Tanzania’s six-year ban on political rallies shows how the president’s power can override the constitution.
The Tanzanian president’s reform drive has endeared her to the populace but will also embolden opposition to her political ambitions.
After years of censorship, opposition parties have to – all at once – rejoin public debates, reorganise and remotivate demoralised supporters.
President Samia Hassan has set Tanzania on a change of course – time will tell if the pattern holds and addresses the country’s challenges.
Despite the relative political stability over the years, Tanzania needs a new constitution to address contemporary challenges and strengthen institutions.
President John Magufuli won a second term by a contested landslide and looks set to take even greater control of Tanzania’s democratic space.
For all of the shortcomings of Nyerere’s regime, his ideas continue to inspire Tanzanians fighting for a more equal and democratic future, over 20 years after his death.
In Tanzania today, political space has shrunk to the point where protests are suppressed before they emerge