5 December 2017

Tanzania: Ex-President Mwinyi Visits Lissu At Nairobi Hospital

Retired President Ally Hassan Mwinyi yesterday visited Singida-East Member of Parliament Tundu Lissu at the Nairobi Hospital, where the latter is recuperating following assassination attempt by unknown assailants.

The Second Phase President's visit to Lissu comes a few days since the Vice President, Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan, visited the firebrand legislator shortly after attending the inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta on November 28.

Mr Lissu, who is also the Tanganyika Law Society president, has had a series of run-ins with President John Magufuli's government, and has been arrested at least six times this year alone, accused of insulting the Head of State and disturbing public order, among other charges.

He serves as the Chief whip for the Official Opposition in Parliament, and as Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) lead lawyer.

His most recent arrest was in August, after revealing that a plane bought for the national carrier, Air Tanzania Company Limited, had been impounded in Canada over unpaid government debts amounting to about Sh83 billion.


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