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President John Magufuli yesterday warned leaders of opposition parties to mend their ways if they are to avoid going to jail.
Already, a number of opposition politicians have appeared in court over the last few years charged with, among other offences, sedition, unlawful assembly and incitement.
Speaking at the ceremony to inaugurate the $41 million (Sh90 billion) state-of-the-art library at the University of Dar es Salaam, President Magufuli urged opposition leaders to emulate Mr Edward Lowassa, a former prime minister and 2015 presidential candidate on the Chadema ticket, for maintaining a composed disposition despite losing to him (Mr Magufuli) in the last general election.
Mr Lowassa had defected from the ruling CCM to the opposition and ran for presidency against his old party.
“I commend you (Lowassa). This is the kind of Tanzania we want to build. Political parties should not be vehicles for dividing us but rather catalysts for development.
“I’m saying this with all due respect so that you (Lowassa) can go and counsel those who are under you or else they are going to end up in prison,” Dr Magufuli warned.
He also said that the government would continue to seek support from the Chinese government in financing development projects, arguing that the Asian economic powerhouse had friendly terms in loans and grants compared to other development partners.
President Magufuli said the financial support that China has been extending to Tanzania over the years has boosted socioeconomic transformation.
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He said that for a long time China had been providing loans and grants on terms that were favourable to Tanzania, and described the support as proof of true partnership between the two countries.
Speaking earlier, UDSM vice chancellor William Anangisye said the construction of the library, which covers a total of 20,000 square metres, started in December 2015.
The facility can accommodate 2,100 students at a go, with other services including a conference room capable of accommodating 600 people and 160 internet-connected computers.
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Salah withdraws from Egypt Squad
Egypt Football Federation has leave out Mohammed Salah on the upcoming AFCON qualifiers match with Kenya due to injury worries.
Egypt were grouped with kenya, Togo, Comoros in Group G, football fans has tipped Egypt to top the group due to their attacking threat.
The Egyptian talisman has now been ruled out of the upcoming AFCON qualifiers after due assessment by Egypt’s medical team.
The physios believe the Liverpool star’s injury, which was sustained from a challenge by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury earlier last month, has been aggravated during the clash against Manchester City and needed time to heal.
The Egyptian frontman will miss the two matches scheduled this week.
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