September 27, 2022

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MBOWE’S CASE TO BE HEARD BY THE HIGH COURT; A COMMITTAL ORDER HAS BEEN ISSUED

The economic crime case no 63 of 2020 facing Hon. Freeman Mbowe and 3 others has been referred to the High Court of Tanzanzania by the Resident Magistrates’ Court of Dar es Salaam at Kisutu. Investigation over the charges facing Hon. Mbowe has been completed, the Resident Magistrates’ Court has issued the committal order in terms of Section 178 of the Criminal Procedure Act, Cap 20 R:E 2019. The High Court will schedule for a hearing date of the case and notify the accused persons in due course.

Hon. Freeman Mbowe is facing two criminal charges of first; conspiracy to blow up fueling stations and other public gatherings contrary to sections 4(1), (3)(i) and 27(c) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act No. 21 of 2002 read together with Paragraph 4 of the First Schedule to, and Section 57 (1) and 60(2) of the Economic and Organized Crime Control Act, Cap 200 R:E 2019.

The second being Provision of funds to commit terrorist acts contrary to section 4(1), (3)(i) and 27(c) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act No 21 of 2002 read together with Paragraph 24 of the First Schedule to, and Section 57(1) and 60(2) of the Economic and Organized Crime Control Act, Cap 200 R:E 2019. All the counts are alleged to have been committed between 1st May and 1st August 2020 in Moshi, Arusha, Morogoro and Dar es Salaam.

Hon. Freeman Mbowe is the Chairman for opposition party in Tanzania; Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA). He was arrested and detained in Mwanza city just hours before he was due to launch a programme calling for constitutional reform in Tanzania on 20th July 2021. He was transported to his home in Dar es Salaam, a search to his house was conducted by the Police and some of his belongings such as personal computers were confiscated by the Police.

After the search, Hon. Mbowe was detained at Oysterbay Police station until 26th July 2021 in the evening when he was arraigned before the Resident Magistrates’ Court of Dar es Salaam at Kisutu in absence of his advocates and family members. After the charges being read against him, he was taken to Ukonga Prison as the charges against him are unbailable.