Tanzania on a knife edge

Ahead of the Tanzanian election on Wednesday, President John Magufuli has been accused of massive vote rigging, intimidation and arrests of opposition leaders.

It is not for nothing that he is often likened to Robert Mugabe and Donald Trump.

But Tanzania’s firebrand opposition leader Tundu Lissu is putting up a serious fight.

He has returned from exile – fleeing an attempt on his life by a hit squad – and run his “back from the dead” campaign against Magufuli.

It ended with a massive rally in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday.

Most people believe that there is no chance that the elections will be free and fair.

However, Lissu and his supporters from the Chadema party are unwilling to give up the fight.

He is warning that “if they try to cheat and defy the will of the people, we’ll summon the people into the streets. The people will not accept anything else.”

Three years ago Lissu survived a hail of AK47 bullets at his house and had to undergo multiple operations.

He has been crossing the country from one end to the other speaking at giant rallies.

His campaign message is simple: this is a referendum on Magufuli and people want “freedom, justice and people-centered development.”

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