ACT-Wazalendo blocked from holding a press conference 

17Aug 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
ACT-Wazalendo blocked from holding a press conference 

POLICE in Dar es Salaam yesterday barred opposition party ACT-Wazalendo leader from holding a press conference  for unknown reasons.

The opposition ACT Wazalendo party ideology, publicity and communication secretary Ado Shaibu board into police car after being arrested at the party's headquarters at Kijitonyama area in Dar es Salaam yesterday as he was in preparation of the party's chief executive Zitto Kabwe press conference which barred by force. Photo: Correspondent Getrude Mpezya

The law enforcers who were in plain clothes, arrived at the party’s headquarters in a privately registered vehicle numbered T83 DFS shortly before the press conference was to start.

After a short while, uniformed police officers arrived and asked for the whereabouts of the party’s  leader Zitto who was at that time not available   before the police declared  the meeting unlawful.

“This meeting is unlawful, everyone should disperse this place,” said John Malulu who was introduced as the RCO for Kinondoni.

As the journalists were preparing to leave, Ado Shaibu the head of communication and publicity arrived, he immediately ordered to board a waiting police vehicle.

Shaibu, however  told the journalists that the police had gone to Zitto’s house in search of him for questioning.

Shaibu told journalists that his party’s leader had nothing to inform the public but the ongoing Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) summit.   

In his explanation on the arrest of the party’s spokesperson, Regional Police Comnnader for Kinondoni Mussa Taibu said the police had no   problems with Shaibu.

“They brought him here at the Oysterbay Police and I have asked who is he because I even do not who he is.   I had an issue with Zitto,” he said.

He said he has tried to call Zitto but he had at that time switched off his phone saying the police were looking for him.

The 39th ordinary Summit of the heads of state and government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)   begins today in Dar es Salaam  until on Sunday August 18th , 2019.

The summit is responsible for the overall policy direction and control of functions of the community, ultimately making it the policy-making institution of SADC.