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Tundu Lissu

Fierce critic

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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.

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