Tanzania: Overcoming perceived symbiotic relationship between ruling party CCM and spy agency TISS: a path for opposition parties

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Introduction

Tanzania’s political landscape has long been dominated by the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party. Over the years, the relationship between CCM and the Tanzanian Intelligence and Security Service (TISS) has been a subject of considerable debate and concern.

Many perceive this relationship as symbiotic, with the intelligence agency allegedly playing a role in maintaining CCM’s political dominance through various means, including surveillance, intimidation, and manipulation of political processes. This perception presents a significant challenge for opposition parties striving to establish a more balanced and democratic political system.

This analysis explores strategies that opposition parties in Tanzania can adopt to overcome the perceived symbiotic relationship between CCM and TISS, thereby promoting a fairer and more transparent democratic process.

Historical Context and the Nature of the Symbiotic Relationship


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