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MP detained over deadly clashes

Publish date: 05 November 2018
Issue Number: 798
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Tanzania

Tanzanian opposition lawmaker Zitto Kabwe has been arrested in Dar es Salaam after claiming that dozens of people were killed in recent clashes between herders and the security forces. Kabwe, the head of the Alliance for Change and Transparency and its only MP, is an outspoken critic of President John Magufuli. Over the weekend, Kabwe said about 100 people were killed in clashes between police and herders in Kigoma province last month. However, a report on the News24 site notes that the authorities claim two policemen and two herders were killed after the herders had unlawfully taken their cattle into a protected reserve.

Full report on the News24 site