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Flashback: How Butiku stole the limelight from Judge Warioba

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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    Siku ya Jumatano 30 Septemba 09 Judge Warioba alinukuliwa na vyombo vya habari hapa nchini akizungumzia mambo mbali mbali ikiwemo na swala la ufisadi. Aligusia kuhusu ufisadi wa EPA, Meremeta na n.k.

    Miaka miwili iliyopita wakati Dr. Slaa na wenzake walipoanika ile orodha ya mafisadi maarufu kama “List of Shame” pale Mwembe Yanga, Judge Warioba alikuwa ni mmojawapo wa watu mashuhuri (mwingine Kingunge) waliojitokeza hadharani na kuwabeza wakina Dr. Slaa. Akasema wanatupotezea muda kwa mambo ya kipuuzi badala ya kuongelea Kilimo.

    Miaka miwili baadaye Judge Warioba siyo yule wa 2007 (he has turned full circle)! 2007 niliandika makala ya kiingereza kwenye ThisDay kuhusu Judge Warioba na Mzee Butiku katika dhana ya kukemea ufisadi ndani ya CCM wakati huo. Nimeona vizuri niitoe hii makala tena kwenye JF wenye muda waisome na kulinganisha hali ya sasa
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    HOW MZEE BUTIKU STOLE THE LIMELIGHT FROM JUDGE WARIOBA


    We are living in interesting times and enjoying every moment of it. When we thought the excitement and dust raised by the “list of shame” was settling down we got a dramatic treatment from of a rather strange source. Nobody expected Mzee Joseph Butiku to come from relative political obscurity to propel himself straight to the political center stage of this country. Mzee Butiku has stolen the limelight from Judge Joseph Warioba who hitherto was highly regarded as the anti graft crusader until a few weeks ago. Judge Warioba seriously undermined his own cause and public standing when he exhibited his true character as a double talker when it comes to serious national issues. No one expected the respectable former prime minister to oscillate from one firm position in the morning to another shaky one in the evening particularly on corruption matters.

    Truth to be told. By coming out openly to take sides with the “list of shame” and defend Mr. Mkapa on the abuse of office assertion, Judge Warioba has sung his political swan song. When it became clear that Judge Warioba was going down and out as a serious anti-graft crusader, Mzee Butiku jumped onto the ring to salvage the situation. It seems Mzee Butiku does not believe in shadow boxing as a fighting tactic. As we shall see shortly, the old man stormed onto the stage throwing punches while stinging like a bee and floating like a butterfly as the boxing legend Muhamad Ali used to boast.

    Mzee Butiku decided to break his silence on the current political crisis in the country on 14th October 2007 during the public discussion held at the University of Dar Es Salaam. The timing and the subject in question was perfect because it coincided with the commemoration of 8th anniversary of Mwalimu J. K. Nyerere’s (RIP) death. The anti-graft and good leadership ethics topic was Mwalimu’s personal crusade in his entire adult life. When his time came to speak, Mzee Butiku did not mince words at all. He put former President Benjamin Mkapa under the spotlight as he was equally spot on. “Mkapa, come clean….” he demanded. “Silence is sending a wrong signal” he chastised! This was in response to recent revelations about Mr. Mkapa unethical behavior while he was a tenant at State House.

    Mzee Butiku was not yet done. From Mlimani he went on the “campaign trail’.His next stop was at a TV talk show; he subsequently gave an interview to the local newspaper and addressed a press conference where he let the genie out of the bottle. Mr. Butiku unleashed a two years old letter, which he wrote in 2005 to President Mkapa in his capacity as the CCM national chairman. Some prominent politicians have since joined Mzee Butiku’s anti graft “choir” and the media has since been having a field day.

    The “reply letter”was kept a secret, save for his few CCM colleagues. It is baffling that it never leaked to the ever prodding local press for two years! No doubt Mzee Butiku decided to make it public after more than two years of waiting for an answer came to naught. Mzee has indeed opened a can of worms. Forget about Dr. Slaa’s kid stuff at Mwembe Yanga a month ago, Mzee Butiku is zeroing in on the lions. The mightiest in this country, to be precise.

    Mr. Joseph Butiku is the current Executive Director of Mwalimu Nyerere foundation (MNF), a former Regional Commissioner, a former Permanent Secretary and a former Presidential Private Secretary (PPS) of the late President J.K. Nyerere. We can therefore conclude that as a close confidant of the father of the nation, Mzee Butiku knows with great precision what is talking about when he says Mwalimu abhorred corruption to the core.

    Mzee Butiku is wondering very loudly how Mr. Mkapa who entered state house as “Mr. Clean” could end up being accused of being unscrupulous contrary to his mentor’s expectations! According to the former PPS, Mr. Mkapa was an incognito and against all odds was literally baby seated, carried and spoon-fed by Mwalimu all the way to the highest office in the land. To observers this is not just an ordinary call to order but a complete dress down of the former president. It takes a man and half to do that especially if you are pointing and wagging your finger to the former president of the United Republic of Tanzania.

    Quite frankly very few people, if any, expected this kind of reaction from a man who we can say his political shelf life was fast approaching a “sell by” date. In his twilight years Mzee Butiku has nothing to hide or fear. Given his stature in this country he is not the type of a person who can be gagged easily. The old man is “un-tishable” to use contemporary Kiswanglish.

    Mzee Butiku’s letter to President Mkapa is a must read for those who keenly follow the political dynamics in this country. His letter was reproduced in the Tanzania Daima Newspaper of 17th October 2007. In this long letter written in August 2005, it is quite obvious that Mzee Butiku was incensed by five key issues which in his deep conviction required the immediate attention of top CCM leadership. Dear readers, in order to be on the same wavelength with this writer, it is important to note that this letter was coming shortly hot on the heels of the CCM nominations of the presidential candidates which took place in May 2005. Mr. Kikwete was chosen as CCM flag bearer for the general election slated for October 2005.

    Mzee Butiku could no longer fathom what he saw as serious shortcomings during what the Americans call “primaries” to nominate the CCM presidential candidate for 2005 general elections. He therefore decided to fire a salvo at Mr. Mkapa in his capacity as the CCM chairman.

    Listen to this;

    According to Mzee Butiku, once Mr. Mkapa was at the helm of CCM as a chairman, he started behaving like a rogue village chief turning the party into his personal fiefdom. Mzee Butiku charges that under Mkapa, CCM rules, principles, procedures and guidelines were being circumvented without wider consultations and the chairman was leading the party according to his personal whims. For example, during the presidential primaries in Dodoma the Chairman suddenly and without consultations and good reasons changed CCM voting procedures. Despite the fact that a one-delegate-three votes formula had been re-affirmed at the previous CCM meetings, this method was discarded in favour of a one-delegate-one vote system. Ironically this (the discarded) is the procedure which was used during 1995 CCM presidential primaries were Mr. Mkapa emerged on top for the Ikulu race. Mzee Butiku is wondering why what was good for goose suddenly couldn’t be good for the gander? The change of goal posts at the eleventh hour was clearly aimed at short changing certain candidates, Mzee Butiku alleges.

    Mzee Butiku gives us some amusing insight on the CCM undercurrents. Apparently CCM Chairman Mkapa and his Vice Chairman, Mr. John Malecela did not see eye to eye. This was a big source of instability and possibly petty squabbling within the top leadership of the party! The hate and more hate (not love) relationship between the two came to the fore during the presidential primaries in May 2005. We are told that Mr. Mkapa single-handedly scuttled Mr. Malecela’s presidential candidacy and bulldozed and bamboozled the CCM Central Committee (CC) and the National Executive Committee (NEC) to drop the once-upon-a-time world’s wise man from the presidential race. However, it is clear in this letter that Mr. Malecela did not take it lying down. He put up a spirited fight which culminated in a shouting match between him and the chairman which left the CC and NEC delegates holding their noses and faces in shame! Hapo mpo?

    Under Mr. Mkapa, Mzee Butiku goes on, CCM has slowly but surely transformed itself from being a revolutionary and proletariat party into a capitalist and petty bourgeoisie politicking tool. Corruption, a taboo in the “old” CCM, has now taken center stage rationalized under a cleverly crafted Takrima law to justify vote buying and jockeying for positions in the party. Money speaks has become the new CCM’s buzzword. Mzee Butiku does not mince words. He says Mr. Mkapa openly and without any remorse looked the other side when certain candidates through their well known branded “ATMs” (Automatic Teller Machines) were openly dispensing cash for votes to CCM general conference delegates. Mzee Butika does not hide the fact that he believes that the eventual winner of CCM presidential race was clearly nominated on a corruption platform. How can such a leader pursue an anti-graft stance when he is from the same mould? He asks.

    Mzee Butiku goes further to allege that during the presidential primaries chairman Mkapa deliberately shunned from taking action against open xenophobic tendencies which marred the nomination exercise. In particular Dr, Salum H. Salum, one of the CCM presidential contenders, was singled out and targeted simply because of his colour and historical background. Mzee Butiku says that this fact alone must have made the late Mwalimu turn his grave given the fact that one of CCM cardinal principals is anti racism. To add salt to an injury Dr. Salum was not given a chance to argue his case in the CC and the NEC when issues of Dr. Salum’s colour and his previous party affiliation were brought up. Mzee Butiku argues that this was the last nail in the coffin of Dr. Salum’s presidential ambition on a CCM ticket.

    Mzee Butiku is of the view that under Mr. Mkapa’s watch, CCM had become a top-down management outfit. Collective leadership was put on a backburner because the chairman preferred to lead in isolation, Mr. Butiku charges. Top leaders of the party were no longer interacting with the chairman freely and requests to have party meetings went unattended in the chairman’s in-tray only to be sent to the trash bin. The once amiable Mkapa had become quite unsociable and no member could dare cross his path during party deliberations. As a result monologue has replaced dialogue during CCM party meetings. In short chairman Mkapa was CCM and the CCM was for Mr. Mkapa! Mzee Butiku concludes.

    Let us pause for a moment and try to make sense of this infamous letter. Did Mzee Butiku believe from the bottom of his heart that Mr. Mkapa would reply this mother of all letters? Frankly I do not think so. Likewise I do not think the former president is going to come out to tell his side of the story any time soon. May be in his memoirs if there are any. For instance, do we honestly expect Mr. Mkapa to deny the allegations that he has an animal in his rich kraal going by the name of ANBEN, born and groomed while he was a “chief” at state house? It will be quite laughable for him to call the press and deny that on behalf of our creator he did not bequeath Kiwira Coal Mine to his favorite son as caretaker on behalf of all Tanzanians? Can he deny that Kiwira Coal Mine was not given as a just token of appreciation to his in-law advocate for marrying off his beautiful daughter to his son? That while this daylight robbery was going on, the minister responsible for energy and minerals, Bwana Daniel Yona, could not just look on like a fool and had to join the fray to share the spoils?

    With Kiwira Coal Mine, a money minting machine, under Mkapa’s family grip what is five million dollars from the Mo Ibrahim Prize? It is chicken feed. We have to be patient because it is a bit early in the day to call upon the retired president to declare his balance sheet when the auditors are still number crunching to establish his exact net worth. Anyone who thinks Mr. Mkapa is going to waste his precious time to answer the obvious should look for nearest psychiatrist. Let us stop this petty jealous (wivu wa kike) and go for serious issues like tilling our farms as Judge Warioba suggests.

    Having said that. I think we owe Mzee Butiku a big ovation. His letter is an eye opener to some of us. Thanks to Mzee Butiku we now have first hand information on what actually transpired during May 2005 CCM presidential nominations. It was intrigues and manipulations all the way. We are now aware that the CCM which glitters from outside is actually fake inside. It is a what the Bahaya call a “Kikwangala” . We now have a better perspective why the “new” CCM is quite a different party from the “Old Nyerereist” CCM. The new CCM is just a shadow of the old self! Thanks to Mzee Butiku, we now understand better why the current top leadership is handling creeping Kleptocracy with kid’s gloves and paying a lip service to the anti-graft efforts in our country with Richmond and Buzwagi leading a peck of scandals.

    We are able to see where the president and the likes of Judge Warioba are coming from when they talk about corruption in generalities and not specifics as a veteran journalist Hilal K. Sued said the other day. We can no longer believe the President when he says that his presidency is not a “joint venture with anyone”. From Mr. Butiku’s letter it is quite obvious that Mr. Kikwete presidency is indeed a private joint venture and not even a public one at that! We can now say with a high degree of confidence that the so called invincibility of CCM is just a myth. That what the opposition parties in Tanzania need is to produce a “Raila Odinga” to bring CCM crumbling like a pack of cards just like KANU caved in during 2002 elections in Kenya.

    It is said that a week is a very long time in politics. Mzee Butiku has been in the political limelight for just two weeks and Tanzania will never be the same.


    Byase Luteke
    Contact: byasel@hotmail.com


     
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    Boramaisha JF-Expert Member

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    Hapa kuna ka-harufu ka criticisms kwa misingi ya 'ubinafsi' zaidi kuliko jambo lingine lolote. Kuna tatizo gani iwapo Judge Warioba ame turn full circle. Tukumbuke kwamba zile taarifa za Dr. Slaa na kundi lake pale Mwembe Yanga zilimsitua kila mtu. Si jambo lililozoeleka nchini mwetu la watu kwenye majukwaa ya kisiasa kuanza kutaja majina ya watu na kuwatuhumu. Judge Warioba ni Mwanasheria, asingeweza kamwe kukurupuka kuanza kuunga mkono shutuma za watu wa Chama cha Upinzani bila ya kuona ushahidi ambao ungeliweza kudhihirisha kwamba lile lililosemwa na Wapinzani wa CCM lina ukweli. Pia wapo ambao walikuwa hawaoni kwamba akina Dr. Slaaa kwa kuwa wana upinzani walikuwa na lolote jipya zaidi ya ule ushabiki wa kukiandama CCM na kwa maana hiyo zilikuwa ni juhudi za kukipaka tope CCM na viongozi wake.

    Pamoja na hayo, alichokifanya Judge Warioba kwenye tamko lake la hivi karibuni ni kukazia kwenye yale ambayo yanaonekana dhahiri kwamba yanakwenda kombo nchini mwetu ambayo wengi wetu tumekuwa tukiyalalamikia wakati wote. In fact baadhi yetu tumekuwa tukinung'unika na kuwashutumu hawa viongozi Wastaafu kwa kusema kwamba wamekaa kimya as if hawaoni jinsi mambo yanavyokwenda kombo.

    Nashindwa kuelewa sababu ya hii posting. Maana yake nini? Kwamba kuna mashindano kati ya Butiku na Warioba katika kuongea kuhusu mustakabali wa taifa?

    Tumekewa flashback ya 1997 na barua ya 2005 ambapo Mzee Butiku anaelezewa jinsi alivyorushwa masumbwi dhidi ya Mkapa. Lakini kwa msingi ule ule wa shutuma dhidi ya Mzee Warioba za ku turn full circle tunaweza kusema hivyo hivyo kwa Mzee Butiku. How come na yeye aka turn full circle na kuanza kumshambulia Mkapa wakati yeye alikuwa mmoja ya waliokuwa mstari wa mbele kumuunga mkono Mwalimu katika kumnadi Mkapa?

    Waandishi wa Habari ushauri wa bure tu. Angalieni masuala na hoja muhimu ambazo zinahusu wananchi kuboresha hisia zao kwa Taifa - kuweka mbele maslahi na mustakabali wa Taifa letu kuliko hizi cheap politics za kuangalia na kushabikia personalities.
     
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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    Bwana BoraMaisha kama utakumbuka zogo la wakina Dr. Slaa la Mwembe Yanga pamoja na kuwastaajabisha wananchi kwa kutaja majina wazi wazi kuna viongozi mashuhuri wawili ambao walibeza (sio ku-comment) juhudi za wapinzani kuhusu harakati hii ikiwemo na watuhumiwa wenyewe kitishia kwenda mahakamani ingawa baadaye walinyea. Kulitokea mjadala (2007) mkubwa sana kwenye vyombo vya habari hasa kwa wanaharakati wakimlaumu na kuushangaa msimamo wa Judge Warioba hasa ukizingatiwa kwamba Judge Warioba hasa ndiye "muasisi" wa Taasisi ya Kupambana na Rusha, Takukuru kupitia tume aliyoiongoza yeye. Makala hii iliandikwa wakati ule (2007 na sio flashbak ya 1997) na ilkuwa katika mazingara ya kuushangaa msimamo wa Mzee Warioba wakati huo tofauti mtazamo wa mwenzake Mzee Butiku. Mzee Butiku ana haki ya kumlaumu Mkapa hata kama ni yule aliyemshabikia 1995, Kwake yeye (Butiku) Mkapa has been a big let down to Mwalimu ndio maana anamsema wazi wazi. Ni mawazo yake.

    Sijui kama jana ulisoma maoni ya wana JF kuhusu "interview" ya Mzee Warioba ya Jumatano kwenye Magazeti. Maoni ya wengi ni kwamba mtu kama Judge Warioba alishapoteza heshima ( moral authority) yake kutoa ushauri hasa kuhusu swala la ufisadi tangu alipotoa tamko la kubeza wakina Dr. Slaa 2007 kabla ya kufanya utafiti na kujiridhisha kama kuna ukweli au la. Ndio maana nikakumbuka ile makala ya 2005.

    Actually you quite right that we should stick to important issues instead of cheap politics. In 2007 the very same Judge Warioba advised the press to propagate issues like KILIMO instead of romours about Ufisadi, etc. Now guess who is talking and what is talking about! Why didn't he restrict his advise to KILIMO this time around? Kwetu sisi mwanaume ugeuka kitandani mwake sio kwenye Ulimi au kauli.
     
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    Bulesi JF-Expert Member

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    Bwana BoraMaisha unasema Warioba ni mwanasheria asingeweza kukurupuka na kuwaunga mkono wakina Dr.Slaa bila kuona ushahidi;kwasababu hizo hizo za uanasheria wake hakustahili kukurupuka na kuwapinga kabla ya kuona ushahidi. Angetumia busara ya kungojea ushahidi ndipo akatoa kauli yake ingemuepusha kujifanya kinyonga!!
     
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    Bluray JF-Expert Member

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    Do you exact a bloody glee out of the misery of millions?

    Your very first sentence potray you as unappreciative of the gravity of these issues, how can you shed light on these issues if your approach is looking at these events in a comedic way, fulfilling the stereotype of Juvenal's circus? Is this the correct attitude towards this disgrace?

    This attitude is more fitting to the coverage of celebrity gossip, though even there some elevated mind will view it as the lower end of schadenfreude .

    Please do mind that people are reading and weighing your every word, not just gulping the theme of your articles wholesale.
     
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    lukule2009 Senior Member

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    Mbona hata sita aliwahi kubeza na kusema kuwa ... hawawezi kupoteza muda na mambo ya internet au tumesahau mara?
     
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    Shukran mkuu wangu kipande mkimoja ktk gazeti hili nilikuwa nakitafuta sana maanake ktk mjadala wa Zitto na Uongozi wa Chadema kuna watu walikataa kabisa kwamba mzee Malecela hakuchezewa rafu na Uongozi wa CCM, sasa someni hapa..

    Mr. Mkapa single-handedly scuttled Mr. Malecela's presidential candidacy and bulldozed and bamboozled the CCM Central Committee (CC) and the National Executive Committee (NEC) to drop the once-upon-a-time world's wise man from the presidential race. However, it is clear in this letter that Mr. Malecela did not take it lying down. He put up a spirited fight which culminated in a shouting match between him and the chairman which left the CC and NEC delegates holding their noses and faces in shame! Hapo mpo?
     
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    Bulesi JF-Expert Member

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    Mkapa alimpiga rungu Malecela kwenye CC ya CCM asigombee urais mainly kwa kisingizio kuwa Mwalimu alishamdisqualify huko nyuma. Leo hii Mwalimu angekuwa hai na madudu yote haya aliyofanya BWM angejisikia vipi? On this account did BMW have the moral authority at tha particular time to put up such a gallant fight to disqulify TINGATINGA from the Presidential race?
     
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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    The gist of the article, by and large, was based on the revelations by Mzee Butiku of what had transpired in the CCM Dodoma Primaries. He had writen a later or a missive if you like, in 2005 to the CCM Ben Mkapa complaining about the excercise of getting the party's presidential flag bearer had been manupulated to favour a certain candidate. Mzee Butiku had kept this letter a secret for almost 2 years until October 2005. For many of us it was an eye opener to the insides of CCM and therefore very interesting in that context. If such revelations are not interesting then I don't know what else can.
     
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    I understand all that, but if you read my post, at the risk of being immodest I quote myself.

    So if you take the time to read that part of my post and understand it, you will understand that I am not talking about what you call the "gist" (which I call the theme).I am upholding you to a higher standard of journalism, partly because I think you are a bright journalist and at least you can/ should be able to see this as an issue (trust me there are some pieces that I don't even know where to begin).

    My point is, for such a heavy theme, the opening sentence is disappointing in its cavalier wanton nonchalanche towards this serious issue.

    If I were you, to preserve credibility and show commitment to the issues rather than see the issues as a circus to be enjoyed, I would gracefully bow out, acknowledge oversight and learn from this experience.
     
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    shabanimzungu Senior Member

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    THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS Machiavellian tactics?
     
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