Opinion: NEC & ZEC is just rigging it for CCM

The way things are going, the way the authorities, the state bodies are operating. They are just tools of engagement for the Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) and the President Joseph Magufuli to have total control ahead of the October Elections.

Now, there is reports, which isn’t shocking anyone knowing how things are playing out. That the CHADEMA and ACT Wazenlendo are having barred candidates for the Parliament in the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and the same by the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC). This is done in a fashion and in a way to secure the majority before the polls even starting.

Meaning, the election is rigged before a ballot is dropped. The majority is secured. The CCM and their allies are already ahead. As the two main opposition are barred from attending being on the ballots and having ability to field candidates in the races. This means the CCM will have control of the National Assembly and the one in Zanzibar.

That’s why the One-Party State is in full effect. Where the opposition is already marginalized and rigid controlled by lots of laws, stipulated provisions and so fourth. Making it nearly impossible to be organized, also ability to build parties and hold internal operations. Still, with that they have had the opportunity and manpower to field candidates across a broad spectrum. While the NEC and ZEC finds it easy to disqualify and make them illegible to participate as a candidate in the up-coming elections.

The same would not happen on a large scale for the CCM. Which is steadily moving ahead with all control and ensuring safety for a new majority. They don’t even have to work for it. The state is securing it and there will be no issues. The opposition have to battle to run for seat before even properly campaigning. That is how sinister this is. You are losing before your really playing.

This is just an example in a long line of grievances. Where the state reach and control is going into bonkers territory. Where the CCM and the President can suspend, stop and silence the ones who are in their way. They access and limits civic space, they silence the press and media, so that only their perspective is coming out.

That’s why from the get-go, these elections are neither free nor fair. That was deliberate by the authorities, by the ones in power and the President is blessing it all with his presence. He sure must be proud. Winning by participating, not by love or by his achievements. His just winning because he owns it and he runs it.

If you wonder, there is no heart in this. It is just a facade and a game, where the rules are set and the winners are awaiting their price. The tallies, the polls and the ballots are pre-fixed. There is no guessing, hope and the winner will proclaimed, but not celebrated. Everyone knew who would win and there was no other option.

The state has already fixed that, the rest are just pawns waiting to get played. Peace.

Tanzania: The CCM must be proud of blocking opposition candidates…[ahead of the polls]

If your thinking of free and fair elections? Are you thinking of Tanzania? If you do? Your wrong. They are neither free nor fair. In Tanzania, the Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) are the state and ruling with a whip. They are whipping the opposition into submission. The party is using the state to hold control and censor the dissidents.

That is why media houses are shut down or suspended. This is why the state has to allow opposition to hold press conference and rallies. Even their party program and their internal training exercises has to get a go from the authorities.

The CHADEMA and ACT-WAZELENDO are now being blocked. Just like they were in the 2019. They were ensuring the opposition parties couldn’t field candidates. That is why the CCM initially ran against ghosts and goats.

They are doing the same ahead of the polls in late October 2020. There are several of Members of Parliament of the CCM who are running unopposed. After the Electoral Commission have dismissed several of them. For various of reasons. However, there are never any reports of the same commission dismissing nominations made by the CCM. Isn’t that a sign of something, right?

The CCM is the state and acts like the state. They are appointing anyone and controls everything. The CCM has the army, legislation and the civilian government. There are nothing they don’t have. They even have a bickering, faint-hearted and weak-spirited President in Magufuli. Who cannot stomach criticism, statistics or foreign broadcast without giving a thumbs up. It has to fit his narrow mind.

In this regard, the state is more envisioned to the small perspective of Magufuli. That is why the CCM are blocking nominated MPs from the Opposition. So, they have constituencies without any competition. When you are blocking 100s of candidates from both parties. The CCM and the Electoral Commission is proving their “independence”.

The CCM is destined to win this. Not because they have any policies or manifesto. Neither does it has any will or character to pull it off. However, they are the state and controls the whole thing. They will use all means to dislodge and disrupt the opposition. The Opposition also have no power or ability to operate without validation from appointees from the CCM.

That is why the October Election is pre-fixed and the recent actions proves it again. The CCM are not even willing to play it out. They rather use their means to humiliate and destroy the opposition. Instead of campaigning against them. The CCM doesn’t even have the heart to pull that off under Magufuli.

That is who the CCM under Magufuli is, a bunch of cowards. Who doesn’t have the character to even try to run a honest campaign. They have to use the powers of the authorities to stop the opposition from challenging them. Cannot even be on the ballots and act this out. That is too much to ask from these folks, apparently. Peace.

Tanzania: The Lowassa Complex ahead of the polls

There are soon polls and the both CHADEMA and ACT-Wazelendo are preparing their parties to challenge the supremacy of Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) and its incumbent President Joseph Magufuli.

The CCM is already entrenching all walks of life, the flow of information, allowing to participate politically, educate and hold press conferences are all after getting a nod from the state. No party can function or work without the authority giving them way. That is the reality in Tanzania under Magufuli’s reign.

No journalists, civil servant or anyone else can publish content without securing permission or at least follow strict guidelines. The restrictive nation ahead of the polls is a gift to the ruling party and their associates.

CHADEMA is coming with their big man, the resolute opposition candidate and voice of reason in Tundu Lissu. Last time around in the previous election, they used the deflector from CCM Edward Lowassa, who has now returned there. He was a marionet and a useful figure, but not someone who could defeat the CCM.

Now, ACT Wazelendo is using similar tools in another high ranking official from the CCM, who has fallen out of love there. Bernard Membe. Who is the Presidential candidate for the party ahead of the elections, instead of Zitto Kabwe. Who have big-shots both in Zanzibar and for the whole Republic with Membe.

Lissu and Membe will be in the same waters as Lowassa. There are no returns in sight, the state and CCM is intertwined and so connected, that only a miracle baby can separate them at this point. The walls are covered with heroics of the CCM and practically, the state and CCM is the same. Therefore, to topple Magufuli, you need the state apparatus to turn on itself and that is impossible.

Membe and Lissu knows this. Kabwe knows this too. They are opposites of the regime, who controls everything, but they only have their voice and their platform. They don’t have the army, the agencies, the institutions or the power to finesse this here game.

Just like Lowassa was a promising person, a high ranking and regarded man. He still could sufficiently be viable to the mechanics of CCM. There was no return to get out of this. There was only out-cries and devastations.

We can just imagine the return of Membe at some point too. When he has made up the grievances with the CCM and paid amends to the ones he needs too.

Lissu is popular and is a rising star, but the state might dim those lights by all means possible. While Membe will trade similar waters to Lowassa and hope for a safe journey home after the polls. It is a gamble for Kabwe, but it was the same for Freeman Mbowe in 2015. That didn’t work out and most likely will not do it in 2020.

Magufuli got this, but not because of his merit or his skills. However, because of how incorporated the CCM is and how its tools are there to destroy its competition. Peace.

Opinion: Magufuli will win [everything else is just a sideshow]

The campaigns for the October polls are starting in Tanzania. Nevertheless, don’t expect it to be free and fair. The Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) is ruling and they control all parts of government. There are no part of it they don’t toy around with.

The President is the almighty, the greatest ever and mightiest person to ever grace the Republic. He is so great, that you know he will with a huge margin in the up-coming elections. The opposition will either be charged, arrested and detained. They cannot do press conferences, campaign rallies and promote their parties without getting a positive nudge from the authorities. If they say anything, then its sedation, against some sort of statute and they get into legal jeopardy.

President John Magufuli has ensured this mess. He rules supreme. His the second alternative to God. His Excellency is majestic, a royalty of sort and the next in line for Kingdom Come. That’s why he is his grace, the one who no one will dare to question or stand up too.

The President are not allowing statistics published unless it got his blessing. He cannot let the radios, newspapers and such broadcast or publish without writing the things they are supposed too. If they don’t they get suspended or temporary closed.

Magufuli knows all of this. He would like to enjoy the title, the grandeur, but not accept the challenge of the role. The President cannot manage criticism, that’s why his critics are getting into trouble. Magufuli are only able to use the state to his advantage and make it disadvantage for everyone opposing him.

The CCM will win this. The candidates of Chadema and Act Wazelendo will not beat it. They might get some MPs and some representatives, but not anything substantial. The CCM will not give up its power and strength. These other parties will not have chance. Not like the President will give that up.

We can soon await the bracelets for Zitto Kabwe and Tundu Lissu. Just like there are several of other MPs, leaders and activists who will behind bars. That’s why the whole election and polls in October 2020 are just a charade. To make it seem like a democracy, but in reality that is just for play.

If the President believed in it. The President and CCM has decided to make it impossible for anyone else. Don’t expect anything … other than this. This is just the reality.

This election and polls is already fixed. The CCM will win and its only by a random amount of numbers.

Magufuli owns the game… he decides, he signs it off and will be victor. Peace.

Statement on the situation in Tanzania: “Rule of law and the freedom of political activity in Tanzania must be guaranteed” (13.03.2020)

Tanzania: The gloves are off, as the CHADEMA 9 is sentenced

If you think it could get darker and more grim under President John Pombe Magufuli and his Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM). Well, today is dawn, the sun has stopped shining. This is ahead of elections and CHADEMA 9 is sentenced in Dar Es Salaam. Expect more Opposition leaders to be detained. For holding rallies in their constituencies.

Today, CHADEMA National Chairman Freeman Mbowe together with Halima Mdee are both sentenced together with 7 others. Mbowe was guilty in 12 out 13 charges against him. The MPs holding their meetings or rallies was not seen as valid. They had permits, but they moved, therefore, seen as unlawful assembly and civil disobedience. Meaning they are guilty too. This is a clear message from the judge and the authorities.

Earlier in the day, the people who tried to stand around and demonstrate for CHADEMA and the accused was all picked up on pickups and arrested on the spot. The Anti-Riot Police was outside securing the premises. Several of citizens was picked up and arrested by this measure. As plenty of people wanted to gather and follow the judgment in Court today.

This means today, the CHADEMA 9 is ready for conviction and serve time as political prisoners. The leaders of opposition, arrested and detained by the authorities. In measures beyond the greatness of the United Republic and its history.

The CCM is now shambolic in its affairs, as they are targeting every single opposition party and leaders with criminal cases and sentencing them. We can clearly see, there is no bound and the laws are made to criminalize the opposition. As we are never seeing the same efforts being done to the CCM’s own.

Today is a grim day. CHADEMA was targeted and now lost several high ranking leaders. God knows for how long, but this case is significant because of the stature of Freeman and Halima. Tanzania isn’t free, only CCM is free. Peace.

Tanzania: Mashinji’s deflection is a propaganda victory for CCM

In 2016 CHADEMA National Chairman Freeman Mbowe wanted a man who was an intellectual and appointed Dr. Vincent Mashinji. 4 years later the same National Chairman wanted someone more mature and appointed John Mnyika as the Secretary General. That is why in the end of December 2019, Mnyika took over the office of Mashinji. This means Mbowe appointed his Deputy Secretary General to his Secretary General before the 2020 elections.

However, today, Mashinji went over to Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM). So let us be reminded what the man has said about CCM in the past. Like what he said of the former Presidential Candidate and former Prime Minister Eward Lowassa who also deflected to CCM last year.

there are no votes in for Edward, no big crowds, all those are votes for Lowassa, it is our power, not to lie, citizens supported us to look for change and not following him so he doesn’t think that citizens are stupid that he will drag you in the morning let us go here in the evening” – Dr. Vincent Mashinji (March 2019).

We can wonder if people will tell that story to him too. That Vincent will not bring the voters CCM from CHADEMA. It is typical of the season ahead of elections that people are moving parties. However, it is brave for a man saying he would champion the CHADEMA to the State House in 2020 to actually join the CCM and the State House in 2020. You know what I am saying?

So, his move isn’t in his dire interest of change nor “development” unless his sold out all of his ideals. To succumb to the pressure and become a member of the ruling party. Because, it seems like a ploy to help CCM counter CHADEMA ahead of 2020. For them to again show they have former important figures of the party in their ranks.

Mashinji knows the drill of the opposition. He has gotten arrested, caught cases and been blocked from travelling abroad. The pain and suffering, the lack of freedom and even holding press conferences. He knows all this. Still, with that pain, maybe the humiliating way he had to leave his office of CHADEMA was the last touch.

What we do know is that Mashinji moves parties to eat. He goes for safety and security. Especially, when the political platforms on the outside of government is becoming smaller. The opposition is getting more into legal trouble and the Magufuli regime towards them.

Vincent knows all of this and still he will now comply to this. He knows the ills and now he becomes another stooge. He wasn’t a intellectual renegade, just someone into the office and the main role. When he lost that appointment, he went quickly elsewhere, as two months was all it took for him to deflect. He didn’t even need a push.

Well, Vincent wont reign in the voters, but his a propaganda victory for the CCM. Just like Lowassa was last year. The CHADEMA continues to give CCM this. Peace.

Opinion: Lungu and Magufuli are two sides of the same coin

This week has been a lesson, people should be aware that the Zambian President Edgar Lungu and Tanzanian John Pombe Magafuli are using similar tactics to stifle their opposition leaders. These two gentlemen in power is using their authority and state apparatus to stop them.

President Lungu will most likely target his main competitor Hakainde Hichelema (UPND), expect that HH will be in trouble regardless. HH was not only targeted by the Police and used tear-gas on the crowds as the President wanted to hold his rally at the same town. Lungu instead of being a statesman. We couldn’t expect that ahead of the elections in 2021. As the Zambian authorities have blocked rallies just because they lack space in their prison locally last year. So, don’t expect HH to not get into legal trouble and somehow get the blame for the violence ushered from the state. Because, that was a guy like Lungu does.

President Magufuli will continue with his rampage and oppressive behaviour towards the opposition. This will be centred at ACT-Wazeledo Zitto Kabwe and CHADEMA’s Tundu Lissu. They will struggle to hold rallies, to get people to be candidates or even charged with money laundering. So, that they cannot be on the ticket against Magufuli. That is what the likes of Magufuli does. He will do it in the election year and all justification is national security, but they always hit the opposition and their candidates.

Lungu and Magufuli are using their tools, the state and their office to ensure yet another election. Don’t expect this men to play fair. Neither do they have any ideals, mythical ethos or a paradigm shift that will make a difference in their republic’s. Why do I say that?

Well, if you cannot compete in the political sphere on ideas, manifestos or political framework in general. Because, there is no space to do so in these respectable places. Since they cannot accept a fair competition, neither free nor fair elections coming up.

HH in Zambia, Kabwe and Lissu in Tanzania will all be in trouble as the elections are getting near. Their Presidents cannot manage to deal with opposition, neither with someone who has character or has the ability stand their ground. That is why, they got to make their ways illegal. To silence them and stop their movement. They will charge them with money laundering, treason or whatever thing they pin on the gentlemen. That is what the likes do.

If these presidents was sincere, they would have made them able to campaign and do internal party works. Even hold Press Conferences and so-on without meeting the courts. However, they are not allowing it. That is why they cannot stand for anything else, than themselves and their own glory.

A glory that will fade, a lack of acceptance and understanding of other human beings. Because, everyone supposed to follow the Presidents without any consideration. If they question them, you better keep it silent and not talk about it. Since, they might track you or let you into the same trouble as the opposition leaders.

These leaders doesn’t target goals or development at this point. They target their own will to stay in power and use any means to do so. If you think otherwise. Check their track-record and their platforms. Peace.

Tanzania: CCM leaves the Continental Human Rights Court, which is located in Arusha!

The United Republic of Tanzania revoked or withdraw from the African Charter and the Protocol, which states their membership and the possible rights for trying cases from the state its located in. This means the African Court on Human Rights, which was opened in 2004 and based on the “Banjul Protocol” from the year of 1993. Therefore, the Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) are leaving the Courts after its been existing for 15 years on its own soil.

That’s why its rich for all other African Countries to ratify and be apart of this, when the one state where the Courts are, doesn’t have a mandate to investigate and follow up cases. As the CCM and the United Republic of Tanzania withdraws from the Court connected to the “Banjul Protocol” on Human Rights. That is how faulty and week it is. As it sent its declaration signed on the 14th November 2019 and delivered to the African Union by the Permanent Mission to the African Union (AU) on the 21st November 2019.

This is what stipulation they used:

4. For any State Party ratifying or acceding subsequently, the present Protocol shall come into force in respect of that State on the date of the deposit of its instrument of ratification or accession.

5. The Secretary-General of the OAU shall inform all Member States of the entry into force of the present Protocol.

6. At the time of the ratification of this Protocol or any time thereafter, the State shall make a declaration accepting the competence of the Court to receive cases under article 5 (3) of this Protocol. The Court shall not receive any petition under article 5 (3) involving a State Party which has not made such a declaration. 7. Declarations made under sub-article (6) above shall be deposited with the Secretary-General, who shall transmit copies thereof to the State parties” (Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, 1993).

So, now the Tanzanian government withdraw themselves from the Banjul Protocol. They have now left the Court, which is located in Arusha. Until CCM did this, it was 26 countries, where the cases could be heard from here, but now its 25. that is really rich from the President and the government there. It is like the United States withdrawing from the United Nations, which has its Headquarters in New York or the French leaving the European Court of Human Rights, which is located in Strasbourg, France.

The CCM left now and has withdrawn itself from the “Banjul Charter” because this state doesn’t want to answer to their crimes against humanity, against the oppression or their acts which limits the citizens their freedom, liberties and possible opportunities to assemble.

That’s why the CCM leaves this court, because its afraid to answer to their actions against their own. They cannot manage to be questioned or investigated, if any citizen or party petition a case and the Courts cannot investigate, since the state has withdrawn. The Court can do this in 25 states, but not in Tanzania where its located.

This Court should be moved from Arusha, Tanzania. It is located in a Republic where the “Banjul Protocol” is ratified and followed. Because, apparently that is not happening anywhere in the United Republic. That ship has sailed under President Magufuli and his team. Peace.

Tanzania: A continued crackdown on media…

If the Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) and President Joseph Magufuli got done with his actions against the media. There might been slow days and also better broadcasting, as the state and the authorities are arresting journalists, revoking licenses and suspending media houses for days. If their reporting or their stories isn’t in the same vision as the President. That is just measure and reasoning for all the activity that has been done during the reign of Magufuli. His track-record on this matter, speaks for itself and the ones hurt it, are either in jail or at unknown locations, because government take them away and they haven’t been seen again.

So, the onslaught against unfavourable reporting, articles and statements on-air is steady from this regime. It exposure to the reality of people thinking for themselves and making up opinions is such a vast challenge. That the ones collecting data and making statistics, even needs the anointing spirits of the President to publish it. Nothing that is written or said, should hurt his pride and his achievements, even if it means trading-off bad deals to save his shallow mind.

In this regard, after rigging an election and not celebrating it. The Tanzanian government feels a bit hurt by the reporting on the subject of local government elections. They thought it should be celebrated and be grandest elections of them all. Even if the process to it, was flawed, open bazaar of unopposed candidates and a cluster-fuck of “multi-party” democracy. Which made the CCM become superior beyond any doubt. Because, they ran against none of serious challenge and if they were, than it was the ghosts of Christmas past. Therefore, the reporting on this matter, is now called fake-news, even if the CCM is faking it all on their own.

First the attack on the media owners and who they hire:

Through a notice published in the daily Tanzanian government Newspaper by the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority ( TCRA), the media owners who will fail up to acknowledge and heed to the act will be fined or have their licenses withdrawn as stipulated in the law. “Those who don’t heed to this warning will be fined or have their licenses revoked as stipulated in the law,” the notice from Tanzanian Communication Regulatory Authority read” (Howwebiz.ug – ‘Magufuli: No More Jobs For Djs And Comedians On Radio and TV in Tanzania’ 28.11.2019).

Then the attack post elections 2019:

““Some news outlets in the country have been approached, used and act as agents in spreading fake news, rumours and propaganda against our country from international organisations and representatives of foreign countries” reads one of the tweets. Mr Abbas accused journalists of neglecting the principles of their profession by failing to fact-check. “The government has made enough explanation, given enough warnings and enough pardons. Now we will take stern legal measures,” he added” (The East African – ‘Tanzania in fresh crackdown on freedom of the media’ 30.11.2019).

Surely, the CCM wants good press, but that under fear, that if the Media Houses, the broadcasting companies and the ones writing isn’t writing what they like; they will loose their licenses and their rights to broadcast. Certainly, they will stop the press, the publishers and the block their pages. They will have their content deleted and silence the ones who says the wrong thing.

No DJ or Comedian should joke on-air or on Twitter for that matter. No one should write anything that insults the CCM nor its President. Because his the grandest head of state, the magnificent human being who self impose himself everywhere. His so wise and has such a grandeur of a spirit, that he will excel straight to heaven. Just by him breathing and speaking, he will make wounds heal and make bank-accounts pregnant. That is just what the President and CCM does.

I’m just kidding about that, but if the CCM want positive headlines. Want a favourable press and get coverage, which it deems fit. Maybe they should act more righteous and not block the opposition. Maybe not arrest comedians and investigating journalists. Maybe if the CCM and the President doesn’t want foreign bad press. Maybe let the opposition be able to field candidates, hold rallies, press conferences and do party work without needing prior acceptance from state authorities. There should be measures and levels of registrations of political work and parties, but into these superficial levels, which has been created under Magufuli. Wonder if the CCM could have managed to run the country, if they had to answer to the same arrangements and protocol that the ACT Wazeledo and CHADEMA. I doubt that!

So, with this in mind. I stop it here, but lets be clear. Magufuli fear the written word, he fears the press and the ones reporting on him. Because, people are just supposed follow the script of him and his CCM. If you don’t, your malicious and devious to damage his calm. Peace.