Friday 29th November
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
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:
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
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
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
Tanzania Daima: Zitto akimbilia Polisi
Mtanzania / RAI: Chadema watafuta suluhu
Majira: Zitto kujibu mashtaka 11
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:
Chambi Chachage (Udadisi): Waraka wa mkakati wa mabadiliko – feki au origino?
Finally, just one cartoon today, from The Citizen:
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.