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Will South Africa go to dogs like Tanzania?

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Mujuni2, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. Mujuni2

    Mujuni2 Senior Member

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    Will South Africa go to the Dogs Like Tanzania?

    Will S. Africa go to dogs like Tanzania? Though he’s under poisonous cloud of suspicion, in South Africa, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is unstoppable as far as race to presidency is concerned. After the court technically quashed charges against Zuma, the way is now clear for him shall voters goof and consent to his machinations.

    Like Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete, Zuma poses a danger as far as delivering is concerned. Zuma has no vision-cum-mission of his own. He proved this when he was appointed deputy president. Instead of helping Mbeki to guide the country, his was money printing through wheel deals.

    Zuma’s anthills started in 2005 when he was fired as a VP after it came to light that he along with his Indian conspirator, Schabir Sheik, received some kickback thanks to purchasing valour class frigates for the South African navy. Later Sheik was found guilty and convicted to 15 years in prison whilst Zuma’s fate and political future hang in balance before he ousted Thabo Mbeki (Former president) who seemed hell bent to punish him. What’s more, Zuma’s corruption case is not new. Even the way it was politically dealt with isn’t.

    What happened to Zuma finds its parallel in what happened in Tanzania the same year Zuma was shown the door. Kikwete, a populist and charismatic guy like Zuma was ushered in when Ali Hassan Mwinyi wrapped his constitutional- two-term period. But Mwalimu Julius Nyerere blocked him saying point blank that Kikwete was politically immature and incompetent. He thus had to wait till Nyerere was no more. He clinched the presidency ten years thereafter.

    Like Zuma, Kikwete grew up in the upper echelons of powers. He did not make any adorable niche save being a populist and easy going. The wand Kikwete used was his flamboyance coupled with support by street people like Zuma who is fully supported by Zulu. This makes him more of a tribalist than Kikwete.

    Kikwete and Zuma all grew in party politics serving under different capacities in the rank. Though the tertium quid are charismatic, they’ are myopic when it comes to the plans they’ve in store for their countries. Kikwete is used by friends in the ruining of Tanzania. Through nepotism, Kikwete appointed his corrupt friend-cum-partners, former PM Edward Lowassa who was later booted out after he was implicated in Richmond scam through which billions of Shillings were paid to a do-nothing-shell company-Richmond LLC.

    Like Kikwete, Zuma appointed Kgalema Mothlante the current care-taker president under party auspice to pave his way or warm his chair. Shall Zuma succeed to become president; chances are Mothlante may be appointed Vice President, thanks to his role in sabotaging and later ousting Zuma’s arch foe Mbeki. How can Zuma ditch Mothlante, the intellectual he needs most?

    Like Kikwete, Zuma uses divisive politics entrenched in tribal ties. His scheme for presidency left ANC divided into itself and CODE, which came to being after Mbeki was showed the door to pave the way for king-in-waiting, Zuma. Differently from Zuma, Kikwete used party division under what later known as mitandao or networks that have left Tanzania’s ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) weak and corrupt altogether. Like other old African ruling parties, CCM depends on rigging to remain in power.

    Some South Africans are wary. One of them is Desmond Tutu, retired archbishop who voiced his anger and dissatisfaction regarding Zuma. On Zuma’s incompetence, Tutu warned: “Although he is very likeable, we have to ask ourselves: “What is happening in the ANC?”

    Tutu uses the same sharp words the founder of Tanzania Mwl. Nyerere used in 1995 when Kikwete was dubbed to become president after Nyerere’s successor. He asked Tanzanians if they were looking for a bride by considering flamboyance as opposed to Mkapa who seemed competent but ugly and pudgy though later he turned up to be as rotten as Kikwete.

    Nonetheless, Tanzanians have learned the hard way. They now know. We need to fear and ask those rushing to state house. Nyerere equated them with plague and leprosy we need to fear. What have they to do for us not for themselves and cheerleaders?We witnessed the same in Kenya , Malawi and Zambia when self seekers were wheeled to powers they ended up badly abusing. Who thought Mwai Kibaki, Bakili Muluzi and Fredrick Chiluba would become a let down?

    Many thinkers are worried. Zuma has openly showed how he anxiously wants to become South Africa’s President; he’s not laid down his plans for the nation! Unfortunately though, for the blind love, just like Tanzanians, South Africans are not asking him what he plans to do for them. Verily, it was said: love is blind.

    South Africans need to take a leaf from Tanzanians that are currently weeping for being deceived by facial looks. One Latin maxim: radix molurum est cupiditas (greed is the root of all evil) can be translated by the eminent work of Professor PG Zambardo (An American renown psychologist) in his ‘Lucifer effect: understand how good people turn evil. He avers: the outer looking-beauty- can hide uglier inner self of a person. Zuma is corrupt though his charges were quashed by court under technicality. If he were clean, he’d let the court say so after looking into the merit of the case in lieu of technicality.

    Professor Zambardo is pretty right. When Richmond scam came to the agora, Kikwete was the first person to tell people that justice will take its course. Tanzanians waited for justice to no avail until the parliamentary select committee weighed in and booted out Lowassa. But again, Kikwete was smiling as usual assuring wananchi that he’d a right thing. Though Zuma is crying he’s innocent whilst all things are in the agora, this must act as an eye opener if South Africa is to avert going to dogs. How can he be innocent without this being reached at by the court of law after delving into the merit of the case?

    Like Tanzania , will South Africa go to the dogs? Time will surely and tell as South Africans will be grinding teeth and mourning their loss in ushering Zuma in.

    By Nkwazi Mhango
    Mhango is a Tanzanian living in Canada. He is a Journalist, Teacher, Human Rights activist and member of the Writers' Association of New Foundland and Labrador (WANL)
  2. Zak Malang

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    Hakuna kitakachoweza kuizuia Afrika ya Kusini kwenda 'to the dogs' kama ilivyo kwa Tanzania kwa sababu ANC na CCM ni dugu moja. Viongozi wa vyama vyote hivi viwili sasa wamesahau kuwahudumia wananchi wao waliowakomboa na badala yake kujikita katika ufisadi -- na kashfa zao zinapoibuka basi hukimbilia kutafuta suluhu ya kisiasa badala ya kuachia sheria ifuate mkondo wake.

    Zuma ni fisadi, hakuna ubishi, kwani aliogopa nini njia za kimahakama zisichukue mkondo wake? Nashangaa wananchi wa Afrika ya Kusini wanakubali kupumbazwa na mtu huyu ambaye kikubwa anachokifahamu ni ngono ya bila condom, na kuimba na kucheza ngoma ktk majukwaa ya kisiasa.

    Wafuasi wake walikuwa na tabia ya kuimba kwa sauti kubwa na kucheza ngoma nje ya mahakama wakati kesi yake ilivyokuwa inasikilizwa, jambo ambalo lilikuwa linawakera majaji na waendesha mashitaka kwa sababu lilionekana kutaka kuwayumbisha.

    Inasikitisha kwamba kama Afrika ya Kusini, nchi ambayo wananchi wake waliteseka wakati wa ukoloni na ubaguzi wa rangi, inaanza kuelekea to the dogs, basi Bara la Afrika limekwisha kabisa. Nchi nyingine wataiga utawala bora kutoka wapi?
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    Does this mean South Africa has not yet gone to the dogs?
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    I cant agree more with the writer! Its very true SA are going down,deep down! jus like TZ
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    The heading is corrupt.
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    It won't happen..SA is much better in terms of check and balance governance. Hapa kwetu ni ZERO..

    Hata JK akitumnia kamati za chama na kusema watu wote Dar wahame .. waTz watasema Amina tumekusikia tumetii..

    Uwizi mtupu!
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    It is a pity that we have conventions remembering our great leader mwalimu Nyerere and what he stood for but all in all , the same people who cherish mwalimu's wisdom and courage to stand up against corruption and oppression cannot stand up and be counted against Kikwete's mafia ; namely KAGODA , MEREMETA and DEEP GREEN principals. Can't our lawyers using the Tanzania Law Society, institute proceedings using the available evidence against these principals to nail down the known culprits who are being protected by the executive branch! In Zuma's arms corruption case at least his accomplice Sheik was sentenced to jail but in our case Rostam is still untouchable and above the law although CRDB cashiers bear witness that they saw him accompany the Kagoda loot!!
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  8. Kyoma

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    Mujuni2 heshima yako Mkuu! Nice interesting read I must say. However, one would have to look in the South America for some interesting comparisons. Here is a man as illiterate as Zuma, who rose to power just like Zuma (out of popular vote and sympathy). Evo Morales a former Coca Farmer and Union Chief, turned leader of the Movement to Socialism (MAS).

    Most people didn’t give him a chance in hell to succeed in Government. But he proved the wrong through his lessoning skills (like Zuma) and his accommodating attitude (like Zuma) to ordinary man. He is probably regarded as one of the best President Bolivia has ever produced yet.

    “Morales was first elected President of Bolivia on December 18, 2005, with 53.7% of the popular vote in an election that saw the participation of 84.5% of the national electorate. Two and a half years later, he substantially increased this majority; in a recall referendum. On August 14, 2008, more than two thirds of voters (67.4%) voted to keep him in power” [Reference: wikipedia].

    That’s not because he is just popular, that’s because he delivers. The site www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1733748_1733757_1735592,00.html should provide an interesting read. If Zuma surrounds himself with hard workers, like Evo Morales, he will earn the envy of the world.

    The writer of this article seems to be far from South Africa so do I. Nevertheless, I realized that for me who am far, one who relies only on analyses and popular media for information in regards to South Africa, it is not easy to get the feel, the mood on the ground. I know very well that action taken while in a certain mood or feeling might just not be the best when you review it later on.

    I remember a friend of mine (Mkurya), who was angry at his wife. He was throwing a sharp word and even a hand at her. Later he realized that he would have done better had he kept a cool head. However, reality is different because during arguing our way, finding support, and establishing our viewpoints, all that matters is the heat and pressure that we feel, the bluffs and evasive acts put on by our counterparts.

    What the majority in South Africa did http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8015892.stm, I believe is to endorse a survivor and choose the plight of an ordinary person at every cost. Having watched negative campaigns in the US and seeing it backfire every time, I am quite sure that much of what happened was a reaction against … more than it was an action for…The tone of many Zuma’s opponents always had a trace of vehemence and spite. If anyone was cool, less extravagant and preoccupied with personal trouble through the campaign period, it was Zuma.

    The approach that his team seems to have taken was one of saying, “we are trying to make things better, rather than we are good, and give us one more turn”. It was one of saying, “we strive for a balance between the capitalist and the socialist”. The absence of vengeant spirit in Zuma’s plea for fairness and in his campaign, was plain and got South African majority rushing to help him I think.

    Zuma is not without credentials for good leadership. I was surprised to read the News Paper in the internet, quoting formers of AWB (Afrikaans Weerstand Beweging) stating how, in their encounter with the ANC pre-1994, they got to respect Zuma. Not for his speech (like Obama) or intellect (like Mandela), but genuine reasoning. His strength as an individual and ordinary man represents his people. He may have resorted to less than standard ways in protesting his rights, but he faced invisible menacing forces it seems. He still cannot quite say he is free. South African people want him free, regardless of grand election promises by him.

    The ANC is a rock of ages for anyone that dares to fight for their rights. I don’t think he has manipulated the ANC. Unlike CCM, the ANC is simply very much on the right of people’s issues, which are threatened by those who have become affluent and wish every one was well off (Mafisadi & Wanamtandao who surround Kikwete). These ones loose touch with the poor masses very easily. They soar high quickly and follow the agenda of well-to-do South Africans at the cost of ordinary moms and dads (walala hoi).

    The vote of Zuma is to me South Africa affirming itself. Affirming its majority who are not highly educated but who want to feel like they are involved in the decisions made by the ruling party. A South African friend of mine told me that in Mbeki’s administration people didn’t feel that ANC was acting in accord with the mandate they gave. Progress made in leveling the platform for the poor black man is there but more need to be done. And who can better do that than Zuma?

    All in all, right now analysis is irrelevant. The people have spoken. Peace and calm atmosphere prevailed. No reports of underhand and rigging attempts have been heard. The course is laid for South Africa to follow. I argue in my own behalf, that of Nkwazi Mhango (the author of this article), and probably for the resentful South Africans, let’s give Zuma a chance before we judge him too soon. He has earned it. He had to win twice. In Polokwane and now. Jokingly of course, despite our disagreement to whether South Africa is going to the Dogs or not, it’s too early for us to reach a point of not even going to South Africa to watch the World Cup, at least not yet.

    Ok Jamiiforum, do not quote me in the future! (kwi kwi kwi.. ). I’m a Tanzanian. I don’t even vote in South Africa.