https://www.polity.org.za
Deepening Democracy through Access to Information
Home / Market IQ RSS Feed RSS ← Back
Close

Email this article

separate emails by commas, maximum limit of 4 addresses

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.

Sponsored by

Close

Article Enquiry

Tanzania opposition names presidential candidate who survived shooting

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.
Close

Embed Video

Tanzania opposition names presidential candidate who survived shooting

Photo by Reuters
Tanzanian President John Magufuli

5th August 2020

By: Reuters

SAVE THIS ARTICLE      EMAIL THIS ARTICLE

Font size: -+

A politician who survived being shot 16 times in an apparent assassination attempt will challenge Tanzania's president in October elections, his party said as rights groups voiced concern about increasing repression ahead of the polls.

Tundu Lissu, who clinched the nomination for the leading opposition Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) party, is a fierce critic of President John Magufuli.

Advertisement

Lissu survived the attempt on his life in 2017 and left to seek medical treatment abroad, returning from exile last week. His attackers have never been found. Magufuli condemned the attack.

Lissu’s endorsement by all delegates present after prevailing over two other contenders within his own party on Monday made him the main opposition candidate.

Advertisement

“Due to this landslide victory, I would like to officially announce that ...Lissu is the presidential candidate...,” party chaiperson Freeman Mbowe said.

Another opposition candidate will be Bernard Membe, a former foreign minister, who was expelled from the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi party in February. Membe hopes to be nominated by the Alliance for Transparency and Change party.

A third opposition contender, Ibrahim Lipumba of the Civic United Front, is running for the fifth time after his party nominated him last month.

The presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled for October 28.

Magufuli's party has ruled Tanzania since independence in 1961. He swept to power in 2015 promising to end corruption and expand infrastructure. But his tough governing style has cemented his nickname - the Bulldozer - originally bestowed on him during his time as public works minister.

Magufuli has claimed credit for strong economic growth though the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have given lower estimates of the government's performance.

Opposition politicians and rights groups have accused his administration of suppressing political rivals and muzzling the media, accusations the government denies.

EMAIL THIS ARTICLE      SAVE THIS ARTICLE

To subscribe email subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here
To advertise email advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here

Comment Guidelines

About

Polity.org.za is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Polity.org.za is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now