Not a single officer at the police headquarters in Dar es Salaam was ready to offer any clarifications on the matter amid reports circulating for the better part of the day that the outspoken opposition legislator was nowhere to be seen.
Police spokesperson Advera Bulimba told The Guardian that they (police) were still doing their job and will let the public know what had transpired after finishing (their job).
“This is just the usual procedure for everything that we do. We will present full details on what the public needs to know later,” Bulimba said.
She directed this paper to contact the Dar es Salaam police special zone for more information. But when contacted, special zone police commander Simon Sirro said he was on leave in Musoma and knew nothing about the matter.
Lissu, a member of the opposition CHADEMA party, was arrested in Singida on Wednesday night for undisclosed reasons. Reports from within the police force said he was to be transported to Dar es Salaam that same night.
In a statement yesterday, CHADEMA spokesman Tumaini Makene said the party had received information that the MP had been brought to the Central Police Station in the city at around 2 pm.
Earlier, in a short mobile phone text message, Lissu had said there was an order from Dar es Salaam to have him arrested.
He said he was not scared of what he described as government tactics to silence him, and was not ready to be silenced.
The MP is already facing several court cases on charges that include sedition and incitement. The incitement charge came after he allegedly called President John Magufuli ‘a petty dictator’.