Tanzania’s government spokesman has posted a series of tweets denying that the foreign minister had said in a BBC interview that a missing journalist was dead.
Spokesman Hassan Abbas tweets that the minister was speaking “contextually”, the Tanzanian government still has no confirmation whether the journalist is dead or alive and that the issue is still being investigated.
Mr Gwanda went missing in 2017 after investigating a spate of murders.
Mr Gwanda’s wife, Anna Pinon, told the BBC’s Esther Namuhisa that the authorities have not contacted her for a year and a half and she believes he is still alive.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has been campaigning for the authorities to investigate the case properly.
His wife says the last time she saw him was when he left their farm in a white Land Cruiser with four men she did not recognise, the CPJ adds.
CPJ says multiple people believe that those men are security personnel.