Tanzania: Opposition figure arrested for rebuking president

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Posted: Jul 21, 2017 8:34 AM

DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzanian authorities say they are holding an opposition figure who is accused of calling President John Magufuli a dictator.

Police arrested Tundu Lissu of the opposition Chadema party Thursday at the airport in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, before he could board a plane for Rwanda.

Lucas Mkondya, the acting Dar es Salaam Special Police Zone commander, said Friday that Lissu is being questioned over making anti-government speeches that could lead to unrest.

In a news conference Monday, Lissu rebuked the government for its alleged attacks on the opposition and the media, and urged Western donors to freeze aid to the government.

Since his election in 2015 Magufuli has faced growing charges of intolerance for criticism.