Tanzania: Longido Election Case Cites Alien Voters From Kenya

By Marc Nkwame

Arusha – High Court Judge from Bukoba Zonal Registry, Justice Sivangilwa Mwangesi has jetted into Arusha to handle the election petition for the Longido constituency, where the parliamentary candidate who won in the 2015 General Elections is alleged to have tampered with voting process.

Apparently the opposition parliamentary candidate for the Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA), Mr Onesmo Ole Nangole who became the MP for Longido, is being accused of ferrying in people from the neighbouring country of Kenya who allegedly voted for him.

But Judge Mwangesi, adjourned the case for three days from Monday up to next Thursday, so that he may have time to go through the files and review the filed suit before starting to hear both sides of the matter from the litigants and as well as defendants.

“I have just arrived in Arusha, thus needing enough time to see what is contained in the files and from Thursday, I will be in better position to see how this case will move forward,” he said during the Monday Morning session at the Arusha Registry.

The lawyers representing both sides of the case have consented to wait for a week as the judge go through the case filings and it is being anticipated that, the court will officially start to hear the election case.

Source: Africa Focus