Zanzibar a semi-autonomous state of Tanzania has experienced election tensions and violence. This is according to reports which suggested nine people had been shot dead by security forces since Monday. Eight died on the island of Pemba. It is said this was after clashes between security forces and people who had been trying to stop the army distributing ballot boxes on Monday which they suspected contained pre-ticked votes.
Yesterday Zanzibar Electoral Commission declared Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, son of the second president of Tanzania as the duly elected president.
The violence has attracted both international and local communities with the USA ambassador Donald J. Wright in Tanzania tweeting “I’m alarmed by reports from Zanzibar and elsewhere of violence, deaths, and detentions. It’s not too late to prevent more bloodshed! Security forces must show restraint, and the NEC & ZEC must carry out their duties with integrity. Let’s all pray for peaceful, fair elections”
Party Leader of Alliance for Change & Transparency Wazalendo (ACT) Tanzania Zitto Mwami Ruyagwa Kabwe also tweeted “Informed that people are being shot in Zanzibar by police and other security forces this night. People are resisting against election rigging. Resistance will continue. No going back. The blood of the people killed will nourish freedom trees. #ZanzibarLivesMatter”
The Tanzania security apparatus have not responded to the allegation of Violence against voters.