A court in Iringa today sentenced police officer Pacifius Simon to 15 years imprisonment for the manslaughter of journalist Daud Mwangosi in September 2012. In one sense, this brings the case to a close. But it is a very unsatisfactory ending. Continue reading
UPDATED 18/10/15 – OFFICIAL CANDIDATE LIST PUBLISHED BY NEC
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This is now based on official data as compiled by NEC and published on October 17, 2015.
It’s been a busy few weeks in Tanzanian politicians – not least for the cartoonists. Here’s what I have gathered since my last collection, again grouped by theme:
1. The waiting game – will he, won’t he?
From before Lowassa officially joined Chadema and Ukawa:
So finally it has happened. After being unceremoniously dumped out of the race for the CCM presidential nomination, followed by more than two weeks of will-they-won’t-they flirtations and negotiations, Edward Lowassa has been welcomed into Chadema’s embrace. With the other parties in the Ukawa coalition (CUF, NCCR and NLD) apparently in support, it looks like Lowassa is set to become the coalition’s presidential candidate.
As a former Prime Minister, Lowassa is the most high ranking CCM figure to switch parties since Tanzania introduced multi-party politics. He was many people’s favourite to win the CCM nomination, and this move has the potential to dramatically shake up Tanzanian politics – and the forthcoming general election. Continue reading
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:
It is arguably the key question facing Tanzanian politics in the short term: does CCM have the numbers? Can they ignore the opposition, and force their will upon the next draft of Tanzania’s constitution?
The constitutional review process limps onwards, amid widespread scepticism. Ukawa (the coalition of Chadema, CUF and NCCR, the leading opposition parties) has withdrawn its members from the Constituent Assembly (CA), complaining that President Kikwete and CCM were not listening to their concerns, most particularly on the two-government / three-government issue. This leaves a chamber dominated by CCM members, plus most of “the 201” – those appointed by the President to the assembly – and just a couple of others.
Without Ukawa, there is little doubt that CCM can write the next draft of the constitution however they want. More tricky, however, is whether they can pass it. Continue reading
A few weeks ago I looked at levels of support for CCM and Chadema by age – roughly speaking, Chadema’s support was found to be stronger among younger people than older folks.
Now, using the same data source (Afrobarometer data from 2012), how does support for these two parties vary among people with different levels of education?