Mdee Charged With Insulting The President.


Kawe Member of Parliament (MP) Halima Mdee (39) appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday charged with insulting the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr John Magufuli.

She denied the charge before Senior Resident Magistrate Victoria Nongwa. The magistrate granted the lawmaker under Chadema ticket bail on conditions of signing bond of 10m/-. She also ordered the accused person to secure two reliable sureties.

Every surety, according to the magistrate, was required to have a reliable address and ensure the attendance of the accused person whenever required in court. In addition, the magistrate ordered each surety to also sign a bond of 10m/-.

The case was adjourned to August 7, when it will be mentioned as investigations into the matter, according to the prosecution, had not been completed. Senior State Attorney Nassoro Katuga, for the prosecution, informed the court that they were still waiting for a scientific report of a video clip.

According to him, the prosecution had also not received important statements for the witnesses. Mdee’s arraignment was witnesses by several party supporters and leaders, notably Chadema’s Chairman Freeman Mbowe. Several supporters of the opposition party started thronging the court premises early yesterday morning upon learning that the MP would face the charges.

Halima was taken to the court premises at around 9.00am amid tight security. Her arraignment was, however, delayed for almost five hours because court officials had some other engagements at the High Court. Reading the charge in a fully packed courtroom, the prosecution alleged that Mdee committed the offence on July 3, this year, at Chadema headquarters along Ufipa Street in Kinondoni District in the city.

Assisted by Inspector of Police Said Hamis, the trial attorney told the court that she insulted the President of the United Republic of Tanzania by saying that “anaongea hovyo hovyo anatakiwa kufungwa breki,” something that was likely to cause a breach of peace.

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