(By Rutashubanyuma Nestory – A public policy analyst based in Arusha.) No politician todate places the opposition closer to the ultimate prize of winning the presidency than Dr. Wilbard Slaa. The most recent popularity polls have lionized him as a paragon of integrity. Dr. Slaa's incorruptible demeanour has distinguished him from the rest of the pack because he has always commiserated with the sufferings of the ruled. He has never shied away from taking the repression by its horns whether at outing his "list of shame" or debunking executive deceit of meddling with the legislative ratified drafts. To Dr. Slaa's huge relief, CCM is an own professed enemy. In the last election, CCM rode roughshod over the opposition by surfing a wave of "instant reform" repackaged as "Ari Mpya…" but the reality is now dawning among eligible voters that CCM abhors change. Even in the current legislative tinkering of the mining law we have seen CCM is a reluctant sentry to jettison big miners behind her electoral triumphs. When Dr. Abdallah Kigoda was the Minister for Mining during the Mkapa reign, he also doubled as the CCM national treasurer and this insidious nexus illustrated how deep CCM could plunge to sustain her suspicious sources of electoral funding via tax exemptions. During that period CCM imported at least two hundred vehicles from questionable boom. The forceful removals of potential voters from their place of domicile in order to pave room for big foreign investors have alienated CCM further from her ardent followers. At a ballot box, this means fewer votes to CCM aspirants for public office. CCM has also been pussyfooting at bringing to book her senior party leaders suspected to have looted this needy nation billions of shillings. Upto now, no political shark laden with gravity of compelling evidence is in the dock or even flustered at contemplation of imminent consequences! The Mr. Pesambili Mramba & Co. apprehension portrays a frantic stunt of an escapologist because that criminal prosecution is essentially a "misjoinder of the accused". Unless Mkapa full cabinet that had authorized the Alex Stewart Co. to assay our gold is apprehended, a scapegoat redress is no atonement at all. Is this not a case of persecuting a messenger for the master's misdeeds? In BOT twin tower's bonanza we have witnessed DPP and Takukuru overlapping powers generating more heat than light. Moreover, A.G has failed to rectify serious errors panning out from technical defaults possibly introduced intentionally by key players. Equally disturbing, how can a soloist be responsible for the alleged heinous abuse of office at BOT? Where was the BOT governing Board and where the parental ministry was even if we condone complacency of CAG? The whole caboodle reeks of a window dressing rather than a government solemnly committed at uprooting graft. On roadmap to victory, Dr. Slaa is endowed by seminal campaign issues as a result of CCM own laissez-faire. Issues of governance electrified the imagination of voters during the 1995 multiparty election as a CCM recusant - Mr. Mrema - went berserk in exposing state sponsored graft but his nadir was his failure to have a holistic view when on the stump beyond a singular distraction of "Chavda". CCM knowing politics is a game of comparative perceptions parlayed the Kenyan "Goldenberg" to showcase actually "Chavda" allegations were not even trendsetting regional economic saboteurs! This time around a multifarious approach on issues of governance is likely to recapture Mrema's lost hour of reckoning albeit with the founding father of "multiparty politicking" now a turncoat overtly fawning CCM's plume! Bad news for Dr. Slaa is twofold: One, CCM is not going to surrender power quietly; and second, CUF's professor Ibrahimu Lipumba is a spoiler waiting in the wings. CCM has been soliciting funds and many are asking for what? The by-elections experience betoken most money may be expended at buying not voters but supervisors at polling booths. If opposition supervisors are bought and willfully certify falsified electoral results then Dr. Slaa will be doomed. Professor Lipumba who fully knows he stands no chance with the electorate may refuse to support Dr. Slaa and hence chilling off anti-CCM sentiments, heftily.