Tundu Lissu discharged after 7 months in Belgium hospital

Tuesday August 7 2018

Tanzanian Chief Whip Tundu Lissu addresses

Tanzanian Chief Whip Tundu Lissu addresses journalists at the Nairobi Hospital on January 5, 2018. He was moved to a Belgian hospital. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

By John Namkwahe @johnteck3 jnamkwahe@tz.nationmedia.com

Dar es Salaam. Tanzanian  opposition MP Tundu Lissu, who was shot and severely injured by unknown gunmen last year has been discharged from the hospital today.

Upon his discharge from the hospital, Mr Lissu who is a former President of Tanganyika Law Society (TLS) will now continue to receive care from home.

It has been seven months since the outspoken lawmaker had been admitted at the University Hospital Leuven, following injuries he sustained during a failed assassination attempt took place on September 2017. The Singida East MP was shot 30 times by unknown assailants while he was at his residence in Dodoma Region.

Mr Lissu made known of his discharge today in a statement that he released to media outlets on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 while he was still in Brussels-Belgium.

“Hello friends of mine. Good afternoon to you all.  Today, I bring you the good news…” Mr Lissu wrote in his statement.

“On January 6 this year, I was airlifted from Nairobi hospital to Belgium for specialized treatment…” he wrote.


“It has been 11 months since I was shot by unknown assailants, a part of his statement reads. Today,  Professor Dr. Wilhelmus Jan Mertsemakers, the doctor that has been treating me at University Hospital Leuven, says there is no more reason for me to stay at the hospital.” 

“Prof Mertsemakers has said I will continue with home based care from now. He has instructed me to report at the hospital after every two weeks,” Mr Lissu wrote in his statement.

Mr Lissu also thanked his well-wishers for their prayers while he was admitted at the hospital.