The head of the European Union delegation in Tanzania, Roland van de Geer, was “recalled in Brussels by his headquarters to meet next week with senior officials (of the EU) and discuss the situation” in this country from East Africa, an EU spokesperson in Tanzania told AFP.



Since taking office in 2015, Tanzanian  President John Magufuli has been criticized by human rights and civil society organizations for his authoritarianism, with critics accusing him of repressing opposition and freedom of expression. expression.

In an article published yesterday, the Indian Ocean Newsletter claims that the Tanzanian government gave Dutch diplomat Roeland van de Geer 24 hours, also in charge of relations with the East African Community, to leave the country.

Strong deterioration of the political climate.

Like the United States, the European Union has issued several press releases in recent months to worry about the deteriorating political climate in Tanzania. In February, the EU deplored “the recent incidents that threaten the democratic values and rights of Tanzanians in a country widely respected around the world for its stability, freedom, and tranquility”.

The statement followed the death of a female student killed by a police bullet during the repression of an opposition march and the assassination attempt, a few months earlier, by the deputy of the opposition Tundu Lissu.

In the same month, the Catholic Church of Tanzania broke its silence and called on the current regime to respect democratic principles, including ending violations of freedom of expression and association and attacks on political opponents and journalists. , artists and human rights activists.

President Criticized for Authoritarianism.

In recent days, human rights groups have mobilized against the statements of the governor of Dar es Salaam province, a member of the ruling party, who on Monday called on his constituents to denounce homosexuals, promising arrests starting next week.

Following this call by the Dar Es Salaam governor, human rights activists like Amnesty International denounced the planned ‘dangerous’ hunt against homosexual in Tanzania.