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Why is Tanzania’s opposition pushing for a constitution reform?

By Abdul Halim, in Dar es Salaam
Posted on Monday, 19 July 2021 18:29, updated on Thursday, 22 July 2021 17:00

Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan inspects a guard of honour mounted by the Tanzania Peoples Defense Forces after she was sworn into office at State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Since Samia Suluhu Hassan took over the top position in Tanzania, she has changed the tone of the political landscape. But a growing number of oppositionists and activists want her to go the extra mile and change the constitution. They claim that doing so would set in motion a solution to the ever-present problems Tanzanians still face.

The current constitution of Tanzania was adopted in 1977 by senior members of the ruling party, when the country was a one-party state. But having come out of a near one-party situation under the former President John Magufuli, members of the opposition are looking for ways to ensure that the country stays on its current trajectory and does not lapse again.