Month: July 2017

Kumpinga rais au serikali si jinai

Sunday, 9 July 2017

            Hivi karibuni baadhi ya vyombo vya habari viliingia utatani hadi vingine kufungiwa huku wanasiasa na wakosoaji wakipewa onyo kali kuacha ima kuipinga serikali au rais. Tukio la hivi karibuni ni pale rais John Pombe Magufuli alipoamuru polisi kuwakamata wote wanaohoji baadhi ya mambo anayofanya kama vile kushindwa kudhibitiwa kwa mauaji ya Kibiti, upelekaji bungeni mikataba ya haraka bungeni, hata baadhi ya hatua anazochukua kuhusiana na mambo mbali mbali kama vile uhuru wa vyama vya siasa kufanya siasa.
            Tokana na utata huu–ambao wengine huuona kama uimla–kuna haja, kama taifa, kukaa pamoja na kukubaliana namna ya kuendesha nchi yetu hasa vita dhidi ya uhujumu wa taifa na tishio dhidi ya usalama wa raia. Hivyo basi, leo nitadurusu mambo muhimu ambayo pande zote zinapaswa kuzingatia kama ifuatavyo:
Mosi, Tanzania si mali ya rais, serikali wala chama tawala. Ni mali ya watanzania wote kwa usawa. Hivyo, kila mtanzania ana uwezo wa kuamini aonavyo ilmradi asivunje sheria. Kwani, kwa mfano, wanaohoji mambo hayo hapo juu, hawatendi kosa lolote hasa ikizingatiwa kuwa kila binadamu amejaliwa uhuru na uwezo tofauti wa kuyadurusu na kuyaelewa mambo.  Hivyo, kutishiana kukamatwa na polisi si jibu wala njia sahahi kwa mustakabali wa taifa letu. Tupingane kwa hoja na si vitisho wala kutumia misuli ya dola. Baba wa taifa Mwl Julius Nyerere alituachia tunu tatu kuu. Moja uvumilivu, pili, kujibu hoja kwa hoja kwa njia ya majadiliano, na tatu uadilifu. Kimsingi, uadilifu ni sehemu mojawapo ya kuwathamini wengine na michango yao na si juu ya mali wala fedha tu.
            Pili, matumizi ya vyombo vya dola kunyamazisha wakosoaji ni uvunjaji demokrasia jambo ambalo ni jinai bila kujali anayelitenda ni nani au ana cheo gani. Kwani, kama nilivyoeleza hapo juu, kila binadamu amepewa ubongo afikiri atakavyo na kuhoji na kujibu anachojua au kutilia shaka. Hapa lazima tuelewe; kama mtu anasema uzushi, tunampa ukweli lakini si kumnayamazisha. Tunaweza kuwafunga wakosoaji hata magezeti lakini hatuwezi kufunga akili na vinywa vyao.
            Tatu, kwani rais na serikali yake hawakosei? Rais ni binadamu na serikali yake inaendeshwa na binadamu. Sijui, kwa mfano, serikali inapata wapi jeuri ya kutaka kuwanyamazisha wapinzani wanaohoji miswaada ya sheria chini ya hati ya dharura bungeni wakati ni miswaada na staili hiyo hiyo iliyosababisha kutungwa sheria mbaya za kifisadi hadi Tanzania ikawa inaibiwa mchana kweupe? Je ni serikali ya chama gani iliyoingia upuuzi huu kama siyo hii hii iliyoko madarakani? Hivi kuhoji huyu roho mtakatifu alipotekea nalo ni kosa au tunapenda kurudia makosa tu bila sababu? Nani amesahau wabunge kama David Kafulila, John Mnyina na Zitto Kabwe hata walivyofurushwa bungeni kwa kupinga sheria mbovu zinazobadilishwa kwa sasa? Hawa nao wanyamaze wakijua wazi kitakachotokea baada ya kufanya mambo kwa kukurupuka? Kama tumeibiwa miaka 20 tukavumilia–japo si jambo jema–inakuwaje tukurupuke kama tulivyokurupushwa na waliobariki huu ufisadi? Nadhani shughuli za taifa si za kuaminiana tu bali kutiliana shaka na kuchunguzana. Na isitoshe, hizi siyo zama za chama kimoja na zidumu fikra za mwenyekiti.
            Nne, kama wabunge wanaowawakilisha waliowachagua kufanya hivyo wametumwa kusema wanayosema, inakuwaje mnawatisha na kuwafukuza kama mtu mmoja wakati wanawakilisha wale waliowatuma? Sasa nini faida ya kuwa na wabunge kama wabunge wote wanapaswa kuwa ndiyo mzee? Naungana na baadhi ya wabunge waliosema kuwa badala ya kuwatisha na kuwaona kama maadui wa taifa, basi tubadili katiba na kuendesha nchi kwa chama kimoja bila kujali kuwa kile kilichotufanya tutoke huko bado kiko pale pale au tunataka tuendelee kulazimishwa na wazungu namna ya kuendesha nchi yetu kutokana na kutokubaliana na baadhi ya mambo? Mfano, nani amempa rais mamlaka ya kujadiliana na kampuni ya Barrick huku vyombo vya dola vikiigwaya kampuni inayotuhumiwa ya Acacia? Je hili pekee halionyeshi kuwa tunaanza vibaya kumdai mtu ambaye huna mkataba naye eti kwa vile ni mbia wa aliyekuibia? Ni sheria na busara gani hii jamani?
            Kwa waliosoma Migogoro na utatuzi wa migogoro (Conflict Resolution Studies) wanajua fika kuwa katika mgogoro wowote lazima kuwapo na watu au makundi zaidi ya moja yanayogombea hiki moja au parties to conflict. Hawa wanaweza kujiwakilisha kwenye majadiliano na wataalamu wa eneo husika lakini hawawezi kujivua uhusika. Mfano, ukiwa na ugomvi nami, siwezi kuwakilishwa na mke wangu kama party to conflict vinginevyo aje kama mtaalamu au mteuliwa tu asiye na uwajibikaji kisheria bali kukusemea tu.
            Tumalizie kwa kuitaka serikali itambue kuwa hata wanaoipinga, licha ya kuwa na haki kufanya hivyo, wana akili sawa na hawa wanaowapinga. Pia wafahamu na kukubali kuwa wanapingwa tokana na historia yao yaani kuingia mikitaba mibovu. Na mwisho, wao si Mungu asiyekosea; ni wanadamu tu wa kawaida. Wangekuwa hawakosei wala wasingekosea kwa madudu yanayotuhangaisha kama taifa.
Chanzo: Tanzania Daima J’pili leo.

Bi Mkubwa wangu kweli Mwanaume kama Akashia!

Fighting corruption: A lesson from South Korea

South Korea recently stunned the world; entering history books for being among countries that unpityingly deal with corruption regardless who’s implicated. Former president Park Geun-hye was booted out of office after allegedly allowing her consigliore, Choi Soon-sil to misuse her office to illicitly mint and print money.

Choi–also behind bars–used her amity with Park to strong-arm companies to furtively donate money to her low-down Non-Governmental Organisation many wives of the presidents or consigliore use nowadays in their voracity for illegal opulence. One time, Samsung donated US$ 69M to Choi’s outfit.

Park’s hove to the prison waiting for her case to be determined along with her consigliore Choi. The CTV (March 30th, 2017) reports that when she arrived at the prison, an opponent held up a mock laudatory ribbon with flowers that read “Park Geun-hye, congratulations for entering prison. Come out as a human being after 30 years.” The treatment was different from our big sacred cows–the raja recently said–are not supposed to be touched or punished for their clutter.

If Park were an African raja, would have been at home lampooning those baying for her blood. She’d even have the guts of ordering their arrest if not incarceration. The difference however is that nobody’s above the law in South Korea. They know too well. Once a bin-Adam’s above the law, s/he’ll become corrupt through and through knowingly; nobody’ll make him or her face the music. In Africa, power’s about who bears it to rake in some money; not alone but also his family members, courtiers, major domos and whomever she’s pleased with. Essentially, the country’s like a private estate when it comes to [mis] managing it.

No doubt. Tanzania’s currently engrossed in multiple mega-billion scams either involving the rajas or their righthand persons geared by greed, ignorance, malice and whatnot. We’ve already heard some warnings that untouchables should not be impugned even verbally. Ironically, the raja–that did what many feared the most–seems to start contradicting himself thinking he can serve two masters, former rajas and hoi polloi. Tanzania’s decision to take on exploitative investors head on attracted many feelings some questioning the rationale of dealing with small fish by sparing sharks. Other congratulated to the extent that it became incongruously monotonous. they said; the raja’s, at least, tried while opponent argue that he’s not doing things scientifically because the laws that pulled the country in this enmeshment are still intact not to mention bogus pacts entered. Further, detractors demand that the process of resuscitating the New Draft Constitution should be rejuvenated in order to enable the country to have legal tools to deal with mega graft. For instance, how do you fight mega graft while you’ve the raja that’s above the law; thus immunised from his or her criminal acts?

Ideal examples can be drawn from recent raja’s outbursts that nobody should touch his predecessors. When Kilombero MP (CHADEMA) Peter Lijualikali woofed for their blood, the speaker of the august house, Job Ndugai presaged him that the opposition he’s speaking from has two former PMs whose dirty linens are known to the ruling party. Ironically, Ndugai forgot; PMs don’t enjoy immunity like their bosses. He’s lucky. Had it been in South Korea, he’d have paid dearly. He too, forgot; sham infallibility’s the root cause of countries endowed with hungous precious resources become poor and beggars because of such bêtes noirs. Singida East MP (CHADEMA) Tundu Lissu didn’t beat around the bush. He said that the contracts under scrutiny were signed by LTC. Jakaya Kikwete on 5thAugust, 1994; and he then didn’t have any immunity; which also applies today as far as criminal liabilities committed before one becomes an anointed aren’t covered under presidential immunity. Again, who’ll bell the cat this time around? Had it been in South Korea no stone would have been left unturned?

Source: The Citizen Wed., today.

 

         

Ama kweli aliyeko juu mngoje chini! Nani alitegemea tapeli Rugemalayer kulala Keko?

Mtuhumiwa na kingpin wa wizi wa IPTL James Rugemalira sasa ni mahabusu anayesota asijue atachomoka lini. Sawa na Hassy Kitilya, Sioi Sumari na vigogo wengine, anaendelea kuonja matunda ya jinai yake. Picha hii japo ni ya kiumbe anayeudhi, nimeipenda sana. Nadhani hili linapaswa kuwa somo kwa majambazi wengine ambao tawala zilizopita licha ya kulala nao kitanda kimoja ziliwaendekeza na kuwalinda kiasi cha kutukoga na fedha zetu. May they perish!

Wizi wa Escrow tuanze na IPTK

            Hakuna utata; kampuni la the Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL) ni donda ndugu kwa maendeleo ya uchumi wa taifa. Sitapenda kuongelea kesi iliyofunguliwa hivi karibuni dhidi ya watuhumiwa wa shilingi zipatazo bilioni 300 toka mfuko wa Escrow kwa vile iko mahakamani. Badala yake nitajadili namna ya kupambana na wizi huu ili taifa lisipate hasara tena.
            Kwa wanaojua namna kampuni tatanishi la IPTL lilivyoingizwa nchini kinyemela chini ya utawala wa awamu ya pili baada ya taifa kukumbwa na uhaba wa umeme kwenye miaka ya 90, watakubaliana nami kuwa ndilo chimbuko la wizi wa Escrow na hujuma nyingine ambazo zimekuwa zikiendelea dhidi ya taifa kwa zaidi ya miaka 20 hasa ikizingatiwa kuwa nusu ya wamiliki wake ndiyo wako mahakamani kwa tuhuma za wizi huu.
            IPTL ikiwa imeingizwa nchini na watawala wezi, ilianza kuhujumu taifa na Shirika la Umeme la Taifa (TANESCO) kiasi cha kuliua na kulifilisi hadi serikali ikawa inalikwamua huku wahujumu hawa wa uchumi wakiendelea kushika kani katika kuliibia na kulihujumu taifa. Pia, kutokana na hujuma hii, ambapo TANESCO iliuziwa umeme kwa bei mbaya, wateja wa nishati nchini walikuwa wakilanguliwa na kupandishiwa bei za umeme kila mara wakati taifa likiwa na vyanzo vingine imara kama vile maporomoko ya Stigler ambayo hivi karibuni rais John Magufuli alianza juhudi za maksudi kuyaendeleza ili taifa lijitosheleze kwa umeme na kuondoka kwenye mikono ya matapeli wa ndani nan je wanaotumia uhaba wa nishati kama mtaji na kijiko cha kutuhujumu na kutuibia. Baadhi ya vyanzo vyetu vinasema mradi huu ulizuiwa maksudi ili IPTL na makampuni mengine kama yale yaliyozaliwa na kashfa ya Richmond iliyozaa makampuni ya Dowan na Symbion kuendelea kuliibia na kulihujumu taifa. Nayo yanapaswa kushughulikiwa sambamba na IPTL. Kwani sifa na kazi zao ni moja tu, kuhujumu na kuliibia taifa.
            Kwanini tunasema kuwa bila kushughulika na IPTL mchezo utaendelea? Tuna sababu kuu zifuatazo:
Mosi, watuhumiwa wa kashfa ya Escrow walitumia IPTL hii hii pamoja na utata na kuisha muda wake kuliibia taifa. Inashangaza kwa kampuni ambalo limekuwa likihujumu taifa kuendelea kufanya biashara nchini ukiachia mbali kutochukuliwa kwa mali zake na uchafuzi wa mazingira ambao limekuwa likisababisha.
Pili, tunaambiwa IPTL inamilikiwa na watuhumiwa wawili kwa asilimia 50 ambapo asilimia zilizobaki zinamilikiwa na Simba Trust ambayo hata hivyo, tangu sakata hili lianze, huwa haitajwi hadharani. Je nani wamilki wa Simba Trust? Umma ungepaswa kuwajua ili nao waunganishwe kwenye kesi inayoendelea kwa vile isingewezekana wabia nusu wachukue mabilioni haya na wayatafune peke yake.
Tatu, kuna haja ya kutangazia watanzania kuwa IPTL haina uhalali tena wa kufanya biashara Tanzania hasa ikizingatiwa kuwa–licha utata wa mkataba wake na kushiriki uhujumu wa taifa–muda wake ulikwisha siku nyingi. Hapa lazima tuseme wazi kuwa IPTL ina washitiri na washirika nchini tena wenye madaraka. Rejea hivi karibuni Mamlaka ya Udhibiti wa Huduma za Nishati na Maji (EWURA) illivyotaka kuihalalisha IPTL kwa mara nyingine kwa kutaka watanzania wachangie maoni yao kabla ya kupewa leseni tofauti na makampuni mengine yanayofanya biashara nchini. Hivyo basi, serikali–licha ya kuwafichua Simba Trust–inapaswa kuwafichua maafisa wa umma na binafsi ambao wamekuwa wakiisaidia IPTL kuendelea kufanya biashara nchini kinyume cha sheria ukiachia mblai kuhujumu taifa. Haiingii akilini kuwa kampuni tapeli na la kigeni lingeweza kuendelea kuhujumu na kuibia taifa bila kuwa na watu wenye vifua serikalini na nchini kulikingia kifua. Mfano, wote walioshutumiwa kupokea mamilioni na mabilioni ya Escrow wanapaswa kukamatwa na kufikishwa mahakamani huku mali zao zikikamatwa ili kurejesha fedha ya umma. Na hapa tusisikie kelele za mawakala na makuwadi wao kuwa tunawatisha wawekezaji.  Hawa si wawekezaji bali wachukuaji wanaopaswa kunyolewa bila maji wala huruma kama walivyokuwa wakilifanyia taifa.
Nne, kukata mzizi wa fitina, sheria za nishati zibadilishwe ili kuzuia mianya ambayo ilitumiwa na makapuni kama IPTL kuliingiza taifa kwenye mdororo na mgogoro wa kiuchumi tokana na ulafi, ujinga na ufisadi wa watu wachache wasioona mbali.
Tuhitimishe kwa kupongeza na kuunga mkono juhudi mahsusi na za maksudi anazofanya na serikali ya rais Magufuli kuliondoa taifa kwenye mikono ya matapeli na wezi wanaorejesha maendeleo ya taifa na watu wake nyuma. Tunashauri wahusika wapewe adhabu kali ili liwe somo kwa wengine wanaodhani Tanzania ni shamba la bibi. Yote yafanyike; ila muhimu, bila kusambaratisha IPTL, ni kama tutakuwa tunatwanga maji kwenye kinu. Kwani kuendelea kuwapo kwake na makampuni yanayofanana nayo si tishio tu kwa uchumi wa taifa bali hata usalama wake.
Kwa miongo tuliyotapeliwa, kuibiwa na kuhujumiwa, kama taifa lenye watu wenye akili, tufikie mahali tukate mizizi ya fitina mojawapo ikiwa ni kampuni ya IPTL.
Chanzo: Tanzania Daima J’pili leo.

Sijui hapa binadamu ni yupi na wanyama ni wapi

 

Huyo bwana sijui bibi mwenye suti ya aina yake na ambaye hana anayefanana naye hapo anaitwa Brigadier Nils Olav kiumbe anayeonekana kuabudiwa nchini Norway kiasi cha kupewa hadhi ya kijeshi ukiachia mbali kukagua gwaride. Yalishaandikwa na kusemwa mengi juu yake isipokuwa moja. Je hapa binadamu ni yupi na wanyama ni wapi na nani mjanja au tuseme anayemtumia mwenzake?

Fear Nothing But Fear Itself