Tanzanian opposition leader, Tundu Lissu, returns home and is welcomed by hundreds of his cheering supporters in a fashionable manner after a 2 year exile in Europe.
The former presidential candidate returned home shortly after the current President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan, lifted a ban on political gatherings and rallies.
Shortly after touching down at the Julius Nyerere International Airport, hundreds of his supporters gathered around the Airport entrance cheering his name and waving flags from his Chadema political party.
“We now want a new constitution, Tundu Lissu will stand resilient when it comes to constitutional and election reforms. That’s what the fight has been about. Our country needs an independent electoral commission. In the new term we are seeing many changes in regards to our freedom thanks to our current president. Even the media has become bold it terms of objective reporting,” said one supporter amongst the gathering.
The renowned govermental critic fled to the residence of the German ambassador after allegedly receiving death threats after the 2020 Tanzanian general elections and shortly after that, he flew out of the country.
This was not the first time Lissu had left the country seeing that he initially left to seek treatment in Europe after he was reportedly shot 16 times while in his car by unknown gunmen in Dodoma.
This move by the current Tanzanian government has been regarded by civil societies and the opposition as a step in the right direction towards democracy revoking some of former Tanzanian president Magufuli’s authoritarian policies.