I re­spect democ­racy, says Magu­fuli

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DAR ES SALAAM: Tan­za­nian Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli has de­nied claims by rights groups that he is crack­ing down on po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents and as­serted that he re­spects democ­racy.

How­ever, on Mon­day the Tan­za­nian gov­ern­ment threat­ened to dis­band an op­po­si­tion-led mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil if it con­tin­ued to defy the gov­ern­ment and main­tain mem­ber­ship in the Open Gov­ern­ment Part­ner­ship (OGP), which aims to cre­ate more demo­cratic gov­ern­ments.

The op­po­si­tion runs the Kigoma Ujiji Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil in north-western Tan­za­nia and has vowed to re­main a sub-na­tional mem­ber of OGP de­spite the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s with­drawal.

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