Category: Mhango

Government can still help teen moms

           Though President John Magufuli said it expressly–no pregnant girl will be allowed back to school under his rule; which’s logical–still the government’s the duty to make every effort to help such mas. After teen pregnancies playing hell with us, everybody’s wagging the tongue either in a hooray hoopla mood or agonisingly and negatively opposing this tough stance. However, there’ll be hell to pay in this hell of helluva as we play hell as a nation.  I know.  As a parent and a leader, Magufuli’s agonised just like anybody could. Again, if he steps in the shoes of the parents of gravid daughters, I’m sure the narrative will dramatically change. We need to think out of the box; understanding that, as the society, we’ve circumstantially contributed to creating this jumble either consciously or unconsciously through societal sloppiness, dishonesty, greed, selfishness, debauchery resulting from modernity, copycat behaviours and whatnots.
           If this stance isn’t being re-examined, its ramifications will be negatively immense to the future of the nation. For, it’ll increase ignorant and disadvantaged people in mothers and their unplanned children. Due to the challenging nature of school pregnancies, I think; we need to do the following:
               First, open adult education centers to cater for those who’ll drop out because of pregnancies or imbuing their colleagues. These centers must cater both for secondary and high school education for gravid girls; and their partners who happen to be students.  I can draw an example from Canada. Despite having all sorts of freedoms, such as teaching students that ngono is human rights, even Canada doesn’t allow teen mas to go on with schooling or curtail the development of the country and its citizens. Students kick up their heels as they like. However, they must see to it that they’re not becoming pregnant. The system here allows a person to complete his or her secondary education when he or she reaches 18. At this age whether pregnant or not anybody’s supposed to be in a class.   Anybody above 18 is entitled to complete his secondary school diploma at such adult education centers anytime he or she deems fit.
            Secondly, address the root causes. Although we tend to blame the victims, as the society, we’ve contributed to this anathema to our daughters.  For example, circumstantially, corruption’s a lot to do with pupil pregnancies.  How heavily do we punish perpetrators?  Thanks to corruption in upper echelons of powers, many citizens are ignorant and poor. You can see this in poor transportation, poor housing, and ill-equipped schools among others.
           Third, fight and eradicate systemic gender bias in which girls are condemned wholesale simply because they’re females. What are the traps and motivations that lure our girls into being impregnated? Are their families strong morally and materially? Why punishing girls only. What’s the position of the government which some pregnancies are caused by students? Will they still be eligible to proceed with studies while they actually are parents? What’s the punishment for adults say, teachers, or whoever impregnates a student? I’d argue that whoever impregnates a student, apart from being brought to book, must be jailed; and public employees who happen to win the case due to lack of watertight evidence or technicalities must be expelled from public services. This will send a strong signal to others still contemplating to do the same.
           Forth, seriously fight corruption and poverty which, in a sense, are the major causes of this beatinest challenge.
Lastly, amend or enact laws so as to hand down heavy punishments to perpetrators. For, they are robbing young girls of their lives. More important, we need to unequivocally address this problem making sure that anger and blame games aren’t used in addressing the problem.
Swahili’s it that when a baby poops on your hand, you don’t cut it nor do you throw the baby away.
Source: The Citizen Wed., today

Ufisadi: Kijiwe chataka haki sawa kwa wote

        Baada ya kutolewa onyo kali la hovyo kuwa tusiwaguse wakubwa mafisadi, kijiwe kimekaa kama kamati kulidurusu na kutoa angalizo kikizingatia sharti la katiba ya kaya kuwa kila mtu anastahiki haki na wachovu wote ni sawa. Hivyo, bila woga wala upendeleo, kijiwe kitatongoa na kudurusu baadhi ya masuala na kuyatolea majibu.
        Msomi Mkatatamaa anaingia akiwa na magazeti mengi tu. Anayaweka mezani na kuamkua na kusema “jamani mmesikia ujinga wa kutaka kutufundisha woga ili tuendelee kupigwa?” Anapiga hafa yakuendelea “katika maisha yangu sikutegemea kuwa wale wanaotuaminisha kuwa wanapigana na ufisadi kwa ajili yetu wangekuwa vigeugeu na woga kiasi cha kuogopa hata mawazo. Nani alitegemea kuwa majizi makubwa yaitwayo maheshimiwa yangekingiwa kifua wakati wanaofanya hivyo walituaminisha kuwa watatenda haki bila kujali itikadi, cheo, dini, kabila, eneo na makandokando mengine?”
        Kablaya kuendelea Mheshimiwa Bwege ambaye huwa hana tabia ya kuchomekea, anaamua kumchomekea na kusema “wewe uliamini rongorongo za wanasiasa wakati wakisaka kula ya kura siyo? Hujui kuwa baba na mama yao ni moja! Hata hivyo, kama tutakuwa wakweli, nani amkamate nani wakati wote ni watoto wa nyumba moja? Nani amshughulikie nani wakati wote ni sehemu ya tatizo ukiachia mbali hizi rongorongo za kutafutia umaarufu? Pamoja na ubwege wangu, sikushangaa hasa ikizingatiwa kuwa huku Afrika wateule huwa hawaguswi hata wanapopiga kama ilivyokuwa kwenye madili ya ANBEN, EPA, ESCROW, Richmonduli, IPTL na mengine, mnapaswa kula pini kwa vile jukumu lao ni kuwala na kuwatumia nyinyi.”
        Mgoshi Machungi naye anaamua kula mic “hata sisi hatishangai hasa ikizingatiwa kuwa hakuna kesi ya ngedee inaweza kushindwa mbee ya nyani. Mimi najua fika. Wengine sea zao ni za kuindana; na huu ndiyo wakati wa kufanya hivyo hasa ikizingatiwa kuwa tinaendeshwa kifaumefaume bia kujitetea tokana na woga na ujinga tena unaofanywa na wae unaoweza kudhani wamisoma wakati ni bue kabisa. Hamkuona madaktai wakijikombakomba kana kwamba hawakusoma?”
        Mpemba naye anakatua mic “yakhe hapa nkuunga nkono. Hata mie nilishangaa sana pale nilioposoma kuwa jarida fulani limefungiwa kwa kuchapisha picha za wateule wenye mazonge na kashfa. Wallahi mie ningependa wabadilishe katiba lau waseme kuwa ufisadi ni halali ya wanene na si wadogo kama hawa tuwaonao wakihangaishwa kwa vile walipiga tena kiduchu ikilinganishwa na hawa walotuuza hadi rahis akajikuta pakanga akishughulikia kashfa tu badala ya mambo mengine muhumi kwa kaya.”
        Mipawa anaamua kumpoka Mpemba mic “hapa lazima tukubaliane kuwa ufisadi si kosa  hasa linapotendwa na wakubwa, washirika, watoto hata wake zao kama ilivokuwa kwenye kashfa ya Kiwila na nyinginezo zinazokingiwa kifua wakati hata ndege wanazijua na kutushangaa kwa tunavyodanganyana kuwa twaweza kujenga kaya ya haki na ya maendeleo bila kutenda haki sawa kwa wote.”
        Kabla ya kuendelea, Kanji anampoka mic Mipawa na kudema “mimi hapana sangaa. Samaki vote iko na surubu. Hivyo, hapana samaki nasulubu menjake kwa kuwa na surubu. Kama nachunguza yote wizuri, nakuta iko na kashfa kama ile ya kuuja jumbani ya umma kwa vakuba chini ya hii moja nono nalinda sasa na naambia chowu kuwa iko wiwu va kufikiri. Halo halo natoka vachowu natoka Kapa!”
        Mijjinga aliyekuwa akibukua magazeti anaamua kutoa ya moyoni “mie naona tuache woga. Tuingie mitaani kudai tuambiwe kaya hii ni ya nani kati yetu na hao wateule wezi. Maana, wamekuwa wakitwambia kuwa kaya hii yetu na wao ni watumishi wetu. Huu ndiyo utumishi au wanatutumia wakimaanisha watumishi? Kwani hizo ofisi ni mali zao au za wachovu? Natamani marehemu Chris Mtikila angekuwa hai. Hapa pangechimbika bila jembe. Hata hivyo, sijui kama akina Tunda Jisu watakubali ghilba na vitisho hivi. Kwa ufupi ni kwamba tulianzishe kwa kuingia mitaani kudai uhuru wetu wa kutendewa haki na kusikika vingenevyo tutajikuta chini ya imla bila sababu zaidi ya woga na kujigongagonga kwa wale wanaobembeleza kitumbua uchwara kama yule daktari uchwara aliyefungia jarida kwa kuchapisha picha za wanene wenye mizogo ya kashfa.”
        Sofia Lion aka Kanungaembe anaamua kula mic “kwanza nilishangaa kusikia tishio na onyo kuwa waliopiga wakiwa kwenye ulaji wasiguswe wala kuandikwa kiasi cha kufungia jarida. Je wanasingiziwa; na kama wanasingiziwa kwani mahakama zimeisha kayani? Waende wakalalamike mahakamani badala ya kutumia mabavu bila sababu. Huu ni utumiaji mbaya wa mamlaka kusema ukweli. Hii ni kinyume na viapo vya uadilifu ambavyo mara nyingi wengi wamekuwa wakilishwa na wale wanaoweza kufanya mambo ya wachovu kuwa kama masuala yao binafsi wakichagua nani wa kuadhibu na nani wa kusamehe kama kwamba hii kaya ni falme la mja mmoja. Ni aibu hata ndege wanatucheka kwa kufanya kila jambo kuwa sanaa na sinema.”
        Kijiwe kikiwa kinachanganya si ukapita msafara wa Njaa Kaya akitoka zake kuzurura Ukanadani alikokwenda kuwapigia magoti wapiga wa makinikia bila kuwa makini. Acha tuuzomea na kutaka kupopoa kama si ndata kutuzidi nguvu.
Chanzo: Tanzania Daima Jumatano leo.

KUSHITAKIWA WEZI WA ESCROW: Nampongeza Magufuli Japo NI Wajibu Wake

         Taarifa tulizo nazo ni kwamba wale watuhumiwa wakuu wa kashfa iliyoliibia taifa mabilioni ya shilingi kupitia mfuko wa ESCROW, James Rugemalira na Harbinder Singh wamefikishwa mahakamani leo. Tunaipongeza serikali

kwa kuamua kutoka usingizini na kuanza kufanya kazi. Maana, kashfa hii, licha ya kulitia hasara taifa, ililetea aibu na mateso hasa kwa watumiaji wa umeme.
            Tunampongeza rais John Pombe Magufuli kwa kuthubutu. Tunamsihi hata kwenye kushughulikia marais wastaafu waliofanya ufisadi kama vile Jakaya Kikwete na Benjamin Mkapa aachane na kuwaramba miguu. Maana kufanya hivyo kutamuonyesha kama mtu msafi na mwenye nia ya kupambanan a ufisadi kwa haki na si kwa upendeleo, woga na unafiki.

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Watuhumiwa wakuu wa Escrow Harbinder Singh na James Rugemalira wakiwa mikononi mwa polisi

Bila katiba mpya Magufuli anajipiga mtama

            Kupiga mtama ni neno la mtaani lenye kumaanisha kupiga ngwara. Kwa kishona humaanisha ujuzi au maarifa na maumivu ayapatayo mtu kidoleni hasa unapojikwaa. Leo nitatumia neno ngwara kuonyesha namna Tanzania, kwanza, ilivyohujumiwa kiasi cha rais John Magufuli kuuliza”nani alituroga Tanzania?”
        Nitajaribu kudurusu mambo au sababu zinazoikwamisha Tanzania au tuseme uchawi –kwa wale wanaoamini katika kurogwa kiasi cha kutaka kuombewa badala ya kuambiwa ukweli kuwa sisi ni sehemu ya tatizo. Hivyo natoa yafuatayo:
         Mosi, urathi wa au mabaki ya ukoloni au colonial carryover. Baada ya kupata uhuru na kurithi mfumo mbovu wa uongozi wa ima kuiga au kudandia, tulijikuta tukijenga matabaka ya watu miongoni mwa raia wetu. Hii unaweza kuiona kwenye sheria zinazoongoza nchi yetu kuhusiana na makosa ya wizi mkubwa na mdogo. Mtu akiiba kuku anafungwa miaka mingi kuliko anayeiba mabilioni. Wakoloni waliweka mfumo huu ili kuwafunga waswahili pale wanapowadokolea huku wakiwalinda mawakala wao ambao walikuwa wakinyanya fedha nyingi jambo ambalo tuliliendeleza hadi leo.
        Pili, ni ile hali ya nchi kuendesha na katiba zisizotokana na matakwa wala utashi wa wananchi au superimposed constitution. Katiba ya Tanzania haijawahi kutokana na wananchi. Badala yake ima ilitokana na mkoloni–baada ya majadiliano katika jumba la Lancaster–au chama kimoja–katiba ya jamhuri ya muungano ya mwaka 1977 iliyotokana na vyama vya Tanu na ASP. Kihistoria Tanzania imekuwa na katiba tano, yaani Katiba ya Uhuru (1961-62), Katiba ya Madaraka au Jamhuri (1962-64), Katiba ya Muda ya Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanganyika na Zanzibar (1964-77) na Katiba ya Jamhuri ya Muungano 1977 ambayo iliundwa baada ya vyama vya ASP na TANU kuunganishwa na kuunda Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) ambayo imekuwa ikifanyiwa marekebisho na kujaa viraka kiasi cha kujitenga na wakati na matakwa ya watanzania.
          Matumizi mabaya ya madaraka ya baadhi ya viongozi wetu. Rais wa Tanzania yupo juu ya katiba. Unategemea nini unapomuweka binadamu juu ya sheria zaidi ya matumizi mabaya ya madaraka. Anayebishia hili arejee historia ya Tanzania aone namna serikali za kuanzia awamu ya pili hadi ya nne zilivyoshiriki na kuhalalisha ufisadi kiasi cha kuzaa kadhia ya ufisadi wa kutisha kama unavyoendelea kuibuliwa na serikali ya awamu ya tano. Tokana na rais kuwa juu ya sheria, karibu awamu zote tajwa zilitegemea utashi wa rais kuendeshwa. Mfano, rais wa awamu ya pili Ali Hassan Mwinyi aliporuhusu kile kilichotafsiriwa kuwa RUKSA, wengi hawakujua madhara yake. Kimsingi, hapa ndipo mizizi mikubwa ya ufisadi ilipojikita nchini. Haina maana kuwa hapa mwanzo hapakuwapo na rushwa. Ilikuwapo; ila mwalimu Julius Nyerere alijitahidi sana kupambana nayo chini ya mfumo wa Kijamaa ambao ulimpa uwezo wa kumwajibisha yeyote aliyeshuku alikuwa fisadi.
        Alipoingia Benjamin Mkapa–hasa muhula wake wa mwisho–viwango vya ufisadi vilikua zaidi hasa ilipobainika kuwa kumbe kuna watu waliomtumia yeye au mkewe kujinufaisha kwa kutegemea ukoo au nepotism. Rejea kashfa ya kuuzwa kwa Benki ya Taifa ya Biashara (NBC) ambapo ushahidi ulionyesha kuwa waliokuwa makuwadi wa walioinunua walikuwa washirika wa shemejize rais. Hata huu wizi mkubwa katika sekta ya nishati na madini chanzo chake ni kwenye serikali hizi mbili. Pamoja na kwamba ufisadi ni kizalia cha mfumo wa kipebari usio na huruma, kuna ushahidi mkubwa kuwa mabaki ya ukoloni nayo yamechangia sana hasa nchi zinapokuwa zinaendeshwa na katiba zisizotokana na watawaliwa au hoi polloi.
        Tuje kwa Magufuli ambaye ameonyesha ujasiri na uzalendo wa hali ya juu unaoandamana na uchungu wa kuona Tanzania ikichezewa na kuliwa mbele na nyuma. Je atafanikiwa kwenye mapambano yake bila kuwa na katiba wezeshi na wananchi? Jibu analo Magufuli ingawa hataki kulikubali na kulitumia. Hapo tarehe 12 Juni, 2017, akipokea taarifa ya pili ya makinikia, alikaririwa akisema “ndugu zangu watanzania nimewambia nafanya hivi kwa ajili yenu…kazi [urais] ni ngumu sana… ndiyo maana tunaomba mtuombee…mimi muda wangu utapita.” Magufuli anakiri kuwa atapita na mfumo anaousimamia hauwezi kujiendesha. Kinachoshangaza ni namna anavyosuasua  au kuahirisha katiba mpya wa wananchi ambao licha ya kutumia fedha zao nyingi na muda, ilishafikia pazuri; na ilishapata maoni yao. Kwa wanaojua mchakato huu ulivyotekwa, kuvurugwa na kuchakachuliwa wanajua fika waliofanya hivyo hawakutaka iwatupe korokoroni tokana na ufisadi uliasisiwa na kusimamiwa na awamu zao. Sijui Magufuli anahofia nini wakati alishalionyesha taifa uzalendo wake? Pia, kama rais anajua kuwa atapita, sasa anashindwa au kuchelea nini kurejesha mchakato usiochakachuliwa wa katiba iliyopendekezwa na watanzania kwa maslahi yao na vizazi vijavyo; siyo kama kujipiga mtama? Wakoloni kwa kujua walichowatendea wengine, waliamua kuachana na katiba za kizamani na kutunga katiba ambazo zinaendesha nchi zao bila kutegemea utashi wa rais au awamu kama ilivyo Tanzania na nchi nyingi za kiafrika.
        Tumalizie kwa kumtaka Magufuli atumie ujasiri, usongo na uzalendo alioonyesha kwenye kupambana na ufisadi, kurejesha katiba ya wananchi ili isaidie si kupambana na ufisadi bali kuuondoa kutokana na kuwa na vifungu vinavyoshughulikia ufisadi na maadili ya viongozi kivitendo na kisheria. Bila katiba mpya ya wananchi, Magufuli atashindwa na anajipiga mtama kama wasemavyo watoto wa mjini.
Chanzo: Tanzania Daima Jumapili leo.

Kashfa ya IpTL: Barua ya wazi kwa EWuuRA

        Baaada ya kuchacha kiasi cha kukosa njuluku ya kupatia ulabu, niliamua kujisomea magazeti lau nijue umbea wa mjini; na nikakutana na kiroja cha mwaka! Guess what. Eti vilaza wetu wa mamlaka ya ulaji angani, nchi kavu na majini walioruhusu ujambazi wa IpTL wanatutaka tutoe maoni juu ya kuendelea kuhalalisha ujambazi huu. Mnakumbuka shuka asubuhi siyo? Mbona mlipoingia huu ujambazi hamkutaka maoni yetu; au mnataka mpate kisingizio cha kusema kuwa tulishirikishwa kubariki ujambazi huu? Mshindwe na kulegea. Kwanini kutangaza kwenye magazeti binafsi na si govt gazette?
            Kwa vile mmejivua nguo wenyewe, acha niwape ya moyoni kama ifuatavyo:
Kwanza, IpTL si kampuni sawa na makampuni mengine. Hivyo, haipaswi kufikiriwa wala kufaidi haki sawa na makampuni mengine yasiyotupiga kama wao. Hivyo, kama mnatafuta sababu ya kutushirikisha kwenye uchafu wenu, mkome.
          Pili, kabla ya kutaka maoni yetu, mnapaswa kutueleza ni kwanini mliingia ujambazi huu; na nani walihalalisha hii jinai; walipata nini na kiasi gani kwa sheria ipi? Kwanini sasa; na si huko nyuma mliponyea na kuivuja sheria kiasi cha kuigeuza kaya kichwa cha mwendawazimu aka shamba la chizi?
        Tatu, muweke wazi mikataba yenu na majambazi haya ili tujue kuna nini; na tunaongelea na kuchangia nini badala ya kutuuzia nguruwe kwenye gunia. Kumbaff.
         Nne, mtupe uhakikisho kuwa hamna nia mbaya nasi na kaya yetu kama ambavyo mmekuwa mikifanya ili kujipatia njuluku za haraka wakati mkiendelea kutupandishia bei ya umeme. Mnadhani hatujui kinachoendelea?
        Tano, muwachukulie hatua wote walioshiriki kuingiza kaya kwenye balaa hili la kiuchumi. Kama hamuwajui, ngoja niwatajie makuwadi wao. Yupo Jimmy Rugemalayer ambaye anasifika kuwahonga walafi kuanzia mawaziri, wabunge, viongozi wa kiroho wenye uroho hata majaji. Pili, yupo gabacholi Singasinga anayeishi Kenya ambaye aliibuliwa na majambazi wetu wa ndani ili kuficha uchafu wao.
       Sita, mtwambia chanzo cha upendo na uwazi huu ambavyo havikuwapo hapo mwanzo mlipofunga ndoa hii haramu ya kuangamiza kaya na walevi wake.
       Saba, mtuhakikishie kuwa walioingia mikataba hii hatari hamtawaita makaburi na kushindwa kuwafukua kwa kuhofia kushindwa kuwafukia kama alivyowahi kusema dingi ambaye ameonyesha wazi kuwagwaya hawa jamaa kana kwamba ana faida nao. Haiwezekani mkaendelea kutugeuza hamnazo huku mkitusanifu kuwa mnataka maoni yetu wakati mlipoingia kitandani kufanya ufuska huu wa kiuchumi tulipiga kelele mkatupuuza. Tutaamini vipi kama hamtatupuuza wakati huu. Kimsingi, kama mnataka mawazo nenda kwa akina Bashite wanaosikika na kusifika. Huenda watapata fursa hii kuanzisha sinema nyingine ili kuendelea kuwa madarakani wakati wana vyeti feki na wanatumia majina feki.
          Tukiachia mbali hawa vidagaa tuliowatajia hapo juu, je mko tayari kuweka wazi majina ya marais na mawaziri walioshiriki kusuka dili hili hadi likazaa jingine liitwalo EPA ambalo lilisababisha hasara ya mabilioni kwa kaya? Je mko tayari kuwaumbua waliotumia njuluku za EPA kuukwaa ulaji huku wakituache tuendelee kuliwa mbele na nyuma? Je hapa mnataka kumsanifu nani; na kwanini mnaendelea kututia madole machoni?
Guess what. Nimeamua kugusia kashfa hizi ili kuwaumbua Eula kuonyesha mnavyotaka kuendelea kuula wakati sisi tukiliwa. Mbona hamuongelei njuluku ya rada ambayo wakoloni kwa kiingereza walitaka kuwarejeshea mkakataa? Mbona  hamkumbushii kukataa kwenda Uswizini kupewa njuluku nyingi tu ambazo majambazi wetu wakubwa, mibaka na mipapa imeficha kule? Mbona hamuongelei kubadili sheria kuhusiana na kashfa kama ya IpTL?
        Kwa uzembe wenu mmekatiwa kitu kidogo na kikubwa mkalegea na kuachia kila kitu; halafu mnaanza kujishaua kuwa mnatafuta maoni. Nenda mkamuulize Kafulia aliyeibua na kuvalia njuga sakata hili hadi mkamtosa mjengoni. Kwani hatujui? Katika kufanya utafiti wangu juu ya kashfa hii niligundua kuwa kumbe IpTL inaweza kuwa Independent Protectorated Tanzia Ltd ambayo inalindwa na sirikali kama siyo sirikali ndani ya sirikali tena inayofanywa kuwa siri kali.
        Nimalizie kwa kutoa maoni yangu na ya walevi ninaowangoza kama ifuatavyo:
        Mosi, wanyonge wote walioguswa na kashfa hii bila kujali vyeo wala sura zao au ubashite wao.
        Pili, taifisheni mitambo ya IpTL kutokana na ukweli kuwa ni mali ya walevi ambayo imekuwa ikitumiwa kuwalangua umeme na kuwaibia.
        Tatu, taifa mimali ya wale wote waliohusika kwenye ufuska huu wa kiuchumi ndipo mje tuongee; na tuwafundishe jinsi ya kusimamia mali za umma. Itoshe kusema; walevi wamechoka kutiwa vidole na kugeuzwa samaki ambaye hukaangwa kwa kugeuzwa geuzwa kwa vile yu mfu.
         Leo hii tosha. Ngoja nikapige kanywaji tayari kuwatolea uvivu zaidi pale itakapobidi. Kwanini msiunde tume huru kama ya makanikia yatokanayo na ukosefu wa umakini?
Chanzo: Nipashe Jumamosi kesho.

Adui Magufuli si Magazeti bali Yeye Mwenyewe

Kufungiwa kwa gazeti la Mawio ni ushahidi kuwa rais John Magufuli hapendi kukosolewa wala hana nia ya kupambana na ufisadi kama anavyojitapa. Gazeti hili lilifungiwa baada ya kuripoti habari toka bungeni ambapo baadhi ya wabunge toka upinzani walipendekeza marais wastaafu Jakaya Kikwete na Benjamin Mkapa ambao wanajulikana dhahiri kwa kuingiza Tanzania kwenye matatizo ya kiuchumi tokana na tamaa zao. Wanaojua historia ya ufisadi Tanzania, wanajua kuwa na Magufuli ni sehemu ya mfumo wa kifisadi ambao alitaka kuukabili. Hata hivyo, kwa hali ilivyo, ni kwmba Magufuli punde tu atarudi kwenye mfumo na kuwa mmojawapo kama alivyokuwa. Vinginevyo, asingepoteza muda kuwalinda wahalifu wanaojulikana hata kama wana madaraka makubwa tu. Nadhani hapa tatizo ni kwa Magufuli kuamua kuwatumikia wateule badala ya watawaliwa. Je anahofia yake naye yasifumliwe hasa ikizingatiwa kuwa si msafi kama anavyoonekana? Rejea utwaliwaji wa nyumba za umma wakati akiwa waziri husika ukiachia mbali kashfa ya hivi karibuni ya mabilioni yaliyopotea kwenye wizara yake ya mwisho.

Ewura should stop taking Tanzanians for a ride

Joking aside, I was shocked when I read somewhere that the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) is seeking public input on how to go about Independent Power Tanzania Ltd (IPTL) mega holdup. EWURA’s acting director for legal services, Edwin Kadifu was quoted by this paper (June 9th, 2017) as saying “we call on public to exercise their right, and send us their views on whether to extend IPTL’s licence, or not instead of using the media platforms to complain about the procedure which is legally based.” To show how this is goofy and devoid of any momentousness, Kadifu didn’t provide the address to which to send the said views. So, too, the EWURA decided to use private media but not government gazette. Ironically, Kadifu seems to abhor the tendency of using media to complain while he ironically did the same.

Due to this travesty, I’d like to ask the following questions to the EWURA:

First, did the EWURA write to any stakeholders such as Human rights organisation, Non-Governmental Organisation and others firms dealing with public advocacy to see to it that it gets what it wants?

Secondly, why didn’t the EWURA apply the same rationale–namely seeking public inputs–before, especially at the time it entered such spurious agreement that saw our country being turned into El Dorado; and since when did the powers that be seek public views on anything?

Thirdly, why’s the EWURA advertised its appeal on public media but not government gazette; if, indeed, it’s serious so as to be taken seriously?

Fourth, is the EWURA ready to make public the contracts our homemade criminals entered with the IPTL first so that we can see what’s in there in order to be well versed with the goings-on? Who’s fooling whom so as to take him or her for a ride easily?

Fifth, is the EWURA ready to divulge the names of the culprits who entered the agreements; and those who benefitted from the deal therefrom?

Sixth, how far sure are we that our inputs will be accommodated; not to mention being used to the letter?

Seventh, is the EWURA ready to sponsor the motion of amending the laws governing contracts so that the hoi polloi can put their inputs?

Eighth, what’s government’s position in this vis-à-vis punishing the culprits of who many are still in public services illegally thanks to being connected or bashited?

Ninth, is the EWURA ready to prosecute the culprits so that we can evidence justice being delivered? Under which law’s the EWURA seeking hoi polloi’s inputs?

Tenth, is the EWURA seeking to involve the general public in this criminality; and why now not then when the deal was done and dusted by a few criminals who have since gone Scott free? Will the general public allow itself to be hoodwinked; and being taken for a ride for its obvious peril?

Demonstrably, there’s something fishy in this new and impromptu mercy that the EWURA seeks to display. I’d candidly say that before seeking our inputs, the EWURA must do the following:

First, look the culprits in the face–be they small or big–and thereby duly punish them so as to convince the hoi polloi that such delinquency won’t be replicated apart from sending a clear and strong signal to those still at large contemplating to replicate the same.

Second, amend the laws governing the current contract before issuing such a gobbledygook appeal so that we can efficiently tackle the problems.

Thirdly, prosecute the culprits so that they can receive their rewards according to the law and logic.

Lastly, retrieve all spoils such as monies, cars, houses, land, and other property made out of the scam.

Source: The Citizen Wednesday today. Wednesday, 14 June 2017