Tanzania Opposition Leader Freeman Mbowe Hospitalised After Night Assailant Attack

Leader of Opposition in Tanzanian Parliament and Chairman for Chadema party Freeman Mbowe [Photo/Courtesy]

Freeman Mbowe, the Leader of Opposition in Tanzanian Parliament and Chairman for Chadema party, was last night rushed to hospital after being attacked by unknown assailants.

The opposition party broke the news via its Twitter handle early on Tuesday morning.

Chadema indicated that Mbowe was attacked while he was returning to his Dodoma home.

“Mwenyekiti wa Chadema Taifa na Kiongozi wa Kambi Rasmi ya Upinzani Bungeni (KUB), Mhe.
@freemanmbowetz ameshambuliwa na kujeruhiwa na watu wasiojulikana wakati akirejea nyumbani kwake jijijini Dodoma. Amekimbizwa hospitalini kwa ajili ya matibabu. Tutawapatia taarifa zaidi baadae, ” the tweet reads.

The attack brings back memories of a September 2017 assassination attempt on former Singida East Member of Parliament Advocate Tundu Lissu by unknown gunmen.


Read: UN Calls on Tanzania to Respect Human Rights as Magufuli Stifles Opposition

Lissu sustained serious gunshot wounds in the stomach, arms and legs and was rushed to a Nairobi hospital before being transferred to Belgium for specialized treatment.

The gunmen had tailgated Lissu’s car as he was making his way home after Parliament’s morning session.

Mbowe is a known critic of President John Magufuli’s government and has been arrested and charged in the past for organizing demonstrations in Tanzania.

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Written by Wycliffe Nyamasege


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