Wednesday, 19 July 2017

IPTL is not a grave – it’s a massive graveyard

Currently, I hear jubilations everywhere as the Tanzanians sing praise of their political newbie hero, President John Pombe Magufuli; for pluckily hoofing it where most of his predecessors feared to. This is because the hoi polloi were betrayed and demoralised for many years, since Mwl Julius Nyerere’s abdication. This said; it isn’t hard to gauge how graft had dangly secured conviviality with the politicos so as to become a furtive policy before Magufuli’s arrival. After striking two individuals Havinder Sethi Singh and James Rugemalira–whose cases we can’t discuss; because they’re before the court–hoi polloi seem to be enchanted. Essentially, these vandals along with public venal officials, are the architects, or call them the black boxes if not a cockpit of the ever-lossmaking investment, the Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL) by which the national lost about US$200 million pointlessly. Taking on such stinking graft is no mean feat; though we need to courageously turn more big stones.
            Demonstrably, the IPTL isn’t a grave but a graveyard. Thus, this is the beginning in that Escrow shouldn’t undercut the doggedness to attach IPTL. Instead, it must undergird the interests of the citizenry but not a select few.
In dealing with this imp, there are so many unknown things that need to be known. For example, how do you deal with Escrow scam without dealing with its mother, the IPTL, which enabled hoaxers to rob our nation? My source confided me; Singh and Rugemalira jointly own just 50% shares of the IPTL; and the rest is owned by a mysterious creature[s], Simba Trust. Who is [are] Simba Trust that’s never been divulged since the scam came to the fore? We need to know them.
            I heard that the government attached the chattels the accused and suspects that are still at large own. Does this include Tageta IPTL plant that’s, apart from polluting our country, been used in milking the Tanzania National Electric Company (TANESCO) day in and day out; not to mention causing power hike for unsuspecting and always sheepish consumers? Again, arresting the culprits is an easy part of the mêlée against graft committed with impunity. Are we legally prepared to prosecute all players in this leech without knowing them all? What are suspects that are still in public offices or position such as members of parliament waiting for?
            According to an out-front anti-graft crusader and researcher who did a lot about exposing the scam, the “IPTL begat Escrow” and the two are one like yin and yang. Further, he maintains that the IPTL profligacy didn’t only caused the losses of millions of dollars but billions; if we consider the its negative effects on the economy and individuals who picked up the tab. He bases his assertion to the fact that when our venal biggies, harranguedly, ‘blessed’ the IPTL for their personal ends, Tanzania lost many international financial grants among which is USD473m US Millennium Challenge Account grant that would have financed new power projects in the country.
            A little bird confided me that the IPTL has dented private power plants (IPPs) (which are cost effective) due to its ravenousness and duplicity.  Sadly though, not all Tanzanians know that the cheapest IPP in Tanzania, Songas, for 13 years, has been selling power to TANESCO for less than 6 US cents per kilowatt-hour, while TANESCO hikes it to its customers for about 12 US cents. According to a 2013 report by the President's Delivery Bureau, IPTL’s power cost TANESCO 24 US cents while Symbion’s and Aggreko’s emergency power projects cost up to 42 US cents despite the fact that the Government, through TANESCO, TPDC and TDFL, owns over 40% of Songas’s shares apart from receiving dividends from Songas in addition to the relatively low-cost power. Aren’t these deadly, lossmaking and toxic investments?
             To cut a long story short, if indeed, Tanzania is deadly serious and it aims at doing away with such shoddy and toxic investments, must see to it that the IPPs are supported even by using the monies it has been burning on criminal investments such as the IPTL, Symbion aka Dowans aka Richmond former venal regime ushered in to restively ruin our economy.
Source: Citizen Wed., today.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Leo Tumetimiza miaka 19 ya Ndoa



Kwa ndugu jamaa na marafiki, leo mimi na mke wangu Nesaa tumetimiza miaka 19 tangu tufunge ndoa. Katika kusherehekea siku hii  muhimu kwetu, pia huwa tunakumbuka kuwa ni siku ya kuzaliwa kwa shujaa wetu Nelson Mandela-ambaye kama angekuwa hai leo-angetimiza miaka 99. Tumefurahia keki na kadi tulizonunuliwa na watoto wetu kila mmoja akieleza anavyojihisi kuwa wazazi wake ukiachia mbali Nkwazi Jr na Nkuzi ambao hawajui kuandika. Kwetu ndoa si ndoana bali shule na pepo. Tunazidi kumshukuru na kumuomba Mungu aendelee kutupa na kutujalia amani upendo na utulivu tangu mwanzo wa safari yetu. Tunazidi kushukuru kuwa upendo wa kweli na wa ari si kiungo ambacho kiliwahi kupungua au kukosekana tangu mwanzo wa safari yetu. Si hayo tu, tunamshukuru Mungu kwa kutujalia wana na mabinti si haba ukiachia mbali furaha na kufaana visivyo vya kawaida. 


Baada ya Escrow Lugumi na UDA nao watumbuliwe

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing                        Hivi karibuni rais John Magufuli aliwafurahisha watanzania kiasi cha kuwaaminisha kuwa ufisadi hauna nafasi katika nchi yetu. Ni baada ya kuchukua hatua za makusudi na za kupongezwa za kuwakamata na kuwafikisha mahakamani watuhumiwa wa kashfa ya wizi wa mabilioni ya fedha toka kwenye fuko la Escrow. Kimsingi, hatua hii adimu na adhimu ilizidi kuongeza imani ya umma kuwa kumbe hakuna asiyeguswa japo bado wapo marais wastaafu ambao serikali zao ziliingiza kampuni la Independent Tanzania Power Limeted (IPTL) ambalo ndiyo mama wa wizi na uhujumu huu.
            Tokana kuanza kuishughulikia kashfa ya Escow kisheria, wengi wanaamini mwisho wa yote mkono mrefu wa sheria utatua IPTL. Pamoja na hatua hii ya kutia moyo, wengi wangetaka rais Magufuli aende mbali na kuwakamata watuhumiwa wengine ambao walihujumu taifa na kuliingiza hasara ya mabilioni ya shilingi. Leo, bila kuficha wala kumung’unya, tunamkumbusha rais Magufuli kuwa bado kuna kashfa nyingine kama vile Lugumi ambapo kampuni iitwayo Lugumi Enterprises Limited inadaiwa kupewa tenda na jeshi hilo kwa ajili ya kufunga mashine za kuchukua alama za vidole – ‘Biometric Access’ katika vituo 108 nchi nzima kwa gharama ya Sh bilioni 37. Mpaka kashfa yenyewe inaibuka Lugumi iikuwa imefunga mashine katika vituo 14 pekee wakati ilikuwa tayari imeishalipwa Shingili bilioni 34 ambazo ni sawa na asilimia 99 ya fedha zote za mkataba. Kuna haja ya kuchunguza mazingira na sababu za kufanyika kwa malipo haya kwa kampuni ambayo ilikuwa haijafanya kazi yoyote ukiachia mbali kuchunguza historia ya kampuni ya Lugumi na wamilki wake.
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            Je, kama hakukuwa na namna, ilikuwaje kampuni hiyo ikapewa malipo ya asilimia 99 bila kuwa imetekeleza angalau asilimia sawa za kazi iliyokuwa iifanye? Maana, kiakili na kisheria ni jambo lisilowezekana bila kuwa na namna yoyote haramu ya kupinda au kuvunja sheria. Je Lugumi ni kikaragosi kilichotumiwa na wakubwa fulani kuliibia taifa?
            Kuna taarifa ambazo hazijawahi kupingwa kuwa Lugumi ni mkwe wa kigogo mmoja wa polisi ambaye ameishastaafu. Je hii haiwezi kuwa clue ya kutufikisha kwa Lugumi mwenyewe? Kutelekezwa na kutotekelezwa mradi mzima ni hasara kubwa kwa taifa kifedha na kiusalama.
Je ni makosa mangapi ambayo serikali ililenga kumpambana nayo yalitendeka baada ya Lugumi kutofunga vifaa husika?
            Mbali na Lugumi, kuna kashfa nyingine ambayo nayo ni tata; na ililisababishia taifa hasara ya mabilioni ya shilingi sawa na kashfa tajwa hapo juu. Kashfa hii si nyingine bali ya utwaliwaji wa iliyokuwa Kampuni ya Uchukuzi Dar Es Salaam (UDA). Kwa wanaojua historia ya kashfa hii ni kwamba UDA ilitwaliwa na kampuni ya Simon Group kinyume cha sheria na kwenye mazingira yenye utata kuhusiana na namna kampuni ilivyouzwa huku serikali ikikana kuwa hisa zake zilikuwa bado kuuza hisa zake. UDA ilikuwa ikimilikiwa na Halmashauri ya Jiji na serikali kwa uwiano wa hisa 49 (Serikali) kwa 51 (Jiji la Dar Es Salaam). Ajabu ya maajabu hata hisa za Jiji hazionyeshi namna zilivyouzwa. Hakuna ushindani uliofanyika kama sheria ya manunuzi ya umma inavyotaka. Je ni kwanini utaratibu ulikiukwa? Kama Lugumi, mmilki wa Simon Group, Simon Kisena ni mtu wa kutia shaka ambaye hana historia inayoeleweka kibiashara ukiachia mbali kutuhumiwa kuhujumu viwanda vya usindikaji pamba ambao ulimlazimisha rais Magufuli kutoa amri virejeshwe kwa umma huko mkoani Mwanza. Je, kama Lugumi, Kisena ni wakala wa wakubwa au jamaa zao ambao hawataki kujulikana? Hapa napo kunapaswa kufanyika uchunguzi kujua kilichoko nyuma ya pazia kama ilivyo kwa Lugumi.
            Kwa vile rais Magufuli amepania kurejesha uwajibikaji na heshima katika utumishi wa umma ikiwamo kuhakikisha mali na raslimali za umma zinaunufaisha umma, tunaamini kuwa ni wakati muafaka kumkumbusha kuwa na kashfa tajwa zishughulikiwe ili taifa lisiendelee kuchezewa na kuhujumiwa kiasi cha kujidhalilisha kwa kuombaomba na kutegemea uhisani wenye masharti magumu udhalilishaji vya hali ya juu. Kwani, haiingii akilini taifa liendelee kutoa huduma muhimu kwa umma wakati linaachia mali na raslimali zake kuhujumiwa na kundi dogo la mafisadi na wezi. Kazi ya serikali yoyote duniani ni kuwalinda wananchi wake na mali na raslimali zao. Isitoshe, serikali inavyo vyombo na asasi za kuweza kushughulikia kadhia kama hizi ambavyo watumishi wake wanalipwa mabilioni ya shilingi ya kodi za wananchi. Kama vyombo hivi na serikali wanashindwa na genge dogo la wachache, nini maana ya kuaminiwa na kulipiwa na umma?
            Tumalizie kwa kumtaka rais Magufuli na Taasisi ya Kuzuia na Kupambana na Rushwa (TAKUKURU) wajielekeze kwenye kadhia hii ili kuepusha upotevu wa fedha za umma ukiachia mbali uhujumu wa taifa. Kama alivyowahi kusema rais Magufuli, wakati wa Tanzania kuwa shamba la bibi umekwisha. Hivyo, Lugumi na Simon Group wanapaswa kuunganishwa na wenzao wa Escrow ili haki itendeke kwa pande zote ukiachia mbali kuonyesha seriousness ya rais Magufuli ya kupambana na uoza. Kwa leo tunaishia hapa.
 Chanzo: Tanzania Daima Jumatano kesho.

Kijiwe kwenda Ukonga kuwasalimia akina Escrew

          Leo Mgoshi Machungi amekuja na mpya. Si alikishangaza kijiwe aliposema kuwa alikwenda Keko kumuona Mgoshi Semtwashua na kuambiwa kuwa wale watuhumiwa wa Escrew wanaishi kwenye vyumba vya VIP lupango.
            Baada ya kuamkua anakula mic “wagoshi jana niishangaa sana.” Kabla ya kuendelea Mbwamwitu anadakia “kwani ulikwenda feri au bandari kushangaa namna vichwa 15 vinavyoweza kuingia na kupakuliwa bandarini bila kujulikana mwenyewe? Au ulikuwa chumbani ambako maji huingia sehemu na kugeuka kiumbe? Si ulisikia juzi namna watasha walivyotengeneza kondoo Dolly kwenye chupa tena kwa kutumia maji ya nonihino?”
            Mgoshi anajibu “hii hainishangazi hasa tikizingatia kuwa bado tina watu wanaodhani kuwa Dokta Kanywaji hawezi kuwatumbua kama aivowafanyia akina Eskoo ambao hata hivyo niiambiwa kuwa wanaisha kwenye vyumba vya VIP wakitanua kama vie hawako upango.”
            Kapende anampoka Mgoshi mic “ina maana Dokta Kanywaji amezidiwa ujanja na ndata wa lupango au ni uzushi wa kawaida? Nitashangaa na kusikitika kama habari hizi zitakuwa za kweli. Ama kweli ukishangaa ya Escrew utaona ya IPTL! hata hivyo, nani ajuaye? Lolote lawezekana kwenye kaya hii ya maajabu.”
            Kabla ya kujibu Kanji anakwanyua mic “na mimi iko sikia toka vatu yangu ya karibuni kuva ile vatu ya escrew naishi kama iko jumbani yao. Iko moja naambia mimi kuva napelekewa hata bibi kuburudisa yeye. Hii kaya iko complications mingi dugu yangu. Mimi ikodhani kuwa Svahili sana nagombea ile Singasinga kama bwabwa.”
            Kabla ya kuendelea mzee Maneno anamchomekea “hii kweli kali! acha ndugu yangu Kanji nikuchomekee. Mana sikuelewi. Unamaanisha nini unaposema kuwa Swahili nagombea Singasinga kama ubwabwa? Sasa kama napelekewa bibi kwanini isigombee hiyo bibi badala ya kugombea Singasinga au wanagombea yote kiasi cha Singasinga kulalamika kuwa haipati singizi tokana na hofu kama vilivyoripoti vyombo vya umbea hivi karibuni?”
            Kabla ya kujibu Mpemba anajibu “hapa mie ndhani huyu aongelea yale mambo ya Popobawa. Maana, nasikia haya mambo yako sana kule ati. Kwani yeye nani asiliwe? Mie ningependa nisikie kuwa nao yakhe waliwa kama walivokula njuluku zetu wallahi.”
            Mijjinga anakatua mic “mie Singasinga hanipi taabu. Nitasherehekea na kuwamwagia ofa ya kahawa kama nikisikia kuwa na Nshomile Rugetumbuliwa naye anashikishwa ukuta. Kwanini wao watutese wasiteseke? Kwanini wale vyetu vyao visiliwe? Natamani ningekuwa kule niwasheherehekee kama walivyosherehekea njuluku zetu.”
            Mchunguliaji anachomekea “mbona wanashikishwa ukuta sana kila wakitoka na kuingia. Mie nayajua maisha ya lupango. Ukitoka kwa pilato unavuliwa nguo zote ili kuhakikisha huiingii na mabomu kama vile bangi, fedha na mambo mengine. Jamaa kule wana laana ile mbaya. Wanakupekuwa kila mahali tena ukiwa uchi wa mnyama. Hivyo, kushikishwa ukuta wala si ajabu wala adhabu. Ni utaratibu wa kawaida.”
            Msomi Mkatatamaa aliyekuwa akibukua jarida moja la kimataifa liitwalo Corrupt Poor Countries anakula mic “Mtu binafsi akiliwa siyo real deal. Kama wao walituibia, kuna kosa gani yakawakuta haya? Hata hivyo, dua la kuku halimpati mwewe.  Kama alivyosema Mgoshi na Kanji, intelligence yangu inaniambia kuwa hawa jamaa wanaishi kama wako uraiani hasa ikizingatiwa kuwa wana njuluku ya kuhonga na kupewa upendeleo. Kama bangi na simu za mkononi zinapenyezwa, watashindwa kuhonga na kupewa upendeleo hasa ikizingatiwa kuwa kwao njuluku ambao hawakuzitolea jasho si tatizo. Sitashangaa kukuta madai haya ni ya kweli hasa ikizingatiwa kuwa bado kaya yetu ina ufisadi ambao umegeuka donda ndugu. Kinachofurahisha ni kwamba angalau Dokta Kanywaji amethubutu waliposhindwa wengi kiasi cha kuwatia kiwewe hadi wakamfuata kwake kumramba makalio kama alivyofanya Tunituni Makapi hadi akapayuka kuwa wapingaji ni wapumbavu asijue naye ni wale wale.”
            “Msomi usinikumbushe fisadi huyu mjivuni ambaye, hata hivyo, vyombo vya umbea havikumlazia damu zaidi ya kumpa kavu kavu aache upumbavu na upayukaji asijeishia walikoishia wenzake wa Brazil na Korea ya Kusini hivi karibuni walipofikishwa mbele ya haki bila kutarajia,” anachomekea Mipawa huku akiendelea kufyonza kipisi chake cha sigara kali.
            Mheshimiwa Bwege aliyekuwa akisikiliza kwa makini anaamua kutia guu “mie mpaka sasa sina imani na mazingaombwe na sanaa zinazoendelea mbele ya mapilato hasa kutokana na kuachiwa na wale jamaa wa Bandarini ambao walipiga wazi wazi wakaishia kuchomoka. Sijui walitembeza chochote kitu au waliowanasa hawakufanya homework yao vizuri. Maana system sasa inaonekana bwege na cha mtoto kiasi cha kuwadaka mafisadi wakachomoka kirahisi. Je hapa tatizo liko wapi au kuna namna mapilato nao wanafanya kama siyo mandata wanaochunguza kesi husika?”
            Sofia Lion aka Kanungaembe anakwanyua mic “kaka lolote linawezekana. Unategemea nini mapilato wanapokuwa kama yule aliyekwanyua njuluku za Escrew aliyelazimishwa kutema ulaji hivi majuzi? Sijui naye ataunganishwa na akina Bill Gereza na Endelea Chenga na profwedheha Anae Kajuamlo kwenda lupango lau kufanya vitu vyao kwenye mtondoo?”
            Kijiwe kikiwa kinaendelea si likapita shangingi la Bashite? Acha tumzomee tukitaka naye apelekekwe lupango kwa kughushi.
Chanzo: Tanzania Daima Jumatano kesho.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Je ni kipi kimemsibu rais Kabila hadi akavimba jicho?

Hivi karibuni picha ya rais Joseph Kabila wa DRC ilisambaa kwenye mitandao akiwa amevimba jicho baada ya kuumizwa vibaya. Je aliumizwa na nini? Wengi wangependa kujua kilichomvibisha jicho rais Kabila kiasi hiki. Kila alikuwa na lake kiasi cha kuzua mtafaruko. Fuatilieni mjue kilichomsibu king'ang'anizi huyu aliyerithi urais baada ya baba yake kuuawa kwa kupigwa risasi.

Mkapa: Better keep your mouth shut

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            Ben Mkapa, former president notorious for engineering toxic investment, is at it again.  Mkapa abhorrently pontificated that President John Magufuli’s critics are fools. For him, nobody is entitled to airing one’s grievances even when the opposition has been banned from conducting political rallies! Mkapa fired salvos in Chato he went to handover 50 houses his Foundation built; the opportunity he seized to bootlick Magufuli. Considering the hot soup Mkapa is supposed to be in with regarding graft committed in office, I wonder why he’s attempting such a suicide unnecessarily, especially as we recently evidenced former presidents in South Korea and Brazil being brought to book.  Again, why Mkapa is behaving irresponsibly and eccentrically knowingly; his dirty linens are on the agora?  Had Tanzania been truly ethical; and not selective in war on graft, Mkapa wouldn’t have jabbered like he did or been receiving retirement perks. What for; while his mess is now making everybody woozy? Mkapa is lucky. Magufuli chose to crucify monkeys and spare the hippos in the case of vandalising a farm.
            Has Mkapa forgotten? Tanzanians know to well; he made use their highest office. Is it because Mkapa’s always played holier than thou; or he just wanted to entice Magufuli so that he can spare him from criminal liability, particularly his involvement in obtaining Kiwira Coal Mine illegally; and illegally doing business in the state house? The bottom line is simple. If Mkapa thinks Tanzanians are fools, any gorilla can abuse, he better keep mum. To help Mkapa and the likes, as a nation, we better get to the bottom of their netherworld. The bible’s it: The proud and arrogant person—“Mocker” is his name; and behaves with insolent fury.
            Knowing Mkapa well, he said what he said not just because he willed to. It is out of necessity resulting from Magufuli’s pace of cleansing the boils. For, if you revisit Mkapa’s history, you wonder where Mkapa gets the guts to affront Tanzanians. Has he forgotten?  Tanzanians still vividly remember his wheels and deals i.e. how he felled the then lucrative National Bank of Commerce (NBC); and how his relatives and friends made a killing out of it? Further, Tanzanians still remember Mkapa’s illegal companies such as Anna and Ben (ANBEN) TanPower Resources Company Limited he jointly owned with his former minister and consigliore Daniel Yona who has already been convicted, with the aim of plundering energy sector not to mention the felling of Tanesco whereby Mkapa’s Tanpower Company schemed to get US$ 3.65M monthly.
            There’s still more vis-à-vis Mkapa’s netherworld.  Tanzanians still remember. Mkapa allowed his family to rob their country? Refer to his Son and Daughter-in-law Nicholas and Forster Enterprises (Fosnik); not to mention doing business while in the office of president implying the conflict of interests? Refer to how Tanpower secured Tshs. 17.7 from the CRDB using presidential powers.  Has Mkapa forgotten? He allowed his wife to form a shoddy NGO, Mfuko wa Fursa Sawa kwa Wote (EOTF) as a conduit by which to mint and print quick bucks? Are Tanzanians, mainly critics, fools for making do with such rot, especially when Magufuli openly said that they must leave Mkapa to retire peacefully after ruining and vending their resources? Who’s a fool; the one that vended others or those he vended? Will Mkapa succeed in enticing Magufuli so that he can protect him while openly knowing that Tanzania belongs to Tanzanians but not to Magufuli? Will Tanzanians allow themselves to be taken for a ride and end up in sheepishness?
            Furthermore, Mkapa’s implicated in BOT’s External Payment Arrears account (EPA) scam involving billions of shillings.  Refer to revelations by Bhindika Michael Sanze who handled EPA documents who named Mkapa and other top dogs to be the architects of the scam.  Neither Mkapa nor his accomplices refuted such allegations. People know more than Mkapa thinks.  Has Mkapa forgotten about inflating the price of purchasing two military radars that ended up sinking billions of shillings before the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) unearthed and found that Mkapa’s government conspired with BAE systems to rob  Tanzanians? Tanzanians still vividly remember.  He wrapped public houses they divided among bigwigs.  Ironically, Mkapa is now proud of building a handful of houses in various regions. Does their value equal the ones they stole in Dar’s posh areas and elsewhere? Again, Mkapa company, sorry, foundation doesn’t spend any coin from its pocket. The houses Mkapa was bloviating about were financed by the government of Japan. Barack Obama isn’t in such dressing down business after exiting power. His is to offer ideas on how to make the world better but not to waste time in petit business like Mkapa. This is the biggest sitting-duck like African rulers’ anomaly. You wonder; a person who abused his office by entering bogus and thievish contracts to have the guts of going cap in hand; and astonishingly still is proud of it. I wrote in my scholarly book Africa Reunite or Perish that a beggar is a beggar even if he or she’s in expensive suits or answers to the title president and whatnots.
            In sum, Mwl Julius Nyerere, our founder, didn’t build even a single house. Yet, thanks to his probity, he protected our resources. He who lives in a glass house shouldn’t throw stones at others. Mr. Mkapa, you better keep your mouth shut rather than borrowing troubles.
Source: Citizen Sunday today.

Uwajibikaji: Heri Mkapa angejinyamazia

Akiwa mkoani Geita, rais mstaafu Benjamin Mkapa alisikika akitoa somo la maendeleo na uwajibikaji. Alikaririwa akisema “kila siku utawasikia watu wanadai haki, makongamano, midahalo ya kudai haki, swali la kuwauliza wao je, wametimiza wajibu kama watanzania.” Kutimiza wajibu ni kuwajibika. Je Mkapa aliwajibika alipoaminiwa urais au kujinufaisha, familia, marafiki na waramba viatu wake? Historia ina jibu sahihi.  Hisani huanzia nyumbani; wahenga walinena. Je Mkapa–kama atakuwa mkweli kwa nafsi yake na watanzania–ametimiza wajibu gani kama rais na raia wakati wa kubinafsisha viwanda na raslimali zetu au kujitwalia nyumba na mali za umma kama Mgodi wa Makaa ya Mawe wa Kiwira? Je Mkapa anadhani watanzania wamesahau au kusamehe? Je Mkapa amesahau tokana na uzee au ujuaji?
            Mkapa aliyasema aliyosema na matusi mengine alipokwenda kukabidhi nyumba nyumba 50 zilizojenga na taasisi yake. Si jambo baya kuchangia maendeleo ya taifa kwa mtanzania yoyote hasa kiongozi kama Mkapa kama kufanya hivyo kunatokana na utashi na historia iliyotukuka. Mfano, mwalimu Julius Nyerere hakujenga nyumba hata moja; kupitia uwajibikaji wake binafsi, alitoa mchango mkubwa kwa taifa kuliko kitu chochote anachoweza kutoa binadamu.       
            Tukimrejea Mkapa, wanaojua historia ya utawala wake ulivyoiingiza nchi kwenye matatizo makubwa kiuchumi kutokana na uwekezaji usio makini na uhujumu wa wazi wa taifa, ubinafsi, ufisadi, ulafi na maovu mengine, wanashangaa anapopata jeuri hii kuwazodoa wenzake wakati anayepaswa kuzodolewa ni yeye kwanza? Je ni yale ya wahenga kusema kuwa nonihino haoni nonihino lake? Je Mkapa anadhani kujenga nyumba 50 kutafanya watanzania wasahaua namna alivyoasisi utawaliwaji wa nyumba za umma jijini Dar Es Salaam tena zenye thamani kubwa kuliko hizi anazojenga mikoani? Kama kuwajibika anakosema Mkapa anamaanisha, kwanini asirejeshe hizo nyumba za umma?
            Japo ni kweli kila mtanzania anapaswa kuwajibika, je Mkapa aliwajibika vilivyo tena akiwa rais? Je Mkapa anawajibika sasa kashfa zake zinapofumuliwa kiasi cha kutegemea hisani na ulinzi wa rais? Kama kuwajibika ni dili–na Mkapa anataka wote wawajibike–mbona yeye hawajibiki kwa angalau kutolea maelezo kashfa zake kuanzia ANBEN, NBC, Kiwila, Tanpopwer na nyingine ambazo ima alihusika moja kwa moja au kwa njia nyingine? Heri Mkapa angejinyamazia kuliko kujivua nguo akidhani yake yameishasahulika wakati aliyatenda juzi tu? Je Mkapa anadhani watanzania wamesahau yake au anadhani bado wanaishi zama zile akiwatukana kuwa ni wavivu wa kufikiri asijue naye ataishia kuwa bingwa katika hili?
            Kwanini Mkapa ameshindwa kujua suala jepesi kuwa kudai kutendewa haki kwa watanzania si jambo la kutegemea huruma ya mtu yeyote? Mbona lipo kikatiba? Mkapa anaonekana kujichanganya pale anaposema “viongozi tubuni miradi ili kujiendeleza na kujiletea maendeleo sisi wenyewe.” Hivi hawa wanaozuiliwa kufanya hata mikutano ya kawaida ya siasa, watapata wapi namna ya kubuni miradi wakati wao si chama tawala? Sijui kama Mkapa anasoma magazeti au anajifanya kutojua kinachoendelea nchini kuhusiana na upinzani. Mbona kitendo cha juzi kilichotendeka pale kwa wakwe zake hakukilaani ambapo shamba la mbunge wa Hai, Freeman Mbowe (CHADEMA) liliharibiwa na mkuu wa wilaya hiyo Gelasius Byakanwa?  Je Mkapa anajifisia kuwa na taasisi yake ambayo nayo ukiichunguza mchango wake kwa taifa na kwake binafsi unaweza kukuta ni kama mali binafsi? Nadhani Tanzania–kama akina Mkapa wangeiendesha vizuri–haikupaswa kuhitaji misaada wala uhisani wa vitu vidogo kama nyumba 50 anazoonea fahari Mkapa badala ya kuonea aibu tokana na namna nchi inavyoibiwa tokana na uhovyo wa sera za akina Mkapa za kujihudumia. Hatuoni akina Obama wakijiingiza kwenye umachinga kama huu zaidi ya kuwa chemic hemi ya fikra kwenye ustaafu wao.
            Wanaojua utajiri tuliojaliwa uliofujwa na kuhujumiwa, haiingii akilini kujipiga kifua kwa kujenga vijumba 50 wakati makampuni ya kigeni yakiondoka na matrilioni ya shilingi kwenye nishati na madini ambavyo akina Mkapa walihujumu ili watanzania waendelee kuwa maskini waje kuwafadhili kwa udohoudoho kama vijumba 50. Kwa wanaojua Mkapa alivyopoteza fursa kubadili taifa, wanashangaa wapi anapopata ujasiri huu wa kujidanganya na kuamini anaweza kudanganya wengine. Nani hajui kuwa baadhi ya waliokosoa ufisadi na utendaji wa kifisadi wa Mkapa wengine walifutiwa uraia? Nani amesahau Mkapa alivyozodoa vyombo vya habari kuwa havina haki ya kumsema kuhusiana ufisadi kwa vile naye alidhani vilikuwa vimepata mitaji yake kifisadi? Kuonyesha kuwa Mkapa aidha amesahau au anajifanya kusahau, amerudia uvivu ule ule aliowatuhumu watanzania kuwatukana wakosoaji wa rais Magufuli kuwa ni wapumbavu bila kutoa ushahidi wowote wa kisomi na kisomi. Kwani Magufuli ni Mungu asiyekosolewa? Kwa umri wake na nafasi aliyowahi kushika nchini, kama Mkapa asingejichafua tokana na ima uvivu wa kufikiria au uroho, asingekuwa mtu wa kutegemea kulindwa na rais Magufuli ambaye ni junior kwake. Rejea Magufuli alivyokaririwa hivi karibuni akisema tuwaache akina Mkapa wapumzike baada ya baadhi ya wabunge wa upinzani kutaka wafuitiwe kinga wakipata cha mtema kuni. Tuliona hili kwa Mwl Julius Nyerere. Hakujigonga kwa aliyemfuatia yaani Ali Hassan Mwinyi wala Mwinyi hakujigonga kwa Mkapa tokana na kujijengea maisha ya kuheshimika bila kuhitaji kukingiwa kifua. Alikaririwa akisema kuwa “mwenyekiti Msukuma ameniunga mkono kuwaita wapumbavu…” sijui hapa upumbavu ni upi kati ya wale waliokosolewa wakawatukana wakosoaji wakaingia mikataba ya kipumbavu ambayo inamhangaisha rais kiasi cha kusema wazi kuwa viongozi waliuza nchi kwa kuwekewa chao Ulaya. Sijui kama Mkapa anajua kuwa rais anapolalamikia viongozi waliouza Tanzania naye ni mmojawapo.
Chanzo: Tanzania Daima Jumapili leo.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Barua ya wazi kwa wanufaika wa Escrew

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            Baada ya juzi kumshuhudia mnufaika mmoja wa mamilioni na mabilioni ya Escrew, ile kashfa ambapo baadhi ya matapeli wa ndani na nje na baadhi ya wanene kwenye lisirikali walipiga njuluku za walevi, nimeamua kuwatahadharisha wale wanaodhani wataendelea kufwaidi zile njuluku zs walevi wakati walevi wakiendelea kunyotolewa roho na mikasa itokanayo na umaskini unaosababishwa na udokozi na wizi wao. Hii ni baada ya walevi kunituma nifanye hivyo kabla hawajakwenda wenyewe kugawana kila kitu wajalaana hawa wanachomilki bila kujali kuwa kinatokana na mshiko huu au mishemishe mingine. Kwa wasiojua inshu ni kwamba jamaa mmoja aitwaye Jimmy Rugetumbuliwa aka Rugemalayer aliyeshirikiana na wanene wetu majizi kuanzisha kampuni feki iitwayo IpTL, aliamua kuchafua hewa. Si alitembeza mshiko kinomi kiasi cha kuhonga kila aliyesimama mbele yake ilmradi dili lake lipite.
            Katika wale waliohongwa njuluku hizi za walevi ni Bill Ngereza aliyeamua kuzitema juzi baada ya kuona joto la Dokta Kanywaji likizidi kupanda huku akitaka majipu yajitumbue kabla hajayapasulia mbali bila kujali yameota kwa vifito au vigogo. Kwa kufanya hivyo, Bill ameanzisha ngwe nyingine ya kuona wenzake wakizitapika njuluku zetu ili tuzitumie lau kupata kanywaji na huduma nyingine kama jamii.
            Rugetumbuliwa mfano, anadaiwa kuwahonga jamaa mmoja aitwaye Endelea Chenga aliyekuwa mwanasharia mkubwa wa lisirikali zamani kiasi cha madufu 1.6 bilioni sambamba na aliyekuwa waziri mmoja wa mambo ya mahekalu mwenye cheo cha profwedheha aitwaye Annae Kajuamlo kiasi hicho hicho. Jamaa hakuishia hapo, alihonga majaji, makasisi, makuhani hata wafagiaji kutegemea na thamani ya muhongwaji. Wapo walioambulia vijesenti kidogo vya kununulia mboga toka kwa jamaa huyu aliyewahi kusema kuwa mamilioni na mabilioni aliyokuwa akihonga vilikuwa ni vijisenti vya ugolo.
            Hivyo, wahongwaji wote walionekana kushabikia ugolo kiasi cha kuhitaji msaada wa jamaa huyu mchafu kama nguruwe ambaye kwa sasa yuko lupango akingojea kulipia madhambi na udokozi wake. Tokana na ukweli kuwa business as usual era is long gone, natawatahadharisha wote waliopokea mamilioni na mabilioni haya kurejesha mara moja huku wakijipeleka wenyewe lupango kabla ya kuzolewa mzobemzobe na kurundikwa kwenye karandinga na magereza. Tena nitamshauri mnene awafungulie kesi za makosa ya mauaji kutokana kuwa ujambazi huu umeishaua walevi wengi waliokosa huduma muhimu kama madawa, elimu na hata kufaidi maisha kwa ujumla.
            Tukijrejea kwa wapendwa wahongwaji, napenda kumpongeza mwenzao aitwaye Bill aliyeamua kutema vijisenti vya ugolo. Inaonekana jamaa kaachana na tabia ya kunusu au kubwia ugolo.  Je marafiki zangu mnaojijua mnangoja nini au hadi kinukishwe ndipo msituke baada ya kujikuta lupango? Pia nawafahamisha; kurejesha njuluku siyo mwisho wa stori. Huu siyo wakati wa EPA ambapo mkuu wa kashfa hii aliwashauri wenzake warejeshe halafu akawasamehe utadhani yeye ni mahakama.  Tunajua kuwa jamaa huyu aitwaye Njaakaya alifanya hivyo ili kuficha asiumbuke pamoja na wenzake wa karibu waliopunyua njuluku hizi na kuzitumia kujipatia ulaji kisiasa. Kwani hatujui? Mbona mauzauza na ujambazi huu ulianikwa na mwanasheria aitwaye Bhindika aliyesaini uhamishaji wa njuluku za EPA?  Tena nichukua fursa hii kumkumbusha Munene atumbue na kufumua kashfa hii bila kumbakiza kiongozi wa ujambazi huu aliyeitwa Kagoda aka Roast Tamu la Aziz. Akimaliza hii aende pake UdA kampuni la walevi lililotwaliwa kijambazi na jamaa mmoja ajiitaye Saimo ambaye hivi karibuni alikabidhiwa mradi mwingine mkali utokanao na njuluku za walevi wa DrT akajitwalie kama alivyofanya kwa UdA.
            Nikirejea kwa wanufaika wa Escrew, mjue fika. Chini ya utawala wa sasa, rejesheni–na kuonyesha wazi mlivyo mafisadi–halafu mjiandae kwenda lupango kunonihino kwenye mtondoo. Chini ya kanuni hii ambayo kilevi huitwa self-tumbualing, yaani majibu kujitumbua yenyewe, wengi walionufaika na ujambazi huu watakwenda kuimba kwaya na bosi yao Jimmy aliyewahonga kule korokoroni. Inapendeza siyo?
            Ngoma haiishii hapa. Lazima akina Bill na wenzake warejeshe njuluku zetu na interest juu. Maana walikaa nazo na kuzitumia kutengeneza utajiri kinyume cha sheria. Kwa wale ambao wako kwenye ofisi za umma, kuanzia siasa, dini na magumbashi yoyote waachie ngazi kwanza ndipo wapelekwe lupango. Kwa wale ambao wameisharudisha namba, nitamuomba Mungu awaadhibu huko huko tena kwa nyongeza ya mateso. Natamani kumuona mzee wa Vijisenti akimfuata mzee wa Vijisenti vya Ugolo ili wakaimbe kwaya pamoja tena kwa kigabacholi huku choir leader akiwa Singasinga. Wakimaliza waimbe nyimbo za kinshomile, kisukusi na nyingine nyingi tokana na watokako wapunyuaji hawa aka mijizi kama alivyowahi kuwaita mhishimiwa Tundu Jissu sometimes back kwenye mjengo alipotaka wakamatwe mara moja. Kiko wapi sasa. Sijui wale waliokuwa wakiwatukana wenzao kuwa ni tumbili ni nani tumbili sasa? Mtaisoma namba zamu hii. Au siyo? Bring back our escrew dosh as soon as possible. Loo! Kumbe vitu vimepanda hadi ninaongea kimakonde! Tuonane wiki ijayo basi.
Chanzo: Nipashe Jumamosi leo.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Kati ya wapinzani na Mkapa nani mpumbavu?

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Rais anayetuhumiwa kuiuza na kuihujumu Tanzania Benjamin Mkapa amerejea kwenye ulingo wa siasa kwa tabia ile ile ya kizamani. Akijikomba kwa rais John Magufuli mkoani Geita aliwaita wanaompinga Magufuli kuwa wapumbavu. Wengi wanadhani Mkapa hakusema hayo kwa kupenda bali kulazimika hasa ikizingatiwa alivyoondoka na kashfa lukuki hasa wakati huu wa utumbuaji majipu. Ukiangalia historia ya wizi wa kijinga na kipumbavu vilivyofanyika chini ya Mkapa unashangaa anapopata jeuri kiumbe huyu. Hivi Mkapa amesahau kuwa watanzania wanajua alivyojitwalila Machimbo ya Makaa ya Mawe ya Kiwira? Je Mkapa amesahau kuwa watanzania wanakumbuka alivyotumiwa na mke wake na mashemeji zake kuiua na kuiuza NBC? Je Mkapa amesahau kuwa watanzania wanakumbuka makampuni yake ya ANBEN, Tanpower, Fosnik na mengine? Je hapa upumbavu wa watanzania uko wapi au ni ile hali ya kuwaibia wakaendelea kunyamaza? Je kati watanzania na Mkapa mpumbavu ni yupi? Je Mkapa atafanikiwa kuendelea kuwatukana wananchi ili kumfurahisha Magufuli asimtumbue au wananchi wataliamsha dude na kutaka ashughulikiwe sawa na mafisadi wengine alioshirikaina nao kuuza taifa?

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Is DART transformative or transgressive?

Barua ya wazi kwa Halima Mdee

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          Mheshimiwa Halima Mdee,
            Kwanza, pole kwa mazonge yanayokukuta mara mara kwa kutokubali kuwekwa sawa au kuwa ndiyo mzee. Kwa tunaojua thamani na haki ya uhuru wa mawazo, tunakuona kama shujaa ambaye hana wa kumshangilia au kwa kimombo unsung heroine. Hata hivyo, usife moyo; kuna siku ukweli utadhihiri kama ulivyodhihiri juu ya wenzio waliopinga mikataba mibovu wakatukanwa, kukamatwa hata kufukuzwa bungeni. Wewe si wa kwanza. Hivyo, kaza buti. Kimsingi, barua hii ni faraja kwako na machukizo kwa watesi wako. Pia barua hii ni ya kukera kwa wasio na hekima na woga wanaopenda kuambiwa na kusikia wanachotaka kusikia na si kile wanachopaswa kusikia. Kama kijana mahiri, usife moyo kwa kupata misukosuko. Kwani, mfalme Mhubiri 4:13 inasema ni Heri kijana maskini mwenye hekima Kuliko mfalme mzee mpumbavu. Sitaki niseme mengi. Ila wewe si sawa na wale wapumbavu waliogawa nchi yetu kwa wawekezaji waliogeuka wachukuaji. Wewe siyo mchoyo kama wanasheria waliosaini mikataba hii ya kipumbavu na kijambazi ambayo ni moja ya mambo unayopigia kelele ukiachia mbali usawa wa kijinsia.
            Pili, kwa tunaojua thamani ya uhuru wa kuwa na msimamo, tunasherekea ithibati yako ya kutoyumbishwa kwa kile unachoamini. Kawaida, watu wa namna yako ni wachache, hasa akina mama tokana na makali ya mfumo dume. Hivyo, unazidi kujiwekea historia ya mama jasiri ambaye mchango wake utakuja kukumbukwa na kuenziwa siku moja. Akina Bibi Titi walianza kama ulivyoanza. Hivyo, usikatishwe tamaa, kutishwa wala kujiona kama unachukua njia isiyokufikisha mahali. Amini mdogo wangu unachofanya kinafuatiliwa na wengi wanaoelewa kuwa kila lenye mwanzo lina mwisho. Nani mara hii amesahau waliowahi kuwika kwenye unyanyasaji wa raia wakaishia kumezwa na historia wakiwa wamelipwa ipasavyo.
            Tatu, Halima inapaswa kujiuliza swali moja dogu: Binadamu ni nini hadi ajilishe pepo wakati ni udongo tu unaongoja kurejea ulikotoka? Binadamu ni nini wakati ni mfu anayetembea akigemewa kwenda huko walikokwenda wengi wasirudi? Je ni wangapi wanaikubali na kuifanyia kazi busara hii rahisi hasa katika mambo ya umma? Kwa wanaokumbuka waziri wa zamani wa mambo ya ndani Augustine Mrema alivyochachafya waliopinga serikali, wanajua kilichotokea baada ya yeye kufunga virago na kujiunga na hao hao waliokuwa wakiikosoa serikali yake kipenzi.
            Nne, Halima, yakupasa kufahamu kuwa wapo wenye nguvu wanaoweza kufunga mwili wako lakini si mawazo yako. Wanaweza kufunga mikono yako lakini si kinywa chako. Wanaweza kukufukuza bungeni lakini si jimboni.  Wanaweza kudhani wanakunyamazisha wakati wanakufyatua. Wanaweza kudhani wanakutisha kumbe wanakuondoa woga. Hakuna kinachoweza kusimama mbele ya haki. Kwani haki ni haki daima huvunja hata milima aliwahi kuandika mshahiri mmoja wa kale. Hivyo, wanapofunga njia moja nyingine nyingi zinafunguka. Badala ya kulia na kuhuzunika kwa kuwekwa korokoroni, inabidi ushangilie. Wenye kujua thamani ya mchango wako, hatuhuzuniki bali kusherehekea kwa ushindi unaoupata ndani ya kipindi kifupi cha maisha yako na ubunge wako.
            Tano, inakupasa kujua kuwa, hakuna tofali linalofaa kujengea nyumba imara lisilopita kwenye tanuri. Hivyo, kinachopaswa kukuhangaisha siyo kwanini unafukuzwa bungeni, kukamatwa na kuwekwa ndani bali kuangalia kama unachopigania kinawaridhisha waliokutuma kwenda kuwawakilisha. Na isitoshe, anayekufunga wewe hamfungi Halima Mdee bali Mbunge mwakilishi wa wananchi wa jimbo la Kawe. Kwa lugha nyepesi, anayeshughulikiwa si wewe bali wapiga kura wako. Unapaswa kutumia muda huu wa kuwa nje ya bunge kuwaelimisha wapiga kura wako wajue wanavyotendewa ndiyo siyo na vyombo vya dola hasa mihimili mikuu yaani Bunge na Utawala.
            Halima, mwisho naomba nihitimishe kwa kukutaarifu kuwa kwa tunaoujua umuhimu wa ujasiri, ukweli na kutojikomba wala kujigongagonga na unafiki mwingine ili kupata cheo au mlo, tunakusherehekea na kukufanya moja wa mashujaa wetu hata kama hilo hulijui wala kulihitaji kutokana na kutimiza wajibu wako kama binadamu, mbunge, mwanamke na yote katika yote kama mtanzania mwenye mapenzi makuu na mema kwa taifa na watu wake. Nafahamu fika kuwa hata ukiimbiwa zaburi uwasaliti hutawasaliti watanzania. Najua fika, hata ukifungwa minyororo hutageuka bali kukengeuka na kuendeleza msimamo wako. Hata ukiahidiwa vyeo na fedha hutageuka nyuma na kuwa jiwe kama yule mama mpumbavu mke wa Luti aliyegeuka jiwe pamoja na kukanywa au yule msaliti Yuda Iskarioti pamoja na usomi wake. Naamini hutakuwa mtumwa wa tumbo bali mwenye kutumia kichwa badala ya tumbo kuendelea kuwa kwenye uringo wa kisiasa.
            Nakutakia mapambano mema. Ila ushauri wangu ni kwamba utakapo cha mvunguni shurti uiname. Na hakuma masika yasiyo na mbu wala marefu yasiyo nan cha. Hivyo, mwanzo wa masahibu yako unaashiria mwanzo wa ukombozi wa watu wetu kifikra.
            Leo nitakuacha na hekima ya gwiji Martin Luther aliyesema kuwa
Ujasiri ni uamuzi wa mwisho wa ndani wa kwenda mbele hata kama kuna vikwazo. Woga huficha udhalili na kuupa kicho. Woga huzaa kujisalimisha kikondoo kwa masahibu. Ujasiri huzaa ubunifu; woga huuliza kama ni salama wakati uhakika huuliza kama ni busara; kiburi huuliza kama ni sifa. Ila adili huuliza kama ni sahihi; kwani kuna wakati tunapaswa kufanya maamuzi bila kujali kuwa ni salama, busara, umaarufu ila kuhakikisha tunachofanya ni sawa au sahihi.
Chanzo: Tanzania Daima Jumatano leo

Kijiwe chakumbushia uchunguzi wa uvamizi wa Klouds

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Will Kenyans Celebrate or Mourn Nicholas Biwott?

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When it comes to Kenya's grim past of abuse of power, corruption and political assassination, Nicholas Biwott who died yesterday takes a center stage. No political assassination was carried out under Daniel arap Moi without having a Biwott tag on it. Biwott is said to have like a black box to Moi had he been a plane. Though Moi had a vice president, Biwott was more than him. He did and got what he wanted from Moi. From being the son of stinking pauper to a billionaire, Biwott goes down as one of the most evil people Kenya has ever had after Kenyatta and Moi.He is lucky that he died a natural death without being assassinated the same way those he assassinated.
        Now that Biwott is no more, will Kenyans celebrate his passing or mourn him? Again, there is a very crucial message in the life and death of Biwott. Every soul will surely one day die. What is the world for a mortal who think he can be on top of it to end up in its belly? Those who act and live like Biwott need to take a lesson here.