Tanzania Opposition Calls For Protests Over Leader's Arrest
Faizan Hashmi 2 months ago Sat 31st July 2021 | 05:30 PM
Dar es Salaam, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st Jul, 2021 ) :Tanzania's main opposition party on Saturday called for protests over the arrest of its leader and said it had mounted a legal challenge to charges of terrorism filed against him.
Chadema chairman Freeman Mbowe was arrested 10 days ago along with other senior party members as they were preparing to hold a public forum calling for constitutional reforms.
At a press briefing on Saturday, Chadema secretary general John Mnyika said the party had filed a legal challenge to the case against Mbowe, saying charging him without his lawyer present was a violation of his rights.
Mbowe, 59, was charged on Monday with terrorism financing and conspiracy -- offences that do not allow for bail under Tanzanian law.
Critics have said the action against him was a throwback to the oppressive rule of Tanzania's late leader John Magufuli and showed that little had changed under Hassan.