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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.



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

Natamani Tanzania ingekuwa Korea ya Kusini

       Hivi karibuni, nchi ya Korea ya Kusini iliingia kwenye historia ya dunia kwa kuwa miongoni mwa nchi zinazopambana na ufisadi mkubwa bila huruma kuonea. Rais wa zamani wa nchi hiyo Park Guen-hye alijikuta akiondolewa madarakani na kusindikizwa gerezani anakongojea kusikilizwa shauri lake la kuruhusu rafiki yake Choi Soon-sil kutumia ofisi ya rais kujitajirisha kinyume cha sheria. Choi ambaye naye yumo gerezani akingojea kusikilizwa kesi yake, alitumia ukaribu wake na rais kuyasumbua makampuni mengi ya kibiashara kuchangia asasi yake isiyo ya kiserikali ambapo kipindi kimoja, alilazimisha kampuni ya Samsung kuchangia dola za kimarekani 69. Wakati akiingizwa gerezani hapo tarehe 31 Machi, 2017 bango moja lilimpokea likisema “hongera kwa kuingia gerezani. Toka ukiwa binadamu baada ya miaka 30.”
        Park angekuwa rais wa kiafrika, nani angemgusa.  Asingeondoshwa madarakani kwa aibu na kuishia korokoroni. Angetafutiwa mazingira ya kumlinda hata baada ya kuthibitika kuwa alitenda ufisadi. Lakini kwa wenzetu hilo hakuna. Hakuna aliyeko juu ya sheria; wala anayeruhusiwa kutumia ofisi yake kwa manufaa binafsi kama ilivyo kwa Afrika ambako marafiki, watoto, wake au waume na ndugu wa viongozi nao hujipachika uongozi kwa sababu wazazi au ndugu zao ni marais.
        Hakuna ubishi. Kwa sasa, Tanzania inakumbwa na kashfa kubwa tu zinaohusisha hasara za mabilioni zilizosababishwa na baadhi ya watawala wetu na wasaidizi wao ima tokana na uroho, ujinga na ufisadi au roho mbaya kama siyo ulimbukeni. Kashfa hizi si mpya. Kinanchofanyika ni baada ya rais wa awamu ya tano John Pombe Magufuli kuingia madarakani na kufanya ambacho karibia watangulizi wake wote walishindwa kufanya–kuanza kufukua kila aina ya uoza–na kuchukua hatua hata kama si kwa wahusika wote. Zoezi la Magufuli la kupambana na ufisadi nchini limevutia wengi ingawa pia linakosolewa na wengi kutokana na kuhangaika na vidagaa huku mapapa wakisazwa. Wanaomuunga mkono Magufuli wanaona kuwa amethubutu. Wanaopinga harakati zake japo si wengi, wanaona kama hafanyi mambo kisayansi na hayawezi kuwa endelevu hasa kutokana na mfumo wa kikatiba wa kutekeleza haya ukiachia mbali mapungufu kama upendeleo wa baadhi ya watu wa karibu wake kama ilivyotokea kwa mkuu wa Mkoa wa Dar Es Salaam Paul Makonda anayetuhumiwa kughushi vyeti vya kitaaluma.
        Mbali na Makonda, juzi baadhi ya wabunge wa upinzani waliposhinikiza kuwa marais wastaafu walioshiriki uoza na uovu huu washughulikiwe. Vyombo vya habari vilimkariri mbunge Kilombero (Chadema) Peter Lijualikali akisema “Haiwezekani mzee wangu (Andrew) Chenge na (Nazir) Karamagi walipitisha mikataba hiyo bila Rais aliyekuwapo kufahamu. Kinga ya Rais kushtakiwa iondolewe ili wahojiwe.” Baada ya Lijualikali kutoa pendekezo la kuondoa kinga kwa marais, spika wa Bunge Job Ndugai alisikika akiwaonya kwa kusema “Mabadiliko mnayoyataka yakipitishwa na viongozi mlionao wakikamatwa msije mkalalamika tena” akimaanisha mawaziri wakuu wastaafu Edward Lowassa na Fredrick Sumaye waliohamia kwenye kambi ya upinzani. Hapa unaweza kuona namna kulindana kulivyo tatizo la kimfumo zaidi. Badala ya spika kutumia mamlaka yake kuunga mkono haki ya kutenda haki, anaonekana kutoa vitisho kama ishara ya kuonyesha kuwa wapo wasioguswa. Hata hivyo, spika alisahau kitu kimoja kuwa hao mawaziri anaotishia nao watasombwa hawana kinga kama marais wastaafu ambao kimsingi ndicho chanzo cha ufisadi, uovu na uoza huu uliofanya taifa lenye kujaliwa raslimali lukuki kuwa maskini na ombaomba bila sababu zaidi ya ubinafsi, uchoyo, uroho na roho mbaya za baadhi ya watawala wetu waliogeuza ikulu kuwa chimbo la utajiri badala ya kuwa hekalu la haki la wananchi. Ingekuwa Korea ya Kusini, kauli ya spika ingemgharimu. Kwani, ameonyesha wazi kuunga mkono ufisadi.
        Naye mbunge wa Singida Mashariki (Chadema) Tundu Lissu wala hakuficha wala kuzungusha. Alitaka rais Jakaya Kikwete ashitakiwe kwa vile ndiye aliingia mkataba wa mgodi wa Bulyankhulu tarehe 5 Agosti, 1994. Na wakati ule hakuwa na kinga yoyote kisheria. Je rais atawashughulikia watagulizi wake na nani yuko tayari kumvisha paka kengele zaidi ya yeye aliyeanzisha na anayesimamia mchakato huu? Maana, ukiangalia ushahidi uliopo, mambo mengine hayahitaji hata uwe mtaalamu wa sheria wala msomi kujua kuwa kinachoenda kufanyika ni kinyume na common sense. Sijui tunatoa taswira gani kwa wananchi wetu na vizazi vijavyo kwa kupendeleana na kulindana hata katika maovu?
        Kwa taifa linalotaka kujikomboa tokana na ufisadi lazima tujenge utamaduni wa kuhoji kila mtu bila kujali cheo chake. Wengi walidhani kama wahusika wanasingiziwa, wangejitetea na kuwataka wanaowatuhumu watoe ushahidi; wakishindwa wawajibishwe. Haiwezekani  rais awe mlalamikaji, mwendesha mashitaka, shahidi, haki na polisi. Kufanya hivyo, licha ya kuwa kinyume cha sheria, kunakinzana na ahadi za rais za kuwatendea watanzania haki bila kujali ukubwa wa cheo cha mtu.
        Tumalizie kwa kusema kuwa Tanzania inakabiliwa na matatizo yasiyo ya kawaida yanayohitaji majibu yasiyo ya kawaida yatokanayo na busara, ukweli, uwazi na ithibati vya aina yake. Siku zote huwa tunasikia watu wakiambiana wafanye maamuzi magumu. Korea Kusini walichukua maamuzi magumu. Nasi kama taifa, kama kweli hatuwadanganyi watu wetu na kuwageuza hamnazo, tunapaswa kufanya maamuzi magumu kwenye kupambana na ufisadi bila upendeleo wala kutishana. Natamani Tanzania ingekuwa Korea Kusini.
Chanzo; Tanzania Daima Jumatano leo

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