Opinion: Kabendera expose Magufuli’s regime, even behind bars!

There has now been several of days where the journalist Erick Kabendera’s uncertain face has been arised, as his fate and his place in life has been put in dire straits. Now, today the authorities and the Tanzanian Police have configured the supposed crimes he has committed. Even, if we all know what he did, he did a bloody good job exposing the rot within the CCM and within the camp of President John Magufuli.

The great journalistic work is the reason why Kabendera is in trouble. His not a YES Man, a blind follower of the cultic tribe surround the President. No, his master of his craft and because of that, his in legal jeopardy.

The Authorities tried to revise the issues of 2013 and play that he wasn’t a citizen of the United Republic. That didn’t stick, so now a few days after the arrest, the kidnapping and sudden movement from his home. He is now charged with money laundering, tax-evasion and even criminal racketeering.

The only thing he really did, was to piss off and make the President furious, because of his expose in the Economist. That really set off all the red alerts, all the minions inside the President and his cronies. They got so mad, that they had to retaliate, not by normal stadards, by writing a counter-claim or addressing the matters in the text of Kabendera.

No, they answer him with the use of the authorities, taking him from his home and then challenge him with every sort thing, between the moon, the son and the Holy Spirit. Because, something got to stick, eventually.

Kabendera only sin, the cardinal sin if you like, is that is good at doing his job. That infuriate and belittle the powers to be, it mocks and exposes the giants of Tanzania. Which is not that great to begin with, when they cannot counter-claim or even try to defend the allegations in the texts written by journalists. Instead, they have pin every single type of crime on the man.

That is how weak, soft and mediocre the state is, how small minded the CCM and their President are. At this moment in time, they cannot address this properly; they don’t have the skill-set or the finesse to use their mind properly. Instead, they go to worst assets of humanity and pinpoint it. Showing force instead of etiquette and even some simple answers to the written word. Nevertheless, that is just too much ask of these men. They cannot manage that or even comprehend to write that message. These people can only praise Magufuli and CCM, they cannot think for themselves or even find ways to prove the words otherwise.

No, they don’t have that in them. That is why they have to arrest Kabendera and the like. Since, it is not their values nor their turn to academically or using their mind to assess the matters. For them its do or die. For them its either loyalty or betrayal. There is nothing in between.

If it wasn’t for politics and this was the authorities, you would call them gangsters, where the don sends his enforces against his enemy and offer them a proposition they cannot refuse. Alas, that what Kabendera did and that is why his life is now in a limbo. Peace.

Tanzania detains freelancer Kabendera over ‘citizenship’ (31.07.2019)

Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa said at a press conference today that Kabendera was in custody and that police arrested him after the journalist failed to obey a summons.

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 31, 2019 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Tanzanian authorities to immediately release freelance journalist Erick Kabendera, whom police said is being investigated over his citizenship status.Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa said at a press conference today that Kabendera was in custody and that police arrested him after the journalist failed to obey a summons. Mambosasa said that Kabendera was being questioned about his citizenship and that police were working with immigration officials. Police yesterday denied knowledge of Kabendera’s case after the journalist was taken from his home by a group of men who refused to identify themselves, according to reports and CPJ research.

One of the journalist’s relatives, who spoke with CPJ on condition of anonymity because of safety concerns, said that the citizenship investigation was surprising because authorities had investigated his status before and “cleared him.” In 2013 authorities terminated a similar investigation into the journalist and his parents, calling it “ill-advised” and stating that the family’s citizenship was not questionable, according to a report by the privately-owned publication, The Citizen. In a blog post, Kabendera linked the 2013 investigation to attempts to muzzle him. The Citizen reported last year on several cases of authorities investigating the citizenship of government critics.

The relative said that no summons was issued and told CPJ they believe the arrest is in retaliation for Kabendera’s journalism, which has been unflinching in its assessment of President John Magufuli’s government.

“This rehashing of discredited claims about Erick Kabendera’s citizenship appear to be nothing more than a ploy by the Tanzanian authorities to justify their actions after public outcry over the manner in which the journalist was detained,” said CPJ Sub-Saharan Africa Representative Muthoki Mumo. “Kabendera should be released immediately and this sham of an investigation terminated. Tanzanian authorities must stop harassing their critics.”

At the press conference this afternoon, Mambosasa said that Kabendera was being held at Central police station in Dar es Salaam. When family, colleagues, and lawyers tried to visit the journalist this evening, they were told he was not at the station and that they could not see him until tomorrow, Jones Sendodo, a lawyer affiliated with the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition and who went to the station, told CPJ. The coalition today filed a bail application that will be heard on August 1, according to Watetezi TV, which is associated with the coalition.

Tanzanian Inspector General of Police Simon Sirro and Mambosasa were unreachable on their phones today. CPJ’s messages asking for comment, sent this evening, went unanswered.

Kabendera has reported for several regional and international publications, including the British newspaper The Guardian and the website African Arguments. His most recent reporting in the regional weekly The East African covered alleged divisions in Tanzania’s ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi, amid alleged plots within the party to block Magufuli from running for a second term.

Press freedom has drastically deteriorated in Magufuli’s Tanzania. CPJ has documented the use of suspensions, restrictive legislation, and intimidation to muzzle journalists. The freelance journalist Azory Gwanda went missing in 2017 and the government has yet to provide a credible accounting of his whereabouts. When asked about Gwanda today, Mambosasa told journalists that he could not provide details because it was necessary to keep investigations “secret” to protect evidence before it was brought to a court.

Misa Tanzania Calls for Kabendera’s Immediate Release (30.07.2019)