Magufuli critic MP Tundu Lissu shot in capital Dodoma

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Tundu Lissu

Tanzanian Opposition MP Tundu Lissu has been shot in the capital, Dodoma, The Citizen newspaper reports.

He suffered multiple wounds and is being treated in hospital, officials from his Chadema party have told the BBC.

Dodoma Regional Medical Officer told Citizen that Tundu Lissu has been shot on stomach and leg.

Police Regional Commissioner says people who attacked Lissu were using a white Nissan.

Chadema national chairman, Freeman Mbowe, told a local radio station a few minutes ago that Lissu is in critical condition.

“He was been shot at his home… his condition is critical, I will talk later,” a vividly shaken Mbowe told the radio station.

A number of government and parliament officials as well as Members of Parliament have rushed to Dodoma General Hospital where Lissu has been taken for treatment.

Lissu’s car

Rombo Member of Parliament Joseph Selasini (Chadema) says according to information for Tundu Lissu’s driver the assailants tracked Lissu shortly after he left Parliament in the afternoon.

Selasini said along the way the driver notified Lissu of the suspicious car which was following them.

Shortly after they arrived at Lissu’s residence, the driver asked Lissu to remain in the car.

“The driver told me that after they stopped, the occupants from the other car also stopped a few metres from them but when they noted that Lissu is not coming out, they opened a window and shot one tyre. They them started to shoot on the passenger’s seat where Lissu was sitting,” Selasini told Citizen.

After the shooting the car sped off. Mbowe said Lissu was in critical condition.

Lissu of the Chadema party has been arrested several times for criticising the government and inciting public disorder and on several occasions he has called President John Magufuli a dictator.

Agencies

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