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Why we Oppose Them: In Memory of Fallen Heroes of Democracy

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Mzee Mwanakijiji, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. Mzee Mwanakijiji

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    Why We Oppose Them: Unfit to Lead

    By. M. M. Mwanakijiji (BGM)



    The cause of democracy in Tanzania has found new heroes, indeed even new heroines. The path to a new Tanzania that we so much desire has once again been cleared and sanctified by the blood of it sons, spilled in the hands of the State. Yes! The blood of those injured in the infamy of January 5th, 2010 in Arusha is screaming in agony for eons to come. For now, like in the time past hope has been planted in the hearts and minds of our people by the blood of the political activists.

    My friends, for the past week or so, I have been thinking, praying, and wondering what the events of January Fifth mean to those of us who have been pushing for political change in the country. Even more, I have been asking myself what is the significance of these events of Arusha to the mind and the collective psyche of our people. I have had several opportunities in the past week to speak candidly and share my thoughts with a number of CHADEMA prominent leaders including former Presidential candidate Dr. W. P. Slaa, Hon. Zitto Kabwe, Hon. John Mnyika as well as my new icon of democracy and human rights Ms. Josephine Mushumbusi. In all my conversations with them I came to realize that the political opposition in the country needs a clear and an ambiguous articulation of why thousands of Tanzanians at home and abroad stand in opposition to CCM's policies and the type of governance its government is providing to the nation.
    This is even truer following those events of January Fifth. Compared to what transpired a week ago to the events of colorful eternal farewell to Ismail Omar and Dennis Shirima today it is absolutely clear that the Police Force acted imprudently and cowardly to stop the CHADEMA party members from expressing their political opposition through a peaceful march; a march heading towards the same grounds where the funeral service was held today.

    Other people from the other side of the political discourse are wondering why some Tanzanians are so adamant in opposing President Kikwete's government and his ruling party. Why? They query us; it seems that a new generation of Tanzanians is so angry at Chama cha Mapinduzi's ruling political elite. Indeed, some of our friends in the side of the isle even hold the opposition and other Tanzanians who don't agree with them in contempt because they oppose the government. To some of our friends in this other camp, the only way to show patriotism and love for one's own country is to agree, support, defend and even excuse the actions of the government. To them, disagreeing or rejecting the government or its positions or actions is tantamount to treason.

    My friends, it is from such a reflection I found myself pulled either by fate, history or Providence to consider the reasons why Tanzanians across the country and abroad are standing against their government and in almost absolute opposition to the ruling party. I believe like the American Founding Fathers who put forth arguments for their opposition of King George's ‘tyrannical' government. I believe those of us who opposed the ruling party and its corrupt government need to put a clear defense of our cause lest it be taken out of context or misrepresented by those who benefits from the current political regime in Tanzania. Only those of us who oppose "them" know for a fact why we oppose and will continue to oppose them until the change desired is established in this beautiful land of ours.

    We oppose them because we disagree with them.
    The level of disagreement in the country between those who gave and continue to give an unconditional support to the ruling party and its government and those of us who supported and continues to support the opposition is so deep that I can claim it is in fact that it has reached the level of irreconcilable differences. This means that what CCM and its government represent is contrary to what the opposition would have brought to power if had been elected. But this difference is not personal as some people would want to us to believe but rather institutional and ideological. This difference is enshrined in the political parties own manifestos and constitutions. These are fundamental differences based on different philosophical and ideological bents of our political parties. Yes, this is why we oppose them.

    We oppose them because their ruling party represents continuity of the same.
    During the general elections campaigns the ruling party did not promise the Tanzanian people any meaningful change. In fact, they did not promise any change at all. They promised the continuity of the same. I remember very well how they despised the idea of change for if one had an opportunity to listen to their rhetoric change was something unneeded in the country for it the country was not ready for change. As a matter of fact even the idea of a new Constitution was rejected several times before the election and even after the election. They wanted and indeed I believe they still want to maintain the status quo. They still want to govern the country as if they are the sole political party; they want to issue statements as if they are the God chosen ones against all others! Yes! Their collective mentality is such that anybody who disagrees with them or who opposes them is seen not as a political adversary but as personal enemy of the ruling elite. Indeed, sometimes even of the State itself.

    So, any idea in opposition to theirs seems to be inherently offensive and provocative. Thus, they have tried in so many ways and in so many different venues to discourage Tanzanians from embracing the idea of something different and better offered by the opposition. In fact, in their almost demonic zeal to continue the same, unchecked and unchallenged by no one have gone out their way (as we saw during the election campaigns in 2010) to destroy the character, names, and even the honor of their political opponents. My friends that's why we oppose them and will continue to oppose them L

    We oppose them because they are the beneficiaries of the current corrupt political setting.
    We all know (by "we" I mean the opposition and the ruling party) that there is indeed a level of corruption in the country like never seen before. But, it seems that it is the opposition that is irked by this level of corruption to the point that it became a central theme of the opposition campaigns last year. But we all know that the corruption in the country benefits them as individuals (some of them are tied up in a number of corrupt deals of the past) and also as a ruling class.

    I could go on and on to narrate a number of corrupt deals of the past which we all know them pretty well. All these controversial contracts or deals (that is what they actually are) have been in one way or another tied up to some of the politicians in the ruling party and its government officials even sometimes to the highest levels of authority in the country.

    As we look in dismay the current saga where the same government that forced TANESCO to transfer the contract that utility firm had rejected before to an offshore shelf company in Costa Rica we find ourselves more determined to oppose them. I know for a fact that Dowans will be paid no matter what (as I have said in the past) and there is nothing that Kikwete or anybody in this land of ours can do to stop it and the worst thing is that once paid the two companies will go into insolvency or liquidation soon after they pocket the money. We even know the people who are behind in the secretive Dowans SA which was forced upon TANESCO and which now will cost the taxpayers almost 100 billion Tsh as a penalty of terminating the contract as rules by the ICC recently.

    So how can a free people accept the current corrupt political setting which benefits the ruling party and some of its prominent members? How can a regular Tanzanian whose child was forced to go home because he could not bring to school a "brick and papers" as ordered by school administrations support the current government? How can a group of university lecturers and students support a government that is willing to pay up easily 91 billion TSH while struggling to meet its financial obligations to teachers and higher education in the country? How can a nurse or a primary school teacher join in singing "CCM yajenga nchi" while her or his classrooms or dispensary is falling apart because it was built substandard? How can patriot Tanzania cheer the financial assistance of 3 Billion Tsh from China to build our own Defense College while the same nation was willing to part with 3 billion Tsh to build a house for one Bank of Tanzania Executive? How can a nation claimed to be as poor as ours afford to finance two massive celebrations within a month a part and still prepare for another one in few months to come? Is it really necessary to hold all these pompous celebrations every single year?

    We oppose them because our vision for the country is better than theirs.
    We have seen and accepted their ruling of the country for almost fifty years. Throughout the decades they have given us everything that they have. Under their ruling Tanzania is what it is today. But as we start the second half of the century of our independence we recognize that their ideas have failed our nation, their ideology of corruption has been detrimental to the prosperity of our people and indeed their vision of perpetual dependence has caused an addictive attitude towards the donors and foreign powers. I will propose to you that the current political leadership in the country does not have a vision of its own except that created by the so called "development partners" in other words, the donor community.

    It doesn't take special education to recognize the deficiencies of their economic, social, security even of the political policies. There is no area of governance that the current ruling elite can claim excellence. I mean none. They have found a myriad of ways to excuse their incompetence, defend their mediocrity and explain their failures. Indeed, if we push them to explain themselves they would come out like stinging bees to attack the persons not the arguments. They have found ways to intimidate people but it seems that the era of political intimidation is coming to an end soon. But I know, it won't come easily or with roses but probably with roses and guns like what happened in Arusha. That's why we oppose them.

    My friends, our opposition is not hate as others would want people to believe; our rejection of their policies is not revenge as some claim it to be; our despise of their leadership is not personal anger against them as some of them have come to hold. Our opposition, rejection, and despise are just a mere reflection of how the difference between them and us are of such a nature that cannot be reconciled. The ways to resolve the political stalemate in the country is by defeating them through a ballot box and remove them from power. Not just remove them from power but to bring those responsible for the current corrupt affairs of our nation to justice. In this regard there should be no misunderstanding whatsoever.

    All those responsible in selling out our nation wealth to anybody will be brought to justice, it might not be today or tomorrow but there should be no doubt that there is a new generation of Tanzanian willing to wait, as long as it takes to make this people accountable for their actions today. If the events of Arusha go unpunished let there be no doubt that the people who ordered the killings and those who took part in them will be brought to justice. Those who order political intimidation and carry them out they will be brought to answer as well. I don't know how this will happen or when it's going to happen, but I am quite sure that history will not forget what happened in these few years; nor should any peace and democracy loving Tanzanian anywhere.

    We can't back down now

    My friends, our resolve to oppose corruption must be sacred, and our determination to reject poor governance must be absolute for corruption and poor governance are the necessary recipes for underdevelopment of a young nation such as ours. With a lax law enforcement agencies and a weak intelligence service they create a quadrant of Corrupt Regime. It is for this reason as we celebrate the lives of our fallen heroes in Arusha and as we stand together with those injured we must continue to stand guard to defend the welfare of our nation no matter the price for we now know that sometimes a very high price might be called of us.

    We should not give the rulers another reason to shed more blood of Tanzanians. On our part we need to be prudent in the choices we make as we pursue this noble cause of political reform in Tanzania. But we should not be afraid to make choices for we all live by the choices we make or we will die by those we don't make. But we should not let other people make those choices for us not even the most powerful members of our society. We should be independent in our thinking and categorical in our acting. Only together can we lead the charge toward political reform in Tanzania.

    Well, why do we oppose them you still ask? Because they are unfit to lead.
    Let us join our hands to sing that liberation song; the song of hope to the oppressed!

    The great flood of tears that we've cried for our brothers and sisters who've died
    Over four hundred years has washed away our fears
    And strengthened our pride now we turn back the tide

    We will no longer hear your command
    We will seize the control from your hand
    We will fan the flame of our anger and pain
    And you'll feel the shame for what you do in gods' name

    We will fight for the right to be free
    And we will build our own society
    And we will sing, we will sing, we will sing our own song

    When the ancient drum rhythms ring, the voice of our forefathers sings
    Forward Africa run, our day of freedom has come
    For me and for you, Amandla Awethu


    Dedicate in the Eternal Memory of

    Ismail Omar
    Dennis Shirima

    On January 12th, 2010
     
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    Bravo bro. The quoted words hugely represent what is really happening in many parts of Africa, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Kenya U name it. It is such a strong message on its own.
     
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    We oppose them because they are not leaders they are rulers.
     
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    Can you translate in SWAHILI our language!!
    Plz

     
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    why request in englische??

     
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    Makini sana MM.

    Naomba ufafanuzi hapo kwenye red&bold, kama inawezekana.
     
  7. Mzee Mwanakijiji

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    Indeed, there are those in the other camp who absolutely consider anyone opposing as an enemy; not a political enemy but a personal foe.
     
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    Kwanini tunawapinga? Kwa sababu wameshindwa kutawala.
     
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    The Tanzania Mainland Independence Celebration in December 9th and Zanzibar's Revolution Day in Jan 12.
     
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    Thanks Mwanakijiji for this piece. It is an excellent assessment of the problem we face as a nation. I hope the poor who still support CCM and the ruling elites can read it with a certain level of objectivity and learn not to repeat past mistakes in 2015.
     
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    And they work against us the pple!
     
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    Makosa ya kiuandishi mengi mno mpaka imepoteza ladha
     
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    And you had time to read and comment on it?????????????
     
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    Wanawapinga kwa sbb
    1. Wameiba kura, vote rigging was absolutely the cause, so citizens don't listen them
    2. No vision, mission, full usanii, wanaiba Dr. Slaa & CDM campaign policy, eg elimu bure,
    kushusha bei ya vifaa vya ujenzi, katiba mpya, walisema wazi havitekelezeki
    tumeona la katiba wamegwaya, ila VX mpya @ 280 mil aaaahh mara moja
    3. Hawako kwa ajili ya wananchi eg. Dowans saga, Sitta, Mwakyembe, wote wamesema
    Dowans is illegal to pay, ni kampuni hewa, kumbuka mafisadi walitumia mbinu ya
    kuwapa uwaziri hawa ili KUWAFUNGA mdomo, but wanamsimamo, ila JK kama hayupo vile
    4. Dr. Slaa alisema wazi ni MAAFA kuirudisha CCM madarakani, ona sasa vyuo vikuu migomo kila kukicha, umeme juu, nauli soon itapanda no dought maisha yatapanda mno,
    hata miezi 2 bado, hali itakuwa ngumu, nasema 2015 wananchi hawata fanya makosa
    so CCM wanajua they are POOR IN GOVERNANCE, dowans imesemwa weeeeee, rais katulia
    wala hapa waislam wametulia kimya, umeme umepanda, husiki waislam wakiongea,
    hata issue ya Dowans BAKWATA wapo kimya, ni upuuzi mtupu, kisa JK mwislam
     
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    I think you are more effective using mother tongue. You'll definately write better English with time and practice.
     
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    Ndefu mno alafu ya kidhungu!tabu!tehtehteh
     
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    unasahihisha tu.. ndugu yangu.
     
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    unfortunately, I don't have good command of the mother tongue either. Labda nitumie mchanyato wa lugha.
     
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    MM, thumb-up! however, it is Denis Michael Shirima, not Denis Ngowi. Again, may be you need to practice to make you point in few words and avoid repeating yourself
     
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    sometimes I repeat myself because I'm trying to emphasize a point.. point noted - yours I mean.
     
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