For daring to describe the president as ill-mannered, an opposition member of parliament in Tanzania is cooling off in police cell.

According to BBC, the MP, Halima Mdee, was held on Tuesday evening after she said - during a meeting in her Chadema party - that President John Magufuli had become "ill-mannered" and would one day "order Tanzanians to go topless".

Mdee was accused by a district commissioner in Dar es Salaam of making "unacceptable" comments.

Tanzania's The Citizen newspaper, said on Tuesday that the commissioner Ally Happi had ordered the arrest of Mdee for uttering "abusive language" towards the president.

Mdee, the report said, criticised Magufuli over his stand regarding teen mothers’ right to return to school after delivery.