Tanzania one year after the election – seen from the oppositions’ view

Tanzania one year after the election – seen from the oppositions’ view

Tanzania one year after the election – seen from the oppositions’ view

In October 2015, Tanzania held its most competitive election to date. The ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), won as it has done at every election since the Independence in 1961. Still, major changes have ensued. The new president, John Magufuli, by many seen as a party outsider, has set about changing the face of Tanzanian politics and society. His crack-down on corruption is hugely popular – so is his emphasis on a higher work ethics in government offices. However, these changes come with an authoritarian streak. Opposition party activities are banned; opposition politicians are arrested; a newspaper has been closed and freedom of expression is under threat. Moreover, political problems on Zanzibar continue to plague the Union.

At this seminar Monday, 26 September, representatives from the opposition party, Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA), will analyse the governance issues that these changes have brought about. Moreover, an analysis of major political differences on burning social, political and economic issues between CHADEMA and CCM will be presented.

CHADEMA is in Denmark invited by the Conservative Party as part of their Party-to-Party partnership under the Democracy Assistance Programme of the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy DIPD.


Vincent Mashinji, Secretary-General, CHADEMA

John Mrema, Director of Publicity & Foreign Affairs, CHADEMA

Ole Therkildsen, Emeritus Researcher, DIIS


14:00-14:05      Welcome

                            Ole Therkildsen

14:05-14:25      How is it to be an opposition party in today’s Tanzania?

                            Vincent Mashinji

14:25-14:45      Major political disagreements between CHADEMA and CCM

                            John Mrema

14:45-15:00      Coffee break

15:00-16:00      Q&A

                            Chair: Ole Therkildsen

Practical information


DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies

Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A – 2100 Copenhagen

The seminar will be in English. Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Monday, 26 September 2016 at 10.00 am. Sign up