Dec, 10th 2020 – Former Tanzanian MP Godbless Lema has been granted political asylum in Canada. Godbless flew out of Nairobi to Canada with his family after he was granted the asylum in the country.
He and his family, wife and three children, have been staying in Nairobi, Kenya after crossing the border from Tanzania claiming his life was in danger.
George Luchiri Wajackoyah, his lawyer, said that the politician was granted political asylum with the intervention of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Wajackoyah said, “I want to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Kenyan government for being an observer of human rights.”
Alongside UNHCR, Amnesty International and the Kenya Human Rights Group were involved in Lema’s application for asylum.
The former MP for Arusha Urban Constituency together with other politicians in the aftermath of the October 28th elections were arrested by Tanzanian authorities but later released on police bond without charge.
Chadema party presidential candidate Tundu Lissu is also alleged to have sought political asylum in Belgium over fears of his life. He however came out and said that he is not seeking asylum in the country.