Opinion: When did Tony Blair become a publicity guru? [Tanzania doesn’t need him]

It is now official that former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair will rebuild the United Republic of Tanzania’s International Reputation. He is now hired as a spokesperson and his Institute will handle it internationally. However, has even been able to save his own reputation?

Tony Blair isn’t a saint and neither a man of character which you should trust. Blair is lucky that haven’t been charged and taken to the Hague. The Chilcot Report haven’t had any consequences and this man is now a trustworthy man? Seriously? His a warlord who went into war without the proof and evidence, which he claimed they had. He participated and ensured a Iraqi conflict for personal gains and for the imperial goals of USA and UK. Therefore, Blair isn’t the guy to trust. Even if his selling that.

Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) and President Samia Suluhu Hassan hiring Blair is nonsense. The Tanzanian government should stop with the political crackdown and silencing of critics. If the state didn’t do that and acted as a sincere government. Than they wouldn’t need to hire a despicable character like Blair. It is weird that CCM wants to spend funds and feeding an imperialist like him.

The reputation created by the CCM has been self-inflicted. The government should use phony charges on opposition leaders and keep them detained indefinitely. Neither should the government suspend papers for writing critical pieces. If not suspend papers for leaking probable future Presidential Candidature of herself. So, if the state wants to look better. Don’t arrest comedians and journalists. Also, don’t kidnap activists and silence the opposition who wants to question the current constitution.

Maybe, the CCM should try to act sincere and holier than thou. I know that is too much to ask. Since, opposition leaders who dares to question the powers to be… is criminals and treasonous. If not they are automatically terrorists. That’s why the ones questioning the state gets into legal jeopardy, frozen bank-accounts and not allowed to the community again. They are lingering in jail and awaiting freedom.

So, if the state wanted another reputation. Maybe, just maybe… don’t do that and allow the opposition and activists to gather, organize and be viable parties in the United Republic. The CCM isn’t willing to do that. However, they are instead willing to pay and hire an British hack to save the PR abroad. Nevertheless, people like me will address the truth. Maybe, the CCM and the state shouldn’t try to assassinate Tundu Lissu either. However, they are not taking responsibility for that and the reasons for his continued exile.

The CCM should look into itself and its actions. We know they won’t do it… because they doesn’t have the courage or heart to do so. They could easily make positive headlines and create a better reputation. That they could do without Blair and his Institute. He will get a huge pay-check and easily enjoy the perks of it. While Tanzania will still look bad, because the truth will come out. Even if Blair is able to write some random propaganda ala Weapons of Mass Destruction before the Iraqi war. Therefore, why trust this man to save you? He cannot even save his own reputation?

It would be better to get Taylor Swift singing about Reputation and have the new President dancing to it. That would go viral and be a fun moment. However, that would never gloss over the crackdown on opposition, which is currently done in the Republic. Peace.

Tanzania: President Hassan copies her predecessor by arresting a cartoonist depicting her

It is now revealed that cartoonist Optatus Fwama has been detained by the authorities since the 23rd September 2021. The Cartoonist is incarcerated at the Oysterbay Police Station in Dar-es-Salaam. The arrest has happened after a cartoon went online and viral. Where the President Samia Suluhu Hassan as a kid playing with water in the shadow of Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

We saw similar thing happening when a comedian Idris Sultan was arrested for switching the face-off of the predecessor Joseph Magufuli. That happened in 2019 and he got arrested for doing so on the social media. In the same term of the predecessor he arrested several of journalists for exposing his regime. Therefore, the current Head of State is willing to do the same.

President Hassan must be faint hearted or thin-skinned. The Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and the authorities clearly have enough time on their hands to arrest and detain dissidents in this manner. It isn’t shocking. This is a pattern and what they do. We know this is how the CCM is guarding their truth and control of the media. Clearly, there is only one way and that’s the way of the CCM.

There is one unwritten rule that you should never insult the President or mock it in the United Republic of Tanzania. That’s because whoever that person might be. They are being demi-gods and supreme overlords after sworn-in to office. This is what is happening and this is why people suddenly faces the law for writing, speaking, broadcasting or leaking internal documents, which we’re supposed to be kept in the dark.

A President is above the law and cannot be criticized. A person who is the Head of State should only be praised and glorified. That is why cartoonist Fwama has spent days behind bars. The cartoonist didn’t understand the role and the dogma of a President. You are supposed to sing psalms and write biblical phrases for their eternal reign.

President Hassan is following Magufuli here. Fwama is the victim of the same sort of tyranny. The only difference is that it’s another Head of State. She cannot phantom that people would make such cartoons or make fun of her. However, if you are a head of state and a leader. You should expect people to do so. Because, everyone will not agree with you and neither will everyone respect you. That’s life and some leaders handles that pressure. Others does like the to mentioned and uses the iron fist against their dissidents.

If you can’t handle the pressure, maybe you should resign. The President should handle and have enough character to laugh these sorts of depictions off. However, it is proven that this wasn’t possible. We are clearly asking for too much. It’s not in her, but she doesn’t know better. Because, she is only following the mantle of the deceased. Peace.

Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC): Statement Condemning Arbitrary Arrest and Detention of Cartoonist Optatus Fwema (04.10.2021)

Tanzania: Bawacha – Bawacha condems police harrasment of its members (19.09.2021)

Tanzania: CHADEMA – Public Announcement (04.09.2021)

Tanzania: Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT Wazalendo) – Public Notice (29.08.2021)

Tanzania: A CHADEMA leader was arrested for organizing a prayer meeting

Today, it is reported that David Chiduo, Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) Chairman for Kilosa district was arrested for encouraging and wanting to hold a prayer meeting for Hon. Freeman Mbowe. The Police said the opposition leader didn’t have the permit to hold the prayers.

That is the sort of measure and will the state has at this current moment. They are arresting people and dissidents for praying. Certainly, the devil is in them and it’s very ironic that this is happening.

As the previous President believed more in faith and prayer to combat the coronavirus. Therefore, it’s funny months after his demise. The same party and authorities are arresting people for praying and gathering to pray.

So, Chinduo got arrested for organizing a prayer meeting in solidarity and in concern for the Chairman of CHADEMA. Who is lingering in jail on terrorism charges. That says a lot about the state of affairs and what the state is willing to do.

I wonder, what sort of law is there to stop people from praying? What law will be used and what danger is he posing praying for someone? Are the authorities afraid that God actually will listen and release Mbowe? I just wonder and this is disgusting. It is not like he tried to seek out measures of riots and anarchy. No, he was trying to gather people to pray. So, will the same police and authorities arrest priests as well?

Chiduo shouldn’t be arrested for this. What crime did he commit? What sort of dogma did he breach? Was it blasphemy and insulting the state? We need some answers, because this is ridiculous. Peace.

Tanzania: CCM Party Paper suspended for 14 days over a headline

The Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM), the ruling party own newspaper Uhuru have been suspended for 14 days after publishing a story and a headline about the candidacy of the President Samia Suluhu in 2025.

This is a really weird story and says there is something happening behind closed doors within the ruling regime. There is issues behind the power brokers within the CCM. Who is not in check and in order. As the own party and president is not agreeing with the publishing of this story in their own paper.

It is not like it is published or happened on open spaces online or by opposition newspapers. No, this was an internal paper. Who is owned and run by the party. Not just a random publication coming out with the new early.

Should we wonder if there are any sort of power behind the scenes? Since this sort of headlines wasn’t supposed to come this early. The CCM was supposed to only have her as a temporary President until next election?

Are there people who has ideas that they are next in line? That is how things looks like from the outside. We don’t know did this and why the sanctioned the paper. Because, this should be the party press and be ones that writes the stories they want to tell. The Uhuru is supposed speak the message and propaganda of the party. Not just some random stories and be populistic ones.

This is why this doesn’t make sense. The 14 days of suspension isn’t something that you could expect. It is not like it is opposition radio station or online forum. That is what the authorities has suspended in the past. Therefore, there must be a reason for it and someone either said something they shouldn’t or published this to spite someone.

If it didn’t matter or was sanctioned. This would just been another day and preparing for another night. Peace.

Tanzania: The first 100 days of President Samia Suluhu indicate that the tyranny is enforced without mercy

The Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) is reigning supreme in the United Republic of Tanzania. Today it’s the first 100 days of the first woman as Head of State and Commander-in-Chief Sama Suluhu.

She came in with some positive changes, but her reign is continuing the same old fashion tyranny. She’s a female tyrant and that’s the only way to see it. As she orders the direct arrests of opposition leaders and get them charged for terrorism. He keeps the leadership of plenty of leaders of the biggest opposition party CHADEMA. The authorities are keeping them behind bars with no opportunity to get bail or has a change to defend for their freedom. No, they are charged and the authorities can keep them behind bars, because they are a danger to society.

That is why the authorities can torture them and violate the civilians who just happens to be dissidents. The tyrant of Tanzania in her short stint in office has already been able to arrest a bishop. She has already proven her ruthlessness.

As she has no sympathy or care for the Women’s Wing of Bawacha who are behind bars. They have been raped, tortured and the woman have been denied sanitary pads. The tyranny is so alive and well.

The President doesn’t care about the well being of her enemies. No, she will just charge, detain and use the system to go after them. They are terrorist, money-laundering and blowing up gas-stations. Clearly, the CHADEMA leadership should never consider or hold meetings to plan a constitutional change.

Because, a constitutional change and changing laws would give her less power. That is why she has to silence them. This is what she fears, as the predecessor gave her more power. The state and laws, which have ensnared the opposition parties and their movements. The opposition parties has to notify authorities to hold meetings, gatherings, demonstrations and even doing simple training of members. The media have been chocked, social media and bloggers has to get allowed to publish. If they go against the grain, expect the suspension or get charged like thieves as well.

That is what is happening to the CHADEMA. CCM have over the years made it hard to operate and they do it deliberately. That’s why the current can target and charge them. This is nothing new, but after 100 days in power.

All hail the tyrant, Samia Suluhu. She is the new face of Tanzania and everyone should know. That she has no heart for the opposition, dissidents or activists. They will all suffer under her rule. It is now proven and anyone should know this. Peace.

Tanzania: CHADEMA Woman Wing (BAWACHA) – Gross violations of human rights of detained CHADEMA woman underway (09.08.2021)