Police in Arusha have arrested three Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) leaders and are hunting for Arumeru East MP Joshua Nassari for allegedly uttering seditious words during a well-attended party’s rally held at the weekend.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Isaya Mungulu told reporters here yesterday that Nassari was among the key people in the party, who issued seditious words during the rally, which was attended by all Chadema top leaders.
“We have arrested three people in connection with sedition and we’re looking for MP Nassari, who is nowhere to be seen,” Mungulu said, adding: “We want him to surrender to the central police station in Arusha for interrogation. If he resists we’ll find him. We have tried to call him several times through his mobile phone numbers but in vain and we left a voice message to ask him to respond to our call.”
The DCP said during the meeting Nassari and his colleagues uttered seditious words.
He said MP Nassari during the rally was quoted inciting people that if the police won’t arrest all people behind the killing of his party chairman in Usa River ward Msafiri Mbwambo they would declare a new nation for the northern and lake zone region.
“We are still investigating the matter and also interrogating the three people in connection with the incident,” he insisted, declining to name the three party leaders, who had been arrested.
The three are interrogated for allegedly making derogatory words against the son of the President Ridhwan Kikwete.
In another development, seven people have been arrested for three separate counts.
Mungulu said the three people had been arrested for allegedly killing Mbwambo.
He named the suspects as Daud Lezile Mkumba, Mathias Nathan Kurwa and Said Phlorin Mkwela, who both are sub-village leaders in the area.
He said the police had also arrested three suspects in connection with sporadic invasions of investors’ estates in Arumeru District, naming them as Godlove Salael Manang, Anthony Piniel Kiungai and Abraham Kitomary.
Another one, Charles Isawafu Nnko has been arrested for allegedly killing Martha Joseph (70), the latter being killed over superstitious beliefs.
According to DCP Mungulu, all seven suspects appeared in court yesterday morning.