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Electricity: the elections summed up in a single issue? Let’s hope not

Mwananchi, 7/10/15

Mwananchi, 7/10/15

Watching the election campaign this week got me thinking: can the whole election be summed up by the way the parties and candidates are addressing the problem of electricity?

Here are three ways in which this might be the case:

1. Little difference between the main candidates / parties:

From the Citizen on Wednesday: Continue reading

Lowassa’s move to Chadema / Ukawa, in the cartoonists’ eyes

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:

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Magufuli vs Lowassa – the online evidence

Nipashe cartoon 310715

Nipashe, 31/7/15

The two main contenders for the presidency in Tanzania’s forthcoming elections are now known. CCM chose John Magufuli as their nominee in mid July, after which Edward Lowassa switched sides and will run for president on the Chadema (and thus also UKAWA) ticket.

Bosses in parties have tried to stage-manage the nomination process to generate maximum publicity for their party and candidate. And in one sense they have both succeeded: the newspapers gave blanket coverage first to CCM and Magufuli, and then to Lowassa and Chadema/UKAWA.

But in this internet era, we can begin to compare how well the two campaigns have captured the interest of people online. Continue reading

Lowassa joins Chadema and UKAWA, but what happens next?

The Citizen, 20/07/15

The Citizen, 20/07/15

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

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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Drama at St Gaspar’s: the full story of the 725m/-

Of all the dramatic developments last weekend, as CCM gathered in Dodoma to select their presidential candidate, one thing in particular stood out. Mid-morning on the day after Lowassa’s name was cut from the list of presidential aspirants, a man was found at St Gaspar’s Hotel with 725m/- (around $350k) in cash in suitcases:

So what exactly happened? Let’s follow the story as it developed: Continue reading