Category Archives: cartoons

Winners and losers, and one decision pending: cartoons on Magufuli, UKAWA and Lowassa

Since CCM announced it’s nomination of John Pombe Magufuli as the party’s presidential candidate, the cartoonists have been busy. I have gathered a selection here, grouped by theme.

1. John Magufuli

Simply celebrating and/or noting the party’s choice:

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How the papers reported Magufuli’s nomination as CCM presidential candidate

The big news story in Tanzania over the weekend was the nomination of John Pombe Magufuli as CCM presidential candidate, including the dramatic exclusion of Edward Lowassa from the final five. The Magufuli announcement came around midday on Sunday, so didn’t make the papers until this morning. So, with a bit of help from @millardayo, how did they cover it?

1. The more serious Swahili papers: (click on an individual image to enlarge)

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Four big decisions (and challenges) for CCM in selecting their presidential candidate

Mwananchi, 10/4/15

Mwananchi, 10/4/15

The CCM choice of presidential candidate is likely to be the country’s next president. And the party’s governing bodies are making their choice this week.

As much of Tanzania waits for the decision, here are the four key questions/challenges for the CCM leadership to resolve:

1. To Lowassa or not to Lowassa?

This is the big one. Edward Lowassa’s public popularity and financial muscle mean that if he makes it into the final five, he is almost guaranteed to sail through the rest of the process, (where the number of people involved in making decisions is much larger,) and win the nomination. But his tainted reputation means that many in the Central Committee (CC) will be very reluctant to include him on their list. Though he is not the only aspirant to be tainted by past corruption scandals or with links to wealthy backers, he is at the top of both such lists. Continue reading

What the cartoonists say: CCM presidential nomination race – part 2

Mwananchi, 23/6/15

Mwananchi, 23/6/15

Last month I posted an early selection of cartoons on the CCM presidential nomination process. Since then, there has been a mountain of new cartoons. For simplicity and space, I have grouped them in galleries this time, under eight headings: Continue reading

What the cartoonists say: CCM presidential nomination race – part 1

CCM is in the midst of the presidential candidate nomination process. More than ten candidates have already declared and probably over 30 who will put themselves forward.

I’ve gathered up some of the best cartoons of the last few days, to see what they can tell us about how the process is going.

I’m sure there will be more good cartoons over the next few weeks, so consider this as part 1 of a series.

1. A lot of candidates, tough decisions, etc:

(Tz) Guardian, 1/6/15

(Tz) Guardian, 1/6/15

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Tanzania’s Statistics, Cybercrime, Media Services and Access to Information Bills: what the cartoonists say

For context, see the following two posts:

First up, two cartoons that focus on the secrecy under which two of these bills were initially brought to parliament:

Nipashe, 19/3/15

Nipashe, 19/3/15

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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. Continue reading