Tanzania's Tundu Lissu in court three days after return

Friday July 31 2020

Opposition leader Tundu Lissu (centre, in spectacles) arrives at Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam on July 30, 2020 to face four charges of sedition, three days after arriving back in the country. He is also a presidential candidate. PHOTO | THE CITIZEN | NMG


Three days after he arrived in Tanzania from Belgium, Chadema’s Vice President is back in court to defend himself against several cases starting today.

He is alleged to have committed the offenses in Zanzibar in 2017.

Mr Lissu, who is also vying to be the presidential flag bearer for his party, faces four cases of sedition at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam.

Hearing of the cases stalled for almost three years after the former Singida East MP was flown to Kenya and later Belgium after an assassination attempt on September 7, 2017 in Dodoma that left him badly wounded.  

In the case number 123 of 2017 that comes of mention before resident Magistrate, Kassian Matembele, he is alleged to have issued seditious statements with aim of inciting the public in Kibunju Maungani, Magharibi B District, Mjini Magharibi Region in Zanzibar.

Mr Lissu was first arraigned on February 9, 2017 where he was charged with four offences.