Kenya’s Muthoki Mumo has been arrested in Tanzania with her colleague Angela Quintal. The 2 work for The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and were in the country on official duties.
Muthoki Mumo is CPJ’s sub-Saharan Africa representative and is a former Business Daily reporter on technology and telecommunications. Angela Quintal is the CPJ Africa program coordinator.
Officers who identified themselves as working with the Tanzanian immigration authority detained Quintal and Mumo in their hotel room in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on November 7. The officials searched the pair’s belongings and would not return their passports when asked. Quintal and Mumo were then escorted from the hotel and have been taken to an unknown location.
The tweet by @angelaquintal was not sent by her. We have confirmation that she is still detained. This shows someone is using her account. #Free_Quintal @PresidencyZA @DIRCO_ZA @News24 @joestolley @LindiweSisuluSA @CyrilRamaphosa @pressfreedom pic.twitter.com/PGc48ClCKz
— Genevieve Quintal (@GenMQ) November 7, 2018
It also seems that the officers are in control of the pair’s devices as Quintal’s Twitter account sent a Tweet saying that they had been released. The pair has not been heard from or seen since the arrest.