The Zitto saga – collected articles part 3

See also previous posts collecting coverage from Friday, Saturday and SundayMonday and Tuesday, and with my own thoughts on the story.

Friday 29th November

Newspaper articles:

Coverage dropping fast, though still on some front pages, if only indirectly in most cases. Many of these articles focus on a related case Zitto has lodged with the police against some of his party colleagues, which links to death threats against him and the publication of a document laden with accusations (many potentially libellous) against Zitto Kabwe, a couple of weeks before his sacking from party posts.

Mwananchi: Baregu aitahadharisha Chadema kuhusu Zitto

Nipashe: Polisi wajitosa sakata la Zitto

Daily News: Debate on Zitto demotion closed, says Chadema
HabariLeo: Mpasuko Chadema sasa kamati kuu

Tanzania Daima: Zitto azua balaa

Majira: Madai ya Zitto yachunguzwa

The most interesting of these is the reporting of Prof Baregu’s remarks in Mwananchi. Here’s a direct quote from Baregu:

“Tuhuma zinazotolewa dhidi ya Zitto na wenzake kwamba wamenunuliwa na chama fulani cha siasa zinahitaji maelezo na vielelezo vya kina ili kuwaaminisha wengi. Nasema hivi kwa sababu historia yao inadhihirisha kuwa wana uchungu na chama chao. Chama kinachoongozwa kwa demokrasia na kinachotarajiwa kushika madaraka ya kuongoza nchi, lazima kionyeshe uwezo mkubwa wa kuvumiliana, kutafakari, kusamehe, kuaminiana na kujenga umoja wenye lengo la kuelekea kusudio lake.”

Finally, from the blogosphere:

From “Mlonga Hilo” on Fikra Pevu: Why CHADEMA must handle Zitto, Dr. Mkumbo with care… and Dr. Mkumbo’s document compounds CHADEMA trio’s case

Thursday 28th November

Front pages, via millardayo.com:

Newspaper articles:

Coverage dropping off today, particularly in the English language papers. (Still on the front pages in Swahili papers.)

Mwananchi: Waraka wa Chadema utata mtupu

Nipashe: Zitto asababisha ngumi kurushwa

Habari Leo: Uanachama wa Zitto ‘moto’ Chadema

Tanzania Daima: CHADEMA wafunga mdomo

Raia Mwema: CHADEMA sikio la kufa?Utatu wa tofauti kati ya Zitto, Mbowe na SlaaAkina Zitto kukabidhiwa barua; and from Zitto Kabwe himself, Wanademokrasia dhidi ya wahafidhina

Not technically a newspaper, but still worth including:

Voice of America: Vijana wataka ufumbuzi wa haraka Chadema

Most interesting is the article in Tanzania Daima, reporting that party secretary, Dr Slaa, called on Chadema members to stop discussing the issue and move on to more important matters. The phrase “mjadala umefungwa” (or variants) is repeated four times in the first five paragraphs – “The conversation is closed”. Or Chadema leaders (and Tz Daima) would like it to be. Though the presence of words like “moto”, “ngumi” and “utata mtupu” (fire, fists, pervasive doubt) in other papers’ headlines suggests they may not get their wish. Here are some excerpts from Tz Daima:

“HATIMAYE Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA), kimesema kuwa mjadala kuhusu viongozi wake waliovuliwa nyadhifa zao kwa madai ya kukisaliti chama umefungwa.”

“Akizungumza na gazeti hili jana, Dk. Slaa alisema mjadala huo umefungwa, na tayari barua za mashitaka 11 kwenda kwa watuhumiwa zimeshatumwa.”

“’Nataka niwaambie wana CHADEMA wote wanaotumia mitandao na njia nyingine za mawasiliano kwamba mjadala huo sasa umefungwa, hatutaki kusikia, kuona mwanachama yeyote anauendeleza, lakini tutajibu tu pale itakapoonekana kuna upotoshaji,’ alisema Dk. Slaa.”

And from the blogosphere: 

Aikande Kwayu (also cross posted on Zitto’s blog): Why I think my party’s (#CHADEMA) decision is wrong!

Finally, the cartoons keep coming:

Wednesday 27th November

Front pages, via millardayo.com

Newspaper articles:

Mwananchi: Chadema yasema Zitto aliponzwa na waraka tu
The Citizen: Twists and turns in Zitto saga as Chadema cries foul (a good summary)

UPDATE: Chadema inaimarika au kujiua kwa uamuzi huu? (Mwananchi); Will titans’ battle season Chadema or tear it apart? and When will the opposition be apt to lead us? (The Citizen)

The Guardian: Chadema gives ex-leaders official letters of dismissal
Nipashe: Mashitaka ya Zitto, Kitila ni 11 and Mrithi wa Zitto sasa Juni 2014

Daily News: Zitto, Mkumbo served with dismissal letters
Habari Leo: Akina Zitto sawa na akina Wangwe

Tanzania Daima: Zitto akimbilia Polisi

Mtanzania / RAI: Chadema watafuta suluhu

Majira: Zitto kujibu mashtaka 11

Some thoughts:

Interesting to note that Nipashe and Majira, both usually reasonably reliable papers, mention 11 charges against Zitto, while Mwananchi says the issue is only about one thing – the famous document. These different interpretations are based on the same press conference, held yesterday by Tundu Lissu and John Mnyika of Chadema (video).

More interesting still, Tanzania Daima and Mtanzania/RAI claim some interesting new developments in their articles (and headlines).

Daima reports on Zitto opening a case with the police against Chadema regional secretary for Dar es Salaam, Henry Kileo, relating to another document (presumably the one that circulated a couple of weeks ago bearing serious allegations against Zitto):

“Habari za kuaminika zimedai kuwa Zitto ambaye hivi karibuni alivuliwa cheo chake cha unaibu katibu mkuu wa CHADEMA, inadaiwa amefungua mashitaka polisi akimtuhumu Katibu wa CHADEMA Mkoa wa Dar es Salaam, Henry Kileo kwa madai ya kusambaza waraka katika mitandao ya kijamii.”

“Akithibitisha tukio hilo, wakili wa Kileo, Peter Kibatara, alisema kuwa mteja wake amemriwa kufika makao makuu ya Jeshi la Polisi leo Jumatano saa nane mchana na kuonana na mmoja wa maofisa wa juu wa jeshi hilo, aliyetajwa kwa jina moja tu la Mbutta, kufuatia mashitaka yaliyofunguliwa na Zitto dhidi yake.”

Mtanzania’s “scoop” goes in a very different direction, suggesting a search for a compromise has begun:

“UAMUZI wa Kamati Kuu ya Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema), kumvua madaraka, Zitto Kabwe unadaiwa kuanza kukitesa chama hicho na kwamba sasa uongozi wa juu umeamua kusaka suluhu ya jambo hilo.”

“Taarifa ambazo RAI Jumatano imezinasa kutoka Kinondoni, jijini Dar es Salaam yalipo Makao Makuu ya Ofisi za Chadema, zinaeleza kuwa, tayari baadhi ya viongozi wamekubali kuketi meza moja ya mazungumzo na Zitto baada ya kupewa ushauri na watu mbalimbali wakiwamo wasomi wakubwa wanaoheshimika ndani ya chama hicho.”

If true, this is the most interesting development in today’s coverage. But since it appears to contradict the tough stance being taken by Chadema leadership, as reported in most of the other papers, it seems unlikely.

The blogosphere has some interesting analysis again today:

Maggid Mjengwa: Uchambuzi wa habari: Siku za Zitto Chadema zinahesabika and Neno fupi la leo: Tumekuwa manabii wa ‘siku za mwisho za upinzani’

Millardayo.com: Status 9 zilizoandikwa fB na Peter Msigwa na Joseph Mbilinyi kuhusu kinachoendelea CHADEMA

Chambi Chachage (Udadisi): Waraka wa mkakati wa mabadiliko – feki au origino?

Omarilyas: Kuhusu Hekaya ya wahafidhina wa CHADEMA dhidi ya ZItto and Zitto na suala la uwazi katika ruzuku za vyama

Finally, just one cartoon today, from The Citizen:

Citizen cartoon 271113

Clinging to power? Hold on to your seats? He is the chair-man, after all.

Seems like someone agrees with my conclusion that I would not like to be Freeman Mbowe right now.

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    Why I think my party’s (#CHADEMA) decision is wrong! 27/11/2013Uncategorized Disclaimer:

    This entry is objective. It is written after much reflections and thoughts. It is an expression of my reflections. I declare the following:

    Mr. Zitto Kabwe is my good friend and we are writing a book together. Mr. Freeman Mbowe is my home MP. We come from the same village and are neighbors. We are, in many angles, a family. I also worked very closely with him during the 2010 elections and admired his strengths. Learnt so much from this experience. My father, Mr. Clement Kwayu, is a local councilor with Chadema ticket. I am a loyal member of Chadema. I supported the party since when I could remember. My party card membership is from 2005. I ran for a women special seat MP in 2010. I am now a development and management consultant at BUMACOand a research affiliate of the University of Oxford, Department of Education. I do not plan to ran for any office in the near future as my focus is on academic research and writing. In the early hours of Friday 22nd Nov, news broke that Chadema, the main opposition party, has stripped off Zitto Kabwe and Dr. Kitila Mkumbo leadership positions in the party. (For a coherent analysis and events as they unfolded see Mtega’s analysis and features) The former was the Deputy Secretary General of the party and the Deputy Opposition leader in the Parliament, while the latter was the member of the party’s central committee. Both of them are young, energetic and highly educated people. Their works are known and respected both locally and internationally. For example, both of them have international publications- meaning that they command respect and contribute to the reviewed knowledge. Dr. Mkumbo is a senior lecturer at the University of Dar-es-Salaam and he has published in peer reviewed academic journals. He is an authority in a number of aspects on education psychology. Mr. Kabwe is becoming one of the leading experts in the war against corruption. This is owed to his continuous dangerous and risk fight against corruption in Tanzania. His name appears in the recent best-sellers book on corruption- Global Corruption by Cockcroft.. In the same vein he has been engaged himself in a herculean task of fighting tax injustice and illicit money flow. Of late, Mr. Kabwe was among experts who participated in a Europe fact-finding mission commissioned by a coalition of European NGOs to investigate on illicit money flows. He also invited to present a paper on illicit money flows in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) summit in London 2013.

    In the local public sphere, Zitto Kabwe is a development- minded leader. This has led him to look at things from a bipartisan perspective. It is costing him. He is paying a high price for this. I will talk about his work at domestic level from my various encounters with him. The idea of writing a book with Mr. Kabwe was born out of our discussion of why poverty persists in Tanzania amid a decade long 7% average economic growth. The book has progressed but due to his busy schedule it has been difficult to meet the deadlines. For those who have met him before may testify to the fact that Kabwe discussions and talks revolve around development issues in Tanzania. He speaks about rural poverty and constantly thinking of ways to bring about rural development in Tanzania. Eradicating the rampant rural poverty in Tanzania is his ultimate wish.

    In that respect, Kabwe came up with the idea of extending social security to farmers. Conventionally in Tanzania, social security has only been something for formally employed people, who make an insignificant percentage of Tanzanian population. Most of the productive age in Tanzania are engaged in informal economic activities most of its being self-employed peasantry farming. Kabwe piloted his idea in Kigoma through a cooperative known as Rumako. Him and NSSF raised awareness and enrolled 750 farmers into the scheme. When that worked well and successful, Kabwe thought of the plan to extend this to other regions in the country. He linked my employer company- BUMACO with NSSF – so as we can do the same for farmers in Kilimanjaro. The rationale for working with BUMACO is due to its 30-years track record of working with cooperatives in rural settings. BUMACO has a network of 20 SACCOS in rural Kilimanjaro. Kabwe ‘s wish is to extend social security to farmers in other regions all over Tanzania. He keeps saying this is transformational.

    Being a member of Chadema I am ever proud of having a party leader such as him. He is always working very hard. This year alone, Kabwe has put so much in his parliamentary committee ( #PAC), and party membership recruitment and public rallies (refer to his 9 days party tour and rallies he did in North-Western Tanzania in September). He has his weaknesses as any other human being, but the best thing is to capitalize on his strengths so as to counter his weaknesses. Why does the party keep looking for his mistakes? Why? Is this what politics is all about? Is this the kind of political change we want?

    Kabwe has stood up on principles such as refusing to accept sitting allowances as well as standing firm on the parties to be audited. The party, if anything, should have supported these two principles. In fact I think the party should have adopted them in the list of its main agenda. If the party leadership keeps calling for the changes, yet keeping fighting internally with those who are trying to bring real and painful changes, what does it expect the public to think of them?

    To cut the long story short, I think the party central committee decision was wrong to strip Kabwe’s off leadership position based on the following reasons among many others:

    The timing of the decision is insensitive, and if anything a testimony to the unfounded claims to strip Kabwe off his leadership position. Of late, since Kabwe announced that PAC has ordered political parties’ accounts to be audited, we have been reading defensive reactions and attacks directed to him from the two main political parties in Tanzania. Even if Kabwe did not inform his bosses or rather collogues prior to his announcement (which I think there was no need to since he was acting as a PAC chairman and not party puppet), why was the party so defensive???? What’s the implication of such a reaction with regards to the ‘Mkakati wa Siri’ interpretation? All these are many questions that one has to ask. The events that unfolded before the central committee decision do not add up to the central committee’s ‘excuse’ given for stripping off Kabwe’s leadership position The editor of the ‘Mkakati wa Siri’- Dr Mkumbo declared that Kabwe was not aware of the document. Even the language used in the document refers to him in the ‘third person’ – i.e. he was not part of him. A credible committee should not use feeble evidence to make such huge judgments. The party’s internal elections have always been dramatic and not to the best of democratic ideals. Personally, I vied for a special seat MP in 2010. To date, I do not understand the process and criteria to which 25 women were nominated to be part of the key branch (the parliament) of our esteemed republic. These women legislate for the country and use millions of tax- man money as salaries and allowances. Thus, I can never trust (100%) the ‘fairness’ of decisions made by the central committee. Political analysts with interests on Tanzania’s party politics can go on analysing this drama. Mine is not a political analysis per se, but my honest reflection of the ongoing drama in relations to my experience.

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