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Tanzanian Police Arrest Opposition Leader Freeman Mbowe

June 06, 2011

June 6 (Bloomberg) -- Tanzanian police said they arrested opposition leader Freeman Mbowe.

“We are delivering him in the court in Arusha as per the wishes of the court,” Advera Senso, a spokeswoman for the Tanzanian police, said in a phone interview today. She didn’t provide further details.

A Tanzanian court issued an arrest warrant for Mbowe after he failed to appear in court on charges of organizing an illegal gathering earlier this year, the Dar es Salaam-based Guardian newspaper reported on June 3.

Mbowe is chairman of Chama Cha Demokrasia na Manedeleo, the East African nation’s biggest opposition party.

To contact the reporter on this story: David Malingha Doya in Dar es Salaam at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at

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