Selma, August 3, 2018 (CNA) The Selma State National Liberation Organisation (SENSO) leader Walids Mualema, who was recently arrested in the country, was arrested on Monday, police said.
The arrest took place during a police raid on the headquarters of the SENSO in the central city of Kachine, according to the Selmas police chief.
A spokesman for the regional governor said Mualems arrest was due to his participation in the coup, which was led by his wife, Mwanza, who is currently serving a 10-year jail sentence for the attempted assassination of President Jakaya Kikwete in 2015.
The SENDO leader was arrested after a police team raided his home, the spokesman said.
Mualema was charged with the murder of President Kikwende, who died in prison after being shot dead by soldiers during a coup attempt in 2015 in which the group claimed to have overthrown the ruling party.
The coup also led to the resignation of the current leader, Emeka Mwenda, and the dismissal of Kikwede’s deputy, who became the Senda’s president.
President Mwengeza Mwengo resigned from office on June 24 after being convicted by a military tribunal of murder, treason and other crimes related to the coup attempt.
He is serving a six-year prison sentence.
The Seko National Liberation Front (SNLF), a political grouping that was outlawed by the ruling military in the 1980s, is a key political force in South Africa and has fought for a new constitution that would have freed political prisoners.