Freeman Mbowe Biography,
Freeman Mbowe was born on 14th September 1961in Tanzania. He is a Tanzanian politician, leader of the position and chairman of Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo CHADEMA – Party for Democracy and Development.
Freeman Mbowe Political Career
In 2000 he was elected as the member of parliament for Hai Constituency (Kilimanjaro Region). He won 64.5% of the vote, which was the highest percentage of votes won among constituencies with opposition MP’s.
In preparation for the 2005 elections, Mbowe was nominated as CHADEMA’s presidential candidate. Jumbe Rajab Jumbe, a Zanzibari was chosen as his vice-presidential candidate. The election was originally scheduled for 30 October 2005, but was postponed until 14 December due to the death of Jumbe.
Mbowe criticized the lengthy postponement, saying a week’s delay would have sufficed and that his party cannot afford to finance extra campaigning. Chadema eventually settled on Anna Maulidah Komu to be the running mate. Freeman Mbowe placed third out of ten candidates in the presidential election of 14 December 2005, winning 5.88% of the vote.
In the 2010 general election Freeman Mbowe was elected a member of the united republic parliament after defeating the incumbent from Mapinduzi, fuyi kimbita taking 51.63% of the vote. Currently, he is the leader of the opposition in parliament after his party the chama cha demokrasia na maendeleo won a significant majority in the opposition camp in parliament.