Human rights group Amnesty Worldwide is looking on the Kenyan authorities to not deport a Tanzanian opposition politician who fled his nation for worry of persecution.
Godbless Lema, a former lawmaker in Tanzania’s Chadema celebration, left for Kenya after being briefly detained following his loss in controversial October elections.
It has been lower than per week since Tanzanian President John Magufuli was sworn in for a second time period in workplace, and opposition politicians are leaving the nation in worry.
On Sunday, Kenyan authorities arrested Tanzanian opposition lawmaker and former member of parliament Godbless Lema as he crossed into Kenya along with his spouse and three youngsters.
Demas Kiprono, a programme supervisor with Amnesty Worldwide Kenya, says Nairobi ought to grant asylum to the politician.
“We spoke to his lawyer; his lawyer confirmed that he’s attempting to hunt asylum as a result of he doesn’t really feel secure again in Tanzania. That is coupled with the truth that he was arrested and launched quickly after the election final week. … We should course of him by means of the conventional channels, getting in contact with the refugee bureau, in order that they will assess his refugee standing,” he mentioned.
A name for Lema to be granted asylum additionally got here from Salum Mwalimu. He ran on the opposition ticket with Tundu Lissu, the person who unsuccessfully challenged Magufuli for the presidency.
“I feel it’s good to supply any assist simply to guard his life fairly than taking it as regular diplomacy or regular scenario and deport him to Tanzania, as a result of it is going to be very unfair if Lema will get again to Tanzania, and he finds his life at risk, or something dangerous occurs to him,” he mentioned.
Lissu, who alleged fraud within the reelection of Magufuli, has sought asylum within the German Embassy in Tanzania.
Amnesty has accused the Tanzanian authorities of widespread abuses throughout the marketing campaign. The rights group alleges the vote was rigged in favor of the CCM celebration, which has dominated since independence almost 60 years in the past.
Electoral officers say Magufuli gained 84 p.c of the vote. He has known as for nationwide unity, pledging to work for all Tanzanians.
An observer from the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa mentioned it famous oppression, and the opposition had been focused in a means that challenges the equity of the vote.
Mwalimu, in the meantime, says it’s not in Lema’s character to go away the nation except the threats he obtained are severe.
“I don’t assume Lema simply determined to take that call. He’s a senior politician, he’s nicely skilled, and he has gone by means of powerful moments. So, till he reached that call, there should be one thing very severe which he is aware of by himself. If that’s the case, something can occur to him,” he mentioned.
Tanzanian media report one other opposition MP and former presidential candidate, Lazaro Nyalundu, has been barred from leaving the nation for failing to provide journey paperwork.