Tundu Lissu Defends Cases as he Prepares For Presidency Election
July. 31, 2020
Three days after he arrived in Tanzania from Belgium, Tundu Lissu today begins defending himself against several cases facing him in court starting today.
He is alleged to have committed crime in Zanzibar. Lissu who is also vying to be the presidential flag bearer for his party faces four cases of sedition at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam
Hearing of the cases stalled for almost three years after the former Singida East MP was flown to Kenya and later Belgium after an attempted assassination attempt on September 7, 2017 in Dodoma leaving him fatally wounded.
In the case number 123 of 2017 that comes of mention before resident Magistrate, Kassian Matembele, Lissu is alleged to have issued seditious statements with aim of inciting the public in Kibunju Maungani, Magharibi B District, Mjini Magharibi Region in Zanzibar. Lissu was first arraigned on February 9, 2017 where he was charged with four offences.
The exiled Tanzanian opposition leader Tundu Lissu is returning into the country from Belgium where he has been receiving specialised treatment for three-years after his assassination attempt in 2017.
Excited Lissu has tweeted two videos of himself arriving at the Brussels airport. 'Tanzania here we come,' he posted on twitter. Tanzania will be on a human and political rights test Monday afternoon, with the whole world glued to what will unfold when the outspoken opposition leader jets in the nation.
Thousands of people came to the airport to welcome the return of him.
However, in the next day, Tanzania opposition party, Chadema, has claimed that their top officials were denied entry to the Uhuru Stadium to pay their last respect to the fallen former President Benjamini Mkapa.
President Magufuli led thousands of Dar es Salaam residents, international dignitaries at the funeral service which was preceded by a requiem mass at St Immaculate, before the body was transported to Masasi on a military plane.
In a statement issued by Chadema on Tuesday July 28, claimed that their top officials were barred from entering the stadium for unknown reasons.The officials included Chairman Freeman Mbowe, Deputy Chairman (Mainland) Tundu Lissu and Secretary General John Mnyika.
Several peaceful and colorful days in Tanzania has seen an end. Tundu Lissu has to face those cases and defends himself if he still want to have a bid in the next election so as to make Tanzania a better country just as he himself said in many occasions.
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