Firebrand Tanzania’s Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) MP Halima Mdee has been 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.
The MP was supposed to report to the police with other CHADEMA leaders last week but she was not able to make it as she was seeking treatment in South Africa. She has been booked at Dar-es-salaam Central Police station where she will be spending the Easter weekend.
President Magufuli has limited interaction of MPs with those they represent by banning all political forums. He started his presidency by trying to paint all those who are potential threats as drug dealers.
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.
It is ironic that Kenya’s veteran opposition leader, Raila Odinga is so close to President Magufuli who is meting terror on innocent Tanzanians because of just disagreeing with him.
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