Tanzania Pre-Election Briefing



10:30 am - 11:30 am




On the 28th of October 2020, Tanzania will host a keenly anticipated election to elect the president and the national assembly. Incumbent President H.E John Pombe Magufuli is running for a second term on a CCM ticket against a list of 14 contenders who include the Honorable Bernand Membe – ACT Wazalendo and Honorable Tundu Lussu – Chandema Party and many more.


Tanzanians go to this election grappling with the following; social and economic inequalities, lack of economic opportunities for the youth, and structural weaknesses. The incumbent came to power in 2015 promising to focus on fighting corruption, promote infrastructure development, and spur Tanzania’s renaissance. The incumbent introduced private sector reforms, which were widely welcomed by his supporters but frowned upon by the country’s key international corporations in sectors like mining and agribusiness.


All candidates have unveiled ambitious blueprints all promising to address Tanzania’s challenges.

So what does this election mean for Tanzanians and the wider the East Africa Community? Can Tanzania’s National Electoral Commission manage and oversee a free, fair & safe election given the fears around COVID?. International rights groups have accused the current administration of increasingly repressing political dissent, suppressing human rights, and freedom of expression. What will this look like post elections?



Hon. Zitto Kabwe – MP for Kigoma Urban and Party leader of ACT Wazalendo

Hon. Lazaro Nyalandu – Former Minister of Natural Resources & Tourism. MP, Singinda

Aly Khan Satchu – Founder/CEO  Rich Management, Nairobi

Menzi Ndhlovu – Senior Analyst,  Signal Risk


Hosts  Agnes Gitau – Partner at GBS Africa and Dr. Nick Westcott, Director, Royal African Society

ModeratorBoason Omofaye Arise,  Xchange & CEO Frontier Africa Reports


This is presented to you by GBS Africa, the Royal Africa Society, and Frontier Africa Reports.