Tanzanian police carried out a raid on the headquarters of an opposition party which recently criticised the state of the economy under President John Magufuli, Uganda’s Daily Monitor reported on Wednesday.

"The police have just ended a raid on the headquarters of the Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT) Wazalendo," read a statement from the party.

During the Tuesday night raid, a laptop, flashdrive and a recent press statement were confiscated by the police.

Zitto Kabwe, the leader of ACT and a fierce critic of the government, has been arrested three times since main opposition chief Tundu Lissu of the Chadema party was shot and wounded in September.

The Chadema party accused police of being behind the shooting of Lissu - who has been arrested six times this year - which necessitated him undergoing 17 operations in a Nairobi hospital in Kenya.

The ACT press statement seized by the police, issued on October 12, criticised "the bad state of the economy, the deterioration of security and the narrowing of the democratic environment".

A second ACT statement, "Evidence of the deterioration of the national economy", was also seized by police.

Magufuli accused the ACT of deliberately minimising his economic achievements and asked prosecutors to go after those publishing information contrary to official statistics.

The central committee of the ACT party was summoned to present themselves before police on Monday. Only the top leaders were released following questioning.

Magfuli has closed down newspapers, banned opposition rallies, switched off live broadcasts of parliamentary sessions and used a draconian "cyber crimes" law to jail critics since his October 2016 election.

- African News Agency (ANA)