The Chief Spokesperson of the Government of Tanzania, Dr. Hassan Abbasi has told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that Tanzanians have completed the elections and are now in the process of democratic, legal and constitutional processes to build the country’s institutions so that the work can continue and they never waste time with what he called “drama” by some opposition leaders especially the Party for Democracy and Development (Chadema).
“As I speak to you the next process is for parliament to start, they will elect a speaker, they will be sent the name of the prime minister to confirm him and then the president will inaugurate parliament, those who lost the election and started suspicion are their dramas
Responding to allegations by some Chadema leaders that they feared for their safety and even tried to apply for asylum abroad, Abbasi was shocked by the allegations and questioned who, where and when they had been threatened.
“The 1951 International Convention on the Rights and Status of Refugees, for example, specifies the procedures for being a refugee, you cannot just wake up in the morning and declare yourself a refugee or have a criminal case and want to flee the country to claim asylum.
“Someone emerges claiming he has been threatened with death but only yesterday he came out to take part in the campaign for 60 days and he is completely safe. What refugee crosses the front line to get a car to pick him up? This is a drama, ”he said.
He stressed that the Government of Tanzania will continue to adhere to the principles of peace and urge Tanzanians to continue publishing work, who fears for his safety to report to state media