Are we in a polarized kind of politics? Why criticize Hon Bashe for his fight for democratic values?

March 7, 2018 § Leave a comment

My opinions in regard to the reaction of members from opposition over Hon Bashe’s intention to submit a private motion in the parliament on the current state of affairs in Tanzania.

For my fellow Engineers and Scientists allow me to stray a bit off the scientific definition of the word polarization. Some terminologies mean something different depending on the vantage point you anchor your perspective from. In this case I am looking at our kind of politics.

Borrowing from Wikipedia polarization in politics refers to the divergence of political attitude to ideological extremes. Polarization can refer to such divergence like public opinion or even to such divergence within certain groups.

Wikipedia further says, “Polarization involves creating division or causing a group or something to be divided up into two opposing groups. An example of polarization is when a controversial political figure causes the country to become sharply divided.”

My quick evaluation tells me that our politics currently is more polarized than at any other time since we assumed plural politics. Nothing matters any more than defining ourselves on the bases of political camps. What you say to me doesn’t make more sense than the political camp you belong. This is the dead end of politics, and it is a dangerous state!

Few days ago I picked from social media that Hon Hussein Bashe have written a letter to the parliament expressing his intention to submit a motion that will require the parliament to form a special committee to probe into recent events of violation of human rights, denial of political space to political parties and the narrowed freedom of expression (my own translation – not exactly as presented by Hon Bashe).

Many have expressed different views to Bashe’s move. It was astounding to read especially from colleagues of opposition that Bashe is hypocritical.
A hypocrite is a person who pretends what s/he isn’t. Normally a hypocrite presents herself as a person of certain high caliber or standard while actually she is not. Those of us opposing Bashe would applaud if this letter (with the same contents and materiality) was written by an MP from opposition! Many agree from all works life including us from CCM that the situation in our country in regard to the issues presented by Hon Bashe isn’t good, “Things are no longer at ease”.
We somehow also agree that we need to arrest the situation pretty quickly.

This being the case why then antagonize Bashe just on the bases of of his political following? Why can’t we evaluate his motion purely on merits, i.e why can’t we evaluate Bashe’s intention on the bases of the reality on the concerns we have on political space, freedom of expression, and the blatant violation of human rights?

Irrespective of our political polarities why can’t we see and appreciate the courage demonstrated by Hussein Bashe of coming out distinctly from the mainstream of our party to tell it like it is?

I can’t fathom a befitting theory than to say our kind of politics have entered into a polarization state. A stage where what matters is someone’s political following and not the ideals s/he stands for. We don’t even care about the sacrifice Bashe has made by coming out in contravention of our political party mainstream.

Finally woe unto those fomenting polarization into our politics. They think they are doing a service to our country while they at the epicenter of destroying our country similar to those few we are concerned with.

Mbarikiwe sana
Na Mwenyezi Mungu awatie nguvu wote mnaomlilia kwa ajili ya ustawi wa nchi yetu.

A supreme Court in Kenya rules in favour of NASA on their request to review the electoral system: anything Tanzania can learn from Kenya’s Constitution?

August 28, 2017 § 1 Comment

NASA is now granted review of the electoral system by the Supreme Court and the report shall be presented on Tuesday.

Despite the results of the review the Supreme Court has done justice. There is any harm to either side rights if the system is checked. It will help to prove the integrity of the system especially if there is no significant discrepancy between the inputs and the outputs. Both Raila and Uhuru shall have no recourse to resort to violent means to protect their  assumptions. Kila mtu ataridhika!

This isn’t 100% perfect but allowing presidential election results to be challenged is a breather to the democratic process. It allows no excuse to any of the parties to engage its supporters in streets hence preserving peace and order post election.

Kenya has its challenges but her Constitution remains the best in East Africa if not in Africa. Tanzania is still in the process of writing a new Constitution I believe that somewhere we gonna come to our senses and produce the best Constitution for us and generations to come. Let’s make the process apolitical and focused to the National interest only, not interest of the parties or individuals at worst.

This is a tricky process it will require a leader who is eager to leave a lasting legacy of justice, fairness and a strong Republic behind. Not someone who is shortsighted and mindful of his/her personal short term goals or party interests but rather on overall national interest beyond partisanship.

President Magufuli has the mettle and energy to take this task on if he decides and I earnestly pray he does! I am so proud at least we had Nyerere who saw what the rest could not see in the 20% of the population who preferred political pluralism. So it is possible, it can be done! Let’s continue pushing for a new Constitution.

Mungu ibariki Tanzania

Mungu ibariki Africa

Congratulations to South Africa for a big step among our young democracies in Africa

August 9, 2017 § Leave a comment

Yesterday the Parliament of South Africa concluded President Zuma’s impeachment proceedings by vote to relieve him from power. The results of the vote of no confidence was 198 in favour of the president and 177 against. Looking at the numbers of MPs in the house that means 30 MPs from ANC voted with the opposition, that isn’t a small matter in politics. ANC cannot go wild in celebrations. This is a great achievement for opposition.

Overall ANC has weighed up the pros and cons of removing Zuma prematurely and found it will possibly work against the part in the near future. All in all democracy is working and institutions of governance are independent and doing better comparatively. Zuma was prosecuted in court of law and found guilty of corruption and misappropriation of public resources and was forced to pay. The Parliament has impeached him. I thought this is a step ahead in our young democracies in Africa.

Irrespective of results, congratulations to South Africa and wish them well as they continue to fathom how to address their socioeconomic challenges and the biting inequality among her people. Congratulations to DA under Hon Mmusi Maimane for mobilizing support across part lines. Mr Maimane in my view carries the expectations of many South Africans and he presents the best alternative policies for his country. Mr. Malema of EF has failed to wedge any significant damage to ANC and many South Africans are apprehensive of a Zimbabwean case should a country take a similar stance in addressing the inequality challenges.

When was America great? When did it become small if at all it did? Why?

October 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

Siasa za Marekani bwana! Kuna mgombea anasema anataka kufanya Marekani iwe kubwa Kwa mara nyingine, hivi ni lini iliwahi kuwa kubwa, Ni wakati gani imekuwa ndogo, Kwa nini? Tukumbuke uchumi wa Marekani Kwa sasa Kwa vipimo vya pato la taifa unaongoza duniani, ni dollar 18,558 ikifuatiwa na China Kwa mbali yaani dollar 11,383. Hapo bado hujalinganisha mambo mengine Kama nguvu za kijeshi na kadhalika. Siasa zina mambo. 
“we want to make this nation great AGAIN” – says one of the two bitterly contending US presidential Candidates, I got time this morning to think about a number of questions; when America was exactly great, when did it become small? Why? We all know the challenges of civil rights including the rights of women to vote America grappled with during her gloomy past. What about the cowardly act of dropping atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WW2, could anyone consider that was greatness? If it was great at that time how could it be small now when her GDP is number one in the world (USD 18,558) and accounts for 24.5% of the global GDP followed by far by China (with a GDP of USD 11,383), when her current president is Barack Obama and has ruled America for two terms? When the most vicious enemy of US and leader of terrorism was taken out with no collateral damage under leadership of the current Commander in Chief, When for the first time America has a woman as the presidential candidate from a major political party? I would think there wasn’t greater time than this! You know what I mean!

GDP statistics source: Knoema: world GDP ranking 2016.

What happened in Uganda yesterday is another evidence that Africa has a long way to the truly Transparent, Free and Fair election!

February 19, 2016 § Leave a comment

Elevated overt presence of the heavily armed police and army across Uganda during the yesterday election characterized by delayed ballot papers even at a stone throw away distance from the the Electoral Commission HQ is yet another indication again that most parts of Africa are still far away from the the truly transparent, free and fair election.

I want Uganda and the rest of Africa to be peaceful and stable, but the long serving governments are a source of instability in Africa, sowing seeds of anarchy, tribalism, nepotism etc. Rulers are using military instruments to crush their ideological opponents. The yesterday temporary incarceration of  Kiiza Basigye the arch-rival of President M7 is not acceptable. The atrocities  perpetrated against opposition is not different from apartheid (the state of being apart) practiced in South Africa 21 years ago. The only difference is that in South Africa it was the minority whites against Blacks and coloured. In the free Africa it is about Few blacks in power against fellow citizens. Divergent ideologies and point of views on how we should govern ourselves is causing us trouble and some say that is not the kind of democracy Africa wants. It is not that Africa doesn’t want democracy, those in power who have turned public offices into private properties do not want the democracy of passing power instruments peacefully to another fellow.

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