The two major opposition parties have now sealed a deal days ahead of the polls. Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) is now aimed at with precision. Chadema and ACT Wazalendo have signed a agreement, which means they are sharing constituencies, seats and wards. The biggest is that they have joint Presidential Candidates.
This means the Opposition have joint Presidential Candidate in the Union (or mainland), which is Chadema’s Tundu Lissu. While in Zanzibar, the ACT Wazalendo’s Seif Sharif Hamad. This is a victory for the two parties. As they are battling the CCM on all front and the state apparatus is going against them.
That they are doing this 25 or 24 days ahead of the polls on the 28th October 2020. What has happened is a game changer. All the odds are against both parties. Their coalition and agreement will cost. The parties have given way and possibly traded what seems fair. Also, hoping that they have assumed and done righteous after where they have the most possible MPs and such.
The opposition is really striking hard with this one.
CCM and the Electoral Commission will react to this. There will be a reaction. Just like the way the NEC went after Lissu and suspended his campaign. They will find something and either dismiss it or say it’s done wrong. If not, then the candidates of certain parties have to drop-out or suspend their campaigns.
I just know, that the goodwill and the idea of both parties will cost. The state is already going after them. The CCM is finding faults and making things hard for them.
We can hope this agreement and coalition can bring the goods. At least it is the sort of agreement that puts the pressure on the President and CCM. They are targeting the ruling regime and showing finesse.
This is surely a smart move. Will it work? I don’t know, but the opposition is showing heart. They are using their means and their strategic minds to go for the throne. If it will work. I really don’t know. As the state and CCM is so built together. It seems impossible that it will implode and self-destruct. However, you never know. Peace.
“All cruelty springs from weakness.” – Seneca
In the United Republic of Tanzania, the grand state of Julius Nyerere and CCM. The opposition in a position, where their every move is monitored, where their every act has to be approved and nearly all utterings in public has to verified before published.
So in this world, the bulldozer, the dozing off and afraid individual President Joseph Magufuli exists. Where he has ushered in several of rules making it harder for the opposition to run their parties and even try to compete with the CCM. The state has a stranglehold on them and is chocking them by all means. To say otherwise is to be naive by all the codes, legislation and by the measures put in place by His Excellency and his brigade of loyal subjects.
That is why there are certain individuals who are getting a joint effort to undermine and silence them. One being Zitto Kabwe, the other giant in the opposition is Tindu Lissu, whose survived an assassination attempt and since then gotten treatment in Europe. For two whole years he has fought and doing what he can heal, by also giving words and telling where he is to the Parliament. Still, the same Parliament this June, called for By-Election for his Singida East Seat. Because, the Speaker claimed they didn’t know about his whereabouts. They take his healing from an assassination as a joke or what?
That is a friendly reminder, that the CCM doesn’t take kindly to opposition nor to opposition figures like Lissu. They are afraid of what he represents and what his messages is. That is why the quick call by the National Election Commission for by-election by 31st July, a short month after the Speaker called his seat up for elections on the 28th June 2019. This while knowing Lissu was receiving treatment in Belgium. Really, shows how fragile and mediocre the ego of the CCM is at the moment.
They cannot even keep it at a fair fight, but has to knock people while they are down and fighting to regain normal strength. The MP will fight for it, even from a far, but this is foolish. That he has too, when everyone knows the reason. Only the CCM and the President that takes people for fools and hope people are as ignorant as him. Because, clearly this is an ego thing and trying to mastermind him out of a seat in the Parliament.
I hope Lissu wins this again. That he conquer this obstacle and shows the CCM a little finger, as they have misjudged the public and their resilience against stupid ideas like this. This is not a show strength of the CCM, but a utter sign of weakness. That they have to aim for a guy, that is battling with scars of plot to kill him. They are so brutal and insincere, that they hope people doesn’t understand this.
That is who the CCM and Mugufuli is these days. He can only win, when he knows the other people is in a disadvantage, the CCM and Magufuli couldn’t have won this in a fair fight. They know that and we does too. Peace.
Last year, the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and President John Pombe Magufuli issued amendments in 2018 on the Political Parties Act, which was issued this year. This is laws that is severely restricting the Political Parties in Tanzania. Today, it is official how seriously damaging these laws for the other parties in the United Republic. They really warned about the wrath and rage of the authorities. They are coming with an vengeance, like there is no tomorrow.
Today, there is released a letter sent to ACT Wazalendo, Zitto Kabwe party, one of the major opposition parties in the Republic. Today, Sisty L. Nyahoza letter to the party, warned the party, that it could get deregistered, because it hadn’t fulfilled it requirements concerning the release of information the annual statements on the finances of the party for the year of 2013 – 2017. Since, that is the matters of the state now. This is the statement of the Registrar of the Political Parties, which sent this letter or the Amwani ya Simu ‘SIASA’.
Therefore, today is a sad day for the democracy, this is a bad day for the Republic. As this was warned with the new legislation and knowledge, that has been out there since early 2018. It was on the horizon, but nobody wanted to warn of the rain, sun or even the snow. Because, everything was fine and dandy. Alas, if it is to much sun, it become drought, if it is to much it is a flood and if it is to much snow, there is a snow-storm. Therefore, the reaction of today wasn’t shocking nor surprising, but awaited.
The Tanzanian government became one step further with the amendments on the Political Parties Act. Even if the President and CCM claims otherwise, but when it becomes this easy to deregister opposition parties, shouldn’t the CCM also show the same transparency or is it cool; since they are in power and controls all parts of government?
We know President Magufuli is a whiny little bitch, who cannot muster any courage or balls to stand-up for his actions. A President that wants to be high and mighty, but acts like a coward. That who he is and that why, laws like this exists. Because, he doesn’t have the will or the ability to just install himself as the grandest man ever ruling the United Republic. The deity amongst men. That is who Magufuli is, at least how he acts.
It is time to just get his wish. The genie is out of the bottle and yet another step to ONE-PARTY STATE is there. Since, the Registrar of the Political Parties issued this warning and certainly with the knowledge of what the authorities has done already to the Opposition. The CCM has ensured hard life for the opposition and now it turns even worse.
Now ACT Wazalendo is in dire straits, unless the Registrar shows mercy, but if by history of the what the authorities does in Tanzania. In a short amount of time, the ACT Wazalendo will be over with. Then, it is the next victim… whoever that might be. Peace.
“I have noticed that people are dealing too much with the negative, with what is wrong. … Why not try the other way, to look into the patient and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Today, its reported that The Citizen Newspaper has been suspended for 7 days for publishing a story on how the shilling is deprecating towards the US Dollar. That story was published on the 23rd February 2019. Therefore, the state has acted against the publication for saying possibly the truth.
The state who are ensuring, that less and less free speech. Where opposition politicians cannot do their job, do their duty as parties or even try to gain new electorate without getting in legal jeopardy. A Republic where the statistics and research have to accepted by the righteous board or public body before being published. Where bloggers, social media personalities and other to register themselves and pay yearly fees to be able to do so.
The state has under President John Pombe Magufuli become a shrinking space for free though, assembly and even liberty. As even demonstrations and planned movement of dissidents has been hit down hard by the authorities, as people didn’t celebrate Union Day in 2018. Because, the army was in the streets and prepared for the planned demonstrations. They were instead in their homes in safety, than going out to meet the soldiers.
That is what the CCM is serving the public under Magufuli. A man who cannot stomach critics, stomach true criticism or even balanced reporting. He can only manage praise, ass-kissing and blind devotion. Nothing else matters to the President.
In the Republic, everything has to be positive, the news got to be good and show the greatness of everything Magufuli and his administration does. If not make the Opposition look like traitors, thugs and criminals, because they are prosecuted for actually trying to do party work and rally their supporters, which they have to notify and get accepted to do by proper authorities.
That is why, today is another day, another newspaper, another media house that has gotten punished in Tanzania. This is not the first and not the last under this President. There been suspension of radios and newspapers before. But his actions are getting reckless, his motives are more bleak and weak. The President is looking like a man who needs a constant approval. He needs respect, but he isn’t that respected. That because he spreads fear, instead of bringing leadership or being a role model.
The President is using the law enforcement and fear to get people in line. Instead of doing good things and changing society in a positive direction. That is why the shillings sucks compared to the US Dollars. That is why the President and his administration suspends the Citizens. Because, the President sucks and cannot manage to fix the issue. Instead, he punish the messenger…
Not that one, that created the environment for which the message was sent from. Peace.
“Now it’s inching closer, trouble is near
But nothing’s there, when I look nothing’s there
I’m outta my mind, I’m runnin’ from guilt, but
It’s right by my side, there’s nowhere to hide” – Pharrell on [Clipse’s ‘Nightmare’ 28.11.2006].
Again, there is more Members of Parliament who are in legal jeopardy in Tanzania. This is happening, as the assault on their political freedom is shrinking. The laws, which stop opposition from having meetings, lectures or Press Conferences. The state is monitoring all sorts of political activity like rallies and consultation meetings or even inner-party training. All of this is now under the scrutiny by the state. This because of the laws enacted.
Therefore, with this in mind, the Opposition MPs can only be sitting ducks, if they are trying to be active MPs or even working as Political Parties, they have to wait for the government to allow it. If not it is deemed as illegal. That is why its not strange, that more and more MPs in Tanzania gets into trouble. Also, more and more political activists, as the laws are so stringing to control them.
“Morogoro. Kilombero and Mlimba Constituency MPs on Chadema ticket, Peter Lijualikali and Suzan Kiwanga, respectively, have been arrested and will appear before the Morogoro Resident Magistrate Court today. The duo have been taken to court after reporting at the Morogoro Central Police Station, responding to a police call, but instead, they have been arrested and connected to a case facing six other suspects” (Juma Mtanda – ‘Chadema MPs, six others arrested, arraigned’ 26.02.2019).
There are plenty more of MPs who has cases in courts, others who is awaiting trial. Others who just been released and surely will be in legal jeopardy soon. As the Courts, the Government and the President is giddy for their demise. If he wasn’t?
Why would the CCM make the laws like they do, while they have the majority in the United Republic?
The Opposition is a minority, a minority with nearly no rights or no voice. As they are silenced, muffled or detained. That is what they are doing. When someone comments that the MPs cannot keep themselves on the right side of the law. Just think for a brief moment.
Let’s say, if you were working as a baker and had to notify the authorities about every time your making a bread or announcing that the bread was being made. Even talking about the bread or educating about the bread. If the authorities don’t accept the time or the way you made the bread. They you either end up in Court or get Detained.
The same is now happening with the MPs in Tanzania. That is how foolish the laws are, as they are handcuffing the MPs for representing and voicing their concerns. They are not allowed to do their work, which is insulting to all intelligence and wisdom, this blue planet has. Peace.
The Opposition Leader Tendu Lissu has been a sore thumb for the Tanzanian President, a long time. That is well-known. As there was even assassination attempt on the 7th September 2017, as he has since been the to the hospital for. Lissu is an MP for t he party of Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA), Swahili for Party for Democracy and Progress.
We know he is hitting a nerve, as the Parliament and Speaker of the Parliament, because his absence from Parliament because of treatment abroad for the wounds, that has been caused in the assassination attempt. They are not even accepting the bills from the hospital or saying, that the MP has not notified, so they know where he is.
But apparently, they should know, as he was on the same TV show with the Tanzanian Ambassador in the United States on the Voice of America (VOA) with Shaka Ssali. Therefore, the saying of no knowledge is just giving way and being difficult.
This is all petty politics. They are attacking him, because Tundu is a vocal dissident. Something, the President Joseph Magufuli and his CCM cannot manage at this point of time. Everyone is supposed to follow the party line of the President and smile at his brilliance.
Lissu is hit for everything. I have read so many comments, that he should shut-up and be of kinder words. While the CCM can do whatever they want, the opposition parties are supposed to be gentle and soft spoken. They are not supposed to retaliate, even as their space are closing in and the oppressive attitude is continuing from the authorities.
I’m sure if any of the Opposition Parties took POWER and did the same thing to CCM, as it has done to ACT Wazelendo and CHADEMA. The people and leaders of CCM would call Lissu all sort of names, also the same to Zitto Kabwe. The President are using his powers, the CCM are wilfully pushing them to the brink. They are taking the little space away, that they already have.
Now, that they even want to cut away the livelihood of Lissu. Not only with the new laws tell how they are supposed to function as parties, who is not even allowed to hold rallies, meeting or press conferences. Therefore, the next level, is just showing that the words of Lissu matters. Because, the authorities and the Parliament are striking back at him.
If the CCM and Magufuli will look good for the world. They would not limit the space of the freedom of speech, liberty of dissidents and control of the political sphere. As of today, the CCM are limiting it and assaulting it, in favour of controlling it by any means. Right now, the victim and the one hit by this is Lissu. It could be a neighbour tomorrow. Peace.