Outspoken Tanzanian op­po­si­tion fig­ure shot, wounded

Observer on Saturday - - News - AFP

- Prom­i­nent Tanzanian op­po­si­tion politi­cian Tundu Lissu, an outspoken gov­ern­ment critic, was shot and wounded at his home in the cap­i­tal on Thurs­day, his party said.

“The at­tack took place at his Dodoma res­i­dence at mid­day,” the main op­po­si­tion party CHADEMA said in a state­ment, adding that Lissu was se­ri­ously wounded and rushed to hos­pi­tal.

Party spokesper­son Tu­maini Mak­ene de­scribed Lissu’s con­di­tion as “crit­i­cal” while lo­cal me­dia re­ported he had been shot in the stom­ach and leg.

Re­gional Po­lice Com­man­der Gilles Muroto said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der­way.

“We are ask­ing fel­low cit­i­zens with in­for­ma­tion to help us,” he said, adding that ini­tial en­quiries were fo­cussing on a car be­lieved to have fol­lowed Lissu to his home.

Lissu, 49, has had a se­ries of run-ins with the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli and has been ar­rested at least six times this year, ac­cused of in­sult­ing the pres­i­dent and dis­turb­ing pub­lic or­der among other charges.

Lissu serves as chief whip for the Par­lia­men­tary op­po­si­tion and pres­i­dent of Tan­za­nia’s bar as­so­ci­a­tion, the Tan­ganyika Law So­ci­ety, as well as be­ing CHADEMA’s at­tor­ney gen­eral.

He was last ar­rested in Au­gust after re­veal­ing that a plane bought for the na­tional car­rier had been im­pounded in Canada over un­paid debts.

Magu­fuli has been praised for crack­ing down on cor­rup­tion since 2015 but crit­i­cised for his au­thor­i­tar­ian rule with op­po­si­tion meetings banned and news­pa­pers shut down, moves Lissu has loudly con­demned as cre­at­ing a “cli­mate of fear”.

His party said Lissu was shot just after a par­lia­men­tary ses­sion.

“CHADEMA strongly con­demns this act, and we are fol­low­ing up closely on his sit­u­a­tion,” the party added.


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