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Chadema’s protest over new laws Bill

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by BAK, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. BAK

    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    Chadema’s protest over new laws Bill Tuesday, 12 April 2011 21:46

    By Frank Kimboy
    The Citizen reporter

    Dar es Salaam. The Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) will hold demonstrations and public rallies in ten regions on Saturday to protest the Constitutional Review Bill 2011. Announcing the decision here yesterday, Chadema director for Organization and Training Benson Kigaila, who is also the coordinator of the demonstrations, said the events would be led by the party’s legislators as well as other top officials.

    He named the regions in which the demonstrations and public rallies are expected to be staged as Arusha where Mr Zitto Kabwe, the Chadema deputy secretary general would lead the protests and Mbeya where Mr Freeman Mbowe, the party’s chairman would lead the events. Dr Wilbroad Slaa, the party’s general secretary would be in Tabora to lead the demonstrations; while Chadema vice chairman (Mainland) Said Arfi would lead the protests in Morogoro, with Mr Mustapha Akunay handling events in the Coast Region.

    Other regions in which the demonstrations would be staged include Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Ruvuma, Dodoma, and Mtwara.Mr Kigaila said through the demonstrations and rallies, Chadema would be pushing for a total overhaul of the Bill, including writing it in Kiswahili to enable many wananchi to understand it. He said that his party wants the process of formulating a new constitution to be public-centered as opposed to the current situation where the powers are vested on the president.

    Mr Kigaila added that the party would also be pushing for more time to be given to the public to air their views on the kind of model to be adopted in forming a new constitution.

    He also accused the government of lacking genuine intention to form of a new constitution from the beginning. Mr Kigaila said the name of the Bill, the controversial statements issued by Justice and Constitutional affairs minister as well as the Attorney General signaled that the government was not yet ready for changes.

    “How comes the government tabled the Bill under an emergency certificate, are we in a war? If you think carefully about the issue you will realise that the CCM government lacks genuine intention to make a new constitution for this country,” he said.

    Responding to questions from reporters, Mr Kigaila told them that Chadema had already written to the police in the regions where they expect to stage demonstrations to notify them of their intentions.Despite stiff opposition, Parliament is set to discuss the controversial Bill on Thursday and Friday, according to the time table issued by House clerk Thomas Kashililah.
  2. RedDevil

    RedDevil JF-Expert Member

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    Good move CDM, its time for change! CCM have to be smart to avoid worse situation coming soon. If they reall want to be respected, they just need to act accordingly and make everything smooth, fair and clear to everyone. But, assuming that Tzanians are still vilaza is a wrong assumption.
  3. Mlangaja

    Mlangaja JF-Expert Member

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    I expected something like this. Good move, Chadema hurray!
  4. Nyami2010

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    Following CDM's calculated national move, I guess the Government will shortly request the Parliament to suspend the BILL on the grounds that it needs to incorporate stakeholders' views and comments before its debated on in the House.

    In order to neutralize CDM's calculus, the Government's decision should come out between today and tomorrow.

    If the Government doesn't respond, certainly it will be a major defeat to His Excellency the State President, Dr. J.Kikwete and his entire Government.....I stand to be corrected.