(By Rutashubanyuma Nestory – A public policy analyst based in Arusha.) At last democracy loving countrymen, we have our man running for presidency in Dr. Slaa. Dr. Slaa's morality résumé requires no further testimony following his indelible contribution of good governance in the House. CCM has always found ways to bulge her numbers in the House regardless of voters' clear wishes. CCM representation in the House has always defied actual total national votes for MPs and presidential ten slots have also been parlayed to hush down voters' voice there! CCM is a party at crossroads: On one hand it vies to exploit Nyerere's vicarious moral authority but on the other hand it is a party grappling to defy Nyerere legacy by advancing and nurturing state sponsored graft! This is why Kikwete shrugged off Richmond gate and her sorority as mere political accidents while those were premeditated crimes against humanity. It is in this milieu that Dr. Slaa has made us proud when he flashed a red card via his "list of shame" that was unprecedented in the history of the House. Dr. Slaa was not intimidated by CCM perplexing majority in the House when he named and shamed top graft swillers in the government. His casualties came out "bellowing" empty bluffs laced with threatening diatribe but Dr. Slaa being a leader of substance held firm by politely imploring his nemesis to seek a judicial redress. Todate no homo sapiens who promised "…Dr. Slaa will have his day in a courtroom" has delivered his libelous threat only because Dr. Slaa was uttering nothing but the gospel truth. But who is Kikwete? After he finished his economics studies at UDSM, he dumped his métier no sooner he doffed his mortarboard for a CCM apparatchik where everything goes except professionalism. With a filial pull from the late Kawawa and later president Mwinyi he ascended the political ladder not because he was capable but because he had the right connections and for "sweet-talking" himself to his appointers. Kikwete is contemptuous of professionalism because he is a byproduct of affection. This narrates why his appointees have zero correlation to decorous professionalism. Look at his ministerial appointments at Energy Ministry. From two ministers to their compatriot deputies and the last two Board chairpersons at Tanesco no professional engineer has ever graced those dockets. Look at ministry of infrastructure the only guy Kikwete deigned to head it was an ex- A.G whose connection to engineering is kaput! Ex-A.G was the brains behind the Indian fiasco at TLR and dubious appointments at ATC and TANROADS. At ATC, neither the Board chairperson nor the CEO knows anything about aviation industry! In fact, TANROADS boss never attended an engineering academy! Do we need further proof why TANROADS, ATC and TLR are at an ICU? The incumbent minister for infrastructure though an engineer lacks leadership cachet and his placement there is largely because of ethnic proximity to his appointer. Appointments at judiciary have promoted sycophancy and sacrificed meritocracy. Numbers of judges and magistrates is now being touted to obfuscate massive incompetence there. In the civil service you have to wonder why meritocracy is trashed to advance religious affiliations and ethnicity. Competent civil servants have been passed for promotions or being unfairly shown the exit door for a refusal to capitulate to McCarthyism now shaping and defining employment and advancement in the civil service. During Nyerere era the wealthy divide between the haves and have-nots ratio was one to three respectively. During Mwinyi reign the misdistribution levers had shifted in favour of the haves to level the play but the Mkapa treacherous moves hastily assured the haves had concentrated wealth to a twenty five percent of the population. Sadly, five years of Kikwete maladministration had insured a firm vice of the haves to ninety eight percent of the national wealth controlled by a paltry two percent of the population! Wealth misdistribution aligned to race, religion and ethnicity is now pushing this nation into a precipice of a failed state. Dr. Slaa's no-nonsense aura is what this nation needs to redeem us from CCM exploitative bondage. Please vote him in!