Tundu Lissu released after being interrogated by police

Tuesday November 03 2020

Tundu Lissu, Tanzania's former MP with the Chadema main opposition party, reacts to supporters as he returns after three years in exile, at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam on July 27, 2020. Police arrested and questioned him on November 2, 2020. PHOTO | AFP

By Steve Omondi

Tanzania opposition leader Tundu Lissu was released Monday after being held briefly by the police.

The party late on Monday evening, in a tweet, said that Lissu has been freed after being interrogated by the police for more than two hours.

Police in Dar es Salaam had earlier on confirmed Lissu's arrest, saying it was related to planned protests over election results.

“We arrested him in Dar es Salaam when he was leaving the European Union (EU) head office,” Dar es Salaam Regional Police Commander Lazaro Mambosasa said on the phone.

It was not immediately clear who Mr Lissu was meeting at the EU’s Umoja offices.

Lissu contested the October 28 presidential election on a Chadema party ticket.


Since Saturday, several opposition leaders in the country have been arrested in what has been reported as the government's effort to block planned post-election protests against Tanzania’s election results that declared President John Magufuli the winner.

Among the opposition leaders who have been arrested are Chadema national chairman Freeman Mbowe, former Arusha MP Godbless Lema, former Dar es Salaam Mayor Isaya Mwita and Ubungo Mayor Boniface Jacob.