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Zitto Kabwe and CHADEM have won, CCM has lost

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    A political analyst, William
    Butler Yeats, once said, “Do
    not wait to strike till the
    iron is hot; but make it hot
    by striking." This is exactly
    what Kigoma North lawmaker, Zitto Zuberi
    Kabwe and his party have
    done. They didn’t wait to
    strike till the iron was hot,
    but made it hot by striking
    it, and here we are today witnessing the forced
    resignation of eight cabinet
    ministers. Their colleagues from the
    ruling party waited till the
    iron was hot and their
    dilly-dallying has given
    Kabwe and his party
    political mileage, the very same way it happened in
    2007 when the ruling
    party’s lawmakers ganged
    up against the very same
    Kigoma North legislator. Last year, in dealing with
    the David Jairo saga, it was
    Kabwe who led the battle
    before CCM hardliners
    rallied behind him and the
    result was the sacking of the former permanent
    secretary. The Richmond
    scam and details about the
    Bank of Tanzania’s
    External Payments Arrears
    account heist were first revealed by the opposition
    legislator, led by Dr.
    Willibrod Slaa, before CCM’s
    legislators hijacked the
    battle. This week again, Kabwe
    stole the show when he
    decided to go after Prime
    Minister Mizengo Pinda. To
    prove that he was serious,
    the following day he managed to gather a total
    of 68 signatures. It is safe
    to assume that, come
    tomorrow when the
    motion of no confidence in
    the Prime Minister Pinda would have been moved,
    he would have gathered
    70 signatures needed to
    table the motion. Also, because the CCM
    lawmakers were blind or
    may not have known the
    danger lying ahead,
    hijacked Kabwe’s battle
    believing that,in so doing they had outsmarted him.
    But the truth of the matter
    is that Kabwe had given
    them enough rope with
    which to hang themselves. Today, CCM legislators have
    hanged themselves while
    Kabwe and chadema have
    scored a strong political
    victory, including winning
    the confidence of Tanzanians. It’s a game well
    played by Kabwe and his
    party on behalf of
    Tanzanians, who are tired
    of poor leadership and
    corruption. If finally the eight cabinet ministers’
    resignation will be
    accepted by the appointing
    authority, we shall accord
    this victory to Kabwe and
    his party. CCM will gain nothing out of
    this battle because it wasn’t
    their battle to begin with;
    they just hijacked it or
    were given enough rope
    by the very same legislators they booed last
    year. To a divided CCM, this
    could possibly be the
    beginning of the end
    because it can’t withstand
    the political storms from young and brilliant
    politicians from the
    opposition, chadema. CCM legislators might
    congratulate themselves
    for hijacking the battle,
    and finally forcing eight
    cabinet ministers to quit,
    but the truth is that it’s chadema that wins
    politically by gaining the
    trust of Tanzanians.
    However, within CCM this
    has very little to do with
    the battle to combat corruption. It is rather the
    product of their internal
    divisions and struggle for
    power that has been
    rocking the party for some
    years now. These cracks were
    brought about by one
    word: corruption. The
    word was Dr Slaa’s and his
    party’s war cry, especially
    when he unveiled the list of shame at Mwembe Yanga in
    Dar es Salaam in 2007. During that time CCM
    legislators either ignored
    slaa or called him a liar, but
    when they established
    that, the chadema tough
    leader was gaining popularity while they were
    losing credibility before the
    public, they hijacked the
    Richmond and EPA scams. The result was what
    President Kikwete
    described as ‘a political
    storm’ because then sitting
    Prime Minister Edward
    Lowassa and two cabinet ministers were forced to
    resign. The following day
    the entire cabinet was
    dissolved, but a new
    chapter of divisions and
    the politics of witch- hunting had been put in
    top gear. Today CCM remains weak
    because it has never
    recovered from the
    Richmond hangover. For
    those who like democracy
    and accountability, the credit will always go to
    Kabwe and his party for
    putting CCM under constant
    pressure to the extent of it
    unwittingly being in a
    position to hang itself. SOURCE: GUARDIAN ON
    SUNDAY
     
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