Tundu Lissu arrested

TANZANIA opposition candidate Tundu Lissu has been arrested in Dar es Salaam this evening.

Lissu becomes the latest opposition leader to be arrested after his chairman, Freeman Mbowe, who was arrested last night with three others.

Already, police in Dar es Salaam are saying they arrested leaders will face charges of terrorism, which may keep them in jail indefinitely, as they do not have a provision for a bail.

The government is cracking down on the opposition as a way of foiling the planned indefinite protests that have been called by the opposition starting from today. They are protesting a rigged election that has seen incumbent President John Magufuli rig his way to a second term in office

Lissu was later released unconditionally. At the time of arrest, he was standing in front of Umoja House in Dar es Salaam, where the embassies of Germany, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom are located.

It is not clear why they released him that fast and unconditionally. Some observers say police might have been advised against taking any action against him fearing any diplomatic implication as he was found within the precincts of foreign mission offices. There is a possibility for police to arrest him again.