The Africa Report
He is arguably one of President John Magufuli’s fiercest critics. The September 2017 shooting of Tundu Lissu, the opposition CHADEMA member of parliament for Singida East, at his home in the capital may forever change the country, as attempts at political assassinations have been virtually unheard of. The opposition has called for an international investigation into the attack out of fear that the governing Chama Cha Mapinduzi party is not an independent party, and the incident has already hurt the Tanzanian government’s reputation. The 49-yearold trained lawyer, who worked at the Lawyers’ Environmental Action Team on human and land rights issues, is also the opposition’s chief whip in parliament. Lissu was arrested several times in 2017 for his steady criticism of the government and corruption, and the opposition has a lot riding on his fate.