Former Tanzanian Member of Parliament Tundu Lissu has set a date to return home so he can run for president on the Chadema ticket in the upcoming October elections. Lissu’s announcement comes three years after surviving an assassination attempt in which gunmen armed with machine guns sprayed his car with bullets. Lissu was airlifted to hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, and then moved to Belgium — where he still lives — to receive treatment. Lissu, a human rights and environmental lawyer, is a vocal critic of government corruption and the current president, John Magufuli. He has been arrested several times in the past and still has charges of uttering seditious words against the Tanzanian state authority outstanding against him. DW: How can you run for presidency while you’re still abroad? Are you planning to go back to Tanzania soon? Tundu Lissu: The simple and quick answer to your question is: yes, I’m returning home and I’m returning home on July 28 this year, less than three weeks from now. There are quite some sedition cases waiting for you back in Tanzania. Do you think those cases might hinder your presidential ambitions? It is not sedition to make statements which show that the… Read full this story
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