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Where do Chadema's words and deeds meet?

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by MAFILILI, May 11, 2011.


    MAFILILI JF-Expert Member

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    By ALFRED NGOTEZI, 19th February 2011 @ 16:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 710

    SINCE Chadema is now the single largest opposition group in Parliament, people are keenly watching every step they take.

    There was a public uproar, for example, when Chadema's Members of Parliament almost collided head-on, a few months ago after boycotting President Jakaya Kikwete's Parliament Speech.

    Some of them supported the move while others thought otherwise, which sparked a heated public debate. That is the price of leadership capital.

    But as Chadema seems to be riding high, serious questions are beginning to emerge on their commitment to walk their talk.

    As architects or importers of the 'ufisadi' (grand corruption) terminology which took the public's hate campaign against misuse of public funds to new horizons, Chadema should have stayed the front course.

    On the contrary, critics are now arguing that the party is a non starter, after all. They allegedly say one thing and do the other.

    Dar es Salaam Roman Catholic Primate Cardinal Pengo blasted this tendency at the funeral of Mwanza RC Archbishop Anthony Mayalla, several months back in Mwanza. He said some politicians were opposed to 'Ufisadi' simply because they were not in a position to enrich themselves.

    One specific example where Chadema faltered on their first political step this time around is last Sunday in Dodoma.

    It was reported in a Kiswahili daily on February 15, 2011 that Chadema MPs who officiated at the opening of the Mipango Branch revealed yet another first to the public.

    They complained: ''While the President has promised to buy 400 tricycle ambulances for pregnant rural women, each of us (MPs) has been paid 90m/- to buy a personal motor vehicle.'' What a candid revelation. So, what are Chadema proposing?

    If this was meant to be news, then they had better know that people have lived with this reality for many years. Frankly, this was one golden opportunity for them to walk their talk. They cannot be trusted with simplistic Parliament walkouts or demonstrations only.

    Often these do not give you an idea about individual sacrifice and self denial resilience, which are so paramount in matters of leadership. That is exactly what Mwalimu Julius Nyerere demonstrated in the early post-independence era, when he thought he was getting over-perked.

    He chopped his own salary and the rest, as they say, is now history. Chadema, who are very vocal against embezzlement of public funds should have known that they could have pulled a big win if they had declined the huge financial offer.

    They could have taken, say 50m/-, which could still fetch good automobiles. The biggest kill for the party would have been a 40m/- saving per head amounting to over one billion for Chadema's more than 40 MPs.

    Frankly, with this single stone, Chadema could have killed ten birds. For instance, this could have pushed other Members of Parliament to follow suit, who knows, which could have increased the saving tenfold.

    Again, since some of the MPs are two or even more-timers, logic could have prevailed to provide more money to first timers and less to incumbents, because you don't need a new car every five years.

    With the saved billions Parliament could teach the rest of the government and country at large the importance of prudence. Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda proved this recently when he declined to take a new automobile when his old one was still serviceable.

    Consequently, he decreed that government vehicles be replaced only after seven years. Perhaps what's more important is that without taking concrete action, all the noise about Dowans is just a waste of time.

    I have argued before that Dowans and the rest are one-off scandals, which could be easily halted. Our biggest heartache is institutionalized misuse of funds in government organs.

    Since Chadema have chosen not to take affirmative action against this threat, conclusions will forever be made about them. Some of these will be wild but some will come as close to the point as possible.

    My take, and I stand to be corrected, is that if Chadema won't recognize this fault and stay their politically wayward
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    Uliza_Bei JF-Expert Member

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    Nakubaliana na wewe katika baadhi ya mambo, CDM wana mapungufu yao na CCM wanayo pia. CCM wamezidi kwa matatizo na vita wanayoipiga CDM mimi naikubali na tutashinda pamoja Ufisadi (Grand corruption) is not a terminology but REAL na CCM ndiyo wanaipalilia na JK akiongoza hilo. Lazima tuseme hatutaki ufisadi bila kujali nani anasema CCM au CDM. Sasa kwavile wenzetu CCM wanawatetea mafisadi hatuko nao hata chembe wajitetee waachane nao kabla ya 2015 ama sivyo kura zetu wasahau....Wang'ang'anie tu Lowasa, Chenge na Rostam wao watatuona 2015
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    ukikopi kazi za watu kumbuka kuweka source.

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    Hivi wangerudisha sehemu ya hiyo pesa ingepelekwa wapi?
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    Hata hivyo wanaweza kununua magari ya bei rahisi alafu hela nyingine ijenge chama badala ya kuiachia wahuni.