Police detain 9 party members and raid places of work in Musoma to dam deliberate symposium on constitutional change, Chadema says.
Tanzanian police have arrested several members of the nation’s main opposition Chadema party, the most recent crackdown on a gaggle pushing for constitutional reform within the nation.
It adopted the detention of Chadema chief Freeman Mbowe on “terrorism” fees that his party have branded a bid by President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s authorities to muzzle the opposition.
Police detained 9 party members and raided its places of work within the northern lakeside city of Musoma to dam a deliberate symposium by the youth wing on constitutional change, Chadema mentioned in a press release on Saturday.
“We strongly condemn this blatant violation of the constitution and rule of law, sowing the seeds of hatred, discrimination and discord within communities,” it added, protesting towards the “suppression of democratic rights” by police and different safety forces.
Mbowe has been behind bars since July 21 when he was arrested together with a variety of different senior Chadema officers hours earlier than they have been to carry the same discussion board on requires a brand new structure.
The 59-year-old has been charged with terrorism financing and conspiracy in a case that the opposition says reveals Hassan is constant the oppressive rule of her late predecessor John Magufuli.
He is because of seem on the High Court once more on Monday, though his trial has been held up by authorized wrangling, along with his defence workforce most lately difficult the legality of the cost sheet.
Referring to Saturday’s arrests, Longinus Tibishibwamu, police chief within the Mara area of which Musoma is the capital, mentioned the drive can’t enable such occasions to happen.
“The president has instructed that people should now focus on economic development … So such conferences will have to wait,” Tibishibwamu was quoted as saying by native media.