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.
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.
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