Lissu, Lema plan their imminent return to Tanzania

23Jul 2021
Marc Nkwame
The Guardian
Lissu, Lema plan their imminent return to Tanzania

THE Presidential Candidate during the 2020 General Elections, Advocate Tundu Lissu, has just announced that he was intending to soon return to Tanzania, to resume his political aspirations left on cue when he flew into exile shortly after the last October polls.

Speaking from abroad, Lissu made the announcement ‘live’ on twitter, as he addressed more than 6000 participants in specially staged discussions, in the late night of Wednesday, the 21st of July 2021.

Holed up in Belgium, the 54-year-old, charismatic politician and lawyer, was speaking during a live debate on Wednesday night, hosted by one of the country’s top activists Maria Tsehai Sarungi on her twitter’s space where he insisted the importance for the country to write a new constitution.

When Lissu left the country last November, it was his second time to fly abroad, the first time was in September 2017.

The lawyer, politician and activist, was airlifted to Nairobi in a critical condition after being ambushed by unknown assailants in Dodoma, who showered him with bullets, injuring the politician badly.

The Twitter anchored ‘Maria Space’ live discussions in the night, attracted over 6500 speakers, among them politicians, activists, members of the international press as well as passive followers.

Also among the speakers was the former Member of Parliament for Arusha-Urban constituency, Godbless Lema who, together with his entire family, also fled the country through Kenya, shortly after last year’s General Elections.

Lema, who expressed concern over the recent arrest of the chairperson of the opposition Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) Party, Freeman Mbowe, also promised his ‘soon to happen’ return to Tanzania, ‘against all odds,’ in the very near future.

Godbless Lema, who was Member of Parliament for Arusha City via the Chadema party ticket, between November 2010 and October 2020, is reportedly living in Canada where he was granted asylum after he ran away from Tanzania, through Kenya, citing threats to his life.

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