Tanzania: MP’s Attack and the Riddle of ‘Unknown Assailants’

September 9, 2017

The assassination attempt on Tanganyika Law Society (TLS) President and opposition Chief Whip Tundu Lissu has reignited the hot debate over cases of attacks which blamed on “unknown” or “unidentified” people and in almost all cases the attackers remain at large.

On Thursday, unknown people sprayed 28 to 32 bullets at Lissu’s vehicle in Dodoma and five of the bullets wounded the lawmaker in the latest of the many shocking incidents that left the nation guessing over who the assailants were or what their motive was.

Home Affairs Minister Mwigulu Nchemba yesterday ordered the police to investigate Lissu’s shooting but the opposition party Chadema leaders demanded a broader inquiry into cases where the so-called unknown people attacked individuals, police investigated but no report ever came out about the attackers. Chadema’s Secretary General Dr Vicent Mashinji told reporters at a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the tendency of terming the attackers “unknown people” is now becoming too monotonous for the nation to bear.

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