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Will President Kikwete Win A Free & Fair Election?

Discussion in 'Uchaguzi Tanzania' started by MziziMkavu, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. MziziMkavu

    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    The CCM and their politicking would determine what would happen and
    who becomes what, they have their own basis of choosing who flies
    their flag but Tanzania is bigger than the CCM and options regarding
    who becomes the President of Tanzania, are absolutely in the hands of
    Tanzanians not a political party.

    If we are talking about the development of the country our focus
    should not be on any party but rather on competent hands that could
    stir changes irrespective of platform or whatever case. A party can
    field a candidate but it is left for the electorate to decide what
    happens, the Tanzania we are working to have is beyond the confines of
    a political party; rather a sound democracy with formidable team
    players that are abreast with the rules and regulations of the game;
    after all we are working on a multiparty system and equally the
    provision of independent candidature. Our discourse should go beyond
    hypothesis rather substance and reality. We should stop being fast and
    study situations critically and appreciate the permissible incentive
    of politics, if not, who had imagined that Kikwete, Dr Slaa and Zitto
    Kabwe would be what they are today. So you can see the dynamism of

    Tanzania would outlive Kikwete and CCM and so only Tanzanians can
    determine and decide the kind of presidency they want. Part of our
    crisis is our inability to collectively appreciate and guard the
    tenets. So Kikwete or not Kikwete or any other person what Tanzania
    needs is a moral and upright leader.

    I must tell you this with full sincerity that our views hinge largely
    on full application and practice of democracy. Democracy is a game of
    numbers and of bringing out the best of ambitious people to manage the
    affairs of a given state. Tanzania is an inseparable federation whose
    presidency would always be a national one irrespective of where the
    head of the ship hail from. And mark you, there cannot be a complete
    Union Presidency or Zanzibar Presidency, there can only be Tanzanian
    Presidency no matter where the President comes from. There is no
    Tanzanian that only his region and kith and kin can make him a
    President; alliances must be involved in the process. In principle,
    the very moment someone brings sentiment in a robust competition of
    governance, he or she has shown sign of failure and incompetence as a
    basis to derive advantage.

    My position here is simple, let the best material be given the
    mandate to govern us not only on the Presidency alone, but from
    councilor to the top. Even though we have our natural sentiments but I
    can tell you that national interest and common good superseded our
    personal interest.
  2. MziziMkavu

    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    Is President Kiwete NOT a Tanzanian? If he is, is he NOT qualified to
    run? Is he more than 40 years old? If he is a Tanzanian and has desire
    to run, is it not for any individual to subscribe or not to subscribe.
    If he had decided to run, he should go ahead and other candidates will
    come out and the nation will make a choice. He has a rare opportunity
    to lead the country and it is up to him. Once the decision is made. I
    maintain endorsing or not endorsing to run is of no importance. It is
    time wasting.

    That should be the pasttime of busy bodies and sycophants. Nobody has
    the right to withhold endorsement or give endorsement. We have a
    political process if he is qualified to run, the decision is his to
    make and the voting is for the nation to vote.

    Just before the election which area would you like Kikwete to give

    Remember that the presidency is still a carry-over of Mkapa and
    Kikwete presidency. And He promised us Maisha Bora Kwa Kila
    Mtanzania . But if I were President Kikwete as he has rightly done, I
    will concentrate on power .I will concentrate on giving Tanzanians a
    credible election. And I will maintain the relative progress already
    made in Zanzibar and Tarime . Because he does not have too much time
    from what is left of his presidency , so he cannot take on too much.
    But power, Zanzibar and conducting credible election, will place him
    in the rank of Lincoln, if he can get that done.
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    Malila JF-Expert Member

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    Through a free and fair election he can not win.
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    Why Not?
  5. Zak Malang

    Zak Malang JF-Expert Member

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    I'll assist Malila. First we must define what are free and fair elections. Do we have free and fair elections?

    Is our present Constitution and other laws governing elections (appointment of NEC, registration of political parties, voters' registration, nomination of candidates and campaign funding etc) conducive for free and fair elections?

    The answer is a big NO! We cannot pretend to have free and fair elections in the atmosphere we have, never. The most vivid joke is the NEC, whose chairman and Commissioners are elected by the Chairman of the ruling party, who is often the candidate. He will not be a fool to appoint people who he thinks will work against his winning chances.

    Problems arising from this factor alone have been rampant in many African countries.

    Likewise, the party registrar is also similarly appointed (by the CCM chairman) and therefore he has to make sure that he must not register a new political party that is seen to be a threat to the ruling party.

    So the president who is elected from such uneven playing field cannot be said to have been elected free and fairly. Let's understand this please!

    Free and fair elections cannot simply be judged from the activities of polling day alone!
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    Zak Malang JF-Expert Member

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    Free and fair elections also means the provision of private candidates. But the CCM government strongly resists this, knowing that JK would not win if this is provided. So I agree that JK would not win in FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS.