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Our current politics is small, ethno-divisive and rejects intellectual acuity. Both the smallness and the polarity of our politics bother me at times. I’m pro-participation. If not all Tanzanians, I expect the size of participants to increase and be inclusive. But most importantly I expect the patrio-intellectual content to improve. That being said, I wish Tanzania would come to acknowledge the fact that political participation doesn’t starts and ends with election alone, rather it has it origin(root), branches, tributaries, laws, constitution, institutions, and terminal in ideology. It is unfortunate that our current political elites are known for nothing, not even the weakest and idiotic ideology.

It is my childish view that a stupid ideologue is better than a non-ideologue, for in the world of politics such idiot can win election and advance idiocy why the non-ideologue does nothing to stop the idiotic ideologue, simply because the non-ideologue believes and acts on nothing.

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First, it is important…very important, if not too important, that we all understand the real meaning of ‘human rights’ and what it entails. So permit me to use few minutes to explain this as much as I can.

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In a very clear, unambiguous, simple English, human rights can be defined as the entitlements of every individual by virtue of their humanity. Human Rights are rights that are inherent in nature and are conferred on every man or woman the moment they are born. In other words, the moment you are born as a human being, these rights automatically become yours, which means, you can lay claim to them.

One very important point I want us to understand here is that this thing called human rights is not the creation of any government. It is not the government’s to give or take! It is your property! And the only criteria you need to meet in order to qualify to lay claim to these rights is to be born a human. Simple! That is why these rights are referred to as fundamental or inalienable. What countries do is to recognize these rights by including them in their constitution but make no mistake, it is not a gift the government can give to their friends and withhold from their perceived opponents. Even if some governments refuse to recognize and respect these rights, it doesn’t still make it any less your entitlements as a human person.

Some of these rights include, right to life, freedom of speech, right to freedom of expression, right to peaceful assembly and association etc.

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In the case of Tanzania, these rights are clearly recognized in our Constitution but sadly, they are hardly respected by the government and their security agencies especially the police.

It is important to note that the most important of all rights is the right to life but sadly in Tanzania, this is one right that is hardly respected. The government looks on like a common spectator; I’d not be exaggerating if I said the life of a Tanzanian doesn’t really mean much to the government.

It is common place here to hear that the police has shot dead a detained person over a minor argument or that police have shot dead some group of gang robbers for blocking the road. This is not the kind of stories we should be hearing in this 21st century.

First, the right of Tanzanians to freely express themselves is recognized in the 1977 Constitution. Their right to peaceful assembly and association is recognized. So there is no question of whether or not people have a right to express opinion or stage protest.

Now, in the case of Peacefully Street Protest, the Political Parties Act clearly spelt out how protesters should be handled if they stopped being peaceful. When protesters start blocking high ways, burning tyres on the road and inconveniencing other road users, the Act describes such protesters as “Riotous Assembly” which should be dispersed by the police using teargas, water canon, baton, pepper spray etc BUT NOT live bullet.

Soldiers have no business confronting protesters blocking the road! Matter of fact, soldiers has no business engaging UNARMED protesters even if they turn violent. That is the job of the police. Soldiers are trained mainly to open fire and cease fire. Soldiers can only be deployed when it becomes apparent that the protesters have become too violent to be contained by the police.

The police have no business….none whatsoever…using live bullets on protesters blocking the road! If the police cannot effectively use resources at her disposal to disperse some group of protesters who have turned ‘Riotous’ without killing them, it is an indictment on the efficiency of the police as a law enforcement agency.

On several occasions, I’ve heard the police hide under the cover of security threat to ban street protest. I think this is a clear violation of the right of those people to hold peaceful protest. First, the police should understand that they can effectively carry out their duty of maintaining law and order and enforcing the law without trampling on the right of the citizens. You don’t have to sacrifice the fundamental human rights of the people just so you could be seen to be maintaining law and order. You can actually do your job without suspending the rights of the people.

When the Constitution says the people have the right to express their opinions and you being the police, start arresting people who express opinions you deem anti-government, you the police, are the one breaking the law because you are violating the law that says you should allow people express themselves!

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If the law says I Abdul should be allowed to protest about anything I feel is not right in the system and you the police invent one security excuse to stop me from exercising this right which has been granted me by the law –the same law that gave you your own powers as the police…. you are not upholding the law. You are breaking it because you have no powers to operate outside the law. You don’t make the law. Your job is to enforce laws that have already been made!

If a people want to protest, instead of declaring the protest illegal and cancelling it, the police should provide security to the protesters and be at alert to ward off criminal elements who might want to hide under the protest to carry out their criminal acts. The idea of the police insisting that people need their permission before they can embark on a protest is a relic of our colonial past and I’m reasonably certain that several courts have ruled on this. Even if there is credible intelligence that criminal elements are planning on hijacking a planned protest that is not a genuine reason for the police to deny the protesters their right to hold protest by cancelling it. What the police should do is be at alert to arrest anybody found making trouble on the protest ground. If the police cannot effectively police dozens of protesters to ward off criminal elements, how can we trust them to police the entire country?

A man can wake up and feel that his lover didn’t satisfy him in bed last night and decide to hit the street in protest. It is his right. It doesn’t really matter what one wants to protest about. It can be anything. It’s none of your business, as long as he conducts his protest peacefully. And even if he doesn’t conduct himself peacefully, you can disperse him with low power.

The “UKUTA” guys have a right to protest about the continued leadership. They have a right to protest that they no longer want to be idiot, the truth must speak out. Their right to protest about anything is clearly protected in the constitution, the same Constitution you swore to uphold as the police. Even if you don’t agree with their cause, you don’t have to deny them that constitutionally guaranteed right to express themselves! You don’t have to agree with everybody’s opinion but you are duty-bound to respect their right to hold and express that opinion. This is what modern society is all about. If you keep disturbing, maiming and imprisoning the opposing guys anywhere they are gathered to express themselves, even in church or school field, you are breaking your own laws. You are proving you have no respect for the same law you are supposed to be defending. You are making it seem as though you are just a incompetent, not a law enforcement agency. You are making your country look bad before the international community because believe it or not, the whole world is watching and they are keeping record. You don’t maintain law and order by disturbing off a section of your country who are expressing their grievances against the leadership. Any peace obtained through that means is nothing but a piece of the grave yard which is no peace at all.

I think we all need to understand one thing here. The issue of human right is not something you can choose to respect or disrespect at will. You don’t have to like someone for you to respect their human right. They don’t even have to share your political affiliation before you respect their rights as humans. They just have to be humans. That’s all.

That a certain Abdul writes against the government is no reason to deny him his right to life, his right to freedom of speech and expression and his right to peaceful Assembly among other rights. As a citizen, the government is my employee. I and other Tanzanians are their bosses! I have a right to criticize my government whenever I want and however I want just as an employer has the right to criticize his employee. No one has to be victimized for holding opinions considered as anti-government.

The job of the security agencies especially the police is a very tough one, no doubt. And it requires the co-operation of every citizen. But it would gladden my heart to no end if the police could find a balance between doing their job and respecting the rights of the citizens at the same time. I believe this is doable. All that is required is the political will on the part of the police. When citizens’ rights are respected by the police, they won’t need anyone to tell them that the police are their friends. They will realize that automatically and would be very willing to do anything to help the police in the job of keeping the society safe. That way, everyone will have that sense of protection on sighting a cop. This is the only way we can build a better society!

God bless Tanzania.

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If only president Magufuli, his entire team and their online #Vuvuzela had deployed at least 20% of the time and resources invested in painting Lowassa and his team in bad light towards delivering the much needed change to millions of Tanzanians who had faith in them, maybe…..just maybe, we wouldn’t be in this mess today.

But no, resorting to devilish lies and demonic propaganda all driven by hate against the person of the former PM was apparently the number one and arguably the only agenda of Magufuli-led CCM government.

By fire by force, Lowassa is made to look like the devil. We must twist history and present him (Lowassa) as the biggest thief in Tanzanian history. Whatever we do, we must always blame Lowassa. Even if we fail in our ‘husbandly’ duty to our wives, we must always blame it on Lowassa, plus so many other things he did then…..and to prove that puerile lies come easily to this government and all their agents, they have refused to take him to court. It doesn’t matter how corrupt someone is presumed to be, let him have his rights. Let the court find him guilty. That is democracy. Telling Tanzanians that Lowassa stole money and no any prosecution in almost nine years is the height of stupidity. Stupidity culminating into idiocy is when a hardliner keeps ranting over a factual known issues. They are all hypocrites suffering and smiling just to blanket the failures of their leadership. They think Tanzanians are stupid. They should get their acts right, work and unite the country prosperity. Lots of demons in government houses. Our nation needs divine cleansing. That’s why when you tell them their incompetence leadership has failed in everything they call you a devilish names. Sometimes I think they are superficial in reasoning to be engaged in intellectual discourse.

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Just Look At! Commonsense isn’t common, after all, is it?

Millions of families have now been made destitute simply because some bunch of old men who clearly belong in the 16th century were so busy trying to paint Lowassa as too weak and corrupt to implement their leadership.

Nothing kills an organization or a country faster than the head of that organization or president of that country being unable to rein in his prejudice against certain persons. Leadership is a very serious business. As a leader, you don’t let your hate for some people who are against your leadership. Regrettably enough, this fact is lost on Magufuli and his team.

Did you guys ever hear Mr. Lowassa blame either government or anyone? This is because he has enough common sense to realize that leadership is about responsibility. Leadership is responsibility and anyone that isn’t ready to take responsibility, shouldn’t go near it. Responsibility for all the things that happened during your time in office. Whether they were caused by the actions or inactions is irrelevant because at the end of your tenure, you will be judged not by the mistakes of your enemy but by how you handled those problems you met on ground and the ones that surfaced later. Sadly enough, this very simple fact is lost on JPM and his team. Thank God Magufuli is president today, we have learnt our lessons

The real definition of irresponsibility is when you as President spent your time begging and even shading tears asking us to appoint you as our president and swearing by all the seven Gods that you had carefully studied all our problems and had the solutions on standby mode just waiting for us to approve your request of being made our president before you could roll out those solutions of yours only for us to finally make you president and watch you spend nearly one year blaming the past regime before you for all our woes.

You were elected because you claimed you had the solutions! Blaming past administrations for everything rather than trying to fix things as you promised is downright idiotic and terribly hypocritical because you were among the past administrations. You singlehandedly contributed over 50% of our problems today. You have been a member of parliament and a Minister, before becoming president. So, I ask, when you goes blaming past administrations for the rot in the system, what does you normally have at the back of your mind?

Our economy may be in recession but for some of us, our brains are not! 80% of the problems we are facing today are caused by this government’s very irresponsible act of not taking responsibility for anything! While the economy is nearly going down, our brains are not!

Have a blessed day.

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Following the news of incidents arising from Zanzibar constitution conflict these nearly days. I state unequivocally, that president Magufuli has again failed the test of leadership.

 

For any reason, A society would have disputes, (political, industrial etc), agitations, strikes etc. This is not the first time in history things like this will be happening and it wouldn’t be the last. No matter what you think, as a leader it is your responsibility to ensure truth. Even if the agitation is against you.

If truly Magufuli is committed to the unity of Tanzania, Zanzibar saga will not degenerate to this level. No committed leader who is interested in the unity of the country he presides over will see democratic raping and will not call for a meeting and discussion. As a true and responsible leader, things must be done, and what is being done must be seen by all, to be done properly and on time. 

On his retirement Hon. Amani Abeid Karume, He called Hon. Maalim Seif and we are aware what the big legacy for him was taking his time to talk to the opposition regarding the country’s peace. And as we know when Karume (Amani) was President, and we had the occupy Zanzibar, Karume and Seif was on marathon meetings with stakeholders, Day and night.

Guys, these are leaders. I’m sorry Magufuli is not a leader. He does not believe in the unity of the Tanzania he governs. At this point, he does not need to assign anyone to do this. He should be the person talking not Dr. Shein or other retired president.

The Zanzibar constitution conflict is subject to various political and sectional/partisan interpretations; But it is expected that, Magufuli ceases to veiw things from partisan perspective the moment he became president. Since he still sees things from partisan perspective, (5% and 95%) up till this moment, it is clear that he does not possess the basic credentials for the kind of leadership Tanzania should have at this time. 

If he doesn’t respond after now, it is an afterthought; He’s not a proactive leader.

I insist that Magufuli have failed this test of leadership.

This is the way I see it.

Abdul

Today is the 15th commemoration of our Founding Father, Mwalim Julius Kambarage Nyerere’s death, we are celebrating sacrifices which he and others made for us to be a nation. Were it not for their sacrifices, Tanzania would not be what it is today. You look at this continent and you see many nations in turmoil, but we have been an island of peace and a beacon of hope to many. Tanzania was built on principles of unity, patriotism and selflessness. For us to succeed, we must pull together and we must unite. Yes, we are a democratic society entitled to our different opinions but we should not allow those differences to tear the nation apart.

Ultimately, though, our political future is up to the voters. The digital age empowers all of us. But with great power comes great responsibility, especially to ourselves to learn more about the world outside of our information bubbles.

Today, Tuesday 14 October, we mark officially in Tanzania as your day (Nyerere Day), observed to mark the date day in 1999 when the First President of post-colonial Tanganyika and later Tanzania died in a London hospital.

The lessons that the current generation of leaders, especially the young, could take from the life and times of you Mwalimu Nyerere would include the fact you lived in times that were characterised by an atmosphere of post-world war human optimism associated with the triumph of the anti-fascist forces over the evil global designs of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

Mwalimu, TCD’s agreement with President Kikwete was reached taking into account that the CA would probably fail to get two thirds majority votes from each side of the Union, which is a legal requirement for passing the Proposed Constitution. But that fear is no longer there. Already we have the Proposed Constitution, which is only subject to a referendum to get authenticity as a new Constitution of Tanzania or otherwise. Should we go for a referendum before the general election as per Prime Minister’s suggestion or wait until after 2015 as was agreed by TCD and President Kikwete? Which option between the two makes more sense in terms of time, costs and convenience?

I do believe Tanzania is unique if we have Leaders who see far or beyond and to think the future of our fellow Tanzanians and strong Democratic!

We still crying and wish you were present, ongoing now we wish you to bind, leaders often lack discretion , they are people to look at personal interests and their families, have failed to understand that there is a day coming generations will question on their administration.

Mungu akupumzishe katika nyumba yako ya milele na mwanga wa bilele akuangazie.