Tag Archives: 2015

Tanzania bans another newspaper

The Citizen, 27/01/15

The Citizen, 27/01/15

Once again, the Tanzanian government has banned a newspaper. In late 2013, Mtanzania was suspended for 90 days and Mwananchi for 14. In June 2012 it was MwanaHalisi, which remains suspended to this day. This time it is The East African, a highly respected regional paper.

The East African’s readership in Tanzania is low in numbers, but significant for who they are: the country’s business and political elites. It is seen as a thorough and dependable source of news on financial matters and regional politics in particular. It’s also part of the same media group (NMG/MCL) as two major and respected Tanzanian newspapers: The Citizen and Mwananchi.

We’re unlikely to see the outcry that followed suspension of Mwananchi in 2013. Most Tanzanians – even newspaper readers – won’t notice, with cabinet resignations and reshuffles dominating the news agenda. But it stands, once again, in stark contrast to the government’s stated commitment to open government and freedom of information.  Continue reading

CCM Hoyee! Zitto and Chadema in a mess. As usual, it’s all about 2015

Cartoon from wavuti.com

Cartoon from wavuti.com

We all saw it coming, and yet we were surprised when it came. Zitto Kabwe was sacked by his party late last week.

No longer will Zitto be Chadema’s deputy secretary, nor deputy leader of the opposition in parliament. There’s even a suggestion that he will be stripped of his party membership, with uncertain consequences for his status as an MP – Tanzania doesn’t allow independent MPs, and “crossing the floor” to join another party mid-term is unheard of.

I will come to the implications in a moment. But first, some background is essential.

Zitto has long been a difficult character, both for the government and his own party leaders. He is quite possibly the most popular political figure in the country (though no data exists to confirm this) and has been a huge asset to his party. At only 37 years old, he has an appeal to the youth vote that no other politician can match. But there have always been suspicions that his energy and drive owed more to his personal ambition (he had already indicated his intention to run for the presidency in 2015) than his party allegiance.  Continue reading

More articles, tweets, etc. on Zitto’s sacking from Chadema positions

This follows an earlier post with articles, etc. from Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Updated Tuesday, 2pm EAT – click here to jump to the new section

Monday 25th November

Front pages, via millardayo.com:


Mwananchi: Zitto: Sitoki Chadema; Diwani amkosoa Lissu; Wazazi wamsindikiza Zitto ‘kujieleza’; Dk Kitila: Nilishiriki kuandaa, kuhariri waraka; Kigoma wapinga, Mbeya washangilia
The Citizen: Zitto fights back in effort to salvage political career Continue reading

Collected articles on sacking of Zitto Kabwe from Chadema positions

Zitto Kabwe

Zitto Kabwe

UPDATED: Sunday 9.45pm EAT Click here to go direct to this update
Or here for Saturday’s links

For articles etc. from Monday (25/11) onwards, see this new post.

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Zitto Kabwe, a hugely dynamic and popular young MP with the main Tanzanian opposition party, Chadema, was stripped of his official positions by party leaders in the early hours of Friday morning. He will no longer be the party’s deputy secretary, nor deputy leader of the opposition in parliament.

The reason? Party Chairman, Freeman Mbowe, explained that Zitto had been discovered to be part of a plot to overthrow the party leader and take over the position of party chair (and likely Presidential candidate), along with other related transgressions.

from Daily News

from Daily News

I will probably post some analysis of this major development as the story evolves further. But for the moment, here’s a collection of articles, posts, tweets, etc. on the story, which I will try to keep updated.

Friday 22nd November

The story as it broke, on Jamii Forums: Zitto na Kitila wavuliwa vyeo vyote ndani ya chama

Live coverage of the press conference held by Chadema’s Executive Committee, also on Jamii Forums: Ufafanuzi wa CHADEMA Kuhusu Maazimio ya Kamati Kuu – Novemba 2013
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A tight political race in 2015: Afrobarometer on Tanzania #2

Several times recently on this blog (e.g. here) I have referred to Tanzania’s increasingly competitive, and hot, political environment. But I have had to use anecdotes and newspaper articles as evidence that Chadema is challenging CCM as never before. Does the data back this up? Let’s take another look at the Afrobarometer survey series to find out.

Chart 1 – Political party preferences in Tanzania since 2001

The five Afrobarometer public opinion surveys in Tanzania since 2001 have all included a question on political party preferences. In 2001 and 2003, the survey asked respondents which party they felt most connected to. In 2005, 2008 and 2012, they were asked which party’s presidential candidate they would vote for if an election was held the following day. This is a standard opinion poll question that is used all around the world.

Data from Afrobarometer.org. Results for 2001, 2003 have been calculated based on responses to a different survey question, so are less reliable.

Data from Afrobarometer.org. Results for 2001, 2003 have been calculated based on responses to a different survey question, so are less reliable.

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