The Iringa Urban MP, Reverend Peter Msigwa (Chadema) and 60 other people have been arrested for taking part in an unauthorised demonstration and causing destruction of property in Iringa municipality.
Iringa Regional Police Commander (RPC) Michael Kamuhanda said the opposition lawmaker was arrested at his home at around 12:30pm and taken to the regional police headquarters. “We are now collecting evidence against him and the 60 others.
They will possibly be arraigned on Monday,” RPC Kamuhanda told the ‘Daily News’ in a telephone interview.
Iringa Municipality was on Sunday morning embroiled in chaos that pitted the police against smallscale traders, popularly known as “Machinga”, after the latter reportedly insisted on conducting business in the prohibited Mashine Tatu area.
“Rev Msigwa personally took part in the demonstration and he even went further to incite the petty traders to cause chaos,” the regional police chief said.
Reached for comment, the Secretary of Chadema MPs in the National Assembly, Mr David Silinde (Mbozi West), said the party was closely following the matter.
“We are still trying to contact him (Rev Msigwa) to find out what really transpired. The information we have is that there was chaos in the municipality involving small-scale traders and we are not aware of his involvement in the disturbance so far,” Mr Silinde said in a telephone interview.
By ALVAR MWAKYUSA, Tanzania Daily News