a simple blog. The laws also mean the government can simply revoke the license of a website if it doesn’t approve of the content being published.

Nyagali is now receiving medical treatment at a government hospital in Mbeya. Tanzania’s police last week dismissed accusations it was involved in the activist’s disappearance, promising to investigate the matter.

Opposition groups in Tanzania say there have been a number of attacks against members in recent months, accusing the government of cracking down on opposition political activities.

Featured image: Chadema.or.tz

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.