The Tanzanian Police Force released musician and activist Vitali Maembe from detention on 3 November 2021, after arresting him the day before for allegedly “insulting the government” in a song, reported Music in Africa.
Many thanks to everyone who posted, tweeted or shared in solidarity with the release of @VMaembe. As a result of that collective effort he has been released on bail and is set to report to court again tomorrow morning.#VivaVitaliMaembe #JusticeForMaembe #FreeVitaliMaembe pic.twitter.com/7uPpDpMdvr
— #Dorphanage (@Dorphan_age) November 3, 2021
Maembe was arrested because of his song Kaizari / Ceasar, released on 6 September 2021. The song expressed disappointment in Tanzania citizens’ socio-economic situation and how it is being affected by election declarations that are not fulfilled.
Twitter users launched a campaign #ReleaseVitaliMaembe calling for the artist’s release.
After his arrest, Maembe was detained at Bagamoyo Police Station and transferred to Kibaha Police Station. He was eventually released on bail on 3 November 2021.