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Tanzania's troubled road to 2010 elections

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Invisible, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Invisible

    Invisible Admin Staff Member

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    Monday, October 12 2009

    It sounds a crazy thing to say. But, it is becoming increasingly clear that Tanzania is creeping towards dangerous times as we head for the presidential and parliamentary elections slated for October 2010.

    The makings of a major political crisis are already evident even this early in the democratic process that should see anything up to 17 million Tanzanians going to the polls.

    One testimony to this is the problematic voter registration exercise that is supposed to be going on in Zanzibar.

    The exercise continues to be marred by dissent and protests that have spilled over to Mainland Tanzania.

    This is evidenced by the public demonstrations staged in Dar es Salaam on September 30 by the Civic United Front.

    CUF is also the political nemesis of the veteran ruling party CCM and its two governments in Zanzibar and the Union.

    Zanzibar enjoys a special position in what is clearly a Union grossly lopsided in its favour.

    For all practical purposes, the Isles is regarded as an equal partner in the United Republic of Tanzania.

    In effect, it is a case of the tail wagging the dog; what goes on in that part of the Union reverberates across the nation-state.

    The last three multiparty elections in 1995, 2000 and 2005 saw the two acrimonious political rivals run neck-and-neck in Zanzibar.

    At the end of it all, the officially declared results became the subject of controversy that has fostered uncharacteristic animosity in the country.

    For instance, the October 2000 elections were marred by serious allegations of fraud.

    Attempts by the relevant authorities, including both governments, to sweep the problem under the carpet saw acrimonious protests against the elections in January 2001.

    This led to more than 40 deaths in the Isles, thousands of political exiles — and a boycott of the legislature by CUF members.

    In April 2001, thousands of opposition supporters marched through Dar-es-Salaam in the first major opposition rally in decades.

    Although the two antagonists, CCM and CUF, signed an accord in October 2001 to end the political stalemate and allow for more transparent government, it never worked.

    The problem is today even more ominous, threatening to consign Tanzania to an uncertain, troubled future.

    If and when this happens, it would end a chapter in the history of a country that had for half-a-century been exemplary in terms of socio-political stability and security in Africa.

    It will also open a sad new chapter of strife and tribulations that could take another 50 years to emerge from.

    Seems the trouble lies in the ruling party’s megalomaniac obsession with power, seeking by hook and crook to retain it even when the odds are against it.

    For reasons that are not quite clear, the party, ably aided and abetted by its two government, uses lots of time, energy, funds and other resources — including the state’s security forces — to ensure it remains in power.

    Tanzania’s troubled road to elections is indeed most troubling.

    This doesn’t give true democracy a chance, giving it a bad name instead. Both are unfortunate — a development that makes benevolent dictatorship worth considering as an option. I beg to move…

    Karl Lyimo is a freelance journalist based in Dar. Email:
  2. Kichuguu

    Kichuguu Platinum Member

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    Mwaka jana watu hawakujua kuwa CHADEMA watakuwa formidable sana kwenye uchaguzi huu; mitazamo ilikuwa ni CUF na CCM tu. Leo hii mchezo umabedilika sana kiasi kuwa CCM ikiwa katika hatari ya kupokonywa madaraka na CHADEMA wameanza kujipanga kutumia mabavu ili wabaki madarakani.
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    Ndugu Lyimo,

    Thank you for the above article posted on Jamiiforum website.

    Two questions came to mind after reading your article:

    1) Is CUF a legitimate, bona fide Tanzanian party, and not just a party based on foreign interests?

    2) You have spoken of impending problems after elections, presumably on the basis that the people will not accept the outcome, because, apparently the government is using all forces and powers at its disposal in order to get re-elected. Have we got any evidence of this abuse of power and government resources?

    Perhaps we could start pressing for the presence of International Election Observers, who can quickly resolve any potential accusations of electoral fraud?

    Thank you.
    Mwakisunga Mwakibete
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    Rutashubanyuma JF-Expert Member

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    CCM ndiyo pasua kichwa. Wanataka kututawala hata kwa mabavu ya JWTZ vinginevyo sisi hatuna zengwe na demokrasia bali wao.
  5. omarilyas

    omarilyas JF-Expert Member

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    Hata ninyi hamna mpango na demokrasia isipokuwa wakati wengi wao wanaichukulia demokrasia kama mbinu ya kuhalalisha utawala wao, wengi wenu pia demokrasia sio zaidi ya kuwawezesha kufanikisha mbinu zenu kukamata walichonacho wao.....GATE CRUSHING THEIR TURN TO EAT

    Mngekuwa mnaamini katika demokrasia mngejua angalao kuheshimu maoni ya wengine ama angalao yale yalifofanyiwa utafiti. Lakini zaidi msingekuwa na tabia za kutukana, kuwalejeli na hata kuwatisha wale wote wanaosema tofauti na kile mnachotaka kisemwe hadi wengine kufikia kuanza kujenga mazingira ya hofu kuwa endapo matakwa yenu hayatafanikiwa basi DAMU ITAMWAGIKA.

    Hapo hatujaongelea historia ya chaguzi na utendaji wa chama chenu adhimu...........

    Be the change u claim u want to see na sio kuchezea intellects za watu.....kukua kwa watanzania hakuko katika kuvutiwa na upinzani na kiu ya mabadiliko makini tu lakini pia kung'amua mchele na pumba za so called upinzani ama WAKOMBOZI kama mnavyojiita...........

    Msingelikuwa mnaombea mabaya huko tuendako msingelichanganyikiwa kiasi hiki kuhusiana na matamshi ya vyombo vyetu vya ulinzi na usalama.......