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Illinois governor guilty of abuse - Tunaitaji Utamaduni huu wa kutokuvumilia maovu TZ

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  1. Shadow

    Shadow JF-Expert Member

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    Mr Blagojevich rose from humble origins to become the most powerful office-holder in Illinois.

    The son of a Serbian immigrant steelworker, as a child he shined shoes and delivered pizzas to bring in money for his family.

    He worked as a dishwasher on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline to help pay for his college tuition at Chicago's Northwestern University




    Illinois governor guilty of abuse

    Despite a speech to the Senate, the governor was convicted unanimously
    Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been ousted from office after being convicted of abusing his powers.

    Senators voted 59-0 against him after an impeachment trial, despite his claim that he had "done nothing wrong" and that there was no evidence of a crime.

    He was charged with trying to sell the seat vacated by Barack Obama when he was elected president.

    In a second vote, Mr Blagojevich was banned from holding public office in Illinois for life.

    He had been arrested in December and faces a criminal trial over bribes allegedly taken during his two terms.

    Mr Blagojevich is now replaced as governor by Patrick Quinn, a fellow Democrat and the state's lieutenant governor.

    No other Illinois governor has been impeached, let alone convicted in a Senate trial.

    In a last-minute bid to save his position, Mr Blagojevich addressed his trial on Thursday, having earlier said he would not take any part.



    If I thought I had done something wrong I would have resigned in December



    Rod Blagojevich



    He told senators: "There is no evidence that shows there was any wrongdoing by me as governor."

    He expressed annoyance that he was not able to bring his own witnesses.

    He said President Barack Obama's chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel was one witness he would have liked to question, but rules prevented him from doing so.

    He appealed to senators, at the end of the four-day trial, to consider his position, saying: "Think if you were innocent and rushed out of office.

    "A crime has not been proven. How can you throw a governor out of office with incomplete evidence?"

    Since Mr Blagojevich was arrested last month, he has persistently denied the charges against him and has refused to resign.

    CHARGES AGAINST BLAGOJEVICH

    Federal agents say Mr Blagojevich
    Tried to obtain campaign contributions in exchange for official actions
    Tried to use state funds for the private purpose of inducing the Tribune Company to fire Chicago Tribune editorial board members critical of him
    Tried to obtain personal financial benefits for himself in return for his appointment of a US senator


    "If I thought I had done something wrong I would have resigned in December," he told senators.

    "I didn't resign then and I'm not resigning now because I have done nothing wrong."

    He says he is the victim of a political vendetta.

    Impeachment prosecutor David Ellis, in his rebuttal, emphasised that Mr Blagojevich had refused to appear under oath to answer questions, opting instead to make a closing speech.

    In his closing remarks, Mr Ellis said: "The evidence showed that throughout his tenure as governor, the governor has abused the power of his office and put his own interest above the interest of the people."

    The impeachment followed an investigation by a 21-member committee of Illinois legislators, which looked at testimony from FBI agents who wiretapped phone calls to and from the governor's office about who should fill President Obama's seat.

    It is alleged the conversations show that Mr Blagojevich was trying to use the seat to get himself or his wife a job.

    BBC NEWS | Americas | Illinois governor guilty of abuse
     
  2. Pundamilia07

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    Blagojevich alikuwa anajaribu kupigana na ukuta lakini ukweli juu ya tuhuma zake ilikuwa ni kukamilisha ule usemi maarufu wa kiswahili usemao siku za mwizi ni 40. Mh gavana tayari alikuwa amewekwa kwenye blacklist kwa vitendo vyake vya kifisadi na jamaa walikuwa wanamtafuta siku atakapoteleza ili wamkamate na ushahidi usiokuwa na shaka.

    Muda mwingi ambao amekuwa akihojiwa kwenye vyombo vya habari amekuwa akikwepa waziwazi kabisa maswali ya msingi ikiwemo kuelezea ni kwanini alitoa matamshi yanayoelezea kwamba ni lazima anufaike na uteuzi wa kiti kile. Hadi leo hajaweza kujibu hilo swali ambalo ndiyo linabeba usghahidi muhimu katika kesi yake. Wakati wote ameng'ang'ania waitwe mashahidi ilihali yeye mwenyewe ameshindwa kujitetea katika swali la msingi. Kama angeliweza kujitoa katika swali lile la msingi nadhani angeweza kupanua wigo mkubwa katika kujitetea kwake. Otherwise kesi ilikuwa nyepesi sana kwani ushahidi uko wazi kabisa. Sasa asubiri mwezi April atawafuata maswahiba wake waliomtangulia mung'anda
     
  3. Susuviri

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    The guy is a wacko! Now he says he did it for the children!!! Kwikwikwi! Maybe he should look for a career in sisiem and the current government of Bongo! Sounds like the kind of excuse they would be making!
     
  4. Natty Bongoman

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    Umegonga Ikulu Pundamilia.

    Speaking of Ikulu... Nakubali tunahitaji utamaduni huu, ila..
    ivi nchi yetu na nyinginezo barani mwetu zina uwezo wa kuwa na 'FBI' ambayo itaweza kurekodi viongozi mafisadi? Namaanisha vyombo vya ulinzi ambavyo viongozi wake hawalambi mikono ya mapolitrickians.

    zifanyaje kuwa na huu utamaduni?
     
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    Natty_ Bongoman, bado tunayo safari ndefu kuelekea huko kwenye kupambana na ufisadi. Tz bado mambo ya huyo ni mwenzenu na suala la kufanya mali za taifa kama shamba la bibi bado yanatusumbua.Lakini yana mwisho hayo, vijana kwa wazee, shime tuyapiganie kwa nguvu zote. Mafisadi zii!!
     
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