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Dear Ndugu Musyoka, many thanks for the advice, but perhaps another time..?

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Geza Ulole, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. Geza Ulole

    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    Dear Ndugu Musyoka, many thanks for the advice, but perhaps another time..?

    By Jenerali Ulimwengu

    Posted Monday, October 25 2010 at 13:28

    I believe some things are simply not done.

    For instance, at a moment when a neighbouring country is having a particularly intense electoral campaign you do not, just do not, weigh in on any contender's side if you are anyone of importance in your own country.

    Whatever your preference in the neighbours' political contest, you do not go public with it, for that makes for extremely poor neighbourliness.

    That's a simple lesson that the Vice President of Kenya, Kalonzo Musyoka, would do well to learn, and learn well.

    He recently went on record as saying that it would be good for Tanzanians to re-elect President Jakaya Kikwete because, according to him, the East African Community still needs him.

    As sentiments go, there is nothing in Mr Musyoka's statement. Indeed, there are millions of people, in Tanzania and elsewhere who would like to see Kikwete returned in the October election, and that wish goes down as being absolutely legit.

    What falls short of basic propriety, however, is the station occupied by the maker of that statement.
    Mr Musyoka, in case he has forgotten, is the Vice President of Kenya, Tanzania's neighbour, and whatever he says in public on Tanzania is construed to represent what official Kenya thinks on matters Tanzanian.
    So, by a very small extension, one would be forgiven for thinking that the Kenyan government has already made up its mind as to whom it would like to see attend EAC summits after October.

    I strongly suspect this is not so, and that Mr Musyoka "misspoke," in Hillary Clinton's parlance. But this "misspeech" on the part of a ranking official of a neighbouring country can have grave diplomatic consequences.

    A little recent history of the region comes in handy here:
    Suppose that, in December 2007, when the citizens of Kenya went to those fateful polls, the vice president of Tanzania had voiced his support for one of the candidates in that particular election, and that the results had been the same as they came to be.

    Would President Kikwete have had the legitimacy and moral authority to play the role he came to play when matters soured?

    Would the contestant, have agreed to be mediated by a party that had already shown its hand in such a partisan manner?

    Mr Musyoka may not know this, but there were many people in the region who thought that Raila Odinga, leader of ODM, was the Kenyan leader most suited to help the region consolidate co-operation and foster greater integration.

    Needless to say, Mr Musyoka had other ideas, and his attitude crucially affected the outcome of that election, with the consequences that we all know, and which brought Kikwete to the rescue.

    Tanzania is engaged in perhaps its most hotly contested election in a while, and passions are wont to rise now and then. There have been unfortunate accusations and counteraccusations, calumnies and vituperations flying in all directions, involving the main contenders in a contest that is long on rhetoric but short on ideological substance, a heady mixture that could, mark my word, could, lead to trouble.

    In such circumstances, people of goodwill and wise counsel in the region are advised to follow the developments with care, get to understand the intricacies of the campaigns and the personalities behind them, even though most of what comes out of the campaigns will be promises that cannot be delivered.

    The Community now boasts five member states, and each one of these will be holding periodic elections.
    We are going to have elections every year (almost), with the terrible toll that elections tend to take on Africa's fragile polities. What the region needs least are politicians who misspeak.

    Let's remind ourselves again, that all politics is local. Mr Musyoka would do well to - what else for a born-again gentleman? - pray for Tanzania's elections to pass off peacefully, but to otherwise let well enough alone.

    Jenerali Ulimwengu, chairman of the board of Raia Mwema newspaper, is a political commentator and civil society activist based in Dar es Salaam. E-mail:;

    The East African: *- Comment*|Dear Ndugu Musyoka, many thanks for the advice, but perhaps another time..?
  2. UmkhontoweSizwe

    UmkhontoweSizwe JF-Expert Member

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    Thanks brother Ulimwengu.
    Huyo Musyoka na afunge domo lake. Hatuhitaji ushauri wake; mnafiki mkubwa. Yeye si ndo alimsaliti Odinga kwenye uchaguzi wa Kenya na kupelekea damu nyingi kumwagika kwa sababu ya uroho wake wa madaraka? Damu ya wakenya itadaiwa mikononi mwake.
  3. Somoche

    Somoche JF-Expert Member

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    Steven Kalonzo Msyoka,mnafiki mkubwa yeye alidhani kwa kukubali haraka kuunga mkono kibaki alikua amemkomoa Raila kumbe ikala kwake,Raila,Agwambo ni Boss kuzidi yeye,anatuletea ujinga hapa,kafie mbali wewe nyamafu,power monger.\

    Rais tunachagua sisi na ni Slaa,utajiju,mchukue Msanii kikwete ukae nae huko kama unampenda sana.
  4. Smatta

    Smatta JF-Expert Member

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    kalonzo always goofs, he is not a politician he is a fence sitter, opportunistic, greedy man, his opinion should not be taken as the view of the kenyan gvt but his own personal misplaced views just to score a few points from jk.
  5. N

    Njimba Nsalilwe JF-Expert Member

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    It is a shame to hear something like this from a person like him (Kalonzo], what will happen if Jk is not going to be elected by Tanzanians? Where is he going to put his face?

    This VP of our neighbour on the North wants to plunge our country into problems as he did in his own country during their 2007 election!

  6. Not_Yet_Uhuru

    Not_Yet_Uhuru JF-Expert Member

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    Musyoka is just a midiocre who gains through his opportunistic ventures and ill-gotten opportunities as the one which holds him in VPship - buddied to him due to robbing off Raila's victory as Kenyan president. shame on him.
  7. The Quonquerer

    The Quonquerer JF-Expert Member

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    Huyo ni hamnazo, ashindwe na alegee! Ni shatwan, anataka kutuletea umwagaji damu.. it's tresspassing!
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    Chesty JF-Expert Member

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    You have earned my thanks Smatta.
  9. eliakeem

    eliakeem JF-Expert Member

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    It's true that without Kikweke in 2007 post election violence, we couldn't have the KENYA THAT IS SEEN TODAY. kikwete played a lot in restoration of peace and order in kenya, coz even Mkapa, Anan and Graca were not able to calm the situation. But that can not make Kalonzo to tell us who to elect.
  10. Gama

    Gama JF-Expert Member

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    hata jenerali ulimwengu afunge domo lake, yeye si ndiye master mind wa vita ya mashariki ya kongo inayoendelea kumwaga damu ya wabantu wengi wasio na hatia?, leo hii inajifanya kuwa mwema kwa wa tz?
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    Hebu toa ufafanuzi unaoendana na uzito wa ulichoweka hapa.
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    Nyauba JF-Expert Member

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    Article ina kauzuri kake ila kaunafiki hakakosekani kwa Jenerali kama kawaida yake..eti kikwete ndiye aliyesuluhisha mgogoro wa kenya post election violence!!! thats very UNTRUE......
  13. Smatta

    Smatta JF-Expert Member

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    we cant overlook the fact that JK played a role, no matter how small, am sure the only part he played was to deliver THE letter to the two principals from the white house, so to me he was more of a messenger than a mediator between the waring parties. we celebrate him though.
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    eliakeem JF-Expert Member

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    That is a very serious allegation against the man, but can you just tell a proof of what you are uttering. Otherwise you will be worse than Jenerali and Kalonzo in talking carelessly.

    Gama../// up the moment, ,.... I'm neutral to your words till you proved at a balance of probability.