Friday 22 September 2017

Outspoken Tanzanian opposition figure shot and wounded

Outspoken Tanzanian opposition figure shot and wounded
(AFP (eng) 09/07/17)
Prominent Tanzanian opposition politician Tundu Lissu, an outspoken government critic, was shot and wounded at his home in the capital on Thursday.

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.

The motive for the shooting is not known.

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 an aeroplane 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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