The leader and 10 other members of the Tanzanian opposition party Chadema were detained in the city of Mwanza (northwest), where they intended to meet, announced on Wednesday the direction of the political formation.
The president “Freeman Mbowe was approached by agents when he arrived at the hotel at 2:30 am and was detained alongside other leaders,” the Chadema party reported on Twitter, in a statement signed by communications director John Mrema.
“The other leaders were taken to the police station, but we don’t know where they took Freeman Mbowe and at the moment there is no information about where he is”, completes the note from the party, which asks the police for information about the whereabouts and what motivated him. the arrest.
“We condemn the repression of the rights of Tanzanians in the strongest possible way. These are signs that the dictatorship that was under President John Magufuli continues”, protests the party.
Former President John Magufuli, who ruled Tanzania from 2015, died in March, officially from heart problems.
He was known by the nickname “Bulldozer”. His presidency stood out for the fight against corruption, but also for an authoritarian shift, with attacks on the opposition and a setback of fundamental freedoms.
As stipulated in the Constitution, he was succeeded by Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan.
Since taking office, Hassan has broken with his predecessor’s government and declared himself willing to defend democracy and fundamental freedoms.
The arrests came just hours after the opposition leader called a demonstration to call for constitutional reforms, despite restrictions imposed by Mwanza authorities over the coronavirus pandemic.
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