Tanzania Orders Arrest Of Opposition MP For Insulting President

Halima Mdee, Opposition Member Of Parliament for Kawe via CHADEMA, although not mentioned in the story below, is the MP arrested for allegedly insulting President Magufuli

DAR ES SALAAM – Tanzanian authorities ordered the detention of an opposition lawmaker on Tuesday for insulting President John Magufuli, days after the president ordered officials to take action against ‘incitement’.

The opposition has accused Magufuli, nicknamed “the Bulldozer” for his blunt leadership style, of presiding over an increasingly authoritarian government.

Kinondoni District Commissioner Ali Hapi ordered police to detain Halima Mdee, a lawmaker from the main opposition CHADEMA party, in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam and keep her for 48 hours pending criminal charges. “She should be questioned and sent to court to explain the insults she made against our president,” Hapi told journalists. He did not say what the insults were.

Tanzania’s laws allow regional and distict commissioners to detain for 48 hours anyone who may “disturb public tranquillity.”

Magufuli warned opposition leaders on Sunday against “reckless” remarks and ordered authorities to take action against any opposition leader who incites violence.

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