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.