Chadema leader Freeman Mbowe, apprehended by Tanzanian police

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By Jacob Kubeka –

Tanzania’s major opposition party, Chadema, and other members were arrested early Wednesday, according to the party, ahead of a planned convention to seek constitutional revisions.

It was reported on Twitter that Freeman Mbowe and ten Chadema members were apprehended in the middle of the night in the northwestern coastal city of Mwanza.

While the other Chadema members were taken to Mwanza police station, there was no information about Mbowe’s whereabouts.

“We want the police to come out and say where the chairman is and why he was arrested,” Chadema said.

While the other Chadema members were transported to the Mwanza police station, Mbowe’s whereabouts were unknown.

Chadema stated, “We want the police to come out and say where the chairman is and why he was detained.”

“We cannot continue with the old order,” Mbowe said in a video published on Twitter on Monday, dressed in a red shirt and beret.

“We have the right to meet but are arrested, beaten, accused and taken to court for two to three years and then freed.

“If they want to arrest all members of the Chadema party, let them first expand the jails because we are all ready to be arrested and will not request bail.”

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