Tanzania’s opposition says police blocking protest over vote

NAIROBI, KENYA (AP) – A Tanzanian opposition leader said police have arrested several opposition figures and sealed off areas where a peaceful demonstration was to begin yesterday morning over last week’s election that they call too flawed to stand.

Emmanuel Mvula, campaign manager with the ACT Wazalendo party, told The Associated Press “there is heavy deployment of security forces” in the commercial hub of Dar es Salaam, where the two main opposition parties planned to march to the national electoral commission.

The chair of the Chadema opposition party, Freeman Mbowe, was among those arrested overnight, Mvula said. The arrest was reported by Robert Amsterdam, lawyer for Chadema’s presidential candidate, Tundu Lissu.