Tanzanians castigate Lissu for his remarks about Magufuli’s health on Twitter.
Tanzanians on Twitter have castigated the exiled Opposition leader Tundu Lissu for fronting what they term as careless remarks about the health of President John Pombe Magufuli.
On Thursday morning Tundu posted on his Twitter account that President Magufuli has been transferred to India after his condition worsened at a Nairobi hospital.
While criticising President Magufuli’s handling of Covid-19, Lissu said the President was moved to India for further treatment.
“The Man Who Declared Victory Over Corona “was transferred to India this afternoon.” Kenyans don’t want the embarrassment “if the worst happens in Kenya.”
His Covid-19 denialism in tatters, his prayer-over-science folly has turned into a deadly boomerang!,” he said on his official Twitter handle.
Lissu started the reports on his social media pages early this week as speculation on Magufuli’s whereabouts and questions about his health spread.
“The president’s wellbeing is a matter of grave public concern. What’s it with Magufuli that we don’t deserve to know?” Lissu posted in a tweet late on Tuesday as rumours flew on Tanzania’s social media.
However, Tanzanians online have challenged Tundu to prove his claims by posting photos or clips of the said transfer wondering why only he (Lissu) had the vital news.
Tundu has been slammed for celebrating Magufuli’s sickness. They said it was wrong for Lissu to act like that.
President Magufuli 61-year-old was last seen in public on or about February 27, this year during the swearing-in of a public officer in Dar es Salaam.
Unconfirmed reports emerged on Wednesday that Magufuli could have been admitted to a hospital in Nairobi, something even Kenyan authorities are yet to confirm.
President Magufuli is a fierce critic of the lockdown implemented by her neighbours to fight the spread of Covid-19.
Magufuli has maintained an open economy soon after the Covid-19 was declared a pandemic, a stance different from the one the world was taking at the time.
Comments from Tanzanians
“I never knew you were such a sadist, no matter how much you hate a person, you don’t wish him the worst,” Edith Maginga told Lissu.
“It is not fair to post all these unconfirmed reports on social media, this is not how someone who wanted to become our president should behave,” said Fenrick Msigwa.
Clement Korro, another Twitter user, challenged Lissu to post videos or photos of President Magufuli boarding a plane to India or wherever.
“In this day and age of technology, is there no photo or video of him boarding a plane to travel to India? Show us some proof of your allegations, otherwise, this is just political gossip,” said Korro.
“Your words are not those of a prospective leader. They are the words of a small man consumed with bitter hatred. Unfit to lead. Better in Belgium,” Delta Bravo replied to Lissu’s tweet.
Godfrey Msonde told Lissu to go slow, saying whatever he is posting now about the President could come to haunt him in future should he contest for president.
“What is your joy in someone’s sickness? You are being misled by some people and this will hurt your popularity be careful with these tweets,” said Msonde.