Kikwete inaugurated, orders Tanzania forces on alert

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Kikwete inaugurated, orders Tanzania forces on alert

Sat, Nov 06 08:20 AM EDT

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By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) -
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete told security forces on Saturday to be on the alert after being sworn in for a second term following elections marred by low voter turnout and allegations of vote rigging.

The main opposition Chadema party, whose candidate finished closest to Kikwete, has rejected the outcome, asserting fraud had occurred. Party leaders had warned before the vote that they would consider "civil disobedience" if the election was rigged.

Tanzania's electoral commission and security intelligence agencies were accused by opposition parties of falsifying both the presidential and parliamentary results in favor of Kikwete and his party following the October 31 vote.

Local and foreign observers, including the European Union, voiced concern about the transparency of the vote tabulation.

For three days, police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters angry at the delay in some results and the credibility of others in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam and some other parts of east Africa's second biggest economy.

The election was seen as a test of the dominance of the ruling party but the low turnout weakened Kikwete's victory.

The turnout of 43 percent of the 20 million registered voters was the lowest in Tanzanian history.

"The election is over. We should let bygones be bygones and ensure peace and stability prevail," Kikwete, 60, who garnered 61 percent of the vote, said in his inauguration speech.

"I would like our security forces to be on alert. We should not give opportunity to anybody or any groups of people from inside or outside Tanzania to endanger our peace," said Kikwete after a 21-gun salute in his honor.

Tanzanian elders awarded Kikwete a traditional African stool and a shield decorated in the colors of the national flag as a large crowd that filled a 30,000-capacity stadium cheered.

Presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, Rupiah Banda of Zambia and Joseph Kabila of Democratic Republic of Congo were present.

KIKWETE WOUNDED

The Chadema party leader, Willibrod Slaa, boycotted the ceremony and its top leaders said they would meet to decide their next course of action.

The other main opposition parties, Civic United Front (CUF) and NCCR-Mageuzi, also complained of gross election irregularities. They said they accepted the results but have asked for talks with the CCM to discuss the election process.

Kikwete must step down after his next term and regional analysts said he would not be compelled to accommodate the factions in his party to maintain their support, and that this may free him to made radical changes and improve the economy.

Tanzania, Africa's fourth biggest gold producer, has enjoyed relative stability in a volatile region but is mired in poverty.

Foreign donors cut heir contributions to the 2010-11 budget in protest at the slow pace of reforms by Kikwete.

"In his next five years, Kikwete needs to focus on... the modernization of agriculture and creating small-scale industries and investment in infrastructure," said Palamagamba Kabudi, a professor at the University of Dar es Salaam's faculty of law.

"Kikwete and CCM have been wounded in the election by the strong performance of opposition candidates. It's a wakeup call for him to get his act together in his second term," said Brian Maganga, a college student in Dar es Salaam.

(Writing by James Macharia; editing by Mark Heinrich)
 

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Hapana jamani hii siyo hali ya Hatari.. ! ni tahadhari tu.. hali ya hatari ni suala la Kikatiba na kisheria na halitolewi kwenye majukwaa ya kisiasa. Hali ya Hatari inatangazwa kwa mujibu wa sheria ya Emergency Powers ya 1986 na ukiniuliza mimi hakuna kitu kinachojustify kuitangaza.

Kutaka vyombo kuwa kwenye alert siyo suala hali ya hatari..
 
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Hapana jamani hii siyo hali ya Hatari.. ! ni tahadhari tu.. hali ya hatari ni suala la Kikatiba na kisheria na halitolewi kwenye majukwaa ya kisiasa. Hali ya Hatari inatangazwa kwa mujibu wa sheria ya Emergency Powers ya 1986 na ukiniuliza mimi hakuna kitu kinachojustify kuitangaza.

Kutaka vyombo kuwa kwenye alert siyo suala hali ya hatari..
Thanks kwa marekebisho hayo; title edited accordingly...

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Hapana jamani hii siyo hali ya Hatari.. ! ni tahadhari tu.. hali ya hatari ni suala la Kikatiba na kisheria na halitolewi kwenye majukwaa ya kisiasa. Hali ya Hatari inatangazwa kwa mujibu wa sheria ya Emergency Powers ya 1986 na ukiniuliza mimi hakuna kitu kinachojustify kuitangaza.

Kutaka vyombo kuwa kwenye alert siyo suala hali ya hatari..
Why should they be on security alert? Is there any security threat from anywhere? I think telling Security forces to stay on alert is a threat by itself. And mind you he was addressing the nation at that time,what does it mean?

By the way, lets not forget just few hours in office that statement comes out-why? Was he using security forces when he was still a 'presidential candidate'?

Well, my take is, ruling party uses this word 'peace' on its favour-threatening Tanzanians always not to elect opposition on the basis of that crippled word? What is definition of peace anyway? My grands back in the village are poor with a one meal a day, they dont have peace in their minds and hearts.

I should declare Tanzania as not a peaceful 'colony', neither politically (cos of unfair election and fraud) nor socially.

I submit
 

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I tried to ask myself.
How Mwai Kibaki felt?
It was Kikwete who solved the same scenario in Kenya, just few years ago.
Kibaki would laugh and said to himself "jamaa ni mnafki, kiumbe na yeye ni mroho wa madaraka!"
 

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Hakuna hali ya hatari, ni tahadhari tu JK kasema iwepo ambalo ni jambo la kawaida kwa nchi yoyote inayotoka kwenye uchaguzi. Ila pia inaweza kutokana na hali ya kutojiamini maana hakuna jinsi yoyote ambayo yaweza kusababisha watu wawe ktk hali ya tahadhari kama unajua haki ilitendeka ktk uchaguzi.

Kwa maana nyingine ni kuwa 'roho inamtesa' - yaani guilty concious, kwani anahisi labda 'mtaani hakuko shwari'. Ila tunadhani awe tu na confidence, watanzania wanataka diplomacy, na watafuatilia haki zao kidiplomasia na sio kwa nguvu.

Waharibifu watapita ila Tanzania itabakia.
 

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Si anajua wangapi walimchagua! Lazima ajihami! Hamna amani hapa ni utulivu tuuu! In a normal situation hamna haja ya kuwa alert.
 

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Hapana jamani hii siyo hali ya Hatari.. ! ni tahadhari tu.. hali ya hatari ni suala la Kikatiba na kisheria na halitolewi kwenye majukwaa ya kisiasa. Hali ya Hatari inatangazwa kwa mujibu wa sheria ya Emergency Powers ya 1986 na ukiniuliza mimi hakuna kitu kinachojustify kuitangaza.

Kutaka vyombo kuwa kwenye alert siyo suala hali ya hatari..
Kwa CCM, polisi na jeshi wao hiyo ina maana moja pambana na ushindani mpaka wakome kwani hao wanatishia kuwepo kwao madarakani. Hiyo ni mbinu ya kuwatisha na kuwanyamazisha wale wote wanaopinga uhaini huu usio kuwa na kifani.
 

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Labda kulingana na sheria zetu lakini Rais wa nchi anapotoa order ya majeshi ya nchi husika to be on alert ina maana kuna ushahidi tosha ulomfikia yeye hadi kufikia kusema hivyo. Kama wangesema viongozi wengine ktk ngazi za chini iwe jeshi, UWT, Polisi nk.k ndio ingekuwa ni tahadhari tu lakini rais wa nchi?... lazima kuna shuku fulani zimemfikia.
 

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Ukichaguliwa kwa 26% lazima uwe mbabe ili nchi iende otherwise haitaenda bse wengi wanakuwa hawakupendi
 

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Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete told security forces on Saturday to be on the alert after being sworn in for a second term following elections marred by low voter turnout and allegations of vote rigging.


The main opposition Chadema party, whose candidate finished closest to Kikwete, has rejected the outcome, asserting fraud had occurred. Party leaders had warned before the vote that they would consider "civil disobedience" if the election was rigged.


Tanzania's electoral commission and security intelligence agencies were accused by opposition parties of falsifying both the presidential and parliamentary results in favour of Kikwete and his party following the October 31 vote.


Local and foreign observers, including the European Union, voiced concern about the transparency of the vote tabulation.


For three days, police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters angry at the delay in some results and the credibility of others in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam and some other parts of east Africa's second biggest economy.


The election was seen as a test of the dominance of the ruling party but the low turnout weakened Kikwete's victory.


The turnout of 43 percent of the 20 million registered voters was the lowest in Tanzanian history.


"The election is over. We should let bygones be bygones and ensure peace and stability prevail," Kikwete, 60, who garnered 61 percent of the vote, said in his inauguration speech.


"I would like our security forces to be on alert. We should not give opportunity to anybody or any groups of people from inside or outside Tanzania to endanger our peace," said Kikwete after a 21-gun salute in his honour.


Tanzanian elders awarded Kikwete a traditional African stool and a shield decorated in the colours of the national flag as a large crowd that filled a 30,000-capacity stadium cheered.


Presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, Rupiah Banda of Zambia and Joseph Kabila of Democratic Republic of Congo were present.


The Chadema party leader, Willibrod Slaa, boycotted the ceremony and its top leaders said they would meet to decide their next course of action.


The other main opposition parties, Civic United Front (CUF) and NCCR-Mageuzi, also complained of gross election irregularities. They said they accepted the results but have asked for talks with the CCM to discuss the election process.


Kikwete must step down after his next term and regional analysts said he would not be compelled to accommodate the factions in his party to maintain their support, and that this may free him to made radical changes and improve the economy.


Tanzania, Africa's fourth biggest gold producer, has enjoyed relative stability in a volatile region but is mired in poverty.


Foreign donors cut heir contributions to the 2010-11 budget in protest at the slow pace of reforms by Kikwete.


"In his next five years, Kikwete needs to focus on... the modernisation of agriculture and creating small-scale industries and investment in infrastructure," said Palamagamba Kabudi, a professor at the University of Dar es Salaam's faculty of law.


"Kikwete and CCM have been wounded in the election by the strong performance of opposition candidates. It's a wakeup call for him to get his act together in his second term," said Brian Maganga, a college student in Dar es Salaam.



source. bbc

 

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Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete told security forces on Saturday to be on the alert after being sworn in for a second term following elections marred by low voter turnout and allegations of vote rigging.

The main opposition Chadema party, whose candidate finished closest to Kikwete, has rejected the outcome, asserting fraud had occurred. Party leaders had warned before the vote that they would consider "civil disobedience" if the election was rigged.

Tanzania's electoral commission and security intelligence agencies were accused by opposition parties of falsifying both the presidential and parliamentary results in favour of Kikwete and his party following the October 31 vote.

Local and foreign observers, including the European Union, voiced concern about the transparency of the vote tabulation.

For three days, police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters angry at the delay in some results and the credibility of others in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam and some other parts of east Africa's second biggest economy.

The election was seen as a test of the dominance of the ruling party but the low turnout weakened Kikwete's victory.

The turnout of 43 percent of the 20 million registered voters was the lowest in Tanzanian history.

"The election is over. We should let bygones be bygones and ensure peace and stability prevail," Kikwete, 60, who garnered 61 percent of the vote, said in his inauguration speech.

"I would like our security forces to be on alert. We should not give opportunity to anybody or any groups of people from inside or outside Tanzania to endanger our peace," said Kikwete after a 21-gun salute in his honour.

Tanzanian elders awarded Kikwete a traditional African stool and a shield decorated in the colours of the national flag as a large crowd that filled a 30,000-capacity stadium cheered.

Presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, Rupiah Banda of Zambia and Joseph Kabila of Democratic Republic of Congo were present.

The Chadema party leader, Willibrod Slaa, boycotted the ceremony and its top leaders said they would meet to decide their next course of action.

The other main opposition parties, Civic United Front (CUF) and NCCR-Mageuzi, also complained of gross election irregularities. They said they accepted the results but have asked for talks with the CCM to discuss the election process.

Kikwete must step down after his next term and regional analysts said he would not be compelled to accommodate the factions in his party to maintain their support, and that this may free him to made radical changes and improve the economy.

Tanzania, Africa's fourth biggest gold producer, has enjoyed relative stability in a volatile region but is mired in poverty.

Foreign donors cut heir contributions to the 2010-11 budget in protest at the slow pace of reforms by Kikwete.

"In his next five years, Kikwete needs to focus on... the modernisation of agriculture and creating small-scale industries and investment in infrastructure," said Palamagamba Kabudi, a professor at the University of Dar es Salaam's faculty of law.

"Kikwete and CCM have been wounded in the election by the strong performance of opposition candidates. It's a wakeup call for him to get his act together in his second term," said Brian Maganga, a college student in Dar es Salaam.

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