House team, security chiefs, to probe MP’s insecurity

09Sep 2017
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
House team, security chiefs, to probe MP’s insecurity

SPEAKER of the National Assembly Job Ndugai has directed the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Security and security chiefs to meet and discuss the state of national security and bring a report to the House next week for discussion.

SPEAKER of the National Assembly Job Ndugai

The Speaker said the shooting of Singida East Member of Parliament Tundu Lissu on Thursday was very terrifying and the first to happen since Parliament shifted to Dodoma.

“The incident has baffled us. However, we should let the security organs to do their job,” the Speaker said in the National Assembly yesterday.

The Chadema Singida East MP, who is also president of the Tanganyika Law Society, was short by unknown assailants on Thursday at his area D residence in Dodoma.

Ndugai said members of Parliament had agreed to donate half of their daily allowance to cover the medical bills for their colleague, who is fighting for his life at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.

On Thursday it was announced by Minister for Health Social Welfare, Children and the Elderly Ummy Mwalimu that the shot Singida East legislator would be admitted to Muhimbili National Hospital. However, the MP’s family preferred him to be referred to Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi from Dodoma Referral Hospital where he was rushed after he was shot.

According to Ndugai, Parliament had arranged that he be treated at Muhimbili but the family proposed that he should be taken to Nairobi.

 

He quoted Dodoma Regional Police Commander Giles Mloto as saying that the assailant shot between 28 and 32 bullets on Lissu, but only five rounds had hit him, one on the leg, two on the hands and one in the stomach.

Earlier in the day, there was a sombre mood on the faces of most MPs while entering the morning session for discussion where they sought for the Speaker’s directive to discuss the issue.

MPs were seen in groups discussing the incident, with the majority saying they feared for their lives while asking for security from the government.

“We are in danger. I reported the plate number of the vehicle which blocked me and the person who pointed a pistol at me in broad daylight but no action has been taken till now,” said Nape Nnauye, Mtama MP  and former minister for information while debating in Parliament yesterday.

He said such incidents were painting a bad image for the nation before the international community.

“Now people think it is easy to shoot someone in broad daylight,” he said.

For his part, Nzega Rural MP Hussein Bashe said the country was witnessing incidents that had never happened before.

He pointed on what befell Chadema official Ben Saanane, who has gone missing for over a year now, and musician Roma Mkatoliki who was recently abducted and mistreated, yet nothing seemed to come to light from the authorities.

According to Bashe, no police report was availed regarding Nape’s incident when a pistol was pointed at his face in broad daylight and now it was Lissu being shot in daylight.

“We are afraid for our lives,” said Bashe.

Speaker Ndugai asked MPs to refrain from issuing inciting statements, saying the state of insecurity concerned every Tanzanian.

Lissu was shot at around 1:30PM on Thursday just some minutes after the lawmaker had left Parliament buildings for recess.

According to eye witnesses, the assailant in a white Nissan Patrol vehicle tailed Lissu’s vehicle right from Parliament building all the way to his residence in the municipality’s Area D.

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