Police arrests political opposition leaders over ‘rigged election’ protests

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On Monday, November 2, 2020, Several opposition figures in Tanzania were arrested.

They were rounded-up for planning “illegal demonstrations” after accusing the ruling party of rigging the general elections.

On Saturday, the main opposition parties have called out citizens to challenge the October 28 parliamentary and presidential election results.

However, on Friday, President John Magufuli was declared the winner.

Lazaro Mambosasa, who is the Special police zone commander, confirmed the arrests of 20 politicians.

Mr. Mambosasa, in a chat with reporters, listed Chadema Party National Chairman Freeman Mbowe, among those in custody.

“We were tipped [off] that they were organizing illegal demonstrations and persuading youths to go into the streets today. We did not issue a permit for anyone to hold demonstrations, so these are illegal demonstrations,” DPA quoted him as saying.

America said there had been credible allegations that intimidation and fraud occurred during the poll.

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