Tanzanian MP Tundu Lissu is recovering in hospital after being shot earlier today in the capital Dodoma, according to reports quoting a doctor.
Mr Lissu is the most vocal opposition politician in the country, a role which has found him in trouble with the authorities.
On several occasions Mr Lissu, who is also president of the country’s bar law association, has in the past been arrested for inciting public disorder and calling the president a dictator.
In July last year, he accused President John Magufuli of “creating a climate of fear in the country and constructing a system based on favouritism, tribalism and regionalism”.
Late last month, police arrested Mr Lissu for alleging that he had evidence to prove that the government’s new commercial aircraft Bombardier Q400, which was yet to be brought into the country, had been seized in Canada due to the government’s failure to pay compensation of $38.7m (£29.5m) to a Canadian firm, Stirling Civil Engineering.
Ruling Party Condemn Shooting
Tanzania’s governing party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), has responded with “shock” to the shooting of opposition MP Tundu Lissu earlier today.
Mr Lissu is being treated in hospital for the inuries. His party, Chadema, said he was “seriously wounded”.
In a statement, CCM called on the police to act:
“The party condemns this violent act and wants the police authorities to search, investigate and take legal action against anyone associated with this heinous act.
The leaders of CCM are praying for brother Lissu and wish him a speedy recovery so that he may continue with his parliamentary duties.”
President Magufuli Condemn Shooting
Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has said he is “saddened” by the shooting of opposition MP Tundu Lissu, who is being treated in hospital.
He issued these tweets in Swahili:
“I’ve been saddened by the gun attack on Tundu Lissu, I’m praying to Almighty God that he may recover soon.”
“Authorities should pursue all the perpetrators of this inhumane act and hand them over to the legal system.”