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Tanzania: Puzzle as DPP holds ‘missing lawyer’

May 5, 2019

Questions lingered yesterday after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Biswalo Mganga disclosed that his office was holding an Arusha-based lawyer whose whereabouts had triggered a social media storm last week.



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Tanzania: What Lissu Misses One Year After ‘Assassination’ Attempt

September 7, 2018

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Recuperating Singida East MP (Chadema) Tundu Lissu said yesterday that he was homesick as he marks one year since surviving an “assassination” attempt in Dodoma.

Mr Lissu, who doubles as the opposition’s chief whip, was sprayed with 32 bullets out which 16 hit him when returning home after a parliamentary session.

Shortly after the attack, the firebrand politician was rushed to the Dodoma Referral Hospital before being airlifted to Nairobi in Kenya for further treatment.

After multiple surgical operations in Nairobi, Mr Lissu, who was critical of several government decisions, was flown to Belgium where he is still receiving treatment.

The legislator, who has so far undergone 21 surgeries, spoke exclusively to The Citizen on a wide range of issues, but stressed his eagerness to come back home and continue with political activities.

The Citizen: Tell us one thing that you feel about Tanzania and Tanzanians in general.

Lissu: All I can say is that I extremely miss Tanzania and I miss all Tanzanians.




https://www.bbc.com/swahili/habari-45334320 (SWAHILI)

https://www.dw.com/sw/lissu-afunguka-na-kumtahadharisha-magufuli/av-45381727 (SWAHILI)

http://www.mwananchi.co.tz/habari/Wapinzani-wamkumbuka-Tundu-Lissu-bungeni/1597578-4748354-td6tj2z/index.html (SWAHILI)

Tanzania: Tundu Lissu discharged after 7 months in Belgium hospital

August 7, 2018

Tanzanian Chief Whip Tundu Lissu addresses

Upon his discharge from the hospital, Mr Lissu who is a former President of Tanganyika Law Society (TLS) will now continue to receive care from home.



http://www.mwananchi.co.tz/habari/Lissu-aruhusiwa-kutoka-hospitalini/1597578-4702260-uss08bz/index.html (KISWAHILI)

Tanzania: CJ Warns Lawyers Over Needless Activism

April 26, 2018

CHIEF Justice Prof Ibrahim Juma yesterday warned the Tanganyika Law Society against mixing politics and human rights activism when discharging its functions under the laws for which it was established.

At a press conference in Dar es Salaam, the CJ insisted that the TLS is a public entity and thus, appealed to the leaders of the bar association to go back to the line to avoid any confrontations with the Judiciary or State. “We cannot let you choose the direction you have chosen under the pretext of exercising freedom and mind you the Judiciary under which you’re closely working with will not give you any cooperation or allow you to give any legal advice to us,”

the CJ warned. He recalled that the TLS is the Bar Association of Tanzania Mainland, which was founded in 1954 by an Act of Parliament, the Tanganyika Law Society Ordinance 1954 and currently was being governed by the Tanganyika Law Society Act. According to the CJ, the TLS was established with several statutory objectives, notably to assist the Government and the Courts in all matters affecting legislation and administration and practice of the law in Tanzania.

Prof. Juma mentioned other objectives as facilitating the acquisition of legal knowledge by members of the legal profession and others and protecting and assisting the public in Tanzania in all matters touching, ancillary or incidental to the law. He cited other TLS duties as representing, protecting and assisting members of the legal profession in Tanzania as regards to conditions of practice and otherwise and maintain and improve the standards of conduct and learning of the legal profession in Tanzania. “




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The IBAHRI supported the Tanganyika Law Society in communicating with the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers regarding threats against the Association’s president and against the legal profession in Tanzania.

Read more about this issue in the 2017 Annual Review: https://tinyurl.com/y7rhftx4

(International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Facebook, 2/5/18)

In 2017, the IBAHRI called for accountability concerning cases where prominent legal figures came under attack.

In Tanzania, Mr. Lissu, the President of the Tanganyika Law Society, was shot. In Myanmar, prominent lawyer U Ko Ni was fatally shot. In Venezuela, Judge Afiuni was detained when she judged a politically sensitive case.

The IBAHRI called on the respective country and states to ensure justice for these individuals. To further combat the climate of fear and protect the rule of law, the IBAHRI took on trial-monitoring and fact-finding missions that have continued in 2018.

Read more about the IBAHRI’s work on protecting the legal profession in our 2017 Annual Review: https://tinyurl.com/y7rhftx4

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Tanzania: Tundu Lissu to undergo 19th operation in Belgium

March 12, 2018

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Tanzanian fiery opposition MP who was shot and severely injured by unknown gunmen last year is set to undergo his 19th surgery in Belgium.

Singida-East MP Tundu Lissu is slated to undergo the operation at the Leuven University Hospital in Gasthuisberg on March 14.


Unknown gunmen shot Mr Lissu several times as he headed to a meeting of the National Assembly in Dodoma on September 7, 2017.

The government of President John Magufuli, which Mr Lissu criticised, says it is still investigating the attack that was condemned by the international community.

Mr Lissu said on Saturday said he was informed by his medical team that another operation was deemed necessary to speed up recovery of his joints.






https://www.la-croix.com/Monde/Afrique/Derive-autoritaire-contestation-Tanzanie-2018-04-15-1200931787 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.jeuneafrique.com/mag/549073/politique/tanzanie-le-virage-autoritaire-de-john-magufuli/ (FRANCAIS)

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Tanzania/Kenya: Tanzania MP Lissu leaves Kenyan hospital after September shooting

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.









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https://www.voaswahili.com/a/lissu-chadema-afafanua-shambulizi-la-kutaka-kumuua-tanzania/4194188.html (SWAHILI)

http://fr.africanews.com/2018/01/10/tanzanie-le-chef-de-l-opposition-felicite-le-president-pour-le-travail-abattu/ (FRANCAIS)

Tanzania/Kenya: Opposition chief whip Lissu speaks from Nairobi Hospital

November 28, 2017

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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.

READ: Shot Tanzanian MP in critical, stable condition


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.