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Tanzania Government Responsible For Killing Of Akwilina Akwilini. So Why Is It Not Compensating?

Commentary | Tanzania April 4, 2018

On February 16, 2018 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a 21 year old stunningly beautiful college girl called Akwilina Akwilini was shot dead by brutal police during a peaceful demonstration organized by the country's main opposition party Chadema. While the government of Tanzania seems to have acknowledged responsibility for the brutal killing of the innocent young girl, by reportedly paying $36 000 for the costs of her funeral in her home district of Rombo in Kilimanjaro region, it has, however, not paid any compensation to her family, at least so far. The question arising is why is the government hesitating paying compensation immediately to the family that is said to be devastated by their loss?

The government of Tanzania should be totally aware that if it was not for its unnecessary, unhelpful, and unjustifiable denial of its citizens their individual freedom, and particularly its perpetual harassment of the opposition through using the police, Akwilina Akwilini would have been alive and well today! In other words, the death of Akwilina Akwilini is the ugly outcome of the government's booming authoritarian and dictatorial tendencies and practices. These kind of outcomes are likely to happen again and again as long as the government of Tanzania does not change course in its political approach!

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