48 People Including Tanzania’s Opposition Leader Freeman Mbowe Arrested

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  • Tanzania’s opposition chief Freeman Mbowe has been arrested while he was in his hotel room in Mwanza city.
  • He has been arrested alongside 10 other CHADEMA party officials
  • The arrest comes after he condemned the arrest of other party members and 38 religious leaders who were discussing about constitutional change in a meeting.

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Tanzania’s opposition leader Freeman Mbowe has been arrested as president Samia Suluhu Hassan cracks the whip on opposition.

It is claimed that Freeman Mbowe was arrested while he was leading a meeting with members of the opposition party CHADEMA.

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This comes after his party’s members together with 38 religious leaders got arrested recently while in a meeting of the party’s youth league, BAVICHA. The meeting was on enlightening about the constitution amendment.

Police have however not given any information concerning his arrest leaving the CHADEMA party officials in darkness concerning the police station that he is being held at.

According to a statement through CHADEMA’s twitter account, Freeman Mbowe was arrested alongside 10 other party members.

Earlier this week, Mbowe, in a press conference, complained about the arrest of the party’s followers and also the issue of constitutional change.

“CHADEMA will not go on kneeling to president Samia Suluhu Hassan about the future of the country,” Freeman Mbowe told journalists on Monday.

Back in march, president Samia expressed her intention to meet the opposition so as to discuss various issues including politics.

Until now, the president has never met the opposition despite meeting many groups like women, youths and elders.

Mbowe in his press briefing condemned the arrests of his colleagues saying that such things should not be happening now.

“We cannot go on with old ways, we have the right to meet yet we are arrested, beaten, charged in court, given fines and after two or three years we are left free or given heartless sentences and when we appeal we all win,” he said.

Mbowe said that they are ready to get arrested and that all of CHADEMA members can be arrested but the meeting that was going on at Boma hotel will proceed as planned.

President Samia had asked Tanzanians to give her time to carry out developments in the country before focusing on the constitution change issue.

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