Is citizenship a tool to silence critics in Tanzania?

Published: 5/Aug/2018
Source: The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

Dar es Salaam. The latest saga in which the Immigration department confiscated the passport of Twaweza’s executive director Aidan Eyakuze has raised more questions than answers.

The main question has been: why is it that some passport holders who also happen to be critics of the government are the ones whose ‘citizenship’ get investigated?

Immigration department spokesman Ally Mtanda said on Friday that Mr Eyakuze’s citizenship was being investigated and that the latter has been barred from travelling outside the country.

This comes barely two weeks after the Commission for Science and Technology (Costech) wrote a letter to Twaweza demanding it to explain why legal measures shouldn’t be taken against it for publishing findings of an “unauthorised” survey.

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Themes: Loss and Deprivation of Nationality
Regions: Tanzania
Year: 2018