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Arusha Saga: Outsiders' Perspectives (Madhara na Maoni toka nje ya Nchi)

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by maselef, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. m

    maselef JF-Expert Member

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    Mr President, it’s time to let Makamba go!

    source: The Citizen Thursday, 13 January 2011

    Mr President Jakaya Kikwete, Happy New Year! Your Excellency, I have only one request for you as the Chairman of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM): Get rid of Yusuf Makamba, your Secretary General.
    For the sake of Tanzania let me call a spade a spade; please bear with me.

    Mr President, last week our nation was embarrassed when police in Arusha went on a rampage, shooting indiscriminately, beating people, smashing cars, chasing cars, exploding tear gas near Mount Meru Hospital, Kaloleni graves, homes, markets, places of worship, hotels, businesses, etc. In the end, property was damaged, people injured and lives lost.

    The whole world, as far as Australia, reported on the incident via television, radio, newspaper, and the Internet condemning the Tanzania police
    . One Botswana television station showed the victims screaming in agony prompting an Angolan to ask one Tanzanian jokingly: Have you become Darfur?
    What really caused our police to cause anarchy? Did they want to vindicate the public for calling them “criminals in uniforms?” Who sent them to castigate poor Tanzanians? Of course, conveniently, Chadema is the one to blame.

    Yes, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Said Mwema, banned Chadema from holding the demonstration under the pretext of “intelligence reports” suggesting that there could be violence but allowed their planned rally to go ahead.

    Now, did Chadema hold a demonstration or merely walk with a handful of supporters as pictures show?
    Whatever the answer, Tanganyika Law Society (TLS) has stated that the IGP’s order was unconstitutional. Truly, police have no right to stop BRUTALLY peaceful demonstrations. Absolutely no right! Mwema’s intelligence reports are now a humorous anecdote.

    Shockingly, even the permitted rally was violently assaulted by the police. The story that youths were marching towards a police station to free their leaders was a spin. Do you believe the slain Kenyan Paul Njuguna was attempting to free Chadema leaders?
    Mr President, the day after the police’s heinous crime, Makamba rushed to congratulate them. He further quoted a Biblical verse to justify his tirade prompting Arusha’s clergymen to respond emotionally, an initiative that brought religious flavour into the whole fracas. I hope Makamba won’t play with the Quran.

    As analysts predicted, Arusha sheikhs launched a countering statement, allegedly sponsored by CCM, to attack the priests. Is this the Tanzania you want to leave us with Mr President? Home Affairs Minister, Vuai Shamsi Nahodha, probably unaware that he was spilling the beans, said the episode was political, meaning police were on a politically motivated operation. Vuai’s suggestion for a political solution hit a snag when Makamba stubbornly rejected the idea.

    Before the killings, Makamba had dismissed a call from his buddy Edward Lowassa to settle the matter amicably. Why? Did Makamba engineer dirty tricks to grab the mayoral seat in Arusha? Was Makamba still on a mission to rescue CCM elsewhere through unjust means? Mr President, people are worried whether in Tanzania “justice means fairness” as a 20th century American political philosopher, John Rawls, argued.

    Makamba’s position is an internal matter in CCM, but the truth is that CCM affects the life of virtually every person in Tanzania.

    Mr President, it all comes down to one truth: Makamba’s leadership. Makamba controls party machinery all over the country giving out authoritarian orders as he wishes. When Arusha’s mayoral election got messed up intentionally, your minister in charge of local government affairs, George Mkuchika, was supposed to step in.

    However, Mkuchika is Makamba’s deputy. What justice could he have done? During the last election, Tanzanians complained that police cooperated with electoral supervisors and district commissioners to unjustly favour CCM. Certainly, Tanzanians know their democratic rights were violated.

    In the primary polls, CCM carelessly elected its candidates amidst corruption and nepotism with Makamba telling the Immigration Department that they don’t know immigration law. CCM denied justice to many.

    Makamba couldn’t even manage your campaign properly. Worse, you launched CCM campaigns without a printed Election Manifesto. Subsequently, Makamba barred all CCM candidates from debating.

    Makamba didn’t even know that CCM’s popularity had diminished significantly. CCM officials faked crowds by ferrying fans from neighbouring regions to deceive everybody.

    Supposedly easy process to nominate the CCM candidate for the Speaker’s race became havoc. During the campaigns one newspaper accused Makamba of instigating religious hatred in the country as part of CCM tricks to entice voters, a typical sign of political bankruptcy. He couldn’t deny it.

    Mr President, when you came to power you promised to resolve the Zanzibar stalemate. Unfortunately, you let Makamba lead the process and the project failed. Zanzibar was rescued when Amani Karume and Seif Shariff Hamad agreed personally.
    The list of issues is too long to finish, but do you know why? Let me tell you Mr President.

    CCM has never had such weak leadership before. Can we compare Makamba to former CCM chief executives such as Alhaj Daudi Mwakawago either, who went on to become Africa’s top ambassador at the United Nations?
    I beg you to look at the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China, the party that drives the world left and right. CCM should learn from these guys.

    Mr President, your trusted buddy Makamba is pushing Tanzanians to question if a definition of government as argued by a 14th century Arab political theorist, Abd al-Rahman ibn Muhammad ibn Khaldun, applies in Tanzania. Khaldun defined government as “an institution, which prevents injustice.”

    Mr President, an 18th century British political philosopher, William Godwin, once warned: “False opinion, superstition and prejudice, have hitherto been the true supporters of usurpation and despotism.”

    Something of this nature is haunting Tanzania but I am sure this is not the legacy you want to leave us with. Please, fire Makamba. He won’t harm you. Buffoons don’t make great leaders.

    Dr Martin Luther King Jr. cautioned: “Without justice there can be no peace. He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.”
    Mr President, we still love our stable and united Tanzania. Thank you.
    Mobhare Matinyi,
    Washington DC.

  2. Kaa la Moto

    Kaa la Moto JF-Expert Member

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    Thank you. Yours truly Makamba
  3. tzjamani

    tzjamani JF-Expert Member

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    Bravo Matinyi. The main difficulty is how to make our rulers accept/take any good advice given to them every now and then.
  4. Lizzy

    Lizzy JF-Expert Member

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    The guy clearly doesn't care so don't expect him to do anything about it.Great advice though!
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    dazenp Senior Member

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    i have seen many ideas but this is a great article and you should be awarded my friend the problem is your outside this country......that cancels everything as a swahili say "fimbo ya mbali haiuwi nyoka"
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    PakaJimmy JF-Expert Member

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    Sikio la kufa hilo jamani...Dawa yake ni peoples power!
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    Papa D JF-Expert Member

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    Wambugani JF-Expert Member

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    Let Makamba stay to expeditiously windup CCM.
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    WAMURUBHERE JF-Expert Member

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    amuondoe nani atampeleka kwa waganga wa kienyeji huko Tanga
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    arasululu Senior Member

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    makanga ni sufuri kabisa sorry i mean makamba
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    Froida JF-Expert Member

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    I truly believe his days a numbered lets wait and see
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    NewDawnTz JF-Expert Member

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    Long live Makamba .......................

    Your life in CCM is for the benefit of opposition...your propaganda's are better for the swift waning of your good-for-nothing CCM
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    SALUTE,good analysyis!
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    Kudi Shauri Senior Member

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    This Makamba guy has become a dismal failure! This is not surprising as he is the most lowly educated TANU/CCM Secretary General since the early days of these two Parties. If we compare him with earlier SGs [Steve Mhando/Kambona in the 1950s; Mbita/Msekwa in the 1960s; Kawawa/Mwakawago in the 1980s and Kolimba/Mangula in the 1990s and early 2000s, this Makamba guy is surely an illiterate joker. CCM and its members deserve better than this especially in an era when there are so many educated and wise members. Chairman Kikwete GET RID OF THIS ILLITERATE JOKER for the sake of CCM and Tanzania! The sooner he is retired to his Bumbuli village the better for everyone!
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    zomba JF-Expert Member

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    Yaani uliyeweka hii mada unachakachuwa? Huyo ni Mtanzania aliyepo nje ya Tanzania lakini si muono wa (outsider) nchi ya nje. Wacha.
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    Mdau JF-Expert Member

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    Kuna msemo kwamba mara nyingi kwenye mambo ya uongozi, kiongozi wa juu huchagua mwenzake wa chini ambaye ana elimu na popularity ndogo...