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Choose your metaphor: off the rails, broken down, off course?

Cartoonists work in metaphors, and today there is a clear theme in the Tanzanian press.

It’s all about the Constituent Assembly, preparing another draft of what may become Tanzania’s next constitution, and doing so without the participation of the leading opposition parties and several others.

And at the same time, it’s all about transport.

On the wrong track, off the rails, (or an accident waiting to happen) says King Kinya in The Citizen:

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What do Tanzanians really think of the three governments idea?

From The Citizen 18/3/2014

From The Citizen 18/3/2014

Justice Warioba: “Of the almost 38,000 citizens who gave their views on the Union, 19,000 expressed an opinion on the form of the Union. The breakdown of these statistics show that on the mainland, 13% supported One Government, 24% supported Two Governments and 61% supported Three Governments. In Zanzibar, 34% supported Two Governments and 60% supported a contract-based Union, and 0.1% (25 people) supported One Government.”

President Kikwete: “There are those who claim the Commission’s statistics don’t show the truth. They say that the information of the Commission shows that 351,664 Tanzanian gave their views to the Commission. Of them, 47,820 citizens (13.6%) were unhappy with the form of the Union and raised the issue. 303,844 citizens (86.4%) didn’t see the form of the Union as a problem, which is why they didn’t raise the issue at all. So people are asking how today 13.6% of all Tanzanians who gave their views has become the majority of Tanzanians!”

They’re talking about the same data. How many people gave their views to the Constitutional Review Commission? How many people discussed the Union question? How many supported which form of the Union?

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Chart of the Week #3: Open or closed voting, via RaiaMwema newspaper

RaiaMwema published an interesting bit of data journalism today, on it’s front page:

Open or closed? - From RaiaMwema 26/3/14

Open or closed? – From RaiaMwema 26/3/14

It’s the chart on the left that’s most interesting – it shows that just over half (54%) of the 268 people they asked said that they felt the Constitutional Assembly should make its decisions using secret voting, while 43% said the voting should be open. The issue has divided the assembly itself for a full month now – a final decision on the voting procedure has been repeatedly deferred.

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On the shooting, or otherwise, of messengers. Plus some cartoons

“Don’t shoot the messenger!” we say in English.

The Waswahili have it different: Mjumbe hauawi, the messenger is not killed.

In English, it’s a plea, recognising that in anger we can so easily misplace the blame.

In Swahili, it’s affirmative, expressed as a statement of fact. (But if they’re so confident, why bother saying it?)

Either way, I don’t envy Judge Joseph Warioba his job this week. Or Samwel Sitta, as the referee, for that matter.

First up, from @Mkandamizaji (of Orijino Komedi fame) on Twitter, offers his respect:

Warioba be like >>>>>>>>>

haters gonna hate

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