Tanzanian Bishop Arrested After Calling for Protests

Tanzanian Bishop Emmaus Mwamaku was arrested by Tanzanian police after he called on citizens to stage “a voluntary walk” to demand that the government set up an independent electoral commission and draft a new constitution.

The proposed 8-day-long demonstration was set to happen in Dar es Salaam, the country’s commercial capital.

The arrest took place hours before the protests could begin. The police say his plans are illegal and warned others to stay off the streets. 

A city police commander was quoted saying, “it is wrong to hold demonstrations without a permit … anyone who takes to the street will be held accountable by the law.”

Bishop Mwamaku has been openly critical of the government led by President John Magafuli and supported opposition party ACT Wazalendo in the October general election.

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