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Tanzanian opposition leader Tundu Lissu has told the Financial Times that he thinks he was the victim of an assassination attempt.
In the first interview since he was shot 16 times outside his flat in the capital Dodoma in September, he blames President John Magufuli, saying that it is evidence of a campaign to turn “the country into a dictatorship”:
#He [Magufuli] wants to crush the political parties, crush the press, crush organised civil society and the trade unions and silence the church.”
Hassan Abbas, a government spokesman, told the Financial Times that Mr Lissu’s allegations are “misplaced”.
The FT adds that the president himself had previously called the shooting barbaric.
Mr Lissu described the shooting to the FT which reported a car had been following him for three weeks.
It adds that two armed men leapt from the car and Mr Lissu’s driver threw him to the ground to save him from a hail of bullets.
“I have been told, because I couldn’t count, that 38 bullets hit my car and out of those something like 16 hit me.”Source: BBC