Tanzania Opposition Condemns Arrest of Party Members

 

Opposition and rights activists in Tanzania have condemned the arrest of several members of the country's main opposition Chadema party. Police arrested Chadema leader Freeman Mbowe and 10 other party members as they were about hold a forum to discuss constitutional reforms. Mbowe is facing terrorism-related charges that his party has branded as a bid by President Samia Suluhu Hassan's government to silence the opposition.

Mbowe's attempt to stop the High Court's Corruption and Economic Crimes Division from hearing the terrorism case has been dismissed. Chadema is challenging the current constitution which was formed under a single-party system saying it favors the ruling party.

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Freeman Mbowe, the chairman of Tanzanian opposition party Chadema (file photo).

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