Tanzania’s opposition politician Freeman Mbowe has reportedly been arrested just hours before hosting a meeting of activists demanding a new constitution.
Tanzanian sources told Kahawa Tungu that Mbowe was among at least 12 leaders arrested in the wee hours of Wednesday morning in Mwanza.
Security forces reportedly broke down his hotel door and seized him at around 3am.
SOS ALERT 👉🏽 ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE #Tanzania
Head of opposition @freemanmbowetz has been taken by security forces who broke down his hotel door and seized him at 3am in Mwanza!
He held a press conference yday and was to be in a meeting today to demand a new constitution! pic.twitter.com/9U31zbHoDh
— Maria Sarungi Tsehai (@MariaSTsehai) July 21, 2021
Others taken into custody include John Pambalu, John Heche, Rose Mayemba, Masenya (Mwenyekiti Bavicha Ilemela), Steven Odipo, Dr. Rwaitama, Seti ( Dereva Kanda ya Victoria), Frank Novatus (Chaco), Mwakiaba (Chairman Nyamagana) and Benjamin (Bavicha Kinondoni).
Mbowe, who is the chairman of opposition party Chadema, held a press conference on Tuesday calling for constitutional reforms in Tanzania.
He was a fierce critic of the late President John Pombe Magufuli’s leadership and has since the Head of State’s death in March this year demanded that the new administration led by Samia Suluhu to embrace democracy.