Probe re­port on Lissu at­tack ‘not ready’

The out­spo­ken Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment is still un­der­go­ing treat­ment at a Nairobi hospi­tal

The East African - - NEWS - A JOINT RE­PORT The Eastafrican

Tan­za­nia’s Par­lia­men­tary De­fence and Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee on Fri­day failed to present a re­port on the at­tack on Chadema Chief Whip Tundu Lissu.

The team led by Adadi Ra­jab said they did not have enough time to com­pile and ta­ble the re­port.

The out­spo­ken Singida East MP was shot near his Dodoma res­i­dence, and is be­ing treated in Nairobi.

Mr Ra­jab said the com­mit­tee had lim­ited time to fi­nalise the re­port and present it to the House.

House Speaker Job Ndugai had di­rected that the com­mit­tee with other se­cu­rity or­gans probe the mat­ter and present its re­port last Fri­day for de­bate in par­lia­ment.

Sources in Dodoma told The Eastafrican that the com­mit­tee needed more time to dis­cuss the re­port be­fore pre­sent­ing it in par­lia­ment.

“The mat­ter has caused

The mat­ter has caused up­roar and there are some peo­ple who be­lieve that it was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated, bear­ing in mind that Mr Lissu is an out­spo­ken op­po­si­tion politi­cian”

up­roar and there are some peo­ple who be­lieve that it was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated, bear­ing in mind that Mr Lissu is an out­spo­ken op­po­si­tion politi­cian. It may not be the right time to dis­cuss the find­ings by now,” a source told The Eastafrican.

Last week, Nzega MP Hus­sein Bashe asked the Speaker to form a spe­cial task force to probe the shoot­ing of the MP but the Speaker di­rected the De­fence and Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee to take up the mat­ter.

The gov­ern­ment has also formed a sep­a­rate task force to in­ves­ti­gate the ris­ing cases of gun at­tacks with a view to re­dress­ing in­se­cu­rity.

Mr Lissu who is also the pres­i­dent of Tan­ganyika Law So­ci­ety is fac­ing sev­eral sedi­tion charges for re­fer­ring to Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli as a dic­ta­tor.

His elec­tion to TLS en­coun­tered spir­ited op­po­si­tion from the gov­ern­ment which ac­cused the or­gan­i­sa­tion of par­ti­san­ship.

He has been a critic of Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli’s ad­min­is­tra­tion crack­down on op­po­si­tion that has seen a ban on po­lit­i­cal ral­lies across the coun­try.

There have been re­ports in Nairobi that Mr Lissu is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion but Chadema chair­man Free­man Mbowe dis­pelled the fears, say­ing the MP is in sta­ble con­di­tion.

“Any me­dia re­ports claim­ing that Mr Lissu’s con­di­tion has wors­ened after de­vel­op­ing a chest com­pli­ca­tion are false and base­less. He is in crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion, and gen­er­ally on the road to re­cov­ery,” said Mr Mbowe.

He told the me­dia the politi­cian was now able to speak, eat some food and even re­ceive a num­ber of vis­i­tors un­der strict su­per­vi­sion by the team of doc­tors who are over­see­ing his treat­ment.

Pic­ture: File

Tundu Lissu be­ing air­lifted to Nairobi for treat­ment.

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