Breakthrough: Tundu Lissu now standing on his own feet again

27Dec 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Breakthrough: Tundu Lissu now standing on his own feet again

SINGIDA East member of parliament Tundu Lissu yesterday managed to stand on his own feet for the first time since he was badly wounded in an assassination attempt by as yet unknown people in Dodoma back in early September.

Singida East MP and Tanganyika Law Society (TLS) president Tundu Lissu is assisted by nurses to stand up from his Nairobi hospital bed for the first time since being injured in last September’s shooting in Dodoma. Photo: Guardian Correspondent

The 48-year-old Lissu, who is the CHADEMA party’s chief legal counsel, opposition chief whip in parliament, and also incumbent president of the Tanganyika Law Society (TLS), has been undergoing intensive treatment in a hospital in the Kenyan capital Nairobi since the attack outside his Dodoma residence in which he was hit by multiple bullets.

He has been bed-ridden the whole time, but a photograph posted on his Facebook page yesterday showed him standing with the help of two hospital nurses.

The message accompanying the photo said: “Last week I was told by my doctors that I will (eventually) stand, walk, and return to Tanzania. Today, Boxing Day, I have managed to stand on one leg helped by my walking aids.”

“Tomorrow is the use of crutches and I will let you know the next step in my treatment.”

The  September 7 shooting, which sent shockwaves across the country and also drew significant international condemnation, saw the firebrand politician being   hit by at least five bullets in the stomach and legs as he sat in his car having returned from a parliamentary session.

He was airlifted to Nairobi amid concerns for his safety  after being briefly admitted to the Dodoma regional hospital immediately after the attack, and is said to have undergone a total of 17 surgical operations plus two blood transfusions in the Nairobi hospital.

Several high-ranking government leaders have visited him at the hospital during the past three and a half months. They include Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who paid him a visit while in Nairobi for Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta’s inauguration on November 28, and former president Ali Hassan Mwinyi.

Lissu has also granted interviews to several local and international television stations.

The police have so far made no arrests or revealed details about the would-be assassins’ motives or identities.