Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Authorities should stop purveyors of lies, obscenities


            Those who grew up in the 70s remember the Mahoka program the then Radio Tanzania used to air. This program was a comedy showing how madness can turn impossible possible hypothetically. Like it or not, this program, despite being a sort of practical hocus-pocus, was hilarious without necessarily damaging our national code and culture. Mahoka died many years ago though the Mahoka national lives on.  Currently, Tanzania is facing a threat of becoming a cultural litterbin wherein any cultural debris can be dumped in the name of entertainment. President John Magufuli has already been alarmed. He recently told artists to put their house in order after noting that some are blindly wandering off from national culture in the name of entertainment.
Thanks to Magufuli drive, many stakeholders were put on notice. Nonetheless, the speed in which cultural decay is dealt with is not satisfactory compared to what must have been done a long time ago. Thanks to carelessness and myopia devoid of ethos and cultural consciousness, some of our media are needless feeding us garbage in the name of making a quick buck. We now have the so-called Udaku or tabloids whose propensity is to feed garbage to our people. There are many more tabloids in Tanzania than any country in the region.  I am lucky to have visited all neighbouring countries minus Mozambique. These countries have a few; and others completely don’t have such obnoxious and poisonous media. Are we a mahoka country that can invest in culturally poisonous and pornographic stuff for its peril? It is no longer disconcerting to see X-rated photos on our newsstands for everybody to see including our innocent and uncontaminated children. Ironically, while the authorities have turned a blind eye to this cultural suicide, much government’s attention has been directed to purging and shunning serious media simply because they don’t share the bed with it.  This is wrong; and the civilised world is laughing at us for this self-inflicted collective and cultural suicide.
Another area that needs government scrutiny is religious chicanery wherein many conmen and women, quacks and money makers are making a killing by duping our ignorant and unsuspecting people that they can perform miracles to the effect of changing; and thereby solve their problems so as to improve their lives. We recently evidenced one impostor known as Apostle Tito confidently and openly preaching all absurdities without any fear. Thank lord; the authorities nipped him in the bud before his poison spreading so as to motivate other gunk imitators. We’ve reached a point at which anybody can go to bed a sinner and wake up a religious leader. As if this isn’t enough, under this collective imbecilisation if I may borrow from the late professor Seth Chachage, nobody is perturbed as this sacrilege morphs itself even bigger. We now have stinking rich cons whose wealth was only made by plundering our people in the name of God.
Further, we now have druids of all sorts advertising their criminality in putrid media. They assert that they can, as it is for bogus religious charlatans, Judases and Iscariots, cure any and every disease and expel spell. They enlarge sex organs, expel spells, and create wealth and do other impossible things such as helping somebody to perform well in examination, win a court case and voila the host of innumerable nonsensical stuff.   Again, what motivates such legalised criminalities? There are a couple of reasons including:
First, the failure by our authorities to regulate and scrutinise them is to blame.
Secondly, another reason is the fact that in our country, currently anybody can go to bed a pauper and wake up miraculously a tycoon without necessarily showing how one made this hush-hush dosh. So, too, this systemic slackness has motivated thievery and thuggery in our country so as to evidence the surge of crime rates. As a country, we now are infamously known for killing innocent people with albinism not to mention elderly people, especially females; which speak to gender violence.
Thirdly, the fact that our people are good buffs of such garbage adds up to the surge of such harmful media.

Now we know what and where the problem is. Then what should be done? The authorities should invest in and resuscitate our lost cultural sensitivities and values. A nation without culture is nothing but a collection of freaks whose country can be easily corrupted and destroyed by cultural imperialism, hooliganism and lunacy and the like simply because it has allowed itself to be taken for a ride either because of its myopia or greed among others. Time for the government to pounce on udaku media has arrived. It is upon the government to wake up from the slumber it has been in since Mwalimu Nyerere left office.
Source: Citizen, Feb., 21, 2018.

Rais Magufuli atahadhari magazeti nyemelezi yapendayo kumsifu

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            Japo kusifia au kufisiwa ni haki ya anayesifia au kusifiwa, kunapozidi au kufanyika bila sababu za msingi, huleta kero na maudhi kiasi fulani. Mfano, mtu anapokusifia lakini akachelea kukwambia ukweli au kukushauri, basi mtu huyu hakufai hata chembe. Yesu aliwahi kuonya akisema kuwa si wote wajao wakisema bwana bwana wataingia ufalme wa mbinguni; kwani wengi ni wanafiki na wachumia tumbo waliojaa uongo na ghilba. Hivi katibuni, baada ya rais John Magufuli kuingia madarakani, kumezuka magazeti yanayojikomba kwake kiasi cha kusifia kila kitu. Hii si kazi ya magazeti kama sauti ya wasio na sauti. Kazi ya msingi ya kwanza ya vyombo vya habari ni kusimamia na kutetea maslahi yake pamoja na ya wale wasio na sauti katika jamii. Hili hufanyika kwa kuibua madhira na uoza unaowanyima haki zao wasio na sauti. Pia vyombo vya habari hutumika kama jukwaa la wasio na sauti na walio na sauti kueleza mawazo na matatizo yao. Hivyo, kusifia si sehemu ya wajibu wa vyombo vya habari. Hatuna maana kuwa magazeti yamlaumu rais bila sababu. Lakini inatia kinyaa kusoma baadhi ya magazeti juu ya namna yanavyojikomba kwa rais kiasi cha kusifia kila kitu. Kazi ya magazeti ni kufikirisha, kufundisha, kuhabarisha, kukusanya na kusambaza habari na kuibua hoja na uoza na kufanya hivyo bila patilizi wala upendeleo kati ya majukumu mengi halali ya vyombo vya habari. Kwa watu wenye akili sawa sawa na wanatoka kuheshimika na kuendelea lazima wakoseane, wakosoane na kuambizana ukweli. Tusipojikosoa tutaangamia kama jamii na taifa. Hivyo, tusiogope kukosoana na kuambiana ukweli; na ikibidi kusifiana tufanye hivyo pale inapostahili bila kuzidisha wala kutia chumvi.
Kwa wanaokumbuka namna utawala uliopita ulivyokuwa ukifanya kazi, watakumbuka wazi namna baadhi ya wahariri na wenye vyombo vya habari walivyobuni mbinu ya kuihadaa serikali ili kupata upendeleo na ajira. Nadhani bado tunawakumbuka baadhi ya waandishi wa habari na wahariri waliojigeuza wasemaji wa serikali kana kwamba wao ni Habari Maelezo na kuiingiza mkenge kiasi cha wengine kuteuliwa kuwa wakuu wa wilaya mmojawapo akiambulia kuwa Mkurugenzi wa Tume ya Mawasiliano Ikulu. Baada ya jinai hii kutendeka, makanjanja wengi na wenye vyombo vya habari waliona huu ndiyo mwanya wa kujiunga na ulaji wa dezo serikalini. Wengi tulidhani kuwa tabia hii chafu ya kujikomba na kujipendekeza ingeisha wakati ule. Ni bahati mbaya kuwa imeendelea. Tumekuwa tukisoma magazeti yakisema vitu vya ajabu ilmradi yawafurahishe wanaolenga kuwatapeli.
Nadhani wakati wa kuionya serikali na rais Magufuli mahsusi kuwastukia wasanii hawa ni sasa. Mwandishi wa makala hii amekuwa halalii upande. Huwa anaonya na kusema ukweli Dhahiri bila kujali atamuudhi au kumfurahisha nani. Hii ndiyo kazi adhimu ya uandishi wa habari na uchambuzi wa masuala ya kisiasa. Kwani, umma una imani kubwa na taaluma ya habari.
Wapo wasaka tumbo ambao magazeti yao yalishakufa zamani lakini yakaibuliwa na tabia hii ya kujikomba ili kupata vyeo au tenda za serikali. Hatuwezi kuendelea kunyamazia kadhia hii wakati tukijua madhara ya matumizi mabaya ya dhamana na taaluma ya habari. Tulishuhudia namna vyombo vya habari vilivyochochea mauaji ya kimbari katika nchi jirani ya Rwanda. Tutakuwa ni viumbe wa ajabu; kama hatutaghairi kujifunza tukajiruhusu kuchezewa na kutapeliwa na matapeli wachache tena wenye kutumia njia ya kijinga kama hii.
Kazi ya magazeti kama tulivyosema hapo juu si kutetea serikali au kujivisha jukumu la kuwa msemaji wake. Serikali ina watu wake tena wabobezi katika kufanya kazi hii wanaolipwa kwa kodi za hawa hawa wanaolishwa habari chafu na hawa wanaopenda kujikomba. Tuikatae, kuikemea na kuipiga vita jinai hii itokanayo na uroho, ukosefu wa sifa za kufanya kazi na kujiingiza kwenye uwindaji wa favour toka kwa wenye madaraka. Kwa wanaojua umakini wa rais Magufuli wana imani kuwa hataanguka kwenye mtego huu hasa ikizingatiwa alivyowahi kusema kuwa hakuingia madarakani kutafuta kupendwa kwani kama kupendwa mkewe anatosha. Na hii ndiyo maana juzi juzi aliwaambua baadhi ya matapeli waliotaka kupeleka mswaada wa kutaka avunje sheria kwa kubadili katiba ili kujiongezea muda wa kuwa madarakani. Hawa wote si kwamba wanampenda Magufuli bali ulaji tu. Hii inatukumbusha mwanaume mzima ambaye anajua kuwa maadili yetu hayaruhusu upuuzi aliyesema hadharani kuwa anampenda Magufuli balaa. Nadhani hili litakuwa limemchukiza Magufuli ukiachia mbali kumstua asijue wapo wengi wanaotumia njia mbali mbali kujikomba kwake ili wapate mlo au vyeo hasa wakati huu ambavyo vyuma vimebana kama anavyopenda kusema rais Magufuli. Hata watendaji au wateule wake wanaopenda kumsifia hawakosi kwenye kundi hili la waimba kwaya za sifa wakati mioyoni ni maadui na mafisi wa kawaida kama yule mchungaji wa kuchipachika aliyejaribu kupambana na mteule mmoja wa Magufuli huku akimsifia akaishia kumdharau na kumuumbua.
Tumalize kwa kumshauri Magufuli awe na macho na wale wanaomwendea wakisema bwana bwana. Si chochote bali mbwa mwitu wasaka tonge wanaoendesha na njaa na si upendo wa dhati.
Chanzo: Tanzania Daima, Feb., 21, 2018.

Kijiwe chalaani siasa za kijambazi na mauaji

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Marehemu Akwiline Akwilina aliyeuawa na risasi iliyofyatuliwa na polisi wakati wa kampeni za uchaguzi mdogo wa ubunge jimbo la Kinondonni.
            Wahenga walinena kuwa hakuna kisichobadilika chini ya jua. Baada ya mtindo mbovu wa siasa za kijambazi kuanza kuzoeleka, Kijiwe kimeamua kutia guu na kukemea na kulaani mauaji ya kisiasa yatokanayo na siasa za kijambazi kayani. Baada ya kutoka kwenye matanga ya Daniel John aliyenyotolewa roho kwenye mazingira ya kutisha, Kijiwe kimekaa na kudurusu nini kifanyike dhidi ya kadhia hii.
Mijjinga aliyekuwa rafiki wa marehemu ndiye anaanzisha mada ya leo “jamani wenzangu mnaongelaje mauaji ya vijana wawili hivi karibuni kwenye kampeni hizi zinazoendelea kwenye uchakachuaji wa jimbo dogo la Kinondo?”
“Yakhe wala usinkumbushe hili balaa la kujitakia litokanalo na uchumia tumbo, roho mbaya na unyama vya kutisha wallahi. Yaani kaya ya wapendanao ya mzee Nchonga na Karume yaweza kufikia hapa kiasi cha kutoana roho kwa sababu za ulaji wa dezo? Nalaani sana mauaji haya. Na nasema wazi kuna nkono na ntu hapa wallahi” analalamika Mpemba huku akionyesha wazi kuudhiwa na ujambazisiasa huu.
Mgoshi Machungi Shekiango anaamua kumpoka mic Mpemba na kuzoza “waivyontunduisu Issu niijua titajifunza jambo na kuanza kuheshimu haki za binadamu kumbe wapi? Hawa waionyotoa roho za Danie na yue binti wa chuo waaaniwe siku zote. Sijui ndata wanafanya kazi gani jamani? Mbona huko nyuma hawakuwa hivi?”
Msomi Mkatatamaa akiwa anajiweka vizuri kwenye fomu anampoka mic Mgoshi na kudema “mie tangu aliosokoiniwa Edward na kukolimbwa Horace, nilianza kuwasha taa nyekundu japo mauaji haya yalisimama kidogo tokana na mzee Mchonga kutoruhusu siasa za kijambazi na kuibia wachovu. Ila alipotundulisiwa Tundu, nilibashiri kuwa muonja hasali hachovyi mara moja.  Hivyo, hitimisho langu ilikuwa ni kwamba siasa tulizozoea kusikia kwenye kaya ya manyang’au zilikuwa zimepiga hodi kayani. Je wauawe wangapi ndipo tustuke kama jamii, kaya na watu waliozoea kupendana bila kujali dini, itakadi wala mafungamano ya kisiasa? Tulizoea kuwa mfano kwa wanaopingana kwa kuuana tokana na kupingana bila kupigana. Inatisha; lazima tuseme kwa sauti ya juu ili wahusika wajue tunajua kuwa wapo nyuma ya jinai hii uchwara itokanayo na siasa uchwara. Shame on them all.”
Kabla ya kuendelea Kanji ambaye siku hizi ametokea kuwa msemaji anakula mic “hii iko umma sana. Moyoni yangu naona chungu sana. Kama naveza naveza toka na bundiki yangu kwenda saka jambazi yote na kumalizia mbali. Kwanini naleta siasa ya tumboni kwa kaya salama kama yetu? Mimi iko taka data yote fukuzwa kazini kama nakuta inazembea na kuacha vatu nauawa kama nyama ya mwituni.”
Kapende anaamua kutia guu na mapema “mimi sishangai haya yanayotokea hasa nikiangalia namna ushindani wa kisiasa za ulaji ulivyogeuka mtego kwa wachovu wetu wapendao kula dezo. Hukusikia mjalaana mmoja akikufuru kuwa anampenda mwanaume mwenzake ni balaa asijue tafsiri itakuwa tofauti? Ukisikia siasa za kijambazi ndizo hizi. Sijui hawa wanaotuaminisha kuwa wanataka kututumikia na si kututumia watamuongoza nani wakati wanaanza kunyotoana roho? Je ni kwanini wanene wamefumba macho na kuziba masikio kana kwamba wanaonyotolewa roho ni mbu au mbwa? Baya zaidi wanatuaminisha kuwa wanatupenda wakati wanatuponda na kutunyotoa roho tokana na kutofautiana mawazo na misimamo. Je tutaendelea kuingizwa nkenge hivi kana kwamba sisi ni hamnazo? Napendekeza tuandamane kwenda sentro lau wajue tunaudhiwa na ukosefu wa usalama uliotamalaki sasa.”
Mipawa anaamua kutia guu “mna habari huyu binti aliyepigwa shaba juzi ni mtoto wa rafiki yangu? Sasa kama mchovu anakwenda kwenye mihagaiko yake usawa huu wa vyuma kubana anakuwa na wasi wasi kama atarudi salama, haya maendeleo tunayoambiwa yanataka kuletwa ni kwa ajili ya nani? Kwanini tunaendekeza siasa za chuki na woga bila sababu za msingi zaidi ya tamaa ya kutaka ulaji ili kula dezo? Kama tunakuwa wakweli, pale Kinondo kuna sababu ya kuuana wakati wagombea wanaotaka kuwatumikia wachovu na wanaotaka kuendekeza njaa wanajulikana?”
Kabla ya kuendelea kudema, Mzee Maneno anakula mic “kusema ule ukweli, mauaji ya juzi yamenitisha, kuniudhi na kunidhalilisha kama mwanakaya wa kaya hii iliyosifika kwa amni yake ambayo sasa tunaichezea. Hivi pakichimbika bila jembe tutakimbilia wapi wakati majirani zetu wote walishaharibikiwa?”
Kabla ya kumaliza, Mbwamwitu anajibu kwa kebehi “huenda tutakimbilia bahari ya Hindi ili nyangumi na papa watutafune kama zawadi ya uovu wetu. Nadhani roho za akina Sokoine, Kolimba na Mwangosi zinatulaani na kutuandama. Maana tumejigeuza majuha na wauaji tusijue fika kuwa matokeo ya kupanda mbigiri kuwa ni kuvuna mbigiri hizo hizo.”

Kabla ya Mbwamwitu kumaliza, da Sofia Lion aka Kanungaembe anajiimbia wimbo wake “amani kaya ya amani. Mnachezea amani ili kupata shari siyo? Mnaimba amani na kuborosha maisha wakati mkiharibu na kunyang’anya maisha. Mauaji ya kisiasa yazuiliwe yasigeuke kansa itakayoteketeza kaya. Wanasiasa huja na kuondoka lakini kaya siku zote itakuwapo. Wauao watauawa na wakoao wataokolewa. Kila aishie kwa upanga ajue atakufa kwa upanga. Vibaya hivyo ndugu zangu vibaya hivyo nasema achene kunyotoana roho kwa mambo ya muda ya kidunia.” Kabla ya kuendelea anazidiwa uchungu na kuzimia kiasi cha Kijiwe kuishia hapa ili kumuwahisha hospitali.
Chanzo: Tanzania Daima. Feb., 21, 2018.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

My New Book: How Africa Developed Europe: Deconstructing the His-story of Africa, Excavating Untold Truth and What Ought to Be Done and Known is out




How Africa Developed EuropeDear  readers of this blog, take note that my new book is out. I welcome you to grab a copy and read as you send me your comments.
Thanks so kindly.
Nkwazi Mhango (author).

Whether Africa is developed or not, depends on how and what one addresses. Development is relative. Nonetheless, the fact is: Africa developed Europe; and thereby became underdeveloped. Addressed academically, the notion of development creates many questions amongst which are: Development in what? Whose development? Development for whom? Who defines development? In this volume, the development dealt with is polygonal; and touches on politico-economic sequels which also affect the social aspect. No doubt. Africa is abundantly rich in terms of resource and culture. Paradoxically, however, Africa is less developed economically compared to Europe thanks to the history of unequal encounters, among other reasons. We cannot emphasise enough the fact that Africa’s underdevelopment is the price of the development of Europe which is based on historical realities gyrating around Europe’s criminal past wherein slavery and colonialism enabled Europe to spawn its future capital and investment. How can anyone quibble about Europe’s development resulting from perpetual plunderage of Africa with impunity committed by European treasure-hunting adventurers? This volume prescribes Africa’s restorative recompense as the only way forward for the duo and the world.
ISBN 9789956764945
Pages 330
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2018
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon



What next after Raila being sworn-in?

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          At last, Kenya's opposition leader Raila Amolo Odinga (RAO)and one of the National Super Alliance (NASA)  has been sworn-in as the "people's president'.  Many thought Raila was politicking while he naturally has defied logic many times in his political journey. Raila stood up to brutal fellas such as Daniel arap Moi; who else would intimidate him? If anything, the stubbornness Raila showed was aimed at intimidating and undermining the authorities not to mention tricking it into unleashing brutality that would have cost it dearly. Again, what's the expected upshot of this swearing-in for Raila and Kenya? I can summarise it as follows:
      First of all, it aimed at assuring NASA’s supporters that their leader is not a chicken who’d betray them and chicken out at the hour of need. Indeed, the swearing-in is more significate than even baptism by fire. In other words, the swearing-in energised Raila's base not to mention showing Raila as his own man and the man of actions who breathe and live what he preaches as opposed to his compatriots in NASA who lost their significance soon after Raila was sworn-in. Although Raila enjoyed the support from the Coast, what transpired at swearing-in was a show of force for Mombasa governor Hassan Joho.
          Secondly, Raila wanted the government to make a goof and act viciously and end up in bigger crisis and Catch-22 than the one it is now facing. Although, it can be seen as a sign of coward, I congratulate the authorities on averting this trap that’d make it look bad.
          Thirdly, the swearing in has brought Raila back to the limelight as far as the politics of Kenya in the future is concerned. Thus, his swearing-in marks the beginning of the journey to the 2022 elections.
           Fourthly, by being sworn-in without any resistance from the authorities, Raila has assured himself and his hangers-on how his next moves will succeed for the fear of mayhem. Had his co-principals partaken of the swearing in Raila would have lost his chance to stand again in the coming elections. Consequently, the swearing-in has secured him a ticket as a major contender. However, there are those who deceive themselves thinking that Raila is old to stand again. What a goof! No retirement in politics of Africa. If Mugabe was ready to soldier on, why can’t Raila? In the year 2022, Raila will be 75 just like Emerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe who is standing this year. So, too, there are other presidents who ran in elections when they were in their seventies such as Nelson Mandela and Abdulaye Wade. Therefore, here the age is nothing but numbers for Raila. 
            Fifth, the absence of other NASA’s co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang'ula and Musalia Mudavadi at the swearing-in has emboldened and cemented Raila as the true leader who can steer Kenya in future after Kenyatta lapses his term in office. The thousands who were ready for anything to see Raila is sworn-in as it happened cannot be gainsaid. So, too, this defiance has secured Raila yet another chance to take a short at presidency without necessarily needing to repay the leg up and push he enjoyed from the co-principals who have proved to be coward and political prostitutes. Furthermore, the swearing-in has portrayed Kenyatta as a runaway if not a hollerer who cannot make good on his promises. Again, Kenyatta must be commended for showing maturity that averted a grave danger that was looming over Kenya. He should not even listen to those who say what Raila did is treason. Instead, Kenyatta should keep an eye on Raila’s next move.
           Sixth, Raila now knows how the UhuRuto government fears him. This is obvious. Raila intimidated it and beat it at its own game. He therefore will give it a heck of challenge provided that he knows nobody wants to go back to The Hague.
            Seventh, by taking the oath of non-existing office, Raila has symbolically convinced Kenyans that he is still in the game seeking the very office. His new title people's president dwarfs Kenyatta. My friend from Kenya gave me a call after Raila’s swearing-in teasing that Kenya now has the people's president as opposed to the government’s president.
         Eighth, by being sworn in, Raila has notched past potential future candidates that supported him to end up failing him at the moment of truth for their peril. This puts him ahead of others who are contemplating to stand for election 2022.
      In a nutshell, however ceremonial or emblematic Raila's swearing-in can rightly be construed or misconstrued; it has given him more political mojo and tempo to keep in on vis-a-vis 2022. For the authority to stop him, it must keep its cool as it softens its stand on dialogue. For, shall the impasse go on, it is Kenya that suffers.
Source: African Executive, Feb., 20, 2018.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Zuma's recall: Has he reaped what he seeded?

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         Disgraced former South African president Jacob Zuma’s a cat with many lives that survived far too many perils before; succumbing to the same rapier he used to dislodge former president Thabo Mbeki. Despite being a survivalist, like the albatross around his neck, Zuma’s past kept on hauntingly hunting him culminating into a heavy blow he’s dealt after, like unwanted goods, being recalled in the same manner he roguishly did to Mbeki on 28th September 2008. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) ruling committee convened an ad hoc meeting that looked into the matter and what’s into it. Thereafter Zuma’s fate’s sealed; thereby ending long-time wrangles wherein Zuma refused to stand down; thus forcing the politburo, as its quid pro quo, to mercilessly and summarily axe him ending scandal-tainted and very controversial nine-year presidency that left South African economy in quandaries. Essentially, apart from being the baddest thing South Africa’s ever known, Zuma indeed was a political accident that cost the country dearly.
            Looking at how Zuma took advantage of his position and betrayed the ANC, Mbeki and South Africa, his recall did not confound or shock many, if any, especially given that Zuma lost legitimacy many years ago after being captured and abusively used by one Indian Gupta family not to mention unending scandals from sexual related ones to mega corruption. His departure was long overdue.  Similarly, using his power as the then newly-appointed president of the ANC, Zuma tumbled former president Mbeki down in a loutish way. When scheming and humiliating Mbeki, as the ANC, Zuma’s bootlickers and consigliore were just laughing, Zuma didn’t consider the precedent he’s setting. Now that the ANC has turned tables on Zuma, will he go home and enjoy the pickings of his venal rule or wait to pay for the tonnes and tonnes of corruption allegations and cases he and his family face? Will his successor spare him, his family and accomplices from facing the music? Surely, if you live by sword you truly will die of sword; the sage has it. Can Mbeki now laugh after evidencing justice being done and served to Zuma?
          Those who know how Zuma mustered Mbeki unceremoniously, will agree with us that Zuma has received what he deservedly courted. A few weeks before Mbeki’s toppled, under what the ANC called a recall, another victim of retributive politics, Julius Malema, the head of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) was quoted chastising Mbeki to leave so that Zuma could become president. Malema’s words were not in vain. For, after a week, Mbeki was kicked out from power. After holding a lot sway of everything, Zuma was elected president and sworn in in the Union Buildings.
          After getting what he wanted, grabbing power from Mbeki, Zuma wanted to get rid of Malema. Sooner than later, Malema was shown the door after being charged with tax evasion and other economic-related offences; thereby losing his lucrative position of the president of ANC youth wing.
             Looking at how things unfolded; and knowing who’s behind them, it didn’t take long before Malema to realise his terrible mistake as a sequel of being used.  He hit back by forming his EFF which has given Zuma hard time, especially after securing good-sized victory in past general elections.
            Zuma-Malema marriage hit rock bottom; and the duo became sworn enemies. Malema was recently quoted as saying “we are in a mess because we did not listen to the silent communication from president Mbeki that you are removing me and replacing me with nothing.” Malema’s refuting his allegations that the ANC was in quandary because of Mbeki whom he once accused saying “we are in this trouble because of Thabo Mbeki and his people. This problem was started by Mbeki.” Now, we can see that Mbeki wasn’t the cause of troubles South Africa is in while Zuma is; according to Malema. After realising his mistake of being used, Malema went as far as issuing an apology to Mbeki by meeting his late mother, Epainette Mbeki, in April 2014 shortly before her demise saying “I took an opportunity to also apologise to her about how we ill-treated her child.”

          In this live-by-sword-and-die-by-sword situation, the sword that Zuma used to finish off Mbeki has been turned against him to end up exiting power unceremoniously. However, the difference is: Mbeki left without any cloud hanging over his head as it currently is for Zuma whose corruption scandals will always haunt him soon after being fired. Has Zuma reaped what he sowed? Nkandla and hamba kahle Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma the man South Africa will remember as a scandalous president.
Source: Citizen, Feb., 17, 2018.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Can AU tackle corruption without decolonising Africa first?

            African heads of state recently congregated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and made noises about strategising how to tackle corruption in Africa. Those who know how and why corruption is blessedly endemic in Africa, the agenda raised eye brawls after hearing such a pipedream dreamt by the very culprits. In looking into how fighting corruption in Africa can be actualised or not, I'll look into the following to see what is into them:
            First, are African rulers really serious about this grand standing? If they're, what have they individually already done to address the problem in their countries? Ironically, the president who is renowned for practically fighting corruption, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli didn’t attend. He instead, sent his PM. Why? Maybe, he doesn’t see any sincerity and seriousness in this or doesn’t want to waste money on palaver. The same applies to Davos annual congregation his predecessors liked to waste money on.
            Secondly, is there anyway one can fight corruption in Africa without firstly fighting and  stamping out internal colonisation presided over by black colonisers who are legally above the law as a motivation for becoming corrupt knowingly that they'll never been brought to book? I don’t know; if the presidents who tampered with the constitutions of their countries have any moral authority left for them to fight corruption.
            What corruption are they fighting without defining it? As I know, there are many types of corruption from mega, petty, institutional and systemic revolving around the mother of corruption namely political corruption in which clientelism and other menaces such as the politics of ‘it is our time to eat’ thrive. It is under this system notably, wherein politicians took over and became the masters of everybody including other bands of elites. It is this juncture at which serious opposition; political parties and politicians are eliminated or corrupted so as to join a gravy train. Indeed, it is at this juncture corruption was legalised by the backdoor while accountability divorced.
            Thanks to political corruption resulting from internal colonisation, African rulers or black colonisers have never injected any accountability to their people. They're only accountable to their masters who seldom change guards when need be. Thanks to the demands from their masters, corruption and rent-seeking have become rampant so as to allow rulers and a few “untouchable” elites to hold their countries to ransom pointlessly. To survive, many black colonisers purposely decide to deprive their people of services. For, once people are deprived of services, apart from facing hardships, miseries and poverty, they spend much time struggling to just survive; and thereby, black colonisers thrive in power.
            Further, due to political corruption and internalised internal colonisation, officials elected in public offices after bribing voters, normally use their positions to recoup the money they spent on their election. As well, such officials are easily bribed by big corporate which use them to pass the laws that favour their businesses. To cap it all, electoral malpractices involving individuals and their political parties mainly the ruling ones seem to be systemically accepted. When Al Jazeera Television aired its program Witness depicting how political corruption has become cancer by covering the  presidential election at Majaoni Secondary school in Kilifi where students were spending money and meat to bribe other students to vote for them, Van Velzen made this conclusion “it was an eye opener for me. In Kenya, corruption appears to be a survival mechanism, the only real way to get anything done. As if there is no other way. And because this is so interwoven throughout the society as a whole, children are picking up on it from a young age; be it consciously or subconsciously. They don’t know any better and copy their parents’ behavior.” Does this need AU or Kenya to address?

            What should Africa do to root out endemic and systemic corruption? Africans need to rebel against the current institutions and systems governing Africa as ex-colonising powers passed them down; and were accepted, applied and replicated by post-colonial rulers. They are purely colonial by acts and nature.  Further, Africans must have institutional and systemic powers of auditing and controlling their governments to see to it that their expenditures and general practices are compatible with fiscal discipline and laws. For example, apart from stealing and wasting public funds, African governments have another carte blanche. They are at liberty to borrow and spend money as they wish without necessarily involving those who pay the debts resulting from their borrowing and abusive expenditures. Failure to decolonise Africa, whoever comes with proposals of tackling corruption without touching on the root causes is wasting our time not to mention making a noise. I would conclude asking African rulers to go to Dar es Salaam and meet with Magufuli instead of going to Addis Ababa to burn their poor taxpayers’ money on empty talk needlessly.
Source: Citizen, Feb., 14, 2018.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Uchafuzi wa maadili: Kwanini kila kitu kinamngoja rais?

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          Baada ya rais John Magufuli kuamua kuwatolea uvivu wachafuzi wa maadili ya taifa, tunadhani ni wakati muafaka kwa waziri anayehusika na masuala haya kumsaidia rais badala ya kungoja kila mara rais ndiye aone tatizo.  Leo tunaandika makala hii maalumu kwa ajili ya waziri anayehusika na habari ambaye wizara yake inaguswa na kadhia hii ya uchafuzi wa maadili. Hii ni kutokana na ukweli kuwa baadhi ya vyombo vya habari vimekuwa mstari wa mbele katika kutangaza uchafu mwingi unaokinzana na maadili ya kitanzania.        Kwa mfano, tangu ateuliwe kuwa waziri anayeshughulikia habari, waziri Harrison Mwakyembe amekuwa mstari wa mbele kufungia magazeti hasa yale yanayoonekana kulalia upande wa upinzani au yale yanayopinga baadhi ya maamuzi ya serikali yanayoonekana kukinzana na ima matarajio ya wananchi au kuwa na ukakasi.
            Japo kufungia magazeti yanapokiuka maadili ya uandishi, kama kunafanyika kwa haki bila patilizi wala upendeleo limo kwenye mamlaka ya waziri, kumekuwapo kufumbia macho macho magazeti ya uchafu na udaku yaliyotamalaki nchini. Kimsingi, magazeti haya hayakiuki maadili ya uandishi tu bali yanakiuka maadili ya taifa kwa ujumla kosa ambalo ni kubwa kuliko ukosoaji. Inashangaza kuona ukakasi kwenye magazeti yanayozikosoa mamlaka, lakini ukakasi huu usionekane kwenye magazeti ya uchafu na udaku yaliyotamalaki yanayoikosea jamii kwa ujumla wake.
            Je wahusika wanangoja rais ang’ake ndipo walione tatizo na kuchukua hatua mujarabu? Je ni mantiki ya kupewa dhamana na mamalak husika? Je rais atafanya kila jambo wakati anawateua wasaidizi wake kumsaidia? Kwanini wahusika hawaoni uchafu unaoenezwa na magazeti haya hatarishi kwa maadili ya taifa na umma kwa ujumla ukiachia mbali kuwalisha uchafu walaji wake? Inakuwaje rais, kwa mfano, aone upungufu fulani lakini waziri ashindwe na aendelee kuwa ofisini? Anaendelea kuwa ofisini akifanya kazi gani wakati uhalisia ni kwamba kitendo cha rais kupotezewa muda kushughulikia jambo ambalo linaweza kufanywa na waziri ni ushahidi tosha kuwa mhusika ana tatizio?
            Si siri wala kupiga chuku. Kabla ya rais Magufuli kuingia madarakani, Tanzania iliegezwa dampo ya kila aina ya uchafu. Nchi iligeuzwa taifa la kidaku na kipuuzi kwa vipindi vingi vya tawala zilizopita ukiondoa ule wa marehemu baba wa taifa ambaye serikali yake haikuvumilia upuuzi huu kwa kisingizio chochote hata kama ni kutoa ajira na kulipa kodi kwa taifa. Nani anapenda kodi au ajira itokanayo na kazi chafu kama ya magazeti ya udaku?
            Kwa vile rais Magufuli ameamua kuona yale ambayo wengi huyaona na kuogopa kuchukua hatua kwa kuhofia kutopendwa au kuyashabikia kama sehemu ya kupumbaza wananchi wasiwashughulikie pale wanapowatendea maovu kama kuendeleza ufisadi na uvivu, tunamshauri waziri anayehusika na habari apeleke mswaada bungeni kuondoa vyombo vya habari vya udaku kwenye mzunguko nchini. Kwani vyombo hivi ni janga kwa taifa hasa wakati huu dunia inapokabiliwa na tishio la ukimwi, ujinga, umaskini na mabalaa mengine ambayo ni chanzo kizuri cha mapato ya magazeti ya uchafu na udaku. Mfano, ujinga unapoongezeka, wateja wa magazeti ya uchafu wanaongezeka. Umaskini kadhalika ukiachia mbali imani za kishirikina na upuuzi mwingine ambavyo ndivyo vyanzo vizuri vya habari kwa magazeti haya hatarishi kwa maadili ya taifa.
            Mwandishi wa makala hii amewahi kutembelea nchi zote jirani ukiondoa Msumbiji. Katika nchi jirani zote kuanzia Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda hadi Uganda, havina tatizo la udaku kiasi cha kuwa na magazeti ya udaku kama ilivyo kwa Tanzania.
            Ni jambo la aibu kwa taifa linalosifika kwa amani na utulivu kugeuzwa la kidaku bila sababu. Nadhani kuna haja ya kufanya utafiti ili kugundua ni kwanini watu wetu wengi wanapenda udaku. Hili ni muhimu hasa ikizingatiwa kuwa kwa baadhi ya majirani zetu kama Kenya, ukitoa tangazo linalovunja maadili, hawangoji mamlaka bali hujichukulia sheria mikononi kuondoa kadhia. Nakumbuka tukio moja lilotokea mwaka 2004 jijini Nairobi karibu na chuo kikuu cha Nairobi. Shirika moja lisilo la kiserikali lilitundika bango Kenya kuonyesha dalili za ngono. Wananchi waliokuwa wakielekea makazini asubuhi walipoliona bango lile wala hawakwenda polisi zaidi ya kuanza kuliporomosha.
            Je ni kwanini kwenye nchi jirani hakuna kabisa au hakuna utitiri wa magazeti na televisheni za udaku? Nchini Uganda najua kuna gazeti moja tu liitwalo Pepper. Nchini Burundi, Rwanda na Zambia sijui. Kama yapo yameanzishwa hivi karibuni. Kwanini Tanzania imekuwa kiwanda cha udaku kuanzia wa kimaadili, dini hata mambo mengine. Ukiangalia magazeti yanayojifanya ya tiba, dini na mambo mengine na mambo yanayoandika, licha ya kusikitika, unahoji mchango wa elimu yetu kwa taifa hasa kama wenye mamlaka waliosoma hawawezi kuona hatari na kitisho vitokanavyo na kuruhusu wajinga na waroho fulani waendelee kuharibu taifa na kuwaibia watu wetu kwa kuwalisha uchafu uitwao udaku na uongo kwa magazeti yanayoongelea mambo ya kitaaluma kama tiba.
            Tumalizie kwa kuyataka mamlaka yanayohusika na habari na maadili kuondosha kadhia ya vyombo vya habari vya uchafu na udaku nchini haraka bila kungoja rais ang’ake wakati ana mambo mengi ya kufanya.
Chanzo: Tanzania Daima, Feb., 14, 2018.

Kijiwe chajadili ununga wa kisiasa kayani

          Baada ya kujikita kwenye uchafuzi wa maadili wiki iliyopita na kupata muitikio wa kuua mtu, Kijiwe leo kinarejea kujadili kadhia mojawapo ya uvunjaji maadili, yaani uvunjaji wa amri ya sita au tuseme kwa lugha rahisi unungaembe wa kisiasa ni aina fulani ya uchangudoa. Kwa wale wanaotoka etimolojia ya dhana nzima, unungaembe wa kisiasa ni kitendo cha mchovu kuwa na washikaji wengi. Simpo. Hata hivyo, leo tutaongelea uchangudoa tofauti na huu wa mwili. Tutaongelea uchangu wa kichwani aka wa kisiasa.
            Kapende anaingia akiwa na gazeti la Danganyika Daima. Anaamkua na kulibwa mezani. Mchunguliaji anajiwahi kama kawaida yake. Kapende anazoza “jamani mmeona wachovu wanavyobadili vyama kama daladala. Kunani jamani mbona mwenzenu nachanganyikiwa kiasi cha kushindwa kuelewa jinai hii ya kujitakia?”
            Mzee Meneno ambaye wiki jana hakuudhuria Ndevu anakula mic “unashangaa na kuulizia huu ununga wa kisiasa ambao unaendeshwa na njaa ya kukosa adabu na aibu! Nadhani kuna sababu nyingi nyuma ya uchangu huu wa kimaadili mojawapo ikiwa ni njaa hasa iliyopanda vichwani na kuendekezwa.”
            Kabla ya kuendelea Mpemba anamnyang’anya mic na kunena “yakhe uniosema ni ya kweli tupu.  Mie naona wengine wasukumwa na uchumia tumbo wala si njaa. Kwani wengi wanao ukwasi. Hawana njaa hata kidogo bali tamaa na kutaka vya dezo muda wote ukiachia mbali kuishiwa kulhali.”
            Msomi Mkatatamaa anaamua kutia guu “wasemaji mliotangulia mmenena vitu vya maana sana. Tangu siasa iwe dampo la kila anayetafuta ulaji bila kujali usomi wake unategemea nini? kuna wachovu ambao licha ya kuwa na elimu za kuungaunga au kughushi, hawana sifa yoyote ya kuajiriwa na kufanya chochote zaidi ya siasa ambayo kwa kaya za uswekeni ni ubingwa wa kupiga domo na usanii usiofuata kanuni yoyote. Hivyo, kwa wachovu kama hawa kubadilisha vyama kama nepi si jambo geni wala la kushangaza. Wana hasara gani iwapo wanapata tonge hata kwa kujivua nguo na kujidhalilisha kama tunavyoshuhudia? Kwangu, kinachoshangaza ni mfumo huu unaoruhusu huu uchangudoa wa kimaadili unaoanza kuzoeleka katika anga za ulaji wa dezo wa wachovu na raslimali zao.”
            Kabla ya kuendelea, Kanji anampoka mic “veve kumbusha mimi ile changu nasema eti napenda kuu balaa. Yaani baba jima napenda baba nyingine balaa? Sasa kama napenda baba nyingine balaa bibi yako tapenda wipi dugu yangu? Hata Bombei hapana sikia kufuru kama hii dugu yangu. Sasa kama baba napenda baba nyingine balaa nani tapenda mama na toto?”
            Mijjinga anampoka mic Kanji na kuzoza “hivi kama tutakuwa wakweli kwa nafsi zetu hii naayo ni sera ya kutangaza majukwaani? Kweli kuna mapenzi katika sanaa za ulaji ndugu zanguni? Ukisikia kufilisika kimaadili ndiyo huku. Jamaa mwenyewe alishasema hatafuti kupendwa bali kuwatumikia wachovu.”
            Kabla ya Mijjinga kuendelea kudana, Kapende anaamua kumtoa wasi wasi Kanji kwa kusema “Kanji wala huna cha kushangaa. Njaa inapopanda kichwani msaka tonge yoyote anaweza kufanya lolote hata kama ni kujivua nguo kama hili baba lililoropoka. Kimsingi, vyangu kama hawa wanafanya usanii ili tonge lipande kinywani. Hawana mapenzi yoyote na wale wanaowapenda zaidi ya kupenda ulaji wa dezo utokanao na usanii huu wa kisiasa. Hakuna zaidi ya hili ndugu yangu. Mimi nawajua nimeishi nao tangu nikifanya kazi ya kupiga picha. Kimsingi, kinachoendelea ni unungaembe wa kisiasa.”
            Kitendo cha kutaja unungaembe kinamuibia Da Sofia Lion aka Kanungaembe ambaye anaamua kula mic “kama ununga wa kisiasa umeruhusiwa hivi, kwanini kuwaandama dada poa wakati kaka poa wa kisiasa wakivumiliwa wakati hawamuuzi, kumtapeli wala kumuumiza mchovu yoyote? Maskini kutokana na ukapa uliotamalaki wanajiuzia miili yao sawa na hawa wasanii uchwara wanaouza roho za wenzao bila aibu wala huruma.”
            Mipawa anaamua kula mic “hapa dada Sofia umetia na kunena neno la maana.  Kimsingi, wasanii hawa njaa wanatiana aibu bila kufikiri wakidhani wachovu ni wajinga wasioweza kuambua utapeli huu Dhahiri. Itikadi ni imani na msimamo. Huwezi kudandia vyama kama dala dala ukabakia kuwa na maana.”
            “Nadhani wewe bado unaota zama za maadili za mzee Mchonga. Siku hizi siasa ni ulaji hata kama wa kula bila kunawa. Itikadi na msimamo vilikufa na mzee Mchonga kiasi cha maadili kugeuka madili. Hata hili linakushinda?” anachomekea Mbwamwitu huku akivuta kombe lake na kubwia kwa madaha.
            Mgoshi Machungi mwana wa Shikilango aliyekuwa akikamua kahawa yake anaamua kutia guu “sisi kue Ushoto huita haya mnayoshangaa mambeza yaani kufanya mambo kana kwamba anayefanya hivyo hana akii timamu kama yule kidhabu nabii Tito mjaana aiyekuwa akihimiza dini ya mashetani ya kutenda maovu. Nashukuu Mungu amekamatwa na kupigwa stop maa moja. Sijui tinapeekeshwa wapi jamani ambao kia mjaana anajifanyia atakavyo?”
            Kijiwe kikiwa kinanoga si akapita msanii aliyesema anampenda Mpayukaji balaa. Acha tumzonge lau tujue alichomaanisha ili ti-understand.
Chanzo: Tanzania Daima, Feb., 14, 2018.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Breaking News!!!!!!!! At Last Zuma Reaps What He Seeded!

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      Scandal-plagued South African president Jacob Zuma has been shown the door in the same manner he did to his predecessor, former president Thabo Mbeki. If you live by sword you will die by sword. Zuma pulled Mbeki down unceremoniously to end up suffering the same fate less than ten years since he machinated against Mbeki. For more info, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
       For this blog, the fall of Zuma is something South Africa deserved many years ago after Zuma lost legitimacy, mainly when he was captured, abusively used and monopolised by an Indian Gupta family. Zuma will be remembered as a political accident for which South Africans paid dearly. Will he go home and enjoy the loots or face the music? Time will actually tell. Importantly we should say

Go Zuma go
Time is up
Go to your no go
Go wait for your  karma
Go wait for the music

Go please Zuma go
Never look back but go
Time is up
Whatever befalls you is dharma
Go enjoy the music

Go say hi to the Gupta
Remember these betes noires?
You are now going under
This is what you got from the Zupta
Go Zuma go
Go pay for your sins


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

JPM’s bid to restore our culture must be supported

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            After taking over from Jakaya Kikwete of whom one columnist once said had a country on out pilot, President John Magufuli changed Tanzania by piloting the plane by himself. His advent has recast Tanzania so as to send it back to the international limelight in what can be termed as the result of Magufulication. Practically, Magufuli has stridden where his predecessors feared to, principally on endemic and systemic corruption and disarming party networks within his ruling party. Whether Magufuli has transformed Tanzania or not, all depends on where one is located. For example, when Magufuli decided to take on systemic rot such as chronic and endemic corruption and lack of ethos, the world became aware of how rotten the country was. A man of his own, Magufuli decided to zero in wherever he thought had some problems. Remember academic cheaters and ghost workers? Remember those who were used to mission to town?
            Recently, Magufuli took on the monkey-see-monkey-do creatures whose minds cheat them that without adopting foreign nonsenses one is not modernised. Such deficiency-cum-dependency seems to have turned Tanzania into a cultural garbage bin wherein any dirty culture would get a fertile soil. As a result, Tanzania lost its culture and dignity in the name of art. It reached the point at which self-respecting people wouldn’t listen to some FM radios or watch TVs in the presence of their children or relatives. Now that Magufuli has decided to restore national culture, he must be supported.
            Thanks to Magufuli’s actions and spirit, I equate him with a true African parent. Every parent would like his or her children to follow his or her teachings wholesale, mainly if and when such teachings are acceptable according the mores and norms of the society. Every parent would like his or her children be good and successful. A good African parent jealously defends and teaches kids to follow instructions and intuitions so that they succeed. Do they follow and understand? Sometimes, yes, sometimes, no. Children’s behaviours and responses beg for parent’s efforts and wisdom. Sometimes, a parent needs to be strict; and sometimes, not. All depends on the issue at hand.
            As for Magufuli, he has real and unique love for his kids, Tanzanians. Do they understand his love missions and visions? The answer is yes and no.  Does he know how they arrogantly and ignorantly evaluate his mission and vision for them? A parent is like a dumpster. He or she must accept whatever comes from kids; and must accept their behaviours however bad or good they might be.  A family is like a country under polypartism. There are rebels, sycophants, patriots and letdowns. If you tell them to change for those with unbecoming behaviours. Usage is a chronic disease for both. A change is difficult to accommodate. Criminals hate the judge and the law but not their delinquency. This is natural; not new or old. To succeed in bringing up children uprightly needs maturity, patience and wisdom. It is like fishing. You don’t know if you’ll catch a fish or a gator. They all are yours.
            When it comes to Magufuli and Tanzania as to whether his move is constructive or destructive, it depends on a person to assess. Currently, common wananchi are happy, especially after reclaiming Tanzania’s lost glory which took a hit soon after Mwl Julius Nyerere retired. Nyerere’s exit ushered in lack of ethics, mega corruption, and above all, negligence and nihilism nationally. The country that used to be socialist soon saw the rise of a cabal of corrupt government officials and businesspeople who amassed wealth without any meaningful explanations as to how they made it.  Corruption and embezzlement of public funds became rife. It reached the point at which the country was given a moniker of shamba la bibi where shoddy investors could go, make a killing and leave scot-free. Tax was not effectively collected not to mention over expenditure. Leaders became globetrotters while the citizens needlessly cascaded into abject penury therefrom. Hospitals and schools were in a bad shape. Hardworking became a very expensive item to get in Tanzania. Essentially, the country was on edge.
            As a competent parent, Magufuli turned everything around. He wants to see his children working hard and earning justifiably and thrive and become self-reliant instead of begging.

            In a nutshell, if what Magufuli has been doing satisfies his children or not, it depends on who makes an assessment. Importantly however, a country needs to be placed on the right direction based on its self-consciousness and self-reliance. Time will come when Magufuli’s children will understand his mission and vision sometimes later in their lives after retiring as it is for Julius Nyerere who’s demonised when he’s in power to end up being revered posthumously.
Source: Citizen, Jan., 7, 2018.