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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Majibu ya Zitto Kabwe Kuhusu Madeni yake NSSF n.k.

Yafuatayo ni majibu ya Zitto Kabwe kuhusu baadhi ya maswali yaliyoulizwa katika makala ya 'Waandishi Wanawalinda Wanasiasa Wanaokopa Wananchi?' iliyochapishwa katika blogu ya Udadisi:


Naomba kujibu baadhi ya mambo 

Kuna matamko tofauti unayoyachanganya. Kuna Tamko la wakati wa uzinduzi wa Chama mwezi March mwaka 2015. Hili halikuwa la kutekeleza sheria ya maadili ya viongozi bali kutekeleza masharti ya katiba ya Chama. Maelezo yote mule yalitokana na kipindi cha ubunge wa 2010-2015. Madeni yote mule yanaisha kulingana na Ubunge. Kwa nini? Kwa sababu mikopo ile hulipwa kutokana na kipato cha ubunge na guaranteed na Bunge. Hivyo kila mwezi mbunge hukatwa kulipia deni mpaka muda wa ubunge unapoisha na mkopo huisha. Ni mikopo inayoitwa personal loans

Mwaka 2010-2015 sikukopa NSSF bali nilikopa NMB. Deni lile lilikwisha pamoja na lile la CRDB. 

Madeni unayoona sasa ni madeni ya mwaka 2016 na hizo unazoona ni balance baada ya malipo. Kila mwezi kutoka kwenye mshahara unakatwa kulipia deni na linakuwa limekwisha baada ya miezi 60 (miaka 5).

Mimi ni Mwanachama wa NSSF tangu mwaka 2004 nikiwa mtumishi wa FES. Naweka akiba NSSF kila mwezi kwa miaka 12 sasa. Mimi pamoja na wabunge wengine tunakopa NSSF kwa Sababu 1) kuna fao hilo la mikopo kwa wanachama kwa guarantee ya mwajiri 2) riba yake ni nafuu na 3) ni mkopo salama maana unakatwa moja kwa moja kutoka kwenye kipato cha kila mwezi. 

Pia mwaka 2016 nimetambua madeni niliyorithi kutoka kwenye Chama kwa sababu chama hakina uwezo kulipa. Mikopo mingi niliyochukua ilikuwa ni kulipa madeni ya uchaguzi na nikabakiwa na madeni 2.

Kuhusu Gombe Advisors na Leka Dutigite hakuna mabadiliko yeyote ndio maana huandiki tena upya. Kimsingi mwaka huu ilitakiwa kisheria kuandika ongezeko na pungufu la mali na madeni tu. Haikutakiwa kuandika upya. Kwenye maelezo ya ziada nimeeleza sababu za kuandika upya. Nyaraka za maslahi ya zamani zinakuwa Tume ya Maadili kwenye file langu. Hivyo ukitaka kuelewa tamko la sasa ni lazima usome na tamko la mwaka uliopita kama ulivyofanya. Narudia, hatupaswi kurudia tamko kila mwaka bali unaweka tofauti zilizotokea. 

Nashukuru kwa kuendeleza mijadala hii. Nguvu hii itumie kuwataka viongozi wengine wa umma kuweka matamko yao wazi hasa Rais na Mawaziri. Blogu yako itakuwa imesaidia sana umma. Natumai utaweza kurekebisha andiko lako kwa kuzingatia taarifa hizi ambazo hukuwa nazo. Naamini nitakuwa nimejibu baadhi ya maswali yako na kauli za kihusuda za Rais Magufuli kuhusu wanasiasa kukopa kana kwamba ni dhambi ama yeye hakuwa anakopa alipokuwa mbunge kwenye taasisi hizi. 

Waandishi Wanawalinda Wanasiasa Wanaokopa?

Waandishi Wanawalinda Wanasiasa Wanaokopa Wananchi?
  
Chambi Chachage


Matukio matano yamenichochea kuandika makala haya. Kwanza, ni harakati za kulinda ‘Uhuru wa Kujieleza’. Pili, semina ya Kavazi la Nyerere iliyotolewa na Profesa Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco kuhusu‘Deni la Taifa’. Tatu, taarifa ya gazeti la Tanzania Daima kuhusu uwezekano wa chama cha ACT Wazalendo kufilisiwa. Nne, tangazo la Kiongozi wa chama hicho, Zitto Kabwe, kuhusu madeni yake. Tano, mahojiano ya Rais John Magufuli na wahariri yaliyogusia madeni ya wanasiasa.

Kwa wachambuzi wa tasnia ya habari, halikuwa jambo la kushangaza kuona Tanzania Daima ikichapisha katika ukurasa wake wa mbele kwamba ‘Zitto, ACT-Wazalendo Hatarini Kufilisiwa.’ Gazeti hilo linajulikana kama ‘kinywa’ cha chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) ambacho kilimvua uwanachama Zitto. Hivyo, siyo jambo la ajabu kuona likipata ujasiri wa kujaribu kuanika habari za Naibu Katibu Mkuu huyo wa zamani wa chama hicho. Ndiyo maana mwana-ACT, Dotto Rangimoto, amehoji kwenye Jamii Forums kama ‘Mbowe anasaka "Kiki" kwa jina la Zitto?’

Siku hiyo hiyo ya tarehe 27 Desemba 2016, Zitto alitoa tamko lililosajiliwa na "Wakili na Kamishna wa Viapo", Emmanuel Mvula. Tamko hilo lililowekwa katika vyanzo mbalimbali mtandaoni tarehe 30 Desemba 2016 linatoa ufafanuzi kuhusu deni ambalo gazeti la Tanzania Daima lilikuwa linajaribu kulianika na kulijengea hoja kwa kutumia taarifa ya madai ya madeni inayomhusisha mdai Soraya Souleymane. Hilo nalo halishangazi kwani baada ya kuwasisitizia watimize ahadi yao ya kutoa taarifa za gharama za uchaguzi mkuu wa mwaka 2015, ACT-Wazalendo walizitoa mtandaoni tarehe 15-16 Februari 2016 ambapo jina la mdai huyona wengineo yaliwekwa wazi.

Hivyo, kitu kilichotuacha na butwaa baadhi yetu ni taarifa hii katika tamko hilo la mwaka huu: “NINA DENI LA TZS 191,060,094. HILI DENI LINATOKANA NA MKOPO KUTOKA NSSF.” Kwa nini linashangaza? Mosi, ni kwa sababu tamko hilo halituambii ni lini fedha hizo zilikopwa. Pili, ni kwa sababu katika tamko lake la aina hiyo la tarehe 29 Machi 2015 deni hilo halikuorodheshwa. Tatu, kutokuwepo kwa taarifa hizo kunatufanya tusijue kama zilikopwa wakati Zitto alipokuwa Mwenyekiti wa Kamati ya Bunge ya Hesabu za Serikali (PAC) ambayo ‘inaisimamia’ NSSF.

Utata huo umepelekea wadadisi wa mambo tuikumbuke hoja hii ya Rais Magufuli wakati wa mahojiano na wahariri wa vyombo vya habari tarehe 4 Novemba 2016:


Wadau wa 'hashtag' ya #UhuruWaKujieleza tunapaswa kuifanyia kazi changamoto hiyo. Bila ajizi Rais amesisitiza kwamba waandishi tunawalinda wanasiasa waliokopa katika taasisi zetu za umma. Bahati nzuri mwanasiasa mmojawapo amekuwa muwazi kwa kiasi chake kuhusu madeni yake ya NSSF na haya mengine: “NINA DENI LA TZ 176,315,106.21. HILI NI DENI LINALOTOKANA NA MKOPO KATIKA BANK YA CRDB.” Je, tutegemee tu utashi na uadilifu wa wanasiasa au turasimishe uwazi na uwajibikaji wao?

Changamoto iliyobaki kwetu ni kuwabana wanasiasa wengine nao wawe wakweli na wawazi au, kama alivyosema Rais, waandishi tuwachambue na kuwaanika hadharani bila kupepesa macho. Pia kwa ambao wamejitahidi kuwa wawazi tusiishie kuwapongeza tu. Tunatakiwa pia kuweka mapenzi na ushabiki wetu kwao pembeni na kuwauliza maswali magumu kuhusu namna walivyopata mikopo na jinsi ambavyo watalipa madeni ili Watanzania wote tufaidike.
Zitto ameonesha mfano. Kaonesha na ujasiri wa kujibu maswali yaliyoibuka kuhusu tamko lake ambapo amesisitiza kuwa anaamini “kwamba uwazi ni moja ya silaha madhubuti ya kupambana na ufisadi”. Hivyo, kawasilisha “muswada bungeni kutaka uwazi huu liwe sharti la sheria za nchi yetu.” Kupitia tamko lake rasmi pia:


 Sasa ni jukumu la waandishi kumuuliza Zitto naye atoe ufafanuzi kuhusu baadhi ya zinazoonekana kama tofauti kati ya taarifa yake ya mwaka jana na ya mwaka huu. Kwa mfano, taarifa ya mwaka huu haionekani ikiyataja makampuni ya Gombe Advisors Limited na Kigoma Development Initiatives (KDI) Limited ambayo mwaka jana aliyaorodhesha. Je, ameacha kumiliki hisa katika makampuni hayo ambayo amekuwa anasisitiza kwamba siyo ya kupata faida? Kama na yenyewe yalikopa, je, madeni hayo yameshalipwa? Na kama umiliki wake umebadilika, nani ni mmiliki wake? Maswali kama haya ni muhimu hasa ukizingatia kwamba tarehe 10 Desemba 2016 aliyekuwa Mkurugenzi wa Kampuni ya Leka Dutigite ambayo ilikuwa ina uhusiano wa kihisa na GombeAdvisors, Habib Mchange, alitoa taarifa kwa umma kuhusu ‘KUJIVUA UANACHAMA WA ACT WAZALENDO NA KUTOSHIRIKI SIASA’ ili apate “muda mwingi zaidi kufanya na kusimamia shughuli” zake “za kijasiriamali.”

Jambo jingine linalostahili kuhakikiwa na waandishi wa kiuchunguzi ni taarifa ya malipo ya madeni. Katika tamko la mwaka huu Zitto anatuambia: “NIMEPUNGUZA MADENI NILIYOKUWA NADAIWA TOKA TAMKO LA AWALI LA MWAKA 2015 NILILOTOA TAARIFA YA DENI KIASI CHA TSH 560,000,000/=”. Ukilirejea tamko la mwaka jana unakuta deni la NMB ambalo mwaka huu halipo, ikiashiria kwamba ameshalilipa lote. Ama? Pia tunakuta taarifa hii: “Nina mkopo wa Tshs. 24,624,046.88 katika Benki ya CRDB. Huu ni bakaa la mkopo wa Tsh. 200,000,000 niliouchukua mwaka 2010 na 2011.” Lakini mwaka huu tamko linasema ana deni la TZ 176,315,106.21 la CRDB. Je, hili ni deni la bakaa ile ile? Au ni mkopo mwingine? 
Deni la Taifa, kama alivyosisitiza Profesa Castel-Branco katika semina yetu kavazini, huchangiwa pia na mabenki ‘kukopesha madeni’. Huu ‘ufedhazishaji’ pia hupelekea madeni binafsi kugeuzwa kuwa madeni ya umma. Kwa nini? Kwa sababu taasisi za umma zilizokopesha watu binafsi zinapofilisika mzigo hubebwa na wananchi wote.

Badala ya kulindana tuanze kuanika madeni ya umma na kusisitiza wahusika walipe.

La sivyo tutakuwa hatuutendei haki #UhuruWaKujieleza.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

@UDADISI ON THIS WEEK IN PERSPECTIVES: UHURU@55

Q&A:Jamii Forums and the Arrest of Maxence Melo

"Chambi Chachage, from Udadisi: Rethinking in Action, joined us to speak about the arrest of Maxence Melo, co-founder of Jamii Forums" - http://democracyinafrica.org/jamii-forums-and-the-arrest-of-maxence-melo/

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Wakuu

Wakuu

Muhidin J. Shangwe



Imeibuka tabia, ya kuitana Wakuu

Ishakuwa kuu kadhia, hadhi kuwekana juu

Nijuze wapi lianzia, neno la wakati huu

Limeenea mitandaoni, kila mtu Mkuu!



Ujuzi sifa yao, kila jambo walijua

Mtandaoni ndo’ kwao, japo pote huyazua

Zamani na mamboleo, Wakuu wasochagua

Nabaki na moja swali, heshima au kujitutumua? 



Wakuu mmetanabahi, kwamba fulani fisadi

Kigogo mpiga dili, ramli kwa ripoti ya Assadi, 

Tena mwapiga zumari, Si wa kwanza wala pili,

Nazongwa kujiuliza, Wakuu ’kina nani?



Wakuu twashukuria, kwa wenu uzalendo

Habari kutupatia, japo maneno si vitendo

Nasi twaaminia, kuupenda wenu mtindo

Habari hizi nyeti, Wakuu mwazipata wapi?



Imekuwa kama desturi, kwa hizi mpya zama

Kwa ubaya na uzuri, utukufu kuuparama

Japo matendo sifuri, kutwa kucha kulalama,

Waungwana kuitana Wakuu, ni heshima au woga?



Kaditama mefika mwisho, melonga pasi ficho,

Kweli yaja mwisho,Tena haihofu tisho,

Hongeraye mvunja zungusho, Tena pasi fukisho,

Kifiwacho Kiswahili, au fikiri za Waswahili?

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Jamii Forums and Corporate Corruption on Trial

Jamii Forums and Corporate Corruption on Trial

Chambi Chachage


The future of Jamii Forums (JF) is at stake. So is the fight against grand corruption. Like conjoined twins, the two are intertwined.

A study that was "prepared with support from the Tanzanian Police Force (TPF)" is a testament of the powerful role of JF. It states: "Jamii Forum... is one of the most respected sites that facilitate open (and anonymous) reporting." One wonders what has happened to this 'respect' after the arrest of the co-founder of JF that has galvanized a trending hashtag movement to #FreeMaxenceMelo.
JF has been at the forefront of unearthing virtually all cases of grand corruption in Tanzania. It is thus an ally of anyone who is fighting against corruption that has increasingly been corporatized in the country hence our use of the term 'corporate corruption'

Whistleblowers must be protected especially in a regime that is ostensibly committed to fight corruption. As they say, even if a witch tells you there is a venomous snake on the way what matters is for you look if the snake is indeed out there. If a whistleblower alleges on JF that someone was involved in, among other things, a container scandal at the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) or there is  theft at the CRDB bank, who should be the focus of your attention?

For a regime that is so keen to clean the mess at TPA as we have seen in the dramatic case of two impromptu visits from the Prime Minister, surely whistleblowing about how oil is smuggled there is useful. It is even more tantalizing to look at the alleged 'corporate connection' between big oil companies and the smuggling. Or the allegations that one of the leading oil company is involved in a gas deal akin to the one that the President has blasted when he met with the own of Dangote Cement. Does the strong state apparatuses need the identity of the whistleblowers to confirm such allegations? Or are there 'corporate interests' that want the whistleblowers muted?

If indeed companies and powerful corporate individuals are behind this subtle attempt at silencing whistleblowers, then our champions in the war against corruption might be taken for ride. They might be undermining their noble cause by sidelining an ally while embracing the very corrupt entity they are supposed to combat. Such would be the glaring consequence of using public means for protecting private gains. Ironically, the legal regime is double-edged because now any interested party can use the law and have the state and police demand information about whistleblowers.
Since the President is doing a commendable job of revamping Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL), let us revisit a case of how the JF platform has/had been instrumental in whistleblowing about its management. In 2015 a special report noted that one whistleblower alleged -- on JF and elsewhere -- that the involvement of one of the foreign companies "prompted the Government of Tanzania and ATCL’s board of directors to shelve a modest 5-year plan to rehabilitate the company in favor of a more ambitious plan to take the company to 'new heights.'" As a result, the performance of ATCl continued to "nosedive". Could this be the reasons why a new ATCL board has been constituted? If that is the case, why would it have been important to know the actual name of the presumed "ATCL insider" who wrote under the pen name Byase Luteke?

Sages had whistleblowers in their mind when they said "mjumbe hauawi" ('you don't kill the messenger'). Just act on the message. Is there a venomous snake on our pathway out of corruption?

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Kirusi Zika Kimezikwa?


Friday, December 16, 2016

#FreeMaxenceMelo


Sunday, December 11, 2016

On the Sanctity of the Military Parade

The Sanctity of the Military Parade

Richard Mbunda, UDSM 

“Fikra sahihi huja kwa lugha sahihi”- Mrisho Mpoto

I had a long week. At last I could rest on a long weekend. But, alas, I was made wide awake by the beautiful drums and commentaries from the Uhuru Stadium, in Dar es Salaam, thanks to my better half who had switched on the TV earlier. Oh, yes, we were commemorating 55 years of Tanganyika’s independence, the date we became captains of our own ship. In my mind, an image of Mwalimu Nyerere, who was only a year older than my current age- wearing a dazzling smile while holding the ‘Complete Independence’ placard, became vivid. This placard is visibly attractive especially when you pass along Bamaga- Shekilango road.
Jubilant Nyerere on the Uhuru Day

There was a true, genuine, and unreserved expression of satisfaction in his smile - we were INDEPENDENT! It is this image that made me realize how important this day was - December 9, 1961.  It was the day we were released from the shackles of colonialism, an inhuman form of suppression exhibited in many forms including physical torture. The day we were supposedly freed from mental slavery and, most importantly, the day we laid a foundation for our nation. To our Father and Almighty God, I pray that you protect this nation under your mighty wings. Amen.

My appreciation of Uhuru Day is deeply engrained in my soul. I have known no other country apart from Tanzania that allows its subjects to plan and achieve their goals in a wide array of issue, regardless the hiccups that we normally face. I don’t ask for more than my peaceful and united Tanzania. Viva Tanzania!

Then you must be wondering what has pushed me to write this piece? As you might guess, it’s just nuisance …….  oh yes, in defense of the beauty and sanctity of the military parade.

Let me start with a stupid question: If all roofing materials are intended to cover our houses from rain, why don’t we consistently use thatched grass, which, after all, are cheap? Instead, we tend to go for expensive roofing materials for their beauty. Beauty has a place in everything.  Similarly, there is no question about the beauty of the military parade! Thousands of Tanzanians thronged the Uhuru stadium to see just that. It is irresistible to miss the 'muscular show' from the 'men soldiers' in the  Tanzania People's Defence Force (TPDF) and Field Force Unit (FFU), let alone the ‘slomo’ of our 'women soldiers' who do it meticulously but with a 'feminine swagger'. If they didn’t know it, they should know now that it is these foot drills and the ‘show’ of our Special Force Unit [Commandos] that pool the crowd at the Uhuru stadium and probably attract many youth to join the military.
Mama Maria Nyerere in the National Service Army

We also know that such 'peak' performance are preceded by rigorous practice and not just  rehearsal. In the military, probably unlike anywhere else, a lot is going through to perfect performance. We may think that all soldiers are capable of mastering the foot drills at equal footing. However, there are slow learners who, at times, must be coerced to cope.

MY PROBLEM, then, is on the performance day, especially when the President is inspecting the parade. presidential guards dressed in civilian suits have been seen walking along with the president without considering the proper dressing and the sanctity of the paradeAt one point on December 9, 2016 one of the secret agents who is a presidential guard was seen checking on and adjusting his neck tie while at another occasion, the secret agent is completely wrong-footed with the rest of the team accompanying the Guest of Honour! These incidents crowd the beauty of this important and historic ceremony.
President Kikwete Inspecting a Military Parade in Tanzania

President Magufuli Inspecting a Military Parade in Tanzania

It might not be proper to question the mandate and role of secret agents, but, why is it different when the Tanzanian Head of State visits other countries? For example, when President Magufuli visited Kenya, we did not see such secret agents around and the dressing of the team accompanying the Guest of Honour was proper.
President Magufuli inspecting the Guard of Honour in Kenya

In international politics, probably the US president and the Prime Minister of Israel are regarded as risk targets to terrorists than most of the Heads of States in the world. But you will be surprised that when President Obama visited Tanzania during the reign of former President Jakaya Kikwete, he inspected the parade without being crowded by presidential guards and secret agents !  
President Obama inspecting a Guard of Honor in Tanzania

Literature on military parades indicate that all weapons are inspected before the parade and they are not supposed to be loaded. And there are special units of the police force, military and secret agents who are positioned to protect the President or any other Guest of Honour, including foreign Heads of States during the military parade. We understand the security of Heads of States must be heightened, and I would love our corruption-fighting hero, President Magufuli to be guarded heavily, everywhere. I will even tolerate incidences like removing hands of ‘citizens’ who maintains a lengthy shake of hands with the president, and preventing others from coming near the President [we have seen and noted that in several occasions]. But the sanctity of the military parade with its proper dressing of the team accompanying the President as the Guest of Honour ought to be observed. 

Long Live Tanzania!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Professors on the Pitfalls of Public Debt

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Kongamano la Kumbukizi ya Fidel Castro: 11/12/2016



Sunday, December 4, 2016

Seminar:Tanzania's Public Debt & its Implications


Andika na Soma 2016/2017


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Makonda Anza Upya - Omba Msamaha

MAKONDA AANZE UPYA, AOMBE RADHI

Muhidin J. Shangwe

Tangu Paul Makonda akiwa Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Kinondoni nilikuwa na wazo la kuandika makala yenye kichwa, “MAKONDA ANAPENDA SIFA AU TUNAOGOPA KUMSIFU?” Ilikuwa ni baada ya mwanasiasa huyu kijana machachari “kuteka” vichwa vya habari kwa matamko na hatua mbali mbali za kiuongozi alizochukua kwa nafasi yake hiyo. Kwa sababu wakati haurudi nyuma, na kwa uzembe wangu wa kutoandika makala hayo wakati ule, nitaeleza kwa kifupi sana nilichotaka kuandika juu ya ndugu Makonda. 

Nikiri kwamba nimejikuta nikimtetea Makonda mara kadhaa katika vijiwe na majukwaa ya mitandao ya kijamii. Mara nyingi nimekuwa nikitofautiana na wakosoaji wake wanaodai mwanasiasa huyu anapenda sifa kupindukia! Huwa najiuliza, ni kweli ama ni sisi tunaoogopa kumsifu? Binadamu, kihulka, sote tunapenda kusifiwa. Sifa tu pekee ni ishara ya mafanikio kwa upande wa anayesifiwa. Na penye mafanikio hapakosi wivu - hulka nyingine ya kibinadamu ambayo aghalabu hatupendi kuhusishwa nayo lakini hilo haliondoi ukweli wa kuwa nayo. Wakati mwingine mtu akimwagiwa sifa “tunaogopa” kwamba sifa hizo zisije kumfanya akafanikiwa! Kama ni hivi basi tunakuwa na wivu. Hakuna namna nyingine ya kulielezea jambo hili. Lakini wakati mwingine tunasita kumsifu mtu kama tahadhari kwamba kufanya hivyo kutamfanya alewe sifa. Mlevi wa sifa huharibu. Amelewa. Kazi ya kufikiri kwenye ubongo wake inaathiriwa na kilevi hicho. Msemo wa Kiswahili unafafanua kwa ufasaha: 'Mgema akisifiwa tembo hulitia maji!' Mimi si mwanasaikolojia, nakosa maneno mwafaka ya kuelezea jambo hili kwa kirefu. 
Hulka yetu ya kupenda sifa huonekana tangu tukiwa wadogo. Mtoto mdogo ukimsifu hata kwa sifa ambazo hana hucheka na kufurahi. Kwa watu wazima inatia faraja kibinadamu kama utafanya jambo unaloamini ni la heri na kisha watu wakakusifu. Faraja hii wengine huionesha wazi wazi, wengine hubaki nayo moyoni. Matatizo huanza pale matendo na tabia ya mtu vinapoongozwa na lengo la kupata sifa katika kufanya jambo fulani badala ya kufanya jambo kwa sababu ni vizuri kufanya jambo hilo. Hapa kuna shida. Sifa inatakiwa iwe ni matokeo, isiwe ndiyo dhamira ya kufanya jambo. Lakini nadhani suala si kupenda sifa bali tunasifiwa kwa lipi? Kama jambo ni zuri kwa nini mtu asisifiwe? 

Nakumbuka ndugu Makonda alipokuja na wazo lake la walimu wa wilaya yake ya Kinondoni kutumia usafiri wad daladala bure. Wakosoaji wake walinga’aka, walimdhihaki, wakadhihaki wazo lenyewe na kuhitimisha kwamba anakurupuka kwa sababu anapenda sifa. Wapo waliomtaka ashughulike na madai ya stahiki za walimu za miaka nenda rudi badala ya kukomalia “jambo dogo” la usafiri wa walimu wa wilaya yake. 

Mimi nililichukulia wazo lile tofauti kabisa. Nililiona kama wazo zuri la kiongozi kijana mwenye uthubutu. Kiongozi huyu hakuwa Waziri wa Elimu, alikuwa Mkuu wa Wilaya tu. Wazo lake lingeweza kuazimwa na kuboreshwa ngazi ya mkoa na hata kitaifa juu ya namna ya kuwaondolea kero ya usafiri walimu wetu. Lakini la, alinangwa kwa kupenda kwake sifa. Majuzi nilifarijika sana nilipoelezwa na watu kadhaa kwamba kumbe wazo lile linafanya kazi. Kwamba baadhi ya walimu wetu wanatumia usafiri wa daladala bure kabisa, mradi wawe na kitambulisho maalumu. Awali nilihofu kwamba walimu wetu wasingechangamkia utaratibu ule hasa kutokana na kejeli zilizosindikiza wazo lenyewe, zikichagizwa na wapinzani wa kisiasa wa Makonda. 

Hayo yalikuwa ya wakati ule ambayo kwa uzembe tu sikuyaandika. Tuyaache. 
Hivi karibuni ndugu Makonda amerudi tena “kwa fujo” kwenye vichwa vya habari. Lakini sasa si Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Kinondoni tena, ni Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Dar es Salaam. Kabla ya matukio ya karibuni, yapo ambayo ameyatolea kauli ambazo zilizua gumzo. Moja ya kauli hizi ni pale alipowakataza wananchi wa mkoa wake wasiwafuate (follow) mashoga kwenye mitandao ya kijamii kama Instagram na Twitter kauli ambayo kimsingi haitekelezeki! Pia amesikika akiashiria hadharani kwamba Kamishna wa Polisi Kamanda Sirro amehongwa na wafanyabiashara wa shisha, kauli ambayo ilijibiwa na Waziri Mkuu kwa kumkumbusha kwamba hilo liko chini ya mamlaka yake na alishughulikie (badala ya kulalamika!) Nimesikia pia kwamba ametoa kauli tata za kudai kwamba ofisi yake imejaa wafanyakazi mizigo ambao hawana sababu ya kuwa hapo, na akapendekeza wapunguzwe. Unaweza kudhani yeye ndiye Waziri anayehusika na Utumishi!

Lakini sasa Mkuu wa Mkoa huyu anatajwa kwa mengine. Kwa muda wa siku kumi amekuwa akifanya mikutano na wananchi wa Dar es Salaam, lengo likiwa ni kuzifahamu kero za wananchi wake na kuzitafutia ufumbuzi. Kwa mara nyingine kiongozi huyu kijana anathubutu. Anataka kuwa mtu wa vitendo. Anataka kuongea na wananchi ana kwa ana, anataka kuwasikiliza na kusaidia kupata ufumbuzi wa kero zao. Jambo zuri kabisa hili la kupigiwa mfano wakati huu ambapo uwajibikaji wa viongozi wetu umekuwa kitu cha kutamaniwa! 
Kwa sababu za kimazingira na ratiba, sijaweza kusikiliza na kufuatilia mikutano yote kasoro mmoja tu. Hata hivyo nimekuwa nikipata taarifa za yanayojiri mikutanoni, shukrani kwa teknolojia ya mawasiliano. Ni hapa nilipogundua kasoro kadhaa za mtindo anaotumia Makonda. Nimesema kwamba siku zote nimemchukulia Makonda kama kiongozi machachari. Umachachari uko wa aina nyingi lakini ninaomaanisha hapa ni ule wa kujiamini (wakati mwingine kupita kiasi), kuthubutu, kutokuwa muoga, na “ubishi” wa kukomalia jambo analoamini (hata kama anakera watu wengine). Wakati Makonda alipojitokeza hadharani na kuutangazia umma wa Watanzania kwamba aliyekuwa kada mwenye ushawishi ndani ya chama chake cha CCM, ndugu Edward Lowassa, ni fisadi, na kwamba anahonga viongozi wa dini makanisani na misikitini ili aukwae urais, wengi walichukulia kitendo hicho kama ishara ya ujasiri. Huyu alikuwa kijana na kiongozi mdogo ndani ya CCM, anajiweka mstari wa mbele kumnanga kada mkongwe wa chama chake, mtu ambaye alikuwa na uwezekano mkubwa si tu wa kuwa mwenyekiti wa chama bali rais wa nchi! Ujasiri ulioje! 

Lakini kupitia mikutano yake ya siku za karibuni umachachari wa Makonda umeonekana katika sura mpya ya hasira, ukali usiohitajika na mihemko. Kwa kutumia lugha ya mashabiki wa mpira wa miguu, ameonekana ni mtu wa “kucheza na kelele za jukwaani!” Mchezaji mwenye kusikiliza kelele za mashabiki jukwaani ni hatari kwa timu yake, akiambiwa butua anabutua, akiambiwa kata mtama anakata! Anaweza kusababisha “penati” au hata kujifunga kwa 'kata funua'. Hasikii tena maelekezo ya kocha, ingawa kwa hili la Makonda inaweza kusemwa kocha wake “amempa rungu” la kubutua na kukata watu mitama!
Nimeona picha za video akiwauliza watumishi wa wilaya kwa nini hawahamishwi, kana kwamba suala hilo lipo kwenye mamlaka yao! Mtumishi anajuaje kwa nini hahamishwi? Ni jukumu lake kuhama?

Nimeona akimnanga mtumishi aliyemuomba arejee swali lake baada ya kutoeleweka. Badala ya kurejea swali yeye aliamua kumshushua na kuhoji anafanya nini mkutanoni kama hasikilizi yanayojiri. Nilijiuliza mheshimiwa huyu anakosa uvumilivu kiasi gani hata ashindwe kurejea swali lake alilouliza? 
Nimeona pia Makonda akitafuta suluhisho la kero za wananchi kwa namna ya chemsha bongo. Ni mtindo kwa “kipusa”- kwa wale wanokumbuka kipindi cha Misanya Bingi wakati ule akiwa Radio One Stereo. Kero inaelezwa, mtendaji anatakiwa kutoa majibu papo kwa hapo. Wakati mwingine mwanya unatolewa kwa watendaji kupata majibu na kushughulikia kero fulani, wakati mwingine mwanya huo hautolewi. Mtendaji anatakiwa awe na majibu yote papo kwa hapo. Akikosa jibu na kuomba apewe muda anakaripiwa, anatishwa. 

Lakini yote tisa, kumi ni pale nilipomsikia Makonda akimtukana afisa wa serikali hadharani kwa kumuita kichaa! Hakuishia hapo, alitishia kuwaweka rumande maafisa wa ardhi wilaya ya Kinondoni huku akionya kwamba hilo likitokea hapatakuwa na mtetezi wao. Kama vile haitoshi akaongeza kwamba aliposimama yeye ndipo Mungu aliposimama! Ni hili lililonifanya kuandika makala haya. 
Wapo wanaodhani kwamba “jeuri” hii ya Makonda imetokana na “kuvimba kichwa” baada ya kusifiwa na rais kwa njia ya simu akiwa katika moja ya mikutano yake. Sina hakika na hoja hii kwa sababu huko nyuma Mkuu wa Mkoa huyu amewahi kutoa kauli zinazoshabihiana na hizi za karibuni. Lakini lazima isemwe kwamba hili la kupigiwa simu na kupongezwa hadharani kwa kazi anayoifanya halijasaidia kumrekebisha Makonda kwa kumfanya awe kiongozi mwenye staha, hekima na busara mbele za watu. 

Toni ya lugha yake wakati akimhoji afisa yule ilikuwa ya mtu mwenye hasira, mtu anayemaanisha anachozungumza, mtu asiyeogopa taratibu za kisheria zinazowalinda watumishi wa serikali, mtu mbabe. Ni toni inayoogopesha, licha ya kwamba mtumishi yule aliyejitambulisha kwa jina la Rehema Mwinuka alijitahidi kuhimili na kutoa maelezo ambayo hata hivyo Mkuu wa Mkoa wake hakuwa tayari kusikiliza! “Hawa ndiyo vichaa tunaohangaika nao, toka hapa!” alifoka ndugu Makonda huku akishangiliwa na wananchi waliohudhuria mkutano huo. 
Hili la kushangiliwa nalo linahitaji maelezo. Moja kati ya kero kubwa za wananchi ni watumishi wa umma. Ndiyo, baadhi ya watumishi hawa ni kero. Wako wanaojihusisha na rushwa, wako wazembe na wavivu, wako wenye dharau, wako wasiosimamia maadili ya kazi zao, na wako wanaojiona na miungu-watu. Hawaambiliki, hawana unyenyekevu na, mbaya zaidi, hawana ufahamu mpana wa majukumu yao. Siku chache zilizopita nilisoma mahali kuhusu muuguzi mmoja aliyemuambia mgonjwa eti “ataisoma namba” kwa kuichagua CCM. Muuguzi wa aina hii ni fedheha kwa fani ya uuguzi na ni kero kwa wananchi. 

Kwa sababu hizi, wananchi wamejenga hasira dhidi ya watumishi wa umma kiasi kwamba inapotokea mmoja anadhalilishwa hadharani wao hushangilia. Ni wazi Makonda analijua hili, na pengine anatumia mwanya huo kuhalalisha kauli na matendo yake. Hili haliwezi kuwa jambo jema hata kidogo. Si tu kwamba linaleta chuki baina ya wananchi na watumishi, lakini linakatisha tamaa wale watumishi wachapakazi na waadilifu wanaodamka kila asubuhi kwenda makazini kuhudumu wananchi. Ni hapa busara ya kiuongozi inapohitajika kuepusha hili kutokea, busara ambayo kwa kauli za Makonda ni wazi imekosekana. Hapahitajiki ushahidi mwingine kuthibitisha hili. 
Mfululizo wa kauli na mwenendo wa Makonda umetuweka katika wakati mgumu wale tuliokuwa tukimtetea kwamba eti hana lolote zaidi ya kupenda sifa! Lakini pia umeitia doa kubwa ziara yake ambayo kama nilivyoeleza awali ni jambo zuri sana katika kuongeza ufanisi, uwajibikaji na mawasiliano kati ya watendaji wa serikali na wananchi. Katika mkutano ambao niliusikiliza redioni, kwa kiasi kikubwa ulifanyika kwa utulivu, wananchi na watendaji wakiwasiliana vizuri na kwa uungwana. Lakini mazuri haya yote sasa yanagubikwa na dosari zilizojitokeza, dosari ambazo zingeweza kuepukika kama busara, staha na uungwana vingetiliwa maanani.

Bado naamini Makonda ana nafasi ya kutuondolea fedheha hii sisi ambao tuliamini ana mengi ya kunufaisha zaidi ya kile kinachoitwa kupenda sifa. Lakini kufanikiwa hilo atahitaji kujirekebisha na hakuna namna ya kipekee kabisa kuanza safari hiyo zaidi ya kuomba radhi wale wote ambao walikuwa wahanga wa kauli zake za ukali, ubabe, na umungu-mtu wake wakati wa hii ziara yake ya siku kumi katika jiji la Dar es Salaam. Na zaidi ni kwa mtumishi huyu aliyeitwa kichaa! Makonda aanzie hapo, atakuwa amepiga hatua kubwa kwenye safari ndefu ya kuelekea kwenye uungwana, hekima na busara za kiuongozi. 
Sitaki kuamini baada ya joto la kuhemka kushuka Makonda anaweza kulala usingizi mzuri wa amani akikumbuka tukio lile. Na wala sitaki kuamini rais aliyempigia simu na kumpongeza kwa kazi nzuri amefurahishwa na tabia ya Makonda kwenye hili. Mtumishi yule ana familia, pengine ana mume, watoto, na wazazi ambao wamemsomesha kwa tabu kufika hapo alipofika. Kumuita kichaa mbele ya kadamnasi ni kumsababishia majeraha yeye, familia yake, watumishi wenzake na waungwana wote. 
Hata kama yapo makosa tunataka ithibitike bila chembe chembe za shaka kwamba alikuwa na kosa. Na kama kosa lipo, kuna lugha inayokubalika ya namna ya kumueleza, kuna taratibu za kiutumishi pia za kumuadhibu. Kwa kumuita kichaa, kwa kutishia kuwashughulikia watumishi wa umma hadi wajute kuzaliwa, kwa kujipa umungu kwamba uliposimama ndipo Mungu alipo ni makosa. Kama watumishi wale wamekosea (na tutajuaje kama wana makosa wakati hawasikilizwi?), Mkuu wa Mkoa naye amekosea. Makosa mawili hayaleti usahihi. 

Makonda aanze upya. Aombe radhi. Haya yako ndani ya uwezo wake. Hatua zaidi za kisheria na kiutawala dhidi yake zipo nje ya uwezo wake.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Castro Came to Tanzania: Karibu na Kwaheri Fidel

A Tribute by Richard Mabala:

Oh my, 
My heart is shaken
Trembling beneath the crash of another mighty tree
It stood firm for so long
Withstanding tempests no other could stand
Unmoved
Unbowed
Protecting, sheltering,
Nurturing so many
As its branches spread out far and wide
Withering only in the face of age
Gnarled in body 
But still inwardly strong
Only age could conquer him
And now it has
Another hero gone
Another inspiration
Taken from us
Like Nyerere
Cabral
Fanon
Samora
Malcolm
Che
And so many others
Hamba Kahle camarada
Buen viaje
Safiri salama
We are poorer 
Diminished without your presence
But still we rejoice in your life
Enriched by your work
Strengthened by your example
Not victory or death
But victory despite death
A luta continua

Statement of Cuba/Tanzania Friendship Society on Commandante Fidel's Death:

The Tanzania/Cuba Friendship Society wishes to convey our heartfelt condolences to the people and government of Cuba following the death of the beloved historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Commandante Fidel Castro Ruz. We have been aware of and followed with great concern comrade Fidel's  failing health for a long while since 2006 when he underwent a major surgery. Although he was not in direct control of Party and State affairs,his physical presence in the background Cuban scene was like a bright star shining and providing light and guidance to the political,socio-economic trajectory of the heroic Cuban society.    

Now that he has passed away that star has inevitably dimmed but not faded away completely.For he has bequeathed to history and generations an enduring  lasting legacy in the form of his exemplary intellectual capacity,dedicated selfless leadership and inspiring revolutionary credentials.He leaves behind a potent lesson and a message to all struggling humanity against indignity,exploitation and social oppression to firmly adhere to steadfastness,resistance and unwavering commitment to principles.His nemesis western and US imperialism in particular as expected has greeted his death with euphoria and a sense of infantile celebration.We know they will as usual continue to use their mainstream media to lie,distort,cover-up the pernicious effects of US economic blockade on Cuba and other anti-Cuba wrong-doings (including the 600 criminal assassination plots targeting Fidel) as well as slander his personality while denying his achievement in ensuring the sustainability and survival of the Cuban revolutionary project despite the unrelenting hostility of the US empire.   

The Tanzanian/Cuban Friendship Society solemnly calls on the Cuban people to hold high Fidel's banner and spirit of eternal combat against injustices spawned by the born-again neo-liberal predatory capitalism as we join hands to mourn the physical demise of the indefatigable son of Cuba comrade Fidel Castro. Patria O Muerte, VENCEREMOS!

SALIM MSOMA  

CHAIRMAN, TANZANIA/CUBA FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY.

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