Quick Snapshot of Freeman Mbowe (Chadema Leader)

Quick Snapshot of Freeman Mbowe (Chadema Leader)

Tanzanian politician Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe (born on 14 September 1961) who just goes by two names Freeman Mbowe is the current nominated chairman of Chadema – Political Party for Democracy and Development (Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo). In the 2015 general election, he was re-elected to the National Assembly to represent the Hai District in the Kilimanjaro Region.

Freeman Mbowe was elected to the National Assembly for the Hai Constituency in 2000 (Kilimanjaro Region). He received 64.5 percent of the vote, the largest proportion of votes obtained by an opposition MP in a constituency.

In preparation for the 2005 presidential elections, Freeman Mbowe was elected to stand as Chadema presidential candidate. A Zanzibari named Jumbe Rajab Jumbe was chosen to be his vice-presidential candidate. The election was initially set for 30 October 2005, but owing to Jumbe’s death, it was postponed until 14 December.

Freeman Mbowe was constructive in his criticism of the extended postponement, stating that a week’s notice would have sufficed and that his political party could not afford to fund more campaigns. Anna Komu was finally chosen as Chadema’s leading political party executive. In the presidential election on December 14, 2005, he came in third out of 10 candidates, receiving 5.88 percent of the vote. He was elected into parliament, in the 2010 general elections, for the United Republic of Tanzania parliament, defeating the then sitting member from Mapinduzi, Fuya Godwin Kimbita, who received 51.63 percent of the vote.

Freeman Mbowe, who was one of the founding members of Chadema in 1992, is a brilliant strategist, making him one of the primary strategists of the Chadema political party and a prominent executive board member in the political party to assure the political development of his party, which he has consistently led as chairman since 2004, in a strong politically competitive climate that has seen major opposition parties slowly fall during the 1990s at the hands of the CCM government.

Freeman Mbowe was detained in July 2021, along with ten other members of the party, as they prepared to hold a rally in Mwanza (northwestern Tanzania). He was ultimately charged with terrorism by the government. His accusations in Tanzania are non bailable, thus he remains in police custody.

Tanzanian prosecutors dropped the terrorist allegation against Freeman Mbowe in March 2022.

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