Alliance for Change and Transparency? Zitto and ACT Wazalendo in cartoons

The (Tz) Guardian, 29/3/15

The (Tz) Guardian, 29/3/15

The long-awaited launch of ACT Wazalendo as Tanzania’s newest political party finally took place on Sunday. As expected, Zitto Kabwe, whose long-running battle with his former party, Chadema, recently came to an end, has been appointed as party leader.

Perhaps the new party’s most notable policy position is their insistence that all party leaders much make a declaration of their assets, which will be posted online.

This is almost entirely new in Tanzania. Although those at high levels of government are required to declare their assets, the declarations are not public documents, but remain in the hands of the Ethics Secretariat.

In a single move, the party has thus demonstrated their commitment to two-thirds of the English part of their name – Alliance for Change and Transparency.

The problem that Zitto and the party have is the third part: how much can the party be described as an “alliance” when it’s built so much around one individual?

This concern has been picked up by the cartoonists. CCM and Chadema donkeys carry their riders, while Zitto carries the ACT donkey.

Source unknown, 27/3/15

Source unknown, 27/3/15

Nipashe, 29/3/15

Nipashe, 29/3/15

A second theme in the cartoons is newness and size – the ACT sapling dwarfed by the sturdy tree trunks of CCM and Chadema, and the cocky young boxer heading for a fight with the heavy-weights.

The Citizen(?), 23/3/15

The Citizen(?), 23/3/15

The (Tz) Guardian 28/3/15

The (Tz) Guardian 28/3/15

Mwananchi, 24/3/15

Mwananchi, 24/3/15 – “Even the baobab begins like spinach! / Please don’t use spinach as an example, spinach can never grow to the size of a baobab.”

The (Tz) Guardian, 30/3/15

The (Tz) Guardian, 30/3/15

Mwananchi, 30/3/15 - h/t @Udadisi

Mwananchi, 30/3/15 – h/t @Udadisi (added 31/3/15)

Nipashe, 31/3/15 (added 31/3/15)

Nipashe, 31/3/15 (added 31/3/15)

Starting a new party is not easy. Zitto has already shown he has the determination and personal popularity to make it work. He has new ideas and apparently limitless energy.

But will that be enough?

8 thoughts on “Alliance for Change and Transparency? Zitto and ACT Wazalendo in cartoons

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  2. Garende M.Garende

    ACT much with time changes . What about CCM & chadema ?

    Zitto Kabwe worry out please we can attack them.

    Garende,Act Tanzania- Mwanza

  3. Emmanuel j. matola

    Ninaikubali sana ACT lakini ninasikitita wametembelea mkoa wa Mtwara bila kufika Newala Mh. Zitto kulikoni nimeeafuata Dar. mkutano wa mwembe yanga lkn sikupata fursa ya kuongea na Mh. Zitto ninataman sana.

  4. Heriel Pallangyo

    Mimi nipo Arusha wilaya ya Arumeru .ninaipenda sana. Act.mbona uongozi Wa chama hahufiki huku?Nahitaji kugombea udiwani nifanyeje?

  5. Blessing Nicholas

    I love ACT. Hongera Mama Tuko nyuma yako. Nataka nigombee vitu maalum nifanyaje? Naomba namba ya Mama Hon. Anna na ya Hon. Kabwe. Mimi nimesoma L.L.B.

  6. Blessing Nicholas

    Je ACT wanaviti maalum vya ubunge kwa wanawake? Kama vipo nikitaka kugombea nafanyaje? NaipendA ACT. Mama tunakupenda

  7. george uredi

    New party with new vision.napenda niwe sehemu ya vision hii.am GEORGE Uredi,lecturer at Stefano Moshi university in moshi

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