Connect with us

East Africa Politics News

Tanzanian Presidential Candidate, Shot 16 Times In 2017, Flees Country Over New Threats

Published

on

Tundu Lissu, the presidential candidate of the Party for Democracy and Progress commonly known as Chadema in Tanzania’s last month election, has fled the East African country to Europe.

Lissu left the country for Belgium, where until recently he had been receiving medical treatment after a 2017 assassination attempt against him. The 52-year-old was shot 16 times but survived.

After the election held on 28 October 2020, Lissu had sought refuge at the German ambassador’s residence in Dar es Salaam citing threats to his life.

The Chadema party leader and a number of his colleagues had been arrested since the polls as had members of another opposition party ACT Wazalendo.

Police accused them of planning unlawful protests and sedition. Some in Chadema were accused of planning to blow up petrol stations and markets in Dar es Salaam.

The opposition has demanded a re-run of the poll, in which the UK and the United States said there had been systematic interference.

But Tanzania’s National Electoral Commission says there was no fraud.

On Tuesday, Lissu, who says he’s leaving the country for security reasons, shared a video on his Twitter account leaving the German ambassador’s residence accompanied by diplomats to the airport.

The Chadema party leader is quoted by local media as saying he is not running away from the country but will continue fighting for democracy and justice from Belgium, where he will be based.

Tanzania’s government spokesperson said that there was no evidence of threats to opposition leaders. He accused them of alleging security threats as a cover-up plan for their election loss.

Mr Lissu returned to Tanzania in July to run for president after spending three years receiving treatment in Kenya and Belgium for gunshot wounds.

He had survived an assassination attempt in 2017 when he was hit by 16 bullets outside his residence in Tanzania’s capital, Dodoma.

Meanwhile, former Tanzania MP Godless Lema was on Monday released from Kajiado police station after fleeing his country over claims of death threats.

The former Arusha MP and his family fled from Tanzania via taxi on Sunday to Kenya seeking protection over what the MP said were attempts on his life.

He was arrested at Ilbissil in Kajiado County after he and his family crossed over through the Namanga border.

 Lema was forced to spend Sunday night at Kajiado police station while his wife Neema Godbless, their three children sought protection in Nairobi.

East Africa Politics News

Ethiopian Forces Capture Tigray’s Capital In Final Offensive

Published

on

Ethiopian forces have captured Mekelle, the Tigrayan capital.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced this in tweets on Saturday, as he said the “Tigrayan criminals” will now be hunted by the Federal Police.

Ahmed on Friday met African envoys in Addis Ababa and reiterated that civilians in the region will not be harmed in the final offensive.

“I am pleased to share that we have completed and ceased the military operations in the #Tigray region.

“Our focus now will be on rebuilding the region and providing humanitarian assistance while Federal Police apprehend the TPLF clique.”

He said the town is now under the control of National Defence Forces, as humanitarian assistance will be provided to inhabitants of the region.

Recall that Ethiopia earlier announced that a Tigrayan town, Wikro, 50km north of Mekelle has been captured.

Tigray officials are yet to react to the Prime Minister’s claims as the region has been cut off from internet and phone access.

Both forces have been at daggers drawn since the 4th of November when Ethiopia accused Tigrayan forces of attacking state properties.

Continue Reading

East Africa Politics News

Police Probe Killing of Over 45 Ugandans in Kampala Protests

Published

on

The Police in Uganda have kicked off an investigation into the crackdown on protesters last week, that led to the death of over 45 people.

Supporters of the National Unity Platform presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, had protested his arrest and detention by authorities for breaching COVID-19 protocols at his campaign rallies. Local and international media reports say

the demonstrations were met with a violent crackdown by the police.

Bobi Wine has since been released and is now back on the campaign trail.

Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, however, said that investigation into the deaths will “identify mistakes” that led to the “collateral damage”.

Meanwhile, the European Union has already called for a “full and independent” investigation into the role of the police in the death of the protesters.

The EU – in a joint statement with the diplomatic missions to Uganda from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden as well as Iceland and Norway – added that the perpetrators must be held accountable for their actions.

The statement read; “… the deaths of dozens of people amidst widespread violence marred the electoral campaign on 18th and 19th of November. We offer our sincere condolences to the families of the victims, reportedly including innocent bystanders.”

Last week, Uganda witnessed rioting, chaos as well as disproportionate use of force by security services. The Government of Uganda and its institutions have the responsibility to ensure the safety, security and dignified treatment of all citizens, including electoral candidates and their supporters, in line with national laws and Uganda’s international human rights commitments.

The statement went on to urge all political parties and electoral candidates to call upon their supporters to refrain from violence and inflammatory language, and to take firm action to end any provocation or incitement to violence or any unlawful action. All political parties, candidates and their supporters should ensure the full implementation of the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures and the relevant regulations designed to curb the spread of the virus.

The launch of a full and independent investigation into the events of 18th and 19th of November has been proposed, to ensure justice for victims and to avoid impunity for the perpetrators who must be held accountable for their actions.”

Continue Reading

East Africa Politics News

Uganda Jails Former Presidential Aspirant Three Years for Abusing Judges

Published

on

Ivan Samuel Ssebadduka, a former presidential aspirant in Uganda, has been jailed three years by the country’s Supreme Court for using abusive language against the judges, including calling them a “council of fools”.

The 36-year-old was jailed for contempt of court and will spend the next three years in Uganda Government Prison Kitalya.

Ssebadduka had in September filed a petition at the Supreme Court, seeking to stop a requirement for presidential aspirants to collect nomination signatures.

He also wanted the court to suspend the coronavirus safety restrictions issued by the health ministry on the conduct of campaign rallies.

He used the offensive remarks while defending the petition before the judges.

Chief Justice Alfonse Owinyi-Dollo was quoted as saying that criticism against judges should be accurate and fair, and should not infringe on the the rights of others.

On November 11, local media reported that Ssebadduka, a week after he was summoned by the Supreme Court to explain why he shouldn’t be found guilty for contempt of court after using abusive language against Judges, followed up with more insults. He described the Justices as incompetent, saying the accusations of contempt of court are baseless because the justices can’t challenge him legally.

“We didn’t offend you or you’re so-called Supreme Court because it is not a court in the first place. It is a Council of fools…” Ssebadduka’s response to the summons read in part.

He added, “It is very unfortunate that we entrust you with the judiciary because you don’t deserve to be judges. A judge must have judgment but it is very unfortunate that you don’t have common sense, which is common”, reads his response in part.

After the ruling, Ssebadduka was immediately handcuffed by security and driven to his next home of three years.

The Supreme court decision in Uganda is final as it is the last appellate court in the country, and unless the justices choose, for some reason, to review their decision or Ssebadduka gets a presidential pardon, he will be expected to serve his entire jail term.

Continue Reading

Trending