Government critic survives assassination attempt

From ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
DAR-ES-SALAAM, (CAJ News) – CIVIL society organisations are worried at the constraining freedom of expression and association in Tanzania.
The concern comes after an outspoken government critic survived an
assassination attempt.
Unidentified assailants attacked Tundu Lissu, the opposition lawmaker,
near his home in the capital Dodoma as he returned from a parliamentary session.
He is recovering in a hospital in neighbouring Kenya.
Lissu has been arrested six times this year for openly criticising the
government of the increasingly dictatorial President John Magufuli.
In July, he was charged with hate speech for calling Mugufuli a dictator.
Civicus, the global rights group, condemned the violent attack on Tundu.
The follows his string of arrests for his dissenting views as well as
steps taken by the Tanzanian government over the past few months to
curtail fundamental human rights and stifle activists and civil society
organisations that express views critical of government actions.
Mugufuli’s government has suspended new applications for the registration of non-governmental organisations.
Several NGOs risk deregistration.
Teldah Mawarire, Civicus advocacy and campaigns coordinator, urged
Mugufuli’s government to respect freedom of association and expression in line with the constitution.
The popular Muguli was elected in 2015 but has come under criticism for crackdowns on critics and media.
– CAJ News

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