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President Magufuli cannot handle criticism therefore he wants to muffle with the media!

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President John Pombe Magufuli, the Tanzanian President and Executive, the Chama-Cha Mapinudzi leader, the one who is running the succession of the ruling regime that has ruled since independence in the East African nation. He was hailed for his stern controlling and stopping of corrupt behaviour, as he cut wages and cleared state organizations. His smiles and grins on the inauguration was a proof of a peaceful democratic nation, even as MCC of USA had suspended aid-projects in Tanzania as they we’re not impressed by the last election on Zanzibar. So the year of 2016 has been a roller-coaster in Tanzania and it continues where it left of.

The Tanzanian President has with stern hand, detained journalists, and opposition figures and also used the police force to stop opposition rallies around nation. This has been done in silence as he has been hailed with #WhatWouldMagufuliDo? Since his works has extended and showed that their hope of good governance and possible accountability from the Tanzanian authorities. Instead, he now turns into a man who cannot manage that people questions his actions and planned legislature. Like he only want to be hailed and not become a villain. Though with his threats and wishes to silence the local media, he will only give the nation state propaganda fitted to his views and belief, instead of growing balls and actually see the misgivings that a government can have, as the media will display and reason with the citizens. Their trying to find and see at the imperfections of government and their regulatory state, can give the citizens a fair balanced experience of the leadership. That is apparently something that isn’t in high regard from President Magufuli. He wants lies, deceit and deception of the Tanzanian citizens.

As he said himself:

“Dr Magufuli warned the media against writing or airing inflammatory stories that may endanger peace at it happen in Rwanda where radio and other reports instigated the 1994 genocide. “The government, which specializing in ‘lancing boils’, cannot let such newspapers to continue operating. It cannot leave Tanzania to be a dumpsite of seditious news. This will not be allowed under my rule, never”, said Magufuli. “And its only two newspapers. Whenever you read them they always incite people… when you say this they turn it into something else. I want them to hear me. Their days are numbers” (Mwalimu & Ibengwe, 2017).

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So clearly the President cannot handle the pressure and the temperature certain newspapers put out. Not that I now directly what they said, but saying that criticism of his reign will bring genocide is harsh and disrespectful for those who died in the genocide. Misunderstood and forged news are by all means a problematic field, as sources and credited writers has to pick their sources and verify the reports before publishing it. With the easy extent of information and the many outlets, there are more possibility to get information and therefore spread it to the public. A President cannot contain or control it the way they could do just a generation back in time. They are open online, on the telly, on air on the radio and also still in the papers.

By all means, with the extent of population of the United Republic of Tanzanian, there will detractors and people of opposite political base that reasons for tarnishing President Magufuli. They will do and should do it they feel like it, even if it is true or not. Still, the President can address them and undress them if their wrong in their assessment and understanding of the legislation or budgets post. But say that he will sanction and stop their press, proves that Magufuli is coward, a man who cannot handle the pressure of his throne, of his office and his station. He has to silence the media who looks critically into his acts and his motions. Like he expect fanfare and processions of glee journalists to bow their knees when they are entering the gates of the National Assembly or the State House, as the President is the most Nobel and grandest man in the Republic.

President Magufuli is the executive and the one who reins the United Republic, but that doesn’t mean everybody going to cheer and enjoy all of his decisions. Some going to scrutinize and question the reasons for the work he does as the Executive. There will be people who cheers and are proud who wouldn’t dare to question the President, but they would never say their honest opinion or control their words when addressing the ruler and the regime. So, the need for a strong and various outlet for news and discussion of what the President is important.

I thought Magufuli we’re stronger, smarter and had audacity to handle pressure, but I was so damn wrong. He cannot manage pressure or questions to his rule, he cannot manage newspapers and radio. Like he did during 2016 he arrested MP Singida Tindu Lissu for calling him a dictator.

The Opposition Member of Parliament Tindu Lissu saw something many others didn’t, Magufuli, the good doctor cannot handle opposite opinions and cannot accept that people are assessing his acts. They are supposed to eat it out of the hand of the President without questions and with a grin on their faces. Nothing else is acceptable. The President speak, the President act and the people bow their knees to the almighty. Peace.

Reference:

Mwalimu, Saumu & Ibengwe, Stella – ‘Fear as Magufuli threatens media’ (14.01.2017) link: http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/Fear-as-Magufuli-threatens-media-/1840340-3516910-1123b5hz/index.html

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My letter to President Magufuli on handling criticism!

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Dear John Pombe Magufuli

It is my time to write a few wise words to your Excellency, the steadfast President of the United Republic of Tanzania. It is important that I write to you! Because your acting more and more like an oppressive king, than a democratic and honorable statesman.

In the Oxford dictionary the word Criticize defined two ways:

First Definition:

“Indicate the faults of (someone or something) in a disapproving way: the opposition criticized the government’s failure to consult adequately technicians were criticized for defective workmanship’” (Oxford Dictionary)

Second definition:

“Form and express a judgement of (a literary or artistic work): a literary text may be criticized on two grounds: the semantic and the expressive’” (Oxford Dictionary).

When you see this Honorable President, it is a way of disagreeing with your ways and your actions. Not disapprove you totally, it can be constructive and healthy as the words and policy’s needs. It might be the form of your Government that are criticized. Would you ever consider that Hon. Magufuli, that is the reason for questions from MPs and On-Air?

Ask examples of when you haven’t been able to criticize for your actions. Like in earlier in May 2016 you got a Member of Parliament arrested for calling you on-air a dictator, this was the opposition MP Singida Tindu Lissu. After a while after and with reports today this recent week or even today there are reports of you bans two Media Houses or Radio Stations, these are Radio 5 and Magic FM; After they are alleged to abuse your Presidency and your place in society.

This proves you have a incapacity of being questioned. How did you become the leader of a political party without discussions, without consideration or even letting go of your own pride Hon. Magufuli? Did that go out of the building the day you became President of Tanzania. Because this is worrying that you are silencing the discussion and freedom of speech. Because if somebody now criticize you in public, they can get detained or ban from being On-Air. Is this the legacy you want to leave behind?

You will not be remembered for settling score on Corruption, on common greed in Parliament or setting the bar on the MPs Cars and on ghost workers in the country. Instead people will remember how you silenced the words and the discussion. How you couldn’t handle being questioned while being in charge of the proud nation. Instead they will remember you for acting rash on the men who said something about you.

When you are the kingpin on top you will be questioned and all your behavior will not be praised and hailed. Your work with corrupt civil servants and MPs are healthy, but your control on the discussion in the Nation is not healthy. It’s a sickness that needs a vaccine and you need remedy… since the value of freedom of speech and democratic values. You don’t want to be dictator do you hon. Magufuli?

Because a dictator dictates and decides what all people are supposed to listen to and silence the media that doesn’t speak or praise the Dictator daily! Is that what you want? Do you need to be in the spotlight and get the beautiful pieces of words and the viable honor of all men in Nation. Certainly seems so since you cannot handle the Opposition using harsh words to counter your policies and ways. Your direct and hardline regulations are putting some people in between rocks and hard places. They will because of that acts and talk in ways that are not diplomatic. Therefore you should show mercy and grace as you are the Lord, the man who reside and Preside in the Dominion.

As the leader and the Executive, you should something bow down and just hear the criticism, instead your cold-bloodedly detain and now silence them. That is not justice, not freedom and not liberated society. You are not acting upon the ways people expected of you. If I wrote this and we’re in Moshi, Dodoma or Tanga; I might be detained or harassed. Since the other ones who questions you are in trouble.

Is this what you want your name to associate with Honorable Excellency John Pombe Magufuli?

Best Regards

The humble writer of this blog!

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