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Tundu Lissu-‘The Obituary I Promised to Write!’



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Exiled Tanzania’s opposition figure Tundu Lissu has finally as promised written an obituary for his fiercest political opponent the late President John Pombe Magufuli.

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Tundu Antiphas Mughwai Lissu is a Tanzanian lawyer, politician and has been a Member of Parliament for Singida East constituency since 2010.

He is also the former president of the Tanganyika Law Society, the Bar Association of Tanzania mainland, and chief legal officer for Tanzanian opposition party Chadema.

Tundu Lissu and the late John Magufuli.

Lissu was Magufuli’s main opponent during the 2020 Tanzanian presidential election, which was marred by human rights violations and voter repression.

In the obituary, Lissu admits that indeed he’s delighted that Magufuli is dead.

“Africa did not mourn the passing of Idi Amin, Bokassa, Mobutu Sese Seko or, more recently, Robert Mugabe.
It should not be mourning John Magufuli, a vicious tyrant who, with crude anti-imperialist phrase-mongering, masqueraded as a great African patriot while terrorising his countrymen and women and looting the country’s treasury in order to transform his lakeside village of Chato into Tanzania’s Gbadolite.” Reads the introductory part of his obituary.

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He adds that Magufuli’s damaging rise and stay in power should serve as a precautionary tale of the mortal danger presented by power-hungry demagogues who come with pretty phrases and solemn promises that they care for the interests of the common people against purported, mostly manufactured, foreign enemies.

Read the entire part below;

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