Tanzanian opposition leader Tundu Lissu has hit out at President Samia Suluhu following the arrest of his Chadema colleagues.
The police arrested the chairperson of Chadema party Freeman Mbowe on Tuesday night while attending party meetings in Mwanza.
Shortly after the arrest, the party said that 10 other leaders were arrested alongside Mbowe and taken to the Central Police Station in Mwanza.
Reacting to the arrest, Lissu said that Suluhu’s administration was slowly conforming to the era of the late President John Pombe Magufuli who died in March 2021 of heart complications.
Through his Twitter account, Lissu said that there was hope when Suluhu took over the leadership, but the start of arrests has dashed any such hope.
“When President Samia Suluhu Hassan took over, there’s hope that Magufuli’s reign of terror and war on democracy would end. Last night’s arrest of Chairman Mbowe and CHADEMA leaders has dashed any such hope,” Lissu said.
He added that it is high time for the nationwide protests and international isolation of her regime.