September 13, 2017
Tanzania’s main opposition party claimed Tuesday that the government of President John Magufuli played a role in the gun attack last week that wounded an outspoken politician and shocked the country.
The lawmaker, Tundu Lissu, has had a series of run-ins with the government and has been arrested at least six times this year, accused of insulting the president and disturbing public order, among other charges.
“The government is involved in this attack,” Benson Kigaila, who handles defence and security matters for opposition party CHADEMA, told reporters in Tanzania’s main city of Dar es Salaam.
“Magufuli and his government harassed Tundu Lissu because he wouldn’t stop criticising, in and out of parliament, President Magufuli.”
Lissu, chief whip for the parliamentary opposition, was attacked at his home in the capital Dodoma on Thursday, after returning from a parliamentary session.
He was shot in the stomach and leg, according to local media reports, and the party said he was in critical condition.
After being transferred to a hospital in Nairobi, the party reported that his condition had improved.