Tanzanian opposition leader arrested


Police arrested a Tanzanian opposition politician after he said scores of people were killed in clashes between security forces and pastoralists in the country’s west, his party said.

The Alliance for Change and Transparency said leader Zitto Kabwe was detained and denied bail days after he made the remarks last month.
“The main reason for arresting him is because of his press conference he held on Sunday and mainly on the security issues he saied about Kigoma,” Ado Shaibu, the party’s secretary for ideology, communications and publicity, told Reuters.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

Kabwe made the accusations at a news conference, saying 100 people died in clashes in Kigoma. Last week, police in Kigoma denied any killings happened.

The East African country has been one of the continent’s most stable, but opposition leaders recently voiced concern about a string of arrests, unexplained disappearances and violent attacks on political figures.