January 5, 2018
Tanzania Opposition lawmaker Tundu Lissu has left the Nairobi Hospital where he was admitted after being shot in September last year in Dodoma.
Lissu who represents Singida constituency told a news conference at the hospital on Friday that those who attacked him used sophisticated military weapons, an indication according to him that President John Magufuli’s government was involved.
He revealed that eight bullets have so far been removed from his body but one remained lodged since removing it would be life-threatening.
Lissu is set to fly abroad on Saturday for specialised care to help him regain his ability to walk.
The official Opposition Chief Whip said the shooting was an assassination attempt by what he described as the cruel regime of Magufuli.
“I was shot 16 times for denouncing President Magufuli who since coming into office has turned the country, literally, into a police state,” Lissu stated.
“Newspapers are closed for criticizing the government, radio stations are shut down; journalists are arrested and beaten. Even posting critical messages on social media has become a criminal offense,” said the Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) party MP.
The President of Tanzania’s bar association, the Tanganyika Law Society, as well as being CHADEMA’s Attorney General, Lissu has on several occasions asked government officials pressing questions in Parliament, something that rattled the State.
November 28, 2017
Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Tuesday visited fiery opposition chief whip Tundu Lissu who is admitted at Nairobi Hospital.
Mr Lissu was shot on September 7 in Dodoma by unknown gunmen.
The Vice President made the stopover after representing her boss, President John Magufuli, during the swearing-in ceremony of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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Ms Hassan, who was escorted to the hospital under tight security, spent 15 minutes in the ward with the Singida East MP.
Members of the press were not allowed to join the VP’s convoy, which included the Presidential Director of Communication, Grayson Msigwa.
Speaking to the Nation after her visit, Mr Lissu lauded the gesture, calling it a sign of goodwill.
October 5, 2017
THE outcome of the trial of Singida East Member of Parliament (MP) Tundu Lissu, who is charged with abusing the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr John Pombe Magufuli (JPM), by calling him a dictator, will be known early next month.
Resident Magistrate Godfrey Mwambapa, who is hearing the case at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam, was yesterday scheduled to deliver his ruling on whether the MP under Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) has a case to answer or not in respect of the offence charged.
However, the session was pushed to November 16, this year on two grounds, including the absence of the lawmaker, who is currently undergoing medical treatments at Chandaria Accident and Emergence Nairobi Hospital in Kenya.
The other reason was related to the failure of the Chief Whip of the opposition camp in Parliament, to present his submissions after closure of prosecution’s case in the matter. Advocate Peter Kibatala, for the MP, undertook to file the submissions in question by October 9.
September 28, 2017
Tanzania’s Home Affairs minister Mwigulu Nchemba on Thursday September 28 failed to explain how many suspects linked to the assassination attempt on the life of Singida East MP Tundu Lissu had been arrested.
But he said, so far they have seized 10 vehicles that match the looks of the one the unknown assailants used on the material day.
Mr Nchemba made the statement during an interview with a local TV station, where he also assured on the capacity of local security organs to probe the incident.
“We are holding 10 vehicles in connection with the attempt but I can’t divulge more details on how many people have been arrested, the police continue with their investigations,” he said.
“People should trust their police as they are on duty 24/7, even the government isn’t happy with the blood shedding incidents as our core responsibility is to guarantee safety to everyone,” he added.
Mr Lissu, who is also an opposition Chief Whip and president of the Tanganyika Law Society (TLS) was showered with bullets on September 7 outside his Area D home in Dodoma as he was coming from Parliament.
September 21, 2017
Doctors at the Nairobi Hospital will determine whether Singida East Member of Parliament Tundu Lissu is stable enough to be transferred to the United States for further treatment.
Singida North Member of Parliament Lazaro Nyalandu, who flew to Nairobi on Tuesday, revealed this through a post on his Facebook page.
“It is the third day that we are waiting for Mr Lissu’s medical report from doctors ta Nairobi hospital. We need the report so that we can share with specialists in the US to determine whether Mr Lissu is strong enough to be flown to there,” wrote Mr Nyalandu. Mr Lissu was flown to the Nairobi Hospital after an attempt on his life in Dodoma a few days ago. The gun wounds left him fighting for his life.
The legislator was shot several times by unidentified assailants in the stomach and legs. After Mr Lissu was assaulted, Chadema well-wishers started raising funds to facilitate his treatment. An online fundraising campaign https://www.gofundme.com/Lissumedicalcare was started.
As we went to press a total of $21,890 had been raised through the campaign by 465 well wishers in the past seven days.
On Monday, Chadema director of Foreign Communications and Foreign Affairs John Mrema said the party had raised $30,000 from well-wishers through bank accounts and mobile money banking.
Chadema is working to raise $50,000 (about Sh111.25 million) for the purpose.
September 18, 2017
A total of $9,968, which is equivalent to Sh22.3 million, has been raised in four days by Chadema supporters in the diaspora.
The supporters embarked on a fund-riser last week in a bid to collect enough money to facilitate specialised treatment of the ailing Singida East MP, Tundu Lissu in the US.
The Chadema sympathisers in the diaspora organised an online fund-raising campaign with contribution being channeled through https://www.gofundme.com/Lissumedicalcare/donate. Party’s target was to collect $50,000 (Sh112m), which would make it possible to fly Mr Lissu to the US for further treatment.
According to the status of contributions, the opposition party faces a task of raising $40,032 (Sh89.6m) in order to meet the target.
The Chadema Secretary General, Dr Vincent Mashinji, has been listed as the guarantor of the fundraiser.
The firebrand lawmaker is admitted at the Nairobi Hospital in Kenya where he was air-lifted hours after he was hit with five out of 32 bullets sprayed on his vehicle by unknown assailants.