Opinion: Is Chato the next Yamoussoukro or Gitega?

There been plenty of Presidents moving capitals to their home-towns, even if they are backwards in the middle of nowhere and has little connection the general history of the nations. These is big-man moves to build the image and the boost the ego of the Head of State.

The late President Pierre Nkurunziza moved the capital from Bujumbura to Gitega in the 2019. The Burundian President’s move isn’t new and neither is the idea of doing so. While Nkurunziza did it with haste. Making Gitega the political capital and Bujumbura the economic capital. Something, Houphouët-Boigny already did in the 1980s.

In the Ivory Coast, the first President since independence from France. Félix Houphouët-Boigny started to build and make greatness of his Yamoussoukro. A project he started in the 1960s and proclaimed the town as the capital of the Ivory Coast by March 1983. While designating Abidjan as the economic capital. The capital is now the 5th biggest city/town in the Ivory Coast, but proves how one man’s vision has changed the history and the importance of town, which only had 500 people in the 1950s.

Now, during the first term of President Joseph Magufuli is boosting his home-town Chato in Chato District in Geita Region. A district, which has about 360,000 citizens. That isn’t big in the scheme things. As the United Republic of Tanzania has over 56 million citizens. Dodoma the capital has about 2 million citizens and Dar Es-Salaam have 4,3 million citizens. So, Chato has little or nothing to show.

However, the state is really boosting it. By building a massive international airport and planning a big referral hospital too. The President has had state visits there to visit him. That being President Kenyatta in 2019 and President Museveni in 2020. So, the President keeps promoting it and being in focus of the place.

Magufuli building a magnificent new airport, hospital, remaking five game reserves into a National Parks, tarmacking the road from Busisi to Chato and so on. That is all benefiting Chato, which just happens to be his birthplace and hometown. Yes, he has not moved the capital or said anything about doing so. However, his boosting his town and area with big developments, which isn’t fitting the area itself. Even if the “Yes-Men” in the CCM claims so…

You know the town isn’t that big of deal, when the Chato District Commissioner and District Executive Director in November 2019 was grateful for financial contribution for a 3,000 spectator sized stadium in Chato. Therefore, the hospital, airport and such is only happening because the President has his heart here.

It seems like this is the dream of the President to make Chato great. Make his hometown into a paradise and have everything in order. Also, building Standard Gauge Railway to the town as well. We can see that the President is trying to make the most of out of his term. Bring all sort of infrastructure developments for a place, which isn’t all that significant, except in the heart of the President and his ancestors.

Magufuli is allowed like everyone to be proud of his homestead and represent that in office. There is nothing wrong with. Also brining some good fortunes to it too. That is part of the role of being in government. However, building projects fitting the big cities of the Republic, but is instead prioritized his hometown.

We know he has the heart in Chato and with time there will be more importance on it too. Magufuli wants to get this place to the upper echelon. That is evident by all the defence of the projects and the sizes of it. If it was made to its size. It would have been in the realm of the stadium of 3000 spectators and not a giant international airport and railway passing through.

Magufuli we see, we see you. If you know, now you know. This looks like his plan to make his Yamoussoukro or Gitega in the United Republic. I wouldn’t be shocked, because he has already started. Peace.

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.

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Tanzania: Nobody is more afraid of the truth, than President Magufuli

Nobody in the world right now is more afraid for the truth then President Joseph Magufuli. Why do I say this?

Well, no one I know in power has challenged the free press, the social media and all content in the way President Magufuli and Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) have done during his first term in power. No one has made it so difficult and made cracked down on the media houses like him.

President Magufuli is a coward. You cannot release statistics without getting an okay. You have to register your blog, the content and everything to the authorities. Newspapers and radios has lost license over broadcasting simple truths. Journalists behind bars and so fourth.

You cannot post a lot of different content online now. Like you cannot post content in concern with spreading news about disease, activism or demonstrations and so much more. Just like previous laws, the foreign news-broadcasters had to submit their films before publishing them. To see if the authorities would accept their content.

Today, the new regulation is that the local broadcasters are not allowed to broadcast content from foreign broadcasters, unless it has been verified and accepted by the same authorities. This is continuing the battle against the free press.

There is no revision of a law in connection to the media, free speech or content, that is not made with consideration of valuing the free speech. Instead it is made to secure the message and spread the message that the state wants.

The CCM and the President have added and added. Taken more and more measures. It is an overbearing enterprise, where everyone involved in media and online has to follow the regulations and laws. Unless, they want to be suspended or loose their licenses. Even paying the authorities to be a blogger and register their social media accounts.

Magufuli is so afraid of the written word, on-air and news on TV. That his prerogative apparently. It been part of his memo to the world. That his fearing the truth, fearing the reporting and people looking into his work. Because, he only wants to rubber-stamp everything and control all things.

That’s why the media is bruised and compromised by the state. This is all deliberate. Magufuli knows this and the CCM wants to censor the media.

Magufuli is afraid of the truth, if you know, now you know. Peace.

Tanzania: Travel Advisory No. 5 proves that you cannot declare COVID-19 away

President Joseph Magufuli declared on Sunday 7th of June 2020 that God had healed the United Republic of Tanzania and that here was no COVID-19 or Coronavirus. That is why I am confused by the message of Travel Advisory of No. 5 of 5th August 2020. These two things doesn’t add up.

We already know that Tanzanian truck drivers bring the virus to Uganda and Kenya. They report on the COVID-19 results on the daily and are screening the border-points for the virus. However, there been no results coming from Tanzania since April. Therefore, the only snippets we know is the little drips of driver passing the border points.

We know that the virus isn’t defeated in Tanzania. Even if the President has proclaimed and declared in June 2020. That is why in August, the warnings are there from the Authorities. The same authorities that has revoked licenses to media houses for spreading the worrying news from foreign embassies. Since, the state will not bring the truth to the public. That would hurt the soul and damage the calm of the President.

A President who has proclaimed and declared that the Republic is without COVID-19. That was done 2 months ago. June has passed and July too. We are in August and it just proves something. That you cannot just wish this thing away. It will linger, especially if you trying to ignore it or not act upon it. Sooner or later it will be an invisible enemy you cannot control.

Yes, we have no numbers, no stats since April, but we do have the travel warning. Which is telling a story the state has avoided for a minute. It is also saying something in contradiction to the President.

Magufuli, the bulldozer and narrow-minded President must be shell-shocked and on the brink of tears when he see the Travel Advisory and why it was unleashed without his stamp of approval. Because, this is undermining his efforts to “contain it” and “pray it away”. Seems like the Holy Father also wants a man to use wisdom and the intellect he bestowed upon men. Not just nonchalant acting like things stops to exists.

The President is failing. If he was succeeding. Then this advisory would have sounded differently. When they saying its decreasing, that means its there and haven’t left. Just not as big as it was, which we cannot know. Why? Because, the President kept that a secret. While he was praying and paying his tithes to the church. 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.

Tanzania: New law will regulate all online content [and make all dissent online illegal]

The CCM and President Magufuli is not playing around. This is a continuation of previous laws in the Republic. As all statistics, parties and so fourth have to register to do whatever. The new Electronic and Postal Communication Act (Online Content) 2020. The law is pretty clear, as the objective is to control the content online. This is not about free speech, but only allowing a certain crowd and participation, as the state doesn’t want dissent.

Magufuli is the most frighten man on planet. If he wasn’t so afraid he wouldn’t try to manage all levels of publications from statistics to social media. He needs to have helpless praise, if it is disagreement or not his memo. He will take away licenses and shut those people down. Arrest them on money laundering and other charges to keep for a long time in prison.

Every person who will publish content has to register with the authority, which is the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority. You have to file in paperwork and you have to the authority, if your are a online radio/television/blog/services. Therefore, all content produced and published has to satisfy the authorities. You have to declare what sort of category your part of and if your in certain areas. You need clearance and pay fees to able. The most expensive is news and current affairs.

There is strict regulations on what sort of content that is not allowed. In prohibited content there is large section and it can really make a large scope. The state easily assess and claim what you write fits the bill.

Like these parts are the most worrying:

a) content against the State and public order including content that aims to or publishes information, news, statements or rumors for the purpose of ridicule, abuse or harming the reputation, prestige or status of the United Republic, the flag of the United Republic, the national anthem or the United Republic’s symbol,national anthem or its logos” (EPCA, 2020).

(b) content that calls for or motivates, promotes or provokes non-compliance to the laws and regulations;

(c)content that is involved in planning, organizing, promoting or calling for demonstrations, marches or the like which may lead to public disorder” (EPCA, 2020).

(e)content that includes news of official confidential communications or military affairs;

(f)content that would harm the national currency or lead to confusion about the economic condition in the country” (EPCA, 2020).

This law here say it all. Not only registering and getting license to do it. The limitations for the bloggers, newscasters and such very limiting. It is like all dissent is now illegal. All sort of information and will to spread the news of possible demonstrations would be deemed illegal.

If a blogger or a media house would release information of a demonstration. That could be deemed illegal and the publication or page could loose license quickly. Even fined or arrested. All defiance and civil disobedience is deemed illegal. This is the protocol of this law.

Also, to top it off. Releasing confidential information, whistleblowing and such activities is illegal too. This will make the ability to get sources or information from the government nearly pointless. As, if it can seen as this, then the publication could be fined or arrested by this law.

We are easily seeing how little space the authorities are giving its public. The legislation of this type is limiting the space so small. That they can only add Winne the Pooh and Jesus quotes. If they are discussing certain manners, they could be fined and get issues with the TCRA.

The list of prohibited content is so long, that you need to be super careful. Some things always make sense like child pornography and spreading recruitment for terrorist organization. However, banning religious content, witchcraft and such. Just show how paternalistic the state has become. Maybe, that is why the public order is so important, that it can be destroyed if someone takes a piss of the seal of the state. Like that could hurt or damage the soul of the nation.

I thought greatness wasn’t been thin-skinned, but proving overbearing with all. Also accepting other speeches and content, than what yourself deem fit. However, here is a very small margin of error and you can get into a pickle. I’m sure sooner or later some singer or musician will be in trouble. Sooner or later, some publications or writers will be deemed unfit and bloggers, will be thrown to lions den.

This law is yet another masterpiece of paternalistic laws under President Magufuli. As he has to be shadow and has to accept everything happening in the Nation. I am sure, he soon has to vouch for couples if they can get married or not. If they can get kids or not. He has to know everything about their status, belief and their salaries before allowing they repopulate the Republic. Because, all content, all space for publications are now stepped on and watermarked by the authorities.

The President must be so proud. That he is so narrow-minded, that he cannot see the issues at hand, but instead create new Frankenstein’s monster by doing this. 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.

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