Tanzania: Lissu back in exile is a sign of Magufuli’s vengeance …

That CHADEMA leader Tundu Lissu returned to exile after the election this year is a sign of the brutal reality. It is a sign that everything isn’t good in the United Republic of Tanzania. The ones following it knows the election was heist of the ruling regime and the incumbent President Joseph Magufuli. Who rigged the polls before with de-registering opposition candidates, ticked-off ballots and direct intimidation. The results doesn’t reflect the will of the people, but the will of Magufuli.

The use of criminal proceedings and use of the law against the opposition is an open shop for police brutality and political prisoners. These people are taken in and arrested for their affiliation and that that they dare to challenge the system. This is why they are arrested, detained and charged on phony counts of crimes. Usually the types where there is no bail and the state can keep them indefinitely.

President Magufuli must be proud of himself. Arresting activists and leaders of the opposition. Ensuring the ones who has the ability will seek refuge elsewhere. Because they know the President and his folks comes with a vengeance. They are not looking for mercy or redemption. No, they are aiming at the heart and will punish you.

President Magufuli will talk of order, rule of law and democracy. Even though he knows his lying and misusing his office. The President knows perfectly well what he has done and ordered. Gotten the fixers, the mechanics and everyone who needs to get things in the right order. Because, that is what he has done.

It is a reason why former Opposition MP flees to Kenya and why Lissu flees back to Europe. They went into campaigns hoping to challenge and go against the mighty CCM. However, the CCM isn’t playing and they are not doing anything with sense. No, it is battle of control and showing fierce force. Not showing tolerance or openness. If so, the elections, campaigns and laws ahead of the campaigns would be like they are. The civil society and opposition parties space has already been shrink and they have less mobility without the acceptance of some sort of authority. The same is with the media, social media users and whatnot. Everyone needs to follow the President and whatever inklings he has. And never ever ever think to insult his character or his achievements. Because, Magufuli is the greatest man since Christ.

That is the sadness of it all. That the biggest competitor and supposed challenger needed to flee to exile to be safe and sound. That Tundu Lissu is in a flat in Belgium. Says more about Tanzania, than it says about him.

Tundu Lissu had deserved a better fate. The United Republic had deserved something else then this heist. The CCM has tricked itself and Magufuli has outplayed himself this time. The gig is up and the rules maybe be in his favour. However, the bleak reality is that he has rule in fear, intimidation and the power of the law. Not rule on a legitimate ground or be respected by the electorate. Because, the President trusts more in the algorithm and the fake love. That is his ball-park and home.

Lissu might seem like the loser in this, as he had to flee and go into exile. However, in concern Magufuli might feel like a victor. As he has the throne, the title and everything around him saluting him. Nevertheless, his a fool for thinking so. It is all on a false premise and forged. The vain and vanity will cost him. Might not do it now, but his legacy and what people see in him is forever torn apart.

When you have broken the glass… it is hard to mend it back together. Peace.

Tanzania: Tanzania Elections Watch- Statement on Post-Election Violence and Abuse of the Criminal Justice System (16.11.2020)

Tanzania: UN rights chief disturbed by harassment of opposition following Tanzania elections (10.11.2020)

GENEVA (10 November 2020) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday said she was disturbed by reports of continued intimidation and harassment against opposition leaders and members in Tanzania in the aftermath of the general elections. She called on the authorities to ensure people are able to express their grievances without fear of reprisals.

Reports indicate that at least 150 opposition leaders and members have been arrested since 27 October in mainland Tanzania and in Zanzibar. While most have been subsequently released, at least 18 reportedly remain in custody.

Police officials have stated that the individuals arrested were planning violent protests. Police officials warned publicly on 31 October 2020 that they would not allow protests to go ahead, citing alleged plans to cause chaos, and they threatened to use force and detain anyone taking part in demonstrations.

“The tense situation in the country will not be defused by silencing those who challenge the outcome of the elections, but rather through a participatory dialogue,” Bachelet said. “I urge the Tanzanian authorities to respect and facilitate exercise of the rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly.”

The High Commissioner called for the immediate release of those detained for exercising their human rights. She called on the Government of Tanzania to ensure that security forces and law enforcement officials act according to the rule of law and human rights norms and standards.

Under international law, there is a presumption in favour of considering assemblies to be peaceful, the High Commissioner stressed.*

These developments follow reported pre-election intimidation and harassment of civil society organisations and journalists, as well as allegations of police brutality against opposition members and supporters on the day of the election. Bachelet called for prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigations into all allegations of human rights violations before, during and after the polls – particularly into the killing of at least 10 people and the injuries sustained by over 50 others in Zanzibar on 26 October.

The High Commissioner also expressed concern at Internet restrictions, including the blocking of many social media and messaging platforms, and the censoring of election-related content.

“Free flow of information is critical to any democratic society, and especially so in an electoral context,” the High Commissioner said, adding that any restrictions on information and communication technology must be in line with international human rights laws and standards.

ENDS

Tanzania: Tanzania Election Watch Panel of Emminent Persons Calls for Release of Arrested Opposition Leaders (02.11.2020)

Tanzania: Tundu Lissu arrested

The Presidential Candidate and Joint Opposition Candidate Tundu Lissu of the CHADEMA party have been arrested as he tried to seek refuge at the German Embassy. He was outside the German Embassy for an hour or so. Tundu waited for help at the Umoja House and refuge in the hour in need. As he surely gotten the wind of news about what has happened to allies around him.

The opposition candidate who together with ACT Wazalendo have claimed this being an rigged election and called for demonstrations. Have now also been arrested. As several of his colleges and associates has been over the recent 48 hours. The CCM and the Authorities are picking up and arresting anyone in the leadership of the opposition parties. The only one able to run is Zitto Kabwe, but for how long?

Now, Lissu is taken to the Central Police Station and is in the hands of the state. He will now be charged and linger in jail. Surely like Mbowe and others who has been charged with terrorism. This man will share their fate. There will be no difference. Only that he dared to challenge Magufuli.

There will be no true peace in the United Republic. Where all opposition are targeted like criminals and terrorists. These are men fighting to be representatives and get into office. They did their duty as civilians wanting political office. They were not trying to cause public disorder or destroy the peace.

It is only a dictatorship who does this to its opponents. Arrest them, charge them and ensure they are within the bounds of the law. The CCM and the President knows this. They have yet another man in custody. This is the manner they want to reign in. Not in peace or legitimacy, but by the use of force.

This is the CCM of 2020. This is Magufuli in 2020. It is not democracy nor a representative government. Because, if it was… they wouldn’t need to make the opposition into criminals at the very moment after the results was verified and announced. Peace.

Tanzania: Act Wazalendo – Independent Panel made up of Africa leaders should investigate election irregularities and oversee fresh elections (02.11.2020)

Tanzania: Opposition leaders arrested and charged with terrorism

“Mbowe and his accomplices will be charged with terrorism offenses because someone has given us evidence that they planned to blow up petrol stations in Dar and bring great disaster” – SACP Lazaro Mambosasa

All the gloves are off, there is no excuses anymore. The state is going total hostile against all opposition and dissidents. After several of arrests. There are already lingering MP Aspirants and former MPs of Chadema and ACT Wazalendo behind bars since the day of the polls. Now, as the Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) is inaugurating itself and having ceremonies finishing the elections.

The state is giving its retribution to its opponents. Today, CHADEMA leader Freeman Mbowe was arrested. Also, former Arusha MP Godbless Lema, former Dar Es Salaam mayor Isaya Mwita and Boniface Jacob have all been arrested today.

ACT Wazelendo leader Zitto Kabwe have been able to avoid arrest. While the Police has raided the offices of the party. They have tried to arrest him, but his still free at this moment of time.

There are even said from the authorities that the likes of Mbowe is charged with terrorism for planning the scheduled protests of the elections this year. The state is going all out to assault and silence its critics. There are already people associated and running for office within the Act Wazalendo and Chadema who is behind bars before today. Therefore, today was ramping it up and settling the score.

There are several of others who are charged with terrorism offences, which means the state has secured this people behind bars. Because, with those charges, there is no option to get bail and the state can keep them indefinitely. That is a clear sign of what the is ahead. If you thought the first period of Magufuli was bad. His consolidating his one-party state this time around.

Instead of showing that he had a true victory in late October this year. He is rounding up the ones questioning his legitimacy and the rigged elections. That is because, he fears their supporters and what they can spark. We have seen how militarized the Union Day celebration been under Magufuli and that is clearly not changing anytime soon.

The CCM isn’t playing, but aiming to misbehave. They are using all means to keep people silenced and not disrupt their control. That is why the leadership, the people well-known in the opposition is behind bars and charged with terrorism. Even when all they we’re planning was to protest and hold demonstrations.

That is clearly deemed as “terror” these days in the United Republic. To demonstrate equates to terrorism. If you know, now you know. Peace.

Tanzania: ACT Wazalendo – We reject the announced election results in Tanzania and Zanzibar and call for fresh elections (01.11.2020)

Tanzania: ACT Wazalendo – Yah: Kupotea kwa Naib Katibu Mkuu wa Chama Cha Act-Wazalendo Bw. Nassor Ahmed Mazrui na Watu Wengine 36 (31.10.2020)

Tanzania: Tamko la Pamoja la Vyama Vya Chadema na ACT Wazalendo kuhusu Uchaguzi mkuu Uliofanyika Oktoba 27 & 28, 2020 (31.10.2020)