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Ministers refuse to resign, PM Pinda is embarrassed, Kikwete twiddles his thumbs

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Mwembetayari, Apr 29, 2012.

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    Mwembetayari JF-Expert Member

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    Once again, the Tanzanian public is being treated to the ugly spectacle of political illiteracy, administrative incompetence and ethical bankruptcy within governing circles.

    The just ended parliamentary session revealed these weaknesses to an extent never seen before, leaving pundits to wonder whether there was a government that was conscious that it was a government at all. Further down, I will illustrate.

    This time, like so many other times, the issue was the escalating levels of official corruption, theft and wastefulness in government as laid bare by the report of the Controller and Auditor General and a number of parliamentary oversight committees.

    The issues raised by irate Members of Parliament ranged from shady deals in infrastructure development, the spoliation of natural resources and money — lots and lots of money — that simply went missing.

    I use the word “escalating” because that is what has been happening over the years during which trillions — forget about billions — of shillings have been reported missing and unexplained but with no action being taken.

    It now seems that this absence of action has encouraged ministers and ministry officials to take what they want for themselves without fear of sanctions.

    The national psyche has evolved considerably, amid worsening living conditions occasioned by rising fuel and food costs and the dwindling incomes of ordinary people.

    The masses are restive, and they demand of their representatives urgent and resolute action.

    In response, the legislators have been demanding that a number of ministers who have been found wanting resign or be sacked.

    What has transpired is that Prime Minister Mizego Pinda has demanded resignation letters from these ministers and the said ministers have refused to write said letters, but the prime minister is powerless because his boss, the president, does not seem to see any urgent need for action.

    This led many Members of Parliament — including members of the ruling party — to take action to force President Jakaya Kikwete’s hand by instituting a process of an eventual vote of no confidence in the prime minister and his government, something that has never been done before.

    Political immaturity does not come any more immature than this.

    For how does a government allow itself to be pushed to the wall like this, eroding its prestige, demoralising its prime minister and putting the president in the line of fire by kowtowing to useless ministers who have shown themselves completely unworthy of the trust invested in them?

    Is the captain ready to sink his ship rather than jettison a cargo of low-value bits of wood?

    Instead of doing the done thing and resigning, one minister was heard blaming his deputy, suggesting he was the one who “ate” because prospective investors took him away on trips without the knowledge of the minister.

    How does this happen in a government, and how does this get revealed in public? What calibre of ministers are we saddled with?

    It has never been our culture to resign even when things go terribly wrong for we never accept responsibility — personal or vicarious — however close we may be to the wrongdoing.

    The proper thing to do in these circumstances is to sack whoever becomes a liability to the body politic because not doing anything, or doing it when it has become too late, allows too much poison to run through the system’s bloodstream until the whole body goes limp.

    By the time you read this piece, Kikwete may have taken full action, he may have taken partial action, or he may have taken zero action; what is certain is that he has been raining on his own parade, big time.

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

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  2. Azimio Jipya

    Azimio Jipya JF-Expert Member

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    Who said I don't Love My President ... YES I love my President as all Member of Parliament DO! Otherwise they should have dealt with him once and for ALL ... don't you think so!! ... Why temper with the Ministers and PM?
  3. Nairoberry

    Nairoberry JF-Expert Member

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    tanzania is headed for some hard times the whole structure is rotten one needs just to knock at the door and the whole structure will come down tumbling
  4. Bantugbro

    Bantugbro JF-Expert Member

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    Mass defections of the ruling party members is a clear sign that their days are numbered...
  5. Kabaridi

    Kabaridi JF-Expert Member

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    jinsi nionavyo huyu rais Kikwete ana kazi ngumu. The president needs support of the highest magnitude to bring change. Virtually everything is working against him.

    MAMMAMIA JF-Expert Member

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    Kikwete as a president, he should be a head - kichwa, but he has turn to be:
    bully and obstinate (kichwa ngumu), disregard (kichwa kikubwa), arrogant (anavimba kichwa), proud (anajipa kichwa), empty headed (kichwa maji).

    That's why, by having deaf ears and blindfold, not hearing the cries of his citizens "amid worsening living conditions occasioned by rising fuel and food costs and the dwindling incomes of walalahoi, even the ministers he appointed himself have the guts of refusing to resign.

    He has never been a man of taking important hard measures. His whole administration (from ministers to clerks), has been some sort of unorganized circus whereby every character plays his own role with none to intervene. How many times he has to reshuffle the cabinet due to incompetence, unaccountability, corruption, robbery of his oppointees? At least he shouls have a bit a shame to step down a leave Tanzanias to decide their fate.
  7. Ipyanah

    Ipyanah Member

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    The country may need a new cabinet but CCM players have the same formation-corruption,embezzlement.....
    The rulling party made a huge mistake handling power to someone who was not ready, if he was ready, the people advicing him have deaf ears. If those characters dont get their act together all the resources, potential and kind people of this counrty will watch their nation going down the drain.
  8. Kabaridi

    Kabaridi JF-Expert Member

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    You see in red.........whatever is happening in Tanzania is happening worldwide/globally. Like in spain their is a great recesseion and almost 70 percent of the population is jobless. But Africans we have a bad culture of disrespecting presidents by calling them all type of names once promises fail to materialize. Have you looked at the economy and is it sustainable. JMK is just a man and human which means he cannot be perfect. All those names you are putting there are not warranted to refer to your president. Do not be cheated even future presidents whether from CDM will bring no change. Only if there's will to bring about change can you realize change. Can you compare Kikwete and those corrupt ministers implicated in corruption who have refused to step down even as ordered. At least, if there's commitment to bring about change, let those ministers step down. You can start from there. Dont cheat yourself as well that you will wait for a particular time to bring change because politics has become unpredictable. When the winds of change begin to work, that is when you will know the type citizens of a country. Where there's green, he cannot step down because he is constitutionally elected.
  9. Edward Teller

    Edward Teller JF-Expert Member

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    red&bolded-thats wrong information,visit this link for correct and current information Spain jobless rate rises near one in four
  10. Kabaridi

    Kabaridi JF-Expert Member

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    The fear of change is when minister refuse to resign amid claims of corruption allegations. I would not give any credit to any president apart from JMK for the following reasons.

    1. Through JMK's vision, Tanzania can now boast of accelarated economic growth rates rivaled only by Rwanda in the region.
    2. Massive implementation and development of key economic pillars e.g numerous proposed infrustructure development which were no where in the viscinity. But it is through the presidents resilience and vision that has put Tanzania in the map to compete with other regional economic powerhouses.