Opinion: Is Zitto eyeing Shaka or Msigwa’s Office?

In the recent days there has been something weird about Zitto Kabwe, the party leader of Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT-Wazalendo). Who has been extremely defensive and standing his ground for the wrong utterings of President Samia Suluhu Hassan, as she deliberately or by mistake uttered some wrong figures in the New Years Eve Address.

If this had been the Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) party’s Ideology and Publicity Secretary, Shaka Hamdu Shaka. That would have made sense. It is Shaka’s role to make the President look smart and defend her craft. It is the work of the ruling party and the appointed leaders in the Ministry of Finance or the Bank of Tanzania to address the misgivings of the President. You wouldn’t think a critic, an opposition and a supposed rival would defend her. However, Zitto did and he has done to a T.

Kabwe have even used the moral argument and the discussion technique of making it smaller than it is. While also implying that this mistake isn’t important or that vital to begin with. As it doesn’t matter, if the countries foreign exchange is in the millions or the billions. It doesn’t matter if the government spending in the billions or the trillions. That is just a typo… that just how to make a mockery of an attempt to hold the Executive and the Head of State accountable. As she should deliver true numbers and figures. Everyone cannot fact-check and see if the figures are right in a report. That is the gist of it.

I would have also understood this reasoning coming from Director of Information Services and Chief Government Spokesperson of Tanzania, Gerson Msigwa. Who would also defend the CCM and the President. His role and job is to praise works of the government and it’s entities. Just lkike Shaka does as a party official. Alas, both of these gentlemen does what Zitto just did the last few days of the new year.

Maybe it’s tiring to be on the barricades of the opposition in Tanzania. Anyone can oppose and be as blunt as Freeman Mbowe or Tundu Lissu. Someone has to be more gentle and read the room. Maybe that’s the role of Kabwe now. His the gentle spirit and the friendly fire fellow. Who only wants to speak of bigger things like unemployment, poverty and other matters. Since, showing or talking about wrong figures doesn’t matter. Seriously, how can you be this daft?

If you allow without correction things like these. Then your short-sighted defences will backfire, as you have become a crony and a man seeking for office. Instead of actually trying to show yourself to be different from the current regime. There will be no difference with Kabwe or President Hassan. It will be more of the same and nothing ever changes. Just a continuation of CCM and with a ACT Wazalendo banner instead.

I don’t get why Zitto does this and to what gains? To prove that he will defend the government and it’s President? But at what cost and to what extent? Is this how he works as opposition or has he lost the plot? Is it too much pressure and it’s better to become compromised? What gives? I just wonder… because this is weak tea and smells awful.

He better come correct. Because, saying millions and billions doesn’t matter… and is just a typo. Is just a breathtakingly stupid assessment. As his giving way to much credit and the authorities should have come to the aid of the President. If the two gentlemen who his sounding alike these days. That’s what I am getting from this.

So, when are you getting appointed and when is Msigwa or Shaka getting fired? Peace.

Tanzania: Alliance for Change for Transparency (ACT Wazalendo) – Stakeholders meeting on political situation in Tanzania 15th – 17th December 2021 (14.12.2021)

Tanzania: CHADEMA – Public Announcement (30.11.2021)

Opinion: When did Tony Blair become a publicity guru? [Tanzania doesn’t need him]

It is now official that former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair will rebuild the United Republic of Tanzania’s International Reputation. He is now hired as a spokesperson and his Institute will handle it internationally. However, has even been able to save his own reputation?

Tony Blair isn’t a saint and neither a man of character which you should trust. Blair is lucky that haven’t been charged and taken to the Hague. The Chilcot Report haven’t had any consequences and this man is now a trustworthy man? Seriously? His a warlord who went into war without the proof and evidence, which he claimed they had. He participated and ensured a Iraqi conflict for personal gains and for the imperial goals of USA and UK. Therefore, Blair isn’t the guy to trust. Even if his selling that.

Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) and President Samia Suluhu Hassan hiring Blair is nonsense. The Tanzanian government should stop with the political crackdown and silencing of critics. If the state didn’t do that and acted as a sincere government. Than they wouldn’t need to hire a despicable character like Blair. It is weird that CCM wants to spend funds and feeding an imperialist like him.

The reputation created by the CCM has been self-inflicted. The government should use phony charges on opposition leaders and keep them detained indefinitely. Neither should the government suspend papers for writing critical pieces. If not suspend papers for leaking probable future Presidential Candidature of herself. So, if the state wants to look better. Don’t arrest comedians and journalists. Also, don’t kidnap activists and silence the opposition who wants to question the current constitution.

Maybe, the CCM should try to act sincere and holier than thou. I know that is too much to ask. Since, opposition leaders who dares to question the powers to be… is criminals and treasonous. If not they are automatically terrorists. That’s why the ones questioning the state gets into legal jeopardy, frozen bank-accounts and not allowed to the community again. They are lingering in jail and awaiting freedom.

So, if the state wanted another reputation. Maybe, just maybe… don’t do that and allow the opposition and activists to gather, organize and be viable parties in the United Republic. The CCM isn’t willing to do that. However, they are instead willing to pay and hire an British hack to save the PR abroad. Nevertheless, people like me will address the truth. Maybe, the CCM and the state shouldn’t try to assassinate Tundu Lissu either. However, they are not taking responsibility for that and the reasons for his continued exile.

The CCM should look into itself and its actions. We know they won’t do it… because they doesn’t have the courage or heart to do so. They could easily make positive headlines and create a better reputation. That they could do without Blair and his Institute. He will get a huge pay-check and easily enjoy the perks of it. While Tanzania will still look bad, because the truth will come out. Even if Blair is able to write some random propaganda ala Weapons of Mass Destruction before the Iraqi war. Therefore, why trust this man to save you? He cannot even save his own reputation?

It would be better to get Taylor Swift singing about Reputation and have the new President dancing to it. That would go viral and be a fun moment. However, that would never gloss over the crackdown on opposition, which is currently done in the Republic. Peace.

Tanzania: President Hassan copies her predecessor by arresting a cartoonist depicting her

It is now revealed that cartoonist Optatus Fwama has been detained by the authorities since the 23rd September 2021. The Cartoonist is incarcerated at the Oysterbay Police Station in Dar-es-Salaam. The arrest has happened after a cartoon went online and viral. Where the President Samia Suluhu Hassan as a kid playing with water in the shadow of Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

We saw similar thing happening when a comedian Idris Sultan was arrested for switching the face-off of the predecessor Joseph Magufuli. That happened in 2019 and he got arrested for doing so on the social media. In the same term of the predecessor he arrested several of journalists for exposing his regime. Therefore, the current Head of State is willing to do the same.

President Hassan must be faint hearted or thin-skinned. The Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and the authorities clearly have enough time on their hands to arrest and detain dissidents in this manner. It isn’t shocking. This is a pattern and what they do. We know this is how the CCM is guarding their truth and control of the media. Clearly, there is only one way and that’s the way of the CCM.

There is one unwritten rule that you should never insult the President or mock it in the United Republic of Tanzania. That’s because whoever that person might be. They are being demi-gods and supreme overlords after sworn-in to office. This is what is happening and this is why people suddenly faces the law for writing, speaking, broadcasting or leaking internal documents, which we’re supposed to be kept in the dark.

A President is above the law and cannot be criticized. A person who is the Head of State should only be praised and glorified. That is why cartoonist Fwama has spent days behind bars. The cartoonist didn’t understand the role and the dogma of a President. You are supposed to sing psalms and write biblical phrases for their eternal reign.

President Hassan is following Magufuli here. Fwama is the victim of the same sort of tyranny. The only difference is that it’s another Head of State. She cannot phantom that people would make such cartoons or make fun of her. However, if you are a head of state and a leader. You should expect people to do so. Because, everyone will not agree with you and neither will everyone respect you. That’s life and some leaders handles that pressure. Others does like the to mentioned and uses the iron fist against their dissidents.

If you can’t handle the pressure, maybe you should resign. The President should handle and have enough character to laugh these sorts of depictions off. However, it is proven that this wasn’t possible. We are clearly asking for too much. It’s not in her, but she doesn’t know better. Because, she is only following the mantle of the deceased. Peace.

Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC): Statement Condemning Arbitrary Arrest and Detention of Cartoonist Optatus Fwema (04.10.2021)

Tanzania: Bawacha – Bawacha condems police harrasment of its members (19.09.2021)

Tanzania: CHADEMA – Public Announcement (04.09.2021)

Tanzania: Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT Wazalendo) – Public Notice (29.08.2021)

Tanzania: A CHADEMA leader was arrested for organizing a prayer meeting

Today, it is reported that David Chiduo, Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) Chairman for Kilosa district was arrested for encouraging and wanting to hold a prayer meeting for Hon. Freeman Mbowe. The Police said the opposition leader didn’t have the permit to hold the prayers.

That is the sort of measure and will the state has at this current moment. They are arresting people and dissidents for praying. Certainly, the devil is in them and it’s very ironic that this is happening.

As the previous President believed more in faith and prayer to combat the coronavirus. Therefore, it’s funny months after his demise. The same party and authorities are arresting people for praying and gathering to pray.

So, Chinduo got arrested for organizing a prayer meeting in solidarity and in concern for the Chairman of CHADEMA. Who is lingering in jail on terrorism charges. That says a lot about the state of affairs and what the state is willing to do.

I wonder, what sort of law is there to stop people from praying? What law will be used and what danger is he posing praying for someone? Are the authorities afraid that God actually will listen and release Mbowe? I just wonder and this is disgusting. It is not like he tried to seek out measures of riots and anarchy. No, he was trying to gather people to pray. So, will the same police and authorities arrest priests as well?

Chiduo shouldn’t be arrested for this. What crime did he commit? What sort of dogma did he breach? Was it blasphemy and insulting the state? We need some answers, because this is ridiculous. Peace.

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