In Summary
  • A heated local election campaign is under way in the Hananasif district.

  • In September 2017, senior opposition MP Tundu Lissu was shot several times at his home in Dodoma.
  • Chadema accuses the ruling party of being behind that attack, claims rejected by the government.

NAIROBI

A local leader of the main Tanzanian opposition party, Chadema, has been found beaten to death after men bundled him into a car, party chairman Freeman Mbowe said Wednesday.

Daniel John was responsible for the Chadema party in the Hananasif district of the economic capital Dar es Salaam, where a heated local election campaign is under way.

"Daniel John was kidnapped on Monday in the street by men in a car," Freeman Mbowe told AFP, the leader of the opposition in parliament.

A friend of John, who was snatched at the same time but who survived the attack after being left for dead, was able to describe what then happened.

"They were beaten and tortured, and the torturers were asking why they were campaigning for Chadema's candidate," Mbowe said.

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