Tanzania – Opposition ACT-Wazalendo Faces Deregistration


Tanzanian opposition party ACT-Wazalendo has been notified that is faces possible deregistration by the Registrar of Political Parties, Francis Mutungi. 

The party has been given 14 days to contest the move. According to Mutungi that the party is no longer eligible under the Political Parties Act.

Among the accusations levelled at ACT-Wazalendo are the failure to submit an audited report of finances for 2013/14, allowing members to break the law by burning other party flags and the misuse of religious sentiments.

The Political Parties Act was recently amended in the face of stiff opposition. At the time political parties warned that the amendments were designed to decrease democratic space in the county. Among the amendments were strengthened powers for the Registrar of Political Parties, the regulation of political coalitions by government and a ban on political parties from operating as pressure groups. 

ACT-Wazalendo party leader Zitto Kabwe has previously criticised the amendments stating, “You can’t have a constitution that allows freedom of association then gives someone powers to revoke that freedom of association.”

Opposition rallies are already restricted and several opposition leaders have faced time in jail under the government of President Magufuli.