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Tanzania’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Biswalo Mganga said on Thursday he was contemplating taking punitive action against an opposition party lawmaker over recent remarks that were likely to incite the general public.

Godless Lema, a Member of Parliament for Arusha Urban constituency on the ticket of leading opposition party Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA), recently provided false information that 14 people were beheaded in Singida region, said Mganga.

“My office will take action against the politician for abusing the freedom of speech,” the DPP told a news conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

Mganga said while attending a funeral of Singida East constituency publicity secretary Alex Jonas for CHADEMA last month, Lema issued a list of people he claimed to have been beheaded without actions being taken by law enforcement organs.

“I went through the police files and I could not find any incident connected to beheading of the reported 14 people,” said Mganga, adding that “the politician might have made this false statement for political mileage.”

Mganga said the freedom of speech provided by the county’s Constitution and the Declaration for Human Rights has set restrictions that should be obeyed for the interest of the country’s security.

He said after he had gone through the files he learnt that people reported to have been beheaded were killed at different incidents including in love brawls, superstition, livestock rustling and one reported road accident.

“All these incidents were reported at different police stations in the region. After investigations, the suspects are on trials at different stages,” said Mganga. Enditem

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