Tanzanian MP sentenced for defaming Magufuli

A Tanzanian opposition MP has been handed a five-month prison sentence after being found guilty of defaming President John Magufuli, The Citizen news site reports.
Joseph Mbilinyi – popularly known as Sugu – from the opposition Chadema party, was convicted by a magistrate’s court in the southwestern town of Mbeya.
His co-accused, Emmanuel Masonga, was handed a similar prison sentence.
The two were accused of committing ‘hate speech’ against President Magufuli at Mwenge Primary School in Mbeya on December 30 last year.
Mbilinyi earlier urged his supporters to remain calm and accept any form of court judgment.
Observers said the ruling would deepen concerns that Magufuli’s intolerance of dissent was eroding Tanzanian democracy./BBC