Lessons from Tanzania’s Authoritarian Turn


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The alarming reports out of Tanzania have become commonplace. Current Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who swept into office on a popular anti-corruption platform, has been presiding over a shocking decline in political and civil rights in the country. Civil society leaders, opposition politicians, journalists, and businesspeople feel unsafe on their own soil—and with good reason. Crossing the regime can mean arrest on trumped-up charges, abductions, or extrajudicial violence. The legal environment has grown more and more draconian, shrinking political space, and limiting public access to information. Last November, the European Union recalled its ambassador to the country due to its concerns about the human rights situation, and the U.S. State Department issued a statement expressing deep concern about the “atmosphere of violence, intimidation, and discrimination” created by the Tanzanian government.
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The alarming reports out of Tanzania have become commonplace. Current Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who swept into office on a popular anti-corruption platform, has been presiding over a shocking decline in political and civil rights in the country. Civil society leaders, opposition politicians, journalists, and businesspeople feel unsafe on their own soil—and with good reason. Crossing the regime can mean arrest on trumped-up charges, abductions, or extrajudicial violence. The legal environment has grown more and more draconian, shrinking political space, and limiting public access to information. Last November, the European Union recalled its ambassador to the country due to its concerns about the human rights situation, and the U.S. State Department issued a statement expressing deep concern about the “atmosphere of violence, intimidation, and discrimination” created by the Tanzanian government.
Lessons from Tanzania’s Authoritarian Turn
We had jinx to have Magufuli in power, the man doesn't have any presidential charismatic

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Lesson for us all is to be vigilant at the polling booth. Be wary of sugar coated populism on the campaign trail characterised by mindbogling physical stunts like push-ups and melodious catchphrases like hapa kazi tu. At the expense of articulating real progressive development agendas, policies and visions. All of those stunts are just smoke screens to mask the real smoke bellowing from the three horned angry beast behind the curtains.
 
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its a big lesson that populism can derail dreams, sadly most supporters are still drinking kool-aid
 

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