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Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Mzalendo, May 16, 2008.

  1. Mzalendo

    Mzalendo Senior Member

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    Something like a political crisis is taking place in Tanzania . But don't hold your breath: it is simply a big circus – played by demagogic politicians, gluttonous businessmen and knuckle-headed journalists who are interested in nothing else but more money, more power, more attention and, do not discount it, more mistresses for themselves.

    So, a better way to scan the current political landscape and its undercurrents is to get a grip of who these players are, what their motives could be, and the hypocrisy of the whole ongoing theater..

    Members of Parliament: (This is an unprincipled mob. Less than a year ago, they booed Zitto for standing up firmly against alleged government mischief; today they pretend to be champions of the common man. Let us go through key players.)

    1. Samuel Sitta – now, this is the epitome of hypocrisy. How can a man, with straight face, pose as a champion of virtues and ethics while his entire life is defined by unremarkable political achievements and countless allegations of abuse of office at TIC, in Bunge office and everywhere? He has screwed up, and inserted himself as the main news item, in every major issue that has come before the Parliament. However, in this ongoing theatre, you have to give him credit for wrestling the Parliament from CCM's control and for using the Speakership to build his own little empire of patronage and clientelism. At the moment, he is one of, if not THE, most powerful men in Tanzania . He coordinates his political mischief with Mr. Reginald Mengi, a tax-evading divorced showman with taste for younger women, to ensure that those scandalized in the Parliament get similar treatment in the media.

    2. Harrison Mwakyembe
    – a frustrated intellectual turned political mercenary. Among the three "Mwas" giants from Mbeya (Mwakyembe, Mwandosya, and Mwakyusa), he is the least accomplished despite his somewhat decent schooling. Eager to play in Serie A like the other Mwas, he is up for sale, and price could be as low as the Deputy Ministerial portfolio. He surprised many who thought highly of him by presenting his Richmond report to the House without the decorum befitting his personage and reputation and by including references to Kubenea incident that did not have anything to do with a power deal he was asked to investigate. However, he is clever enough to know that Tanzanians have such a short attention span and his 15 minutes will be over soon. One thing is clear: he will go down the way of another sensational Mbeya politician, Njelu Kasaka, who shook the nation in the 1990s and got the audacity to run for President in 1995 while his 15 minutes were up.

    3. Aloyce Kimaro
    – it baffles many that this semi-illiterate thug can even be a Member of Parliament. It speaks volume to the desperation of CCM to do anything, including recruiting thugs and former thieves, to win back opposition seats. The biggest comedy in the country at the moment is that this man is mentioned among principled Members of Parliament who can stand up and speak truth to power, including pointing a finger at Mkapa. Well, just few weeks ago he extorted a tender to guide VIPs to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro during the Sullivan Summit by threatening officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that he will blast them in the Parliament. Pure blackmail.

    4. John Malecela
    – a moral guide to what is going on in the Parliament at the moment. The beauty of watching politicians is when the lie to each other. Malecela hates JK to the bone but you wouldn't know seeing the two of them in public. He still believes that Emmanuel Nchimbi killed his son (through voodoo), and, somehow, that facilitated JK's ascendancy to the Presidency. He is a reasonable man and good father but his vengeful and opportunistic wife is steering him out of reason and hastening his path to senility.

    5. Wilbrod Slaa – a former man of God who could not keep his celibacy vow, but thinks we are foolish enough to expect him to keep his word as a politician. This is an overeager and noisy politician who is constantly betrayed by his unchecked libido. His life at the moment is consumed by the struggle to take credit for anything and everything about grand corruption, because at some point in his political life he mentioned the phrase "grand corruption". With all that is going on at the moment, his noise has become background noise.

    6. Zitto Kabwe – has matured over the past year, perhaps because he is being reasonable enough to hang around with as many people as possible or because he is being open-minded enough to accept token bribes from the CCM establishment. Certainly has a great future in politics.

    7. Rostam Aziz – the prince of high finance is fighting for his political life and credibility as an honest businessman. Knives are thrown from every side and some are drawing blood. Although even his opponents would acknowledge his sharp mind and deep pockets, this time the lions are hungry and the den is shrinking. Mr. Aziz has dealt with and has compromised almost every conceivable creature who matters in the political scene in the land, including his current nemeses. And that is his edge. He bankrolled Sitta's election to the Assembly and oversaw his triumph as Speaker against the genial old Pius Msekwa but now Sitta has made him enemy number one and he has made Sitta enemy number one. Politics!

    8. Anne Kilango Malecela – a noisy heckler who cannot get over the fact she is not the First Lady. A tough and fearless woman whose vengeful inclination is either very suited or totally not suited for her new role as top disciplinarian in the parliament. But we like her.

    9. Mizengo Pinda – a gentleman par excellence. It remains to be seen whether one can still be successful as a PM without behaving like Nikita Khrushchev.

    10.Stanley Kevela Yono – a small time crook who, despite his years of thievery and wrecking our perfectly-parked cars in Dar city centre, has the audacity to stand up and profess anger against fellow thieves.

    11. Raphael Chegeni - "please JK, I don't want much, I just want to be Deputy Minister.. You see, I withdrew my private motion on Twin Towers after Chenge had resigned because I saw an opportunity there. I am better than Ngeleja and Masha is overrated"

    12.Mark Mwandosya – "I told you, I could have done a better job"

    13.Benard Membe – "I am telling you, I will do a better job. Condi Rice is my friend"

    14.Edward Lowassa
    – "Damn, I was doing a better job – when the man was traveling"

    15.Jackson Makwetta – "What year is this? Can I still be the PM"

    16.Abdallah Kigoda – "Do you have a lighter?"

    OTHER PLAYERS IN POLITICS, BUSINESS AND MEDIA

    1. Reginald Mengi – feted by Mwinyi, snubbed by Mkapa, he is now preoccupied with blackmailing JK for a chair in his kitchen cabinet. Narcissistic to the core, he plays Kingmaker, taking the responsibility for the misfortunes of the recently fallen politicians and basking in the public undressing of Mkapa, which he is engineering using his media. Mr. Mengi holds court at his house to plot the unfolding of political events like an old Spartan general. Why? To prove masculinity and enhance an appearance that he is bigger, more important and richer than he actually is.

    2. Freeman Mbowe – failed in school, failed in business, failed in politics, and all this after being born in the royal family, the House of Mbowe. And he still has the audacity to vie for Presidency. In the current political state of play, he is irrelevant, and, as a HIPC (Heavily Indebted Party Chairman), he is finished as a politician.

    3. Saed Kubenea – Stan Katabalo impostor, only without the education, the sophistication, the principles and steely determination for which Katabalo is remembered for. A little Kingmaker in the making, if only he would be aware that he needs to stop being a pawn in the great political game. He gets direct congratulatory calls from Sumaye, Magufuli, Butiku, Warioba and others whenever his paper comes out. He is welcome at Salim A. Salim house. This is such an awesome achievement for a person who is half-schooled and who has never read any major literary work of non-fiction (and who might not get this joke). That our politicians would embrace Kubenea, who still milks the "acid incident", speaks of the level of their desperation to smear each other (in the name of "saving the country").

    4. Issa Shivji
    – he gets a mention for nostalgic and sentimental reasons. In this post-ideology messy situation, the aging ideologue has become irrelevant as an intellectual and pundit except when Absalom Kibanda and Sakina Dattoo want to fill up columns. Prof., the workers of the world have figured out that the Juche Idea is a sham, and they have now resorted to radical evangelicism and Rwakatare's "prosperity gospel" to see the end of the tunnel.

    5. Augustine Mrema – the man needs help.

    6. Yussuph Makamba – clueless old man who is warming the SG seat for somebody else.

    7. Absalom Kibanda – The editor of Tanzania Daima is really an attack pit-bull that Freeman Mbowe unleashes once in a while. (Deodatus Balile is a pitbull for Rostam Aziz). The problem with Kibanda is the "Mbeya problem". He hasn't gotten over the fact that Mwandosya lost to JK fairly and squarely in 2005.

    8. Tundu Lissu – a thuggish lawyer who is making a lot of noise against multinationals but is currently awash with [consulting] cash from multinationals.


    Huh! Interesting! Difficult to figure out but possibly from BM camp, written by a hired third-class foreign public relations hack. The political idiom, language, silly sarcasm and utterly unwarranted cynicism is not Tanzanian. It stinks of gutter political press in the West (News of the World type! of what a pretentiously political piece would read like in the Playboy).

    enjoy your weekend
     
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    Mwafrika wa Kike JF-Expert Member

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    huyu atakuwa either mugongo mugongo or fisadi lililokubuhu - Saliva Rweyemamu.
     
  3. Rev. Kishoka

    Rev. Kishoka JF-Expert Member

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    Why do ai have a feeling that I have seen the lips of this fella who wrote this piece?
     
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    Jobo JF-Expert Member

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    Man you got most of your assessment of those folks right! but take it from me, you are also one of them in one way or the other. You kinda of think you know more than anybody else but little doth thee know bout present politics. Vie for a kitongoji chairman and you will agree with my assessment of you! Nice weekend bro, and dont be so negative of everybody lest you criticise the very moment you live in!
     
  5. Mzee Mwanakijiji

    Mzee Mwanakijiji Platinum Member

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    clue siyo nani aliandika, but whose idea is it? Lakini maswali haya mawili yanaendana yaani aliyeandika na mwenye idea ni watu wa karibu sana.

    Aliyeandika:

    a. Ni mtanzania
    b. Ni mwandishi of sort (sidhani kama amesomea uandishi)
    c. Ameishi Marekani au kusoma Marekani
    d. Yuko karibu na serikali na ndani ya CCM
    e. Anaongozwa na kisasi cha "orodha ya mafisadi".


    Mwenye idea.
    - Ni mwanasiasa
    - Anatajwa katika hiyo piece
    - Anatajwa katika more positive light then anybother member
    - Anajua nafasi yake katika siasa za Tanzania
    - Hajakubali kushindwa na ana uwezo wa kumuajiri na kumlipa aliyeandika.
     
  6. Steve Dii

    Steve Dii JF-Expert Member

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    ....i was waiting for a monologue to accompany my weekend, well, i think this one will suffice, either way, interesting indeed!!!
     
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    Mwafrika wa Kike JF-Expert Member

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    Nadhani hii thread inafaa kuwa kwenye udaku au vibweka vya wakubwa inakostahili.
     
  8. Mwanamalundi

    Mwanamalundi JF-Expert Member

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    :DHuu uandishi ni wa Benjamini Mkapa. Nahisi wakati anaandika hii tabloid, alikuwa na glasi ya whisky kwa pembeni:D
     
  9. Kitila Mkumbo

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    Interesting....especially having come over the weekend!
     
  10. Mzee Mwanakijiji

    Mzee Mwanakijiji Platinum Member

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    Mwanamalundi.. you might be very right.... especially because he is not mentioned in this list...
     
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    Game Theory JF-Expert Member

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    Have you been listening to my rantings and ravings Mzalendo? Reading your piece was like seeing my own thoughts in print. Thank you so much for giving an airing of our feelings of total despair, even if done in a humourous way. At least it brought a smile to my face before I collapsed in tears!

    But the real problem isn't JK aka "MZEE WA PAMBA aka MUUNGWANA aka ZE COMEDY". He is just one side of the coin and the real problem is the other side is exactly the same.

    Mbowe an alternative? Don't make me laugh. The political establishment has been stitched up for a long time and the puppet show we call democracy, is nothing but a farce to keep the sheeples minds occupied.

    The media have their full roll to play in all this too and the perpetuation that JK is some how different to any of the others, is what keeps us in the ditch we are in.

    Only when Tanzania as a country wakes up and starts calling this sham for what it is, will we get anywhere. Surely Mzalendo is one of the greatest thinkers we have in JF!
     
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    Game Theory JF-Expert Member

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    I only wish he could have said more on Membe and ZNZ president(Karume)

    In regards to Pinda we all know he is rubbish like the other lot
     
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    Ngereja JF-Expert Member

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    Inaelekea elekea kuwa huyu ni BWM, maana misamiati hii migumu migumu ni hulka ya BWM anapoandika au kuongea kiingereza. Mara ya kwanza alipohutubia pale Nkurumah hall, kuanzia mwanzo mpaka mwisho wa hotuba yake ya kusoma ilikuwa ni full "bombastic" utadhani alikuwa anawaonyesha wasomi kwamba wao hawajui kiingereza ila yeye ni kibo kwa umombo!
     
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    Haswa haswa hapo alipo mpondea R.Mengi ndio utajua kabisaa!
     
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    Mwafrika wa Kike JF-Expert Member

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    ccm wameishiwa hadi wanatia huruma!
     
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    Bado tusi wa underestimate!
    Bado muda kidogo...
     
  17. Mwanamalundi

    Mwanamalundi JF-Expert Member

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    Mwafrika, Rweyemamu hana ubavu wa kuandika hiyo "article". unampa sifa ya uandishi asiyostahiki. Tafuta hutuba za mkapa alizoandika kwa kiingereza utaweza kuunganisha dots.
     
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    Mwafrika wa Kike JF-Expert Member

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    Kwani ni kipi kikubwa kwenye hii article... mimi naona imejaa pumba na haiko makini ndio maana nimesema kuwa yawezekana imeandikwa na wachovu kama muongo oooppppps mugongo au Saliva.

    Kama Mkapa ndiye ameandika hii basi ameshuka five folds below kile kiwango nilichokuwa nimeweka kama level yake.

    you might be right thauwgh! binadamu wa kawaida akifikia kiwango cha ufisadi cha mkapa basi anaishiwa hata uwezo wa kawaida wa kujieleza. Ufisadi ni laana!
     
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    Mwanamalundi JF-Expert Member

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    Mwanakijiji. Hapo Ben anawaambia wanasiasa wa tanzania wasimtie karaha, maana hakuna mwanasiasa clean.

    My take. Anawakumbusha watanzania kauli ya JK: "mwacheni mzee wa watu apumzike"
     
  20. Mwanamalundi

    Mwanamalundi JF-Expert Member

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    Mwafrika, style ya uandishi wa salva ni tofauti na mwandishi wa hii article. Sizungumzii "substance", which again is open to diverse interpretation. Pekua pekua katika makabrasha ya hutuba za mkapa utanifahamu.
     
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