Kawe MP Halima Mdee of the CHADEMA party has been arrested for allegedly making disrespectful remarks against President John Magufuli.
The legislator has been denied bail and would have to spend the weekend at the police station.
DAR: HALIMA MDEE ASHIKILIWA NA JESHI LA POLISI
> Mbunge wa Jimbo la Kawe (CHADEMA) aliitwa kuhojiwa ktk kituo cha Polisi cha Oysterbay kwa tuhuma za kutoa kauli ya kumkosea heshima Rais Magufuli
> Baada ya kuhojiwa Mdee amenyimwa dhamana
— Jamii Forums (@JamiiForums) February 23, 2019
She disclosed through Twitter that she had been summoned to Oyster Bay Police station but was unaware of the purpose of the summons
Nimepata WITO wa KUITWA POLISI OYSTERBAY kwa MAHOJIANO.Mpaka SASA sababu ya wito ni NINI. Ngoja TUJONGEE.
— Halima James Mdee (@halimamdee) February 23, 2019
Last year Halima Mdee was arrested by police on orders of Raila Odinga’s personal friend, John Pombe Magufuli.
According to close associates of the MP, Halima was arrested at the Julius Nyerere International Airport at around 3AM on Sunday while arriving from Johannesburg where he went to seek treatment for unknown illness.
Since the start of his presidency, Magufuli has presided over the arrest, detention and intimidation politicians, religious leaders, entertainers, journalists and bloggers who are critical of his leadership.