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KINGKWETE: In the Land of Odd He Reigns Oddly!

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Mzee Mwanakijiji, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. Mzee Mwanakijiji

    Mzee Mwanakijiji Platinum Member

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    An oddity exists in our land. A desynchronization of sort between what our people expect in a form of government which is a republic and that of the reality that is given to them in a form of government which is for all practical purposes a monarchy. Kingwete reigns as the supreme leader of this land where this oddity exist; in the land of odd.

    Nothing seems to be what is supposed to be. Everything seems to be odd somehow. If you look carefully and closely as if with the assistance of a powerful clinical microscope you will see magnified right before your eyes the oddity of things said, done or being by Kingkwete. Indeed it is very odd to even think about them. We can sense something is definitely wrong but it is almost impossible to pinpoint it. Well, lets try.

    Look at the new constitutional process initiated singularly and unilaterally by the Kingkwete for the example and you will see only in a monarchy would such a process would gain any level of legitimacy. This process was not initiated by his own party political machinery and clearly was not part of his re-election manifesto. Basically, he simply woke up one day at the end of 2010 and announced to the nation in his not-so-serious kind of speech that he was going to initiate this process that would lead to a new constitution for the republic. This - for some of us - was indeed odd; a categorical oddity if I may say.

    How could a president who never before that day supported the agenda for a new constitution initiate with some kind of mandate and credibility such an overreaching and overwhelming process? Who elected him to lead the nation to the writing of a new constitution? Where did he get his authority to change the nation’s current constitution? Is simply because he IS the president he can just decide to change the current constitution? No debate at the national assembly, not discussion at the various political levels just a one man decision! How could he do that unless he believes that he is a kind of a king, a benevolent one that is! This is odd.

    But in the land of odd, nothing ends there! It had to get more odd. When the process starts it is as if nobody knew what to do. The legal framework needed was created in competition with the current constitutional clauses that only allows for the amendment of the current constitution. Article 98 of the current Constitution allows for the National Assembly and the House of Representative in Zanzibar to amend its various articles with a two third majority approving. There is nothing in the current constitution where the president and/or the national assembly are mandated to initiate the process of writing a new constitution. They can only amend the current one.

    But, the president - Kingkwete that is - if by any chance you’ve forgotten- submitted a flawed piece of legislation which allowed him and only him to engineer the whole process of writing a new constitution. Disregarding all constitutional objections that some of us raised the process went on which will lead to a flawed “new” constitution. The worst part is that the opposition parties along with it. That was incredibly odd!

    I wondered then and still do now how was that possible. How could CHADEMA, the party that had promised the nation it would initiate a new constitutional process within the first 100 days just jump into the bandwagon of political manipulation by the manipulator-in-chief and start praising the president for “listening” to the voices of the people. With all the legal scholars that CHADEMA boast I thought the party would initiate a constitutional challenge to the whole process and even putting a judicial injunction. In parliament I had hoped somebody would have the courage to call for the impeachment of president Kikwete for abuse of office.

    Chadema didn’t raise any constitutional objection. The party just tagged along as if being dragged by an unseen hand. The nation’s most popular party objections were on some language and sections of the proposed legislation. In principle they had agreed on the process initiated by the president - quasi King. Once those sections were rewritten and addressed the CHADEMA was satisfied. That was odd! After that infamy Juice Summit at the Statehouse everything seems to go according to the wishes and desires of the royal. One could say that was very odd; and she would be right! But guess what? the oddity didn’t end there either!

    In this land of odd where Kingkwete reigns the eccentricities get even more vividly pronounced. While he would say that this is the process by the people he would not -sometimes within the same sentence - allow the country to tackle everything and anything concerning the new constitution. He allowed the nation to write the new constitution but from the very beginning he said some certain things would not be allowed to be subjected to the people’s review. That was odd. Take for example the union; Kingkwete wanted the people to talk about the union but only its forms and problems and how to resolve them but not whether the union should exist in the first place. That was and still is incredibly odd!

    Where did he get the authority to deny the people - who are sovereign - the right to discuss all the elements not just of the proposed constitution but also of the fundamental structures of their nation? The people of Tanzania are supreme over all of their institutions - the presidency included. It is “them” that have the right to write their constitution. It is the people’s constitution not a presidential constitution. Oddly enough, the people have accepted the other way around. The president initiates it, he cherry picks the members of the commission, he swears them in, he finances them and ultimately they will report back to him and he will decide what to do next! The mighty Kingkwete!

    There are other odd things going on in this land of odd; odd stuff. Do you want me to remind you of the odd things at the national parliament? or those odd stuff going on in Zanzibar? or the other odd stuff in some of our prominent institutions? We know they are odd but we act as if we don’t! We tolerate them, we even sometimes find ways to defend them for being quintessential Tanzanian. In reality we have become a nation of oddities. Look in all other sectors and tell me if anything is working as it should or is as it ough to.

    Under Kingkwete the oddities have bacome the norm while the norm seems to be odd.

    Isn’t that odd?

    By. M. M. Mwanakijiji
     
  2. Lonestriker

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    If you look carefully and closely as if with the assistance of a powerful clinical microscope you will see magnified right before your eyes the oddity of things said, done or being by Kingkwete. Indeed it is very odd to even think about them. We can sense something is definitely wrong but it is almost impossible to pinpoint it. Well, lets try.Do we really need a microscope/telescope to see the mismanagement of this country and the failures of Kikwete's stewardship?Even my mama who never saw a secondary school door sees this though it is true she can't explain how but still knows the 'why factor'

    Basically, he simply woke up one day at the end of 2010 and announced to the nation in his not-so-serious kind of speech that he was going to initiate this process that would lead to a new constitution for the republic. This - for some of us - was indeed odd; a categorical oddity if I may say.Very true,it seems for JK,abnormality is the normal way of doing things


    All in all,Mwanakijiji,we are right to criticise Kikwete but he is just but a small part of the problem...the real issue being the majority of the mass for lack of a proper and sound education background do not even know what they want.Even those who have been lucky enough to graduate from our universities can not articulate and debate important issues such as the constitutional reforms.We feel something is wrong but it like we don't know how to go correct the situations.
    A constitution is just tool and will forever remain a tool.The big question is have we been prepared to use that new tool?Without an informed society a new constitution will just remain a document,nothing more.
     
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    This Language is very odd.
     
  4. MANI

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    Why Mkuu do you expect few contributions?
     
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    I do not agree with you on the bolded part. There is no nation on this world which has all of its populace educated, changes are always initiated by a sacred few, or even one person, I therefore do not agree that there is no educated Tanzanians who can articulate and debate of critical issues of our land, Better we see how to go about it if at all MMM arguments are righ. aren't we Tanzanians?
     
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    Mzee wangu,
    wanaosema tuna wanaharakati hatuna wapinzani hawakosei, wengi wa wabunge wa Chadema ni rahisi mno kuwa manipulated, binafsi siwatofutishi na mnyama fulani anayefungwa majumbani kwa ajili ya ulinzi. Vibaka wengi wamegundua kuwa ukitaka kwenda kuiba bila kukamatwa warushie mfupa wenye minofu kidogo kisha utachana nyavu utakavyo maana muda wote wa tukio watakuwa wako bize na fupa.

    Mfano huu hauna tofauti na wabunge wa CDM, hebu jiulize mbunge mwenye akili timamu atamfuata lissu kutoka bungeni just kwa sababu zile zilizotokea? Kwa tabia hii ndio maana ni rahisi sana kuwamanipulate hawa wanaharakati wa cdm utakavyo
     
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    DURACEF JF-Expert Member

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    lets be realistic he is not part of the problem rather he is the actual problem simply because everything starts from him period.....hakuna kupakana mafuta kwa mgongo wa chupa hapa
     
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    Ronal Reagan JF-Expert Member

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    Truly, it's oddity of some quantity!

    Oddly Kingkwete isn't the originator, he's a mere chief beneficiary of the monarch......so if we oddly bother a little more about the cause and axis factors, dearest MM.
     
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    Elli JF-Expert Member

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    Najianadaa kwenda msibani Ghana, matatizo ya nchi yangu yapo tu hayataisha!!! ngoja niende msibani mie hata kama vijanawameniibia nauli yangu sio ishu sana
     
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    Remember Blue ray?
     
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    Why don't you read again and understand what I meant.Have not even contradicted MM's opinions,all have done is simply stretching his ideas,kwa lugha nyepesi nimeandika kuwa ni halali kumlaumu na kukosoa Jk lakini bado hali halisi inaonesha Jk ni sehemu tu ya tatizo.Sijaandika kuwa hakuna wasomi Tanzania ila nimesema tatizo kubwa ni ukosefu pamoja na udhaifu wa elimu kiasi kwamba hata katiba iliyopo ni watanzania wachache sana ambao wameisoma na wanaweza wakakaa chini kuichambua.Mfano mzuri ni hii post muhimu ila ni watu wachache wataochangia,tunarudi kwenye issue ya are we really informed to even articulate what we want in the new constitution?
     
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    Khaaaaa.
     
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    Hapo kwenye new Constituion is that true? Hakuhusisha bunge? Hajahusisha wananchi? Au lugha inanishinda Mimi. Kwa hapa nampongeza Jk hata kwa kukubali kuwa na katiba mpya.
     
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    Kaazi kweli kweli...
     
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    Kwani tofauti ya wanaharakati na wapinzani nini?Binafsi naamini mwanaharakati anaamini jambo fulani na kuamua kulipigania ilhali mpinzani anaweza kuwa na lengo moja na mtawala lakini anapingana na mtawala kwa sababu tu hayupo madarakani.
     
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    No wonder kuna mtu humu amesema "..the language used is odd" Jamani msome hata mara mbili kabla ya kuchangiaaga!!
     
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    Mkuu MKJJ,

    Red bold, and that is the biggest problem we have. Wanaotegemewa kuongoza mapambano na mbaya zaidi wameaminiwa na wananchi, ndo kwanza wanacheza mziki wa manipulator-in-chief!!!
     
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    MM it's true our country cherishes oddity not only on political arena but also on other spheres that make fabric of any country/soeciety. We are not socially shining and this is evidenced by copy and paste of foreign music, dances, drama and what not. Economically, the least I can say there's nothing tangible we can articulate without being told what to do by Bretton Wood Institutions or donor community. We have totally been brainwashed by CCM leaders when they accepted Western Social supremacy to be above everything. That's Kingkwete does whatever it takes to make Tanzanians believe that we can go a step further without him taking a begging bowl to west and middle east amisdt opulence that God awarded. It's odd that even Tanzanians who are believed have gone inside classrooms deep have succumbed to the Kingkweteism. Even if some trips are purely private and the state must not pay for them nobody queries-educated elite and non-edicated elite. We are in the country that is socially, polically and economically fragile. We cannot blame constitutional writing process to CDM as they are products of the same society but they need to be encouraged as at least they decided to do the difference amidst insults and mockery. The majority of Tanzanians were and are supposed to join hands with CDM. But do you believe they can? When their MPS walked out of the bunge inprotest when CCM and political parties hijacked the process, the public support was through word mouth but practically not. CDM have and activits have shown a way let other pressure groups be supportive. Where is Tanganyika Law Society. Constitution writting is more legal, it was time we were expecting lawyers to join CDM. Did they do that in the same way as we witness in Kenya and Uganda? If the process goes not to our expectations we all to blame
     
  19. Mzee Mwanakijiji

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    Not really...
     
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    TYRION LANNISTER Senior Member

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    God save the king...long liive the king and his sons
     
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