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A memo on the Tanzania 2020 Elections

We are just mere days ahead of the polls on the 28th October 2020. This here will be short, as the final stages to the polls are happening. The blocking of mass messaging of SMS from the authorities was the latest move by the authorities to stifle the popularity of the opposition.

The ruling party Chama Cha Mapundzi have pulled all their strings. Sent brigades and armed vehicles to Zanzibar. Where they have blocked the main opposition candidate for the Presidency there from campaigning too. The same they did to the main opposition candidate on the main-land and for the United Republic, Tundu Lissu.

The CCM and their compatriots have used all means at their disposal to get ahead. They have issued ballot paper, where the main contenders are far down on the ballots. The National Electoral Commission and Zanzibar Electoral Commission have barred opposition candidates from Parliament. However, accepted CCM aspirants for the same seats. Ensuring safe passage for several of their candidates ahead of the polls. That is the sort of game the CCM is doing.

The same CCM that is holding a tight grip on who can monitor the polling stations. Even barring agents of the opposition to be there too. It is all made to ensure the rigging of the elections. There is no honest game play or “free and fair” elections. It is all a free for all for the CCM and the ones associated with them.

President Joseph Magufuli have been grinning and smiling all along. While Chadema and ACT Wazalendo have struggled, but been able to hold rallies on shoestring budgets. As they are able to gather crowds.

That is just the way things are. Expect the polls to be contest. Expect the army to be on the streets. Internet blocked. Social media all off and a Media Blackout. Newspapers suspended and radios losing temporary licenses too. It will be all silenced. The state want to control the flow of information and only way to counter that is VPN and other means. While even the Telecoms might comply and use their power to make public suffer a total blackout.

The CCM will do ballot-stuffing, rig the voters registers with double and duplicate persons, even the dead, ghosts and sudden unknown villages will appear. It will all be manufactured to ensure the CCM still being supreme. The President cannot afford to be a one term President and loose the mantle of the governing party.

Therefore, expect the next few days to be brutal … arrests, journalist suddenly gone missing, activists silenced and even shocking acts of vile oppression from the army. There will be no remorse in securing Magufuli a second term. That is the reality of it all.

If the last few years since his elections should have learned people anything is that Magufuli doesn’t care. As long as him and his allies are eating. So long as his men and his comrades are on top. They can ensure the dissidents, the vocal activists and opposition get silenced. That is what he does.

CCM will not play fair, but who thought they would? They have silenced a newspaper over a piece and suspended it for over a week. These people want the fake love, but doesn’t want a true romance. Peace.

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Tanzania: Chadema & ACT Wazalendo agreement seal a warning shot CCM’s way!

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.

Tanzania: NEC suspends Lissu’s campaign for 7 days…

Today, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) have ordered in absentia, that CHADEMA and their Presidential Candidate Tundu Lissu is banned from campaigning for a week. This is happening after Inspector General of Police (IGP) Simon Serro warned him and issued a summons of him after rallies days before.

This here in clear intimidation and proves that all authorities in the nation is intertwined together with the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM). All of this just proves that the CCM isn’t doing anyone favours. Only there to install the same master and same regime after the polls.

That is why the CHADEMA is under fire for doing its duty as opposition. They are just campaigning like the opposition should. Tundu Lissu’s sins are that he has insulted the inteligence of Magufuli and his administration.

We know that CCM and President Joseph Magufuli wouldn’t do this, if they didn’t fear Lissu. They wouldn’t do this, if they didn’t feel threaten. The authorities are only doing this to give the President an advantage. Mere weeks before the polls. The polls are on the 28th October 2020.

CHADEMA and ACT-Wazelendo have both been under-fire … candidates disbarred and not eligible to stand. This has happen on a grand scale within these elections. From the same sort of body like the NEC and ZEC. These has closed the doors and dropped the keys. While the CCM can field whoever and its dandy.

What is really striking is that Lissu giving such a headache for the authorities. That they got to stifle his attempts to campaign and actually reach voters. This shows that the CCM doesn’t have a viable campaign or manifesto to stand up to the likes of Lissu.

We can anticipate more like this. Because, the State and the President will use all of its tools in their shed. Just so they put the nail in the coffin … put it six feet under and forget the body. That is how they are and how they operate.

Lissu will get into more trouble before the polls. This is just the beginning. The state will use all their means. CHADEMA and his allies will be in the spotlight too.

CCM will have a field day. Use all legislation and law enforcement to silence and stop him from campaigning. If Lissu tries, he will be behind bars and get into legal jeopardy. That is how the CCM and the likes operate. Because… Lissu is a threat.

If they didn’t fear the man, the NEC and IGP wouldn’t be on his tail. The CCM cannot contain the likes of Lissu. They are trying… but will not succeed. At some point the house will not hold. CCM and Magufuli might “win”, but that is after a rigged election.

It seems like they cannot win a fair fight. Therefore, they have to tie the arms and feet so the opposition cannot move. Peace.

 

Opinion: NEC & ZEC is just rigging it for CCM

The way things are going, the way the authorities, the state bodies are operating. They are just tools of engagement for the Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) and the President Joseph Magufuli to have total control ahead of the October Elections.

Now, there is reports, which isn’t shocking anyone knowing how things are playing out. That the CHADEMA and ACT Wazenlendo are having barred candidates for the Parliament in the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and the same by the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC). This is done in a fashion and in a way to secure the majority before the polls even starting.

Meaning, the election is rigged before a ballot is dropped. The majority is secured. The CCM and their allies are already ahead. As the two main opposition are barred from attending being on the ballots and having ability to field candidates in the races. This means the CCM will have control of the National Assembly and the one in Zanzibar.

That’s why the One-Party State is in full effect. Where the opposition is already marginalized and rigid controlled by lots of laws, stipulated provisions and so fourth. Making it nearly impossible to be organized, also ability to build parties and hold internal operations. Still, with that they have had the opportunity and manpower to field candidates across a broad spectrum. While the NEC and ZEC finds it easy to disqualify and make them illegible to participate as a candidate in the up-coming elections.

The same would not happen on a large scale for the CCM. Which is steadily moving ahead with all control and ensuring safety for a new majority. They don’t even have to work for it. The state is securing it and there will be no issues. The opposition have to battle to run for seat before even properly campaigning. That is how sinister this is. You are losing before your really playing.

This is just an example in a long line of grievances. Where the state reach and control is going into bonkers territory. Where the CCM and the President can suspend, stop and silence the ones who are in their way. They access and limits civic space, they silence the press and media, so that only their perspective is coming out.

That’s why from the get-go, these elections are neither free nor fair. That was deliberate by the authorities, by the ones in power and the President is blessing it all with his presence. He sure must be proud. Winning by participating, not by love or by his achievements. His just winning because he owns it and he runs it.

If you wonder, there is no heart in this. It is just a facade and a game, where the rules are set and the winners are awaiting their price. The tallies, the polls and the ballots are pre-fixed. There is no guessing, hope and the winner will proclaimed, but not celebrated. Everyone knew who would win and there was no other option.

The state has already fixed that, the rest are just pawns waiting to get played. Peace.

Tanzania: The CCM must be proud of blocking opposition candidates…[ahead of the polls]

If your thinking of free and fair elections? Are you thinking of Tanzania? If you do? Your wrong. They are neither free nor fair. In Tanzania, the Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) are the state and ruling with a whip. They are whipping the opposition into submission. The party is using the state to hold control and censor the dissidents.

That is why media houses are shut down or suspended. This is why the state has to allow opposition to hold press conference and rallies. Even their party program and their internal training exercises has to get a go from the authorities.

The CHADEMA and ACT-WAZELENDO are now being blocked. Just like they were in the 2019. They were ensuring the opposition parties couldn’t field candidates. That is why the CCM initially ran against ghosts and goats.

They are doing the same ahead of the polls in late October 2020. There are several of Members of Parliament of the CCM who are running unopposed. After the Electoral Commission have dismissed several of them. For various of reasons. However, there are never any reports of the same commission dismissing nominations made by the CCM. Isn’t that a sign of something, right?

The CCM is the state and acts like the state. They are appointing anyone and controls everything. The CCM has the army, legislation and the civilian government. There are nothing they don’t have. They even have a bickering, faint-hearted and weak-spirited President in Magufuli. Who cannot stomach criticism, statistics or foreign broadcast without giving a thumbs up. It has to fit his narrow mind.

In this regard, the state is more envisioned to the small perspective of Magufuli. That is why the CCM are blocking nominated MPs from the Opposition. So, they have constituencies without any competition. When you are blocking 100s of candidates from both parties. The CCM and the Electoral Commission is proving their “independence”.

The CCM is destined to win this. Not because they have any policies or manifesto. Neither does it has any will or character to pull it off. However, they are the state and controls the whole thing. They will use all means to dislodge and disrupt the opposition. The Opposition also have no power or ability to operate without validation from appointees from the CCM.

That is why the October Election is pre-fixed and the recent actions proves it again. The CCM are not even willing to play it out. They rather use their means to humiliate and destroy the opposition. Instead of campaigning against them. The CCM doesn’t even have the heart to pull that off under Magufuli.

That is who the CCM under Magufuli is, a bunch of cowards. Who doesn’t have the character to even try to run a honest campaign. They have to use the powers of the authorities to stop the opposition from challenging them. Cannot even be on the ballots and act this out. That is too much to ask from these folks, apparently. Peace.

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