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Tanzania police launch three opposition leaders on bond


Mbowe, Lema and Jacob spent a day in police custody over requires a contemporary vote and impartial electoral fee.

The Tanzanian police have launched three opposition leaders who have been arrested on Monday after they known as for demonstrations to demand contemporary elections and an impartial electoral fee.

Chadema, the main opposition social gathering, mentioned on Tuesday its chairman Freeman Mbowe, and fellow leaders – former legislator Godbless Lema and former mayor of Ubungo municipality, Boniface Jacob – have been launched.

“Mbowe, Lema and Jacob have been launched … on bond by the police,” Chadema mentioned on its Twitter account.

The opposition demanded a rerun of the election, citing widespread suspected fraud, and has known as for protests in opposition to the end result, which noticed incumbent President John Magufuli win with 84 p.c of the vote on October 28.

Individually, police additionally launched Zitto Kabwe, head of one other fast-growing social gathering, ACT-Wazalendo, a celebration official mentioned.

Police had arrested Kabwe earlier on Tuesday whereas he was visiting the now-released Chadema leaders on the station the place they have been being held.

“We’re searching for particulars on whether or not he has been launched on bail or not and when he’s alleged to report again [to the police station],” mentioned Janeth Ceremony, ACT-Wazalendo’s deputy secretary of ideology and publicity.

Kabwe was amongst leaders sought by police after the previous legislator known as for peaceable protests on Saturday.

Police mentioned the protests have been unlawful and aimed toward fomenting violence.