Exiled Tundu Lissu return to Tanzania rekindles unsolved mysteries

Who fired bullets at Tundu Lissu in Dododma in September 2017?

Tanzania’s Presidential Candidate in the 2020 General Elections returned home from Exile on Wednesday, 25 January 2023 jetting in Dar-es-salaam aboard an Ethiopian Airlines plane.

Tundu Antipas Lissu, who fronted the Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) as he contested against John Pombe Magufuli in the highly controversial polls of 2020 was previously forced to flee the country shortly after the elections.

The Tanzanian Electoral Commission named the incumbent John Magufuli to be the winner of the Presidential seat.

The late Magufuli was fronting the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Party.

Following the announced results Lissu and several other opposition politicians fled from Tanzania claiming that there were plans to have them assassinated.

Tundu Lissu, a former Member of Parliament for Singida, had indeed previously been showered by bullets in Dodoma, as he was driving onto his apartment in September 2017.

Believing he was dead his unknown assailants took off in their escape vehicle.

Surviving by sheer miracle, Lissu was later flown for treatments in Nairobi where he miraculously survived the gunshots that left several rounds of bullets in his body.

He together with his driver, later took refuge in Belgium returning briefly to Tanzania for the 2020 polls, after which he once more fled for dear life.

The outspoken politician’s second coming in January 2023 took the Dar-es-salaam City by storm. He landed Julius Kambarage Nyerere International Airport in Dar-es-salaam at 13:35 hours, local time.

He flew in aboard the Ethiopian Airlines, flight ET805 from Addis Ababa.

Roads from the Julius Nyerere International Airport were filled with hundreds of supporters eager to get a glimpse of their hero.

Lissu, accompanied by a number of CHADEMA officials addressed a home coming rally in the Temeke parts of the city with the grounds being packed to the brim.

With the lifting of the illegal ban on political activities; many exiled politicians feel it is now time to return home and get back to work.

Recently, President Samia Suluhu Hassan lifted the ban imposed on political meetings and rallies by her predecessor, John Magufuli who found the opposition movements threatening.

Former Member of Parliament for Arusha, Godbless Lema is among the politicians who have remained in exile abroad following the 2020 polls. He also plans to get back home soon.

But Lissu’s return, according to observers, may open fresh enquiries regarding the people who tried to kill him six years ago.

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