Africa Review has collected up data on the annual salaries of African presidents, from a variety of sources. They then calculated how the salary compares to each country’s national average income – GNI per capita.
The suggestion on the RaiaMwema front page back in February that CCM could be lining up retired Chief Justice, Augustino Ramadhani for the presidency came out of the blue. It seemed to be based on nothing more than the logic that having had a Muslim president (President Kikwete), it’s the turn of a Christian, and having had two consecutive presidents from the mainland (Kikwete and Mkapa), it’s the turn of a Zanzibari. There aren’t many Zanzibari Christians – possibly as few as 25,000 – and Augustino Ramadhani fits the bill. Continue reading →
President Kikwete declined to receive the planned demonstration by the Tanzania Albinism Society (TAS) yesterday, which was then banned by the police. However, in his latest monthly address he spoke extensively on the topic. I have translated the key excerpts, which are pasted below. Continue reading →
Presidents Gauck and Kikwete, photo from Deutsche Welle
I have several short extracts from today’s media for you.
First, from Deutche Welle, quoting German President Joachim Gauck, who is visiting Tanzania this week:
“What did our German forefathers see and feel, what hymns did they sing, when they first arrived in this place in the days of the Kaiser.” He was referring to the founding the colony of German East Africa.
President Kikwete spoke in Washington earlier this week, as part of the US-Africa Leadership Summit. The clip below comes from the Civil Society Forum Global Town Hall event, where he shared a platform with US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and Vice President, Joe Biden, and the Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama, among others.
The questioner asks first what Tanzania is doing to avoid the resource curse, and second what message the President has for SADC leaders about Robert Mugabe and the situation in Zimbabwe. President Kikwete neatly avoids the second, but gives a lengthy response to the first. The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) gets a mention, though there is nothing on transparency in extractives’ contracts.
I did note, however, an interesting remark on transparency in company ownership registers:
“We are now working on transparency with regard top who owns what – who is who in terms of ownership of the companies that are operating in the country.”
The full session is also available on YouTube, as is another session at the same event, featuring my boss, Rakesh Rajani of Twaweza, in a discussion about the Open Government Partnership in Africa.
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?