Unidentified men snatch Tanzanian investigative journalist from home

Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera

Tanzania Police We're probing Kabendera's citizenship Tuesday July 30 2019 Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera

Mr Kabendera, a freelance journalist who writes for various local and worldwide publications, including The EastAfrican, was whisked away from his home in a Dar es Salaam suburb by six men in plain clothes, who identified themselves as police officers.

A leading Tanzanian newspaper Mwananchi reports that Kabendera who writes for local and worldwide newspapers was abducted Monday evening by people who are said to be police officers. [Standard] The family of Tanzanian freelance journalist Erick Kabendera is in shock after unknown people raided their home and forcibly took him away.

A Tanzanian investigative journalist, Erick Kabendera, was abducted Monday from his home on the outskirts of Dar es salaam, the country's business capital.

When colleagues and a lawyer from the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition went to the police station to check on the journalist, Kabendera was not there, according to Watetezi TV, a news outlet associated with the coalition, and Ansbert Ngurumo, a Tanzanian journalist who runs the news blog Sauti Kubwafrom exile, and who is following the case.

Tanzania's inspector general of police, Simon Sirro, confirmed Kabendera had been taken to a police station for questioning. Millard Ayo and Jamii Forums later reported that police in Kinondoni, which is also in Dar es Salaam, said they were interrogating the journalist.

The hashtag #FreeErickKabendera is trending on Twitter in Tanzania.

Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander Lazaro Mambosasa told a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that some doubts have arisen over whether Kabendera was a Tanzanian national, hence his detention for further investigation. CPJ could not confirm that the journalist was detained by police.

During an interview with BBC Focus on Africa, Mr Kabudi was asked if the state had done enough to find out what happened to Gwanda.

Mr Gwanda was last seen being whisked away by four men.

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