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Kenya responds to reports of interfering with Tanzania elections

The government of Kenya has responded to reports that it has interfered with the Tanzanian elections.

According to an unverified report that has gone viral, the Tanzanian government has since blamed the Kenyan intelligence services claiming they collaborated with individuals and organizations in Tanzania to destabilize the country through incitement.

However, speaking to journalists, Foreign Affairs PS Ambassador Macharia Kamau trashed the claims terming as utter nonsense.

As of Friday, October,30,2020, Tanzanian incumbent President John Pombe Magufuli was leading in early results with his ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi, winning the overwhelming majority of the parliamentary seat in polls that has since been accused of fraud.

The elections have been marred by claims from various groups that President Magufuli was restricting democratic freedoms.

A report by Tanzania Elections Watch Panel on the polls, led by three co-chairs Dr Willy Mutunga from Kenya, Prof. Frederick Ssempebwa from Uganda and Alice Mogwe from Botswana indicated concern over the conduct of the elections.

On his part, US Ambassador to Tanzania Donald J. Wright denounces d reports of violence meted on Tanzania citizens by state agencies.

He expressed his fear by reports of violence, deaths and detentions from Zanzibar and other parts of Tanzania.

Wright wanted security forces in the country to show restraint and the NEC and ZEC to carry out their duties with integrity.

The US Embassy also noted that the opposition parties, civil society groups as well as election observers had made a credible claim of significant election-related fraud and intimidation.

The Ambassador further noted that the irregularities and the overwhelming margins of victory raise serious doubts regarding the credibility of the results announced and the Tanzania State’s commitment to democratic values.

On Wednesday, October 28, the head of the National Electoral Commission Semistocles Kiajage dismissed the reports of electoral fraud saying that allegations of fake ballot papers were unsubstantiated.

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