A memo on the Tanzania 2020 Elections

We are just mere days ahead of the polls on the 28th October 2020. This here will be short, as the final stages to the polls are happening. The blocking of mass messaging of SMS from the authorities was the latest move by the authorities to stifle the popularity of the opposition.

The ruling party Chama Cha Mapundzi have pulled all their strings. Sent brigades and armed vehicles to Zanzibar. Where they have blocked the main opposition candidate for the Presidency there from campaigning too. The same they did to the main opposition candidate on the main-land and for the United Republic, Tundu Lissu.

The CCM and their compatriots have used all means at their disposal to get ahead. They have issued ballot paper, where the main contenders are far down on the ballots. The National Electoral Commission and Zanzibar Electoral Commission have barred opposition candidates from Parliament. However, accepted CCM aspirants for the same seats. Ensuring safe passage for several of their candidates ahead of the polls. That is the sort of game the CCM is doing.

The same CCM that is holding a tight grip on who can monitor the polling stations. Even barring agents of the opposition to be there too. It is all made to ensure the rigging of the elections. There is no honest game play or “free and fair” elections. It is all a free for all for the CCM and the ones associated with them.

President Joseph Magufuli have been grinning and smiling all along. While Chadema and ACT Wazalendo have struggled, but been able to hold rallies on shoestring budgets. As they are able to gather crowds.

That is just the way things are. Expect the polls to be contest. Expect the army to be on the streets. Internet blocked. Social media all off and a Media Blackout. Newspapers suspended and radios losing temporary licenses too. It will be all silenced. The state want to control the flow of information and only way to counter that is VPN and other means. While even the Telecoms might comply and use their power to make public suffer a total blackout.

The CCM will do ballot-stuffing, rig the voters registers with double and duplicate persons, even the dead, ghosts and sudden unknown villages will appear. It will all be manufactured to ensure the CCM still being supreme. The President cannot afford to be a one term President and loose the mantle of the governing party.

Therefore, expect the next few days to be brutal … arrests, journalist suddenly gone missing, activists silenced and even shocking acts of vile oppression from the army. There will be no remorse in securing Magufuli a second term. That is the reality of it all.

If the last few years since his elections should have learned people anything is that Magufuli doesn’t care. As long as him and his allies are eating. So long as his men and his comrades are on top. They can ensure the dissidents, the vocal activists and opposition get silenced. That is what he does.

CCM will not play fair, but who thought they would? They have silenced a newspaper over a piece and suspended it for over a week. These people want the fake love, but doesn’t want a true romance. Peace.

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