DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
A Tanzanian opposition member of Parliament was
on Monday jailed for five months after he was convicted of
delivering a hate speech against President John Magufuli.
Michael Mteite, a
Senior Resident Magistrate for the Mbeya Resident Magistrate’s
Court in southern Tanzania, jailed Joseph Mbilinyi, an MP for
opposition party Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) and
the party’s secretary for southern highlands zone, Emmanuel
said it was proven in court beyond reasonable doubt that the duo
were guilty of delivering a hate speech against Magufuli at
Mwenge primary school grounds in Mbeya city on December 30 last
On Sunday, the two
politicians urged their supporters to remain calm as they
awaited the ruling.
“All you need to do
is be calm and wait for the court’s decisions. This isn’t the
time of mourning. We need to evaluate where we are taking the
region to for the interest of the people,” he told residents of
Mbilinyi was elected
by the highest number of votes out of all the 264 elected MPs
during the 2015 general election.
He gathered 108,566
votes, and all the other applicants for the constituency shared
only 57,690 votes.