Police in Tanzania have arrested the chairman of the primary opposition occasion within the wake of a disputed election.
Freeman Mbowe was detained, together with two different Chadema leaders, for planning violent protests, based on the police.
President John Magufuli was re-elected with 84% of the vote, Friday’s official outcomes confirmed.
But the opposition stated Wednesday’s ballot was fraudulent and referred to as for peaceable demonstrations.
Chadema’s presidential candidate Tundu Lissu instructed the BBC’s Newsday programme that he had additionally heard of the arrest of occasion leaders in different components of the nation.
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What is the opposition saying?
Mr Lissu obtained 13% of the vote, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) stated. He alleged final week that his occasion brokers had been prevented from getting into some polling stations the place poll containers had been tampered with.
Over the weekend, the leaders of Chadema, together with Mr Mbowe, and one other opposition occasion, ACT-Wazalendo, urged their supporters to come back out in giant numbers to peacefully protest and demand recent elections.
But the police have stated that intelligence studies advised that the opposition was planning to burn down markets and petrol stations.
ACT-Wazalendo leader Zitto Kabwe stated on Saturday that the choice to protest was for “the future of our country”.
“We cannot accept going back to a one-party system,” he added.
The ruling CCM occasion ruled Tanzania from 1977 to 1992 as the one legally allowed occasion, and has received each multiparty election since. It was fashioned in a merger of the Tanganyika African National Union, which ruled from independence in 1961.
Mr Magufuli was first elected in 2015.
No signal of protesters, solely riot police
Athuman Mtulya, BBC News, Dar es Salaam
In some methods, issues have gone again to regular and this metropolis, the nation’s industrial hub, is busy as soon as once more after final week’s common election.
But a major presence of anti-riot police in two components of Dar es Salaam point out that not the whole lot is regular.
These had been presupposed to be the 2 beginning factors for the opposition demonstrations referred to as for right this moment, however by lunchtime there was no signal of the protesters.
Police have threatened to make use of power to detain anybody who takes half in road demonstrations.
Some are saying that now the election is over, issues ought to go on as earlier than, others although have expressed an curiosity in protesting however feared the response from the authorities.
How credible was the election?
The NEC has dismissed the opposition’s claims of fraud and its head, Semistocles Kaijage, stated allegations of pretend poll papers had been unsubstantiated.
And on Friday an observer mission from the East African Community stated that the election was “conducted in a regular manner”.
Last week, the US embassy in Dar es Salaam stated that “irregularities and the overwhelming margins of victory raise serious doubts about the credibility of the results… as well as concerns about the government of Tanzania’s commitment to democratic values”.
What occurred in Zanzibar?
As effectively as participating within the Tanzanian elections, voters on the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar additionally elected their very own president, and the CCM candidate Hussein Mwinyi was declared the winner with 76% of the votes.
His major rival, ACT-Wazalendo’s Maalim Seif Sharif bought 19% – his largest defeat in any presidential election he has taken half in. He additionally referred to as for protests.
Mr Mwinyi was sworn in on Monday.