In Tanzania, the Written Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Amendments No. 3) Act 2019, gazetted on the 30th May 2019 was put into law. There are several striking here, which has been reported about before, but is now legislation and not just proposed legislation. This really says a lot about the current leadership, the ruling party and its President. Who are all afraid of dissidents and all written content, all sorts of content, as the state has changed laws in the recent years to totally oversee and check what is printed, written, spoken, public meetings, gatherings, press conference, teachings and so on.
The CCM and President Joseph Magufuli is some afraid human beings, they are so afraid of opposition, that they are even suspending one MP for not attending, who wasn’t unlawfully away from the Parliament, he was healing from an assassination plot, which he survived, but has been eye-soar for the Presidency, apparently. In the same regard is the laws I will publish today, as the state will limit even more movement and content. They have already restricted bloggers, publications and political parties. Now, they are taking it further.
We already know how weak, pale and soft Magufuli is, because all he needs is blind praise and followers with no other opinions, than similar to his own. That is why the laws are revised, so the state can control all parts of society and silence the ones who think otherwise. That is the strength of CCM and Magufuli at this point. This law is no different.
“6A.-(1) Any foreign production company or individual using Tanzania scene, content and location for filming the whole or any part of a film, advertisement, documentary or program, shall-
(a) submit to Tanzania Film Board raw footage;
(b) acknowledge all physical locations used for filming;
(c) submit a copy of a finished film, advertisement, documentary or program;
(d) sign a prescribed clearance form before exiting Tanzania and submit the same to the Tanzania Film Board or any other authority appointed by the Board;
(e) grant rights to the government of Tanzania to use content for the purposes of promoting Tanzania and its potential resources, tourism, photographic location and cultural attraction which are distributed through public broadcasts, cable programs, sound or visual recordings or any other digital platform used by public broadcaster:
Provided that, such use is compatible with fair practice and that the source and the name of the executive producer and production company are mentioned in the film, documentary or advertisement” (PART IV AMENDMENT OF THE FILMS AND STAGE PLAYS ACT, (CAP. 230).
This one specifically controls and verify all footage done by foreign film crews and their mission, even the usage of the raw footage, all videos, clips and movies will all be considered by the state, before the release of it. This means some travel-blogger who does a V-Log on Youtube, have to have a permit, show it to the governing body, all his raw-footage before his allowed to drop it on his platform. If something will kill of an industry and make it harder to promote Tanzania, this will, because who will jump hoops and ensure the vision of the state, than the ones of his own. This is to silence the critics and the ones taping documentaries, which the CCM and the President doesn’t want to see or hear about.
The state is also limiting what an NGO can be like: ““Non-Governmental Organization” also known by its acronym “NGO” and which includes Community Based Organisation (CBO) means a voluntary grouping of individuals or organizations which is, non-partisan or non-profit sharing established and operates for the benefit or welfare of the community or public organized at the local, national or international levels for the purpose of enhancing or promoting economic, environmental, social or cultural development or protecting environment, lobbying or advocating on such issues;” (PART V AMENDMENT OF THE NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS ACT, (CAP. 56).
Which really limits the spectrum of NGOs and how they can operate, as the law will stipulate further, but by being non-partisan and non-profit, as well as not religious and such. Will all stop the NGOs from certain affiliations, as well as the NGO board extended power to investigate with the help of law-enforcement. Will in the end closure a lot of NGOs and also ensure, that they all comply. Any NGO should comply with national and international laws, but they should also have freedom and liberty to operate, as they see fit. Here, they are bound by law and can do less and less with more possible set-backs. Just like the laws has been in other part of civil society in Tanzania of late.
As in the Society Act: “Any society declared by order of the Minister to be a society dangerous to the good governance of Tanzania, shall be declared to be unlawful under the provisions of this section and every such order made under the provisions of this section shall continue in force until revoked under this Act” (PART VI AMENDMENT OF THE SOCIETIES ACT, (CAP. 337).
This change of law, gives the minister very much power as he deems dangerous to society and against good governance, as it isn’t an specific measure or even something that can be graded that easy. The platform for the Minister could be to please the President or the CCM against Societies or International Societies, which are based in Tanzania to get de-registered because they have programs or policies, which enrage or even questions the powers to be. Therefore, they have to be de-registered by declaration of the Minister. If this happens in the near future, don’t be surprised, this provision was made for that to happen.
Now the Statistic Act: “24B.-(1) A person shall not publish non-official statistics without consultation with the Statistician General. (2) The consultation referred to under subsection (1) shall involve discussion on data sources, methodology used, data sources, analysis, data interpretation and results to be published” (…)“(4) Any person who publishes non-official statistics contrary to the provisions of this Act, commits an offence and shall, upon conviction by a competent court, be liable – (a) in the case of an individual, to a fine of not less than one million shillings but not exceeding five million shillings or to imprisonment for a term of not less than six months but not exceeding twelve months or to both; and “ (…)(b) in the case of an institution, to a fine of not less than ten million shillings but not exceeding fifty million shillings.” (PART VII AMENDMENT OF STATISTICS ACT, (CAP. 351).
We can see how fearful the state of the wrong numbers, the wrong content and the wrong published material, as anything that the state haven’t verified must be deemed unfit for consumption, mentally and physically. The CCM and the President wants to ensure everyone, that they have secured the research, the methods done to collect these results and not some manufactured numbers to deceive as if it is done elsewhere. The CCM and President are so afraid of the free world, that they are even banning publishing of statistics, if their hired board and Statistician General isn’t allowing it.
As we can see, the CCM and the President are very frightened people ,who has guide everyone and sometimes, I suppose, themselves in the middle of the wilderness called life. Because, this law and amendments are strikingly after the same game. To control, to monitor and to de-register the ones the state doesn’t seem fit. Just like they do with anyone who challenge the CCM and their hegemony at the top. No one should do that in the United Republic, United for One and his vision, Magufuli. Peace.