Dar es Salaam – The Tanzanian government suspended the publication of the Uhuru newspaper for 14 days after the local daily which is owned by the ruling CCM party published an article with a headline saying that President Samia will not run for president in 2025.
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In a statement issued by government spokesman Gerson Msigwa, the suspension takes effect on August 12.
Earlier today, the ruling CCM party took disciplinary action against the newspaper’s hierarchy and suspended publication for seven days.
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The party suspended the three top newspaper executives for allegedly misrepresenting President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s statement in an interview with the BBC’s Salim Kikeke.
Wednesday’s newspaper had a headline, “Sina wazo kuwania urais 2025-Samia”, which translates to (I don’t intend to run for president in 2025-Samia “) …
Speaking to reporters, CCM Secretary General Daniel Chongolo said the decision to suspend the three was taken by a board of directors which also decided to form a committee to investigate the reasons that led to the incident.
The suspended are the newspaper’s CEO, Ernest Sunguya who is also a member of the CCM’s executive committee, the editor-in-chief, Athumani Mbutuka and the newspaper’s managing director, Rashid Zahoro.