On Monday a lawmaker from the opposition Chadema party was sentenced to 5 months for insulting the President John Magufuli.
Joseph Mbilinyi is said to have accused Magufuli of an assassination attempt on vocal opposition MP Tundu Lissu that happened last year.
According to a Tanzania ‘s penal code “any person who uses obscene, abusive or insulting language to any other person in such a manner as is likely to cause a breach of the peace” faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail.
In Tanzania insulting a president was made a criminal office under cyber-crimes laws of 2015 which were passed before President John Magufuli came into office.
Tundu Lissu was shot several times in September by unknown gunmen and has been receiving treatment since then.
Tundu Lissu has been regarded as a serious critic of President Magufuli’s government.