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CCM is making the govt look ugly

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Invisible, Nov 8, 2009.

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    By KARL LYIMO
    Nov 2009

    From: The East African Magazine

    Former Speaker of the Tanzania Parliament, Pius Msekwa, may yet emerge as one of the few top leaders in the ruling CCM who see the party as it really is vis-à-vis allegations of grand corruption involving senior party cadres.

    Msekwa is currently vice-chair in charge of the party’s affairs on the Tanzania Mainland.

    That is probably the third most important position in the party after the national chairman and the secretary-general.

    Allegations of corruption in high places have dominated the country’s life beginning mid-September 2007.

    In February 2008, government ministers including prime minister Edward Lowassa and two ministers, Ibrahim Msabaha and Nazir Karamagi, resigned.

    The three may not have been directly involved in a dubious emergency power purchase agreement that involved the Richmond Development Company.

    But, they felt duty-bound to take responsibility for a deal transacted on their watch.

    On January 9, the president sacked Bank of Tanzania governor Daudi Ballali, and replaced him with Prof Benno Ndulu.

    The late Ballali allegedly presided over the central bank’s affairs at a time when millions of dollars were stolen from its External Payment Arrears account

    In April the same year, a long-serving Attorney-General and senior government minister, Andrew Chenge, resigned in disgrace.

    This was on account of allegations of misdeeds that could yet prove embarrassing to CCM and its government including the controversial purchase of an air-navigation radar system from Britain’s BAe Systems.

    A number of government and BoT officials, as well as prominent businessmen, have been arraigned in court on assorted criminal charges.

    President Jakaya Kikwete says intensive investigations are going on, with the possibility of more cases going to Court.

    Common in all this is that the officials involved are prominent CCM members.

    And, although they are no longer in public service, they continue to be respected party cadres Most are still CCM MPs, and efforts are made at every opportunity to whitewash them.

    “The suspects weren’t acting for or under party directives,” they claim. “We must distinguish between them as individuals and as party cadres!” “The party’s clean…” “There’s no split in the party… only a few misguided MPs riling against their colleagues…” If that’s the case, why did the politburo form the Mwinyi Commission to probe the rift between MPs on how to handle the suspects?

    The point? Despite the serious charges levelled against them, they continue to bask in the limelight – propped up by party officials and senior colleagues in the government. This is causing much confusion in people’s minds.

    When Msekwa addressed a CCM symposium on October 14, he called for all crime suspects to be purged from the party sooner rather than later.

    One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel, he cautioned.

    Indeed, the selective governance and double-standards displayed by the party and its government are sending the wrong signals.


    Karl Lyimo is a freelance journalist based in Dar.
    E-mail: israellyimo@yahoo.com
     
  2. Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Oxlade-Chamberlain JF-Expert Member

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    utoto mwingi ndani ya ccm ndio maana unawaona wanatupiana maneno ya kijinga kila siku wakati wananchi wanapata shida.
     
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    mzanganyika JF-Expert Member

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    Hoja yake kwamba all suspects wawe purged ni hoja dhaifu, kama na mimi nina suspect yeye ni fisadi atakuwa tayari kuwa purged?

    Huwezi kumuadhibu mtu on the basis of suspicion, watu huwajibishwa kwa taratibu.

    Kama kuwa suspect ndio kigezo basi wote waondoke kwa sababu wote ni suspects, at least as far as I am concerned.
     
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    Solomon David JF-Expert Member

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    mtu wa kwanza kuwa purged hapa ni Kikwete. Ameshindwa kuongoza chama. Aondoke tu maana kazi imemshinda.
     
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    mzanganyika JF-Expert Member

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    Na yeye Msekwa pia alikuwa suspect wa ufisadi pale alipokubali kuwa Mwenyekiti wa Vodacom wakati ni speaker na aligoma kuachia ngazi.

    Kama suspects waondoke basi aweke mfano.
     
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    Solomon David JF-Expert Member

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    Baada ya kuwa KIkwete ameondoka. Right?
     
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