Lema remanded again as state wants bail authentication

12Nov 2016
Edward Qorro
The Guardian
Lema remanded again as state wants bail authentication

Arusha Urban MP Godbless Lema was yesterday returned to Kisongo Remand Prison after he failed to secure bail in the sedition charges facing him.

Arusha Urban lawmaker Godbless Lema (2nd L) waves to his supporters on his way back to remand prison after he was denied bail on sedition charges by the Arusha Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

This is the second time the outspoken legislator gets remanded within a week, and it could not be immediately established when he will walk out of the prison.

Earlier on, at the four hour hearing, Principal Magistrate Desdery Kamugisha had granted the MP bail, only for State Attorneys Maternus Marandu and Paul Kadushi to submit substantial arguments that will see the politician spend his weekend behind bars.

In their submission, the two attorneys argued that the lawmaker should not be bailed, pending a High Court ruling which determines the authenticity of the bail.

The State Attorneys appealed against the Principal Magistrate’s discretion, which had earlier granted the lawmaker the bail application.

Outside the court, there were scenes of his followers holding Bibles aloft as they prayed for the MP.

Yesterday, the two attorneys submitted their oral intention of appealing at the High Court.
Last week, the regional police office grilled the MP for several hours over what it said were abusive and inciting remarks aimed at President John Magufuli.

The outspoken legislator was forced to abandon the parliamentary committee sessions to heed police summons.

At a public rally held at Baraa grounds in Arusha, the Chadema lawmaker said he had ‘prophesized’ the president’s death through a vision.

Through the ‘vision’, Lema maintains that the President would not live to see the country’s next General Election, thanks to his alleged oppressive rule.

Marandu maintained that it was wise for the lawmaker to be remanded for his own safety following his latest remarks that have caused public outrage.

The maverick politician was first detained by regional police, appearing in court on August 29 for posting seditious content on social media.

The politician left the court’s premises aboard a prison bus late evening as hundreds of his followers chanted his name.