Trump administration imposes last minute sanctions on Tanzanian officials


On the last day of the Trump administration, the US State Department announced visa restrictions on Tanzanian officials responsible for or complicit in undermining Tanzania’s October 28, 2020, general elections.

Outgoing Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo said that election observers and civil society noted widespread irregularities as well as human rights abuses and violations before, during, and after the election, while opposition candidates were routinely disqualified, harassed, and arrested.

Secretary Pompeo said, “The actions of these officials subverted the electoral process, continuing the downward trajectory of the country’s democracy.”

He said that the significant and widespread voting irregularities, internet disruptions, intimidation of journalists, and violence by security forces made this election neither free nor fair.

The October election was won by the incumbent John Magufuli with more than 80% of the vote.

A state department statement on the visa directive did not name the sanctioned Tanzanian officials.

January 19 is the last full working day for President Donald Trump, with his successor Joe Biden will be sworn in on Wednesday as the 46th president of the US. (Source: BBC)