Magufulification: Concept That Will Define Africa's Future and the Man Who Makes Things Happen
Thursday, 31 December 2020
Zimbabwe most famous musician Leonard Dembo aka Musoro wa Nyoka or Snake head was elusive. He was introvert and camera shy. That's why there are no many video of his with his live music but audio only. Dembo died in 1996 aged just 37 years only. However, his legacy is about a bigger than life person. His music still attracts million globally. RIP LEONARD DEMBO.
Wednesday, 30 December 2020
The award of the said honorary degree was, indeed, a great honour, as well as a moral booster for me. In his letter of invitation to me to the graduation event, the Vice Chancellor, Prof William Anangisye, kindly disclosed that the University had decided to grant the Award “in recognition of your contribution in advancing knowledge and development of the Legal system in Tanzania”.
My presenter, Professor Rwekaza Sympho Mukandala, said it all when he read the citation to introduce me to the Chancellor and the assembled congregation. “From now on, we will address you as Dr. Pius Msekwa” declared Chancellor Jakaya Kikwete. I am very much obliged.
And thereafter, upon my return to my cozy home in Ukerewe, I took the first available opportunity to execute my thanksgiving obligation to the almighty God, by promptly paying my annual tithe (zaka) to the parish priest; as well as making arrangements for a thanksgiving Holy Mass to be held at my residence, which will be preceded by a dedicated, celebratory private dinner for a few invited ‘ bons vivants’ (and appropriately accompanied by a display of fireworks), in remembrance of this truly historic event of the award of an honorary degree, award event; and in humble obedience to the dictum “Mshukuruni Mungu kwa kila jambo”.
At the national level, there was, first, the devastating coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) which invaded the whole world, including Tanzania, at the beginning of March 2020; but despite which, Tanzania was able to survive that crisis under the expert leadership of President Magufuli; who flatly refused to impose any lockdown solutions on the population; thus enabling Tanzania to continue flourishing, and managing to enter the lower ‘middle income’ economy bracket in 2020, five years ahead of the scheduled date for that achievement.
Former President Mkapa’s sudden death was particularly shocking to the entire nation, for the following reasons:
It is my humble submission that that each of these fallen government leaders made huge contributions to the progress and development of our country and its people, as reflected in the teachings of the Holy Bible, which says thus in Ecclesiastes, 9.10 : “Whatever thy hand findeth to do here on earth, do it with all thy might. For there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave wither thou goest”. May their souls rest in eternal peace. Amen.
Fourthly, there was the successful shift of the seat of Government to Dodoma from Dares Salaam. Following President Magufuli’s promise to the nation, which he made during the annual celebrations of the “Mashujaa Day” on 25th July, 2016, when he announced his commitment to relocate all the Ministries to Dodoma “before the end of his first term in office”; to his credit, President Magufuli succeeded in moving all the government Ministries to Dodoma by June, 2020, which had settled comfortably in the new ultra-modern “Mtumba city” that was created out of what was previously Mtumba Village settlement; thus fulfilling Mwalimu Nyerere’s long term dream, which had eventually come true.
At the time when I retired from active public service in 2012, I publicly expressed my gratitude for having retired with a warm heart, filled with immense personal satisfaction, and gratitude to the four Presidents of the United Republic, who kindly afforded me the coveted opportunity of walking all the time in the high corridors of power, and being right at the center of the country’s governance systems (the centre of gravity), both of the ruling party (TANU / CCM); and of the central Government.
In relation to the powerful ruling party, particularly during the period of the ‘one-party’ system of governance, when the lead slogan was “Chama kushika hatamu za Uongozi”; I had the privilege of occupying position no. 3 in the party’s hierarchy, coming immediately after the party Chairman and Vice Chairman; which is confirmed by membership card, which is no. 000003. I was upgraded to the no.2 position under Chairman Jakaya Kikwete.
And on the Government side, during the period when I was Speaker of the National Assembly, and during the Presidency of the late former President Benjamin Mkapa (1995 -2005), and according to article 37 of the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania (before it was amended); I was similarly occupying position no. 3 in the country’s leadership succession hierarchy, coming immediately after the country’s President and the Vice President.
It is customary at the beginning of each new year for people to wish each other “a happy and prosperous new year”. I will therefore do the same, and wish all our esteemed readers a happy and prosperous coming new year 2021.
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Tuesday, 29 December 2020
There’s no way one can address Trump’s comportment without touching on his open machoism, misogyny, narcissism, racism and sexism among many Trump’s isms mainly known as Trumpism. Thanks to Trump’s chronic racism, what used to be America’s catch word on the so-called American dream–––that embraced any and everybody–––became American nightmare under Trump. Remember how he barred people from entering based on tugs such as Muslims, rapists, thugs and people from shithole countries among many monikers Trump ascribed to those he racially hated. Trump used all sorts of abuses and bad language against whomever he deemed to be his enemy. He quarreled with journos not to mention and called whatever that he didn’t like fake news. To make matters worse, Trump separated toddlers and children from their parents in his drive to prevent immigration to the US. Ironically, he forgot that his mother and grandpa were immigrants who made a killing in the US so as to produce a future president whose two of his wife and ex-wife are foreigners like his parents but not Americans. Trump’s wife and ex-wife are all foreigners but not Americans except for his second divorced wife Marla Maples.
If there’s any legacy that Trump leave behind is nothing but merely chaos and out-and-out incompetence at home and abroad. Since coming to power controversially after allegations that there were Russia collusion in elections that saw Trump unbelievably beat Hilary Clinton, Trump proved to be a Russian proxy if not a lackey. His foreign policy wasn’t only incompetent and toxic but also flawed and shambolic. His last disgrace was to forgive convicted criminal allied to him such as Roger Stone, his associate and his former campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty during the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Others are Paul Manafort, three former Republican lawmakers, including Chris Collins and Duncan Hunter, and four Blackwater guards convicted of killing Iraqi civilians. Similarly, a total of 15 people enjoyed Trump’s presidential pardon illegally. On presidential pardons, 62%-25%, those surveyed say it would be an abuse of a president's powers if Trump issues a pre-emptive pardon for himself. But most Republicans, 56%-24%, say it would be an appropriate use of his power.
Generally, Trump turned America into what it likes to call a third world countries by losing almost all allies. Trump embarrassingly embraced dictators in the Middle East and megalomaniacs like Abdel Fateh el Sisi (Egypt), Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel) and partly North Korean Kim Jong Un not to forget his cloner, Vladimir Putin of Russia who stood to lose their leverage in the White House. For such dictators, Trump became a cheap fixer who helped them to get away with murder as were the case of Saudi Arabian crown prince, Mohamad who stands accused of the murder of journalist and critic Jamal Khashoggi not to mention Egyptian el Sisi who deposed and slaughtered Egyptian only democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi. Practically, Trump behaved even worse than African dictators when it comes to the misgovernment presidency. To show how some dictators and power seekers took advantage of Trump, Israel will soon have a fourth election in two years after the fall of Trump that’s likely to signify the fall of Netanyahu too.
Apart from sheer incompetence Trump will be remembered as a nepotic president any Western country has ever had apart some ancient Pontiffs of Rome. Trump promised Americans he’d drain Washington bayou full of corrupt politicians. Instead, Trump filled it with family members, thuggish cronies and hangers-on. Essentially, instead of strengthening the institution of presidency, Trump abused and dissed it. And there’s nothing mimicable Trump’s leaving behind. If anything, Trump’s presidency dented America’s image at home and abroad after lacking a policy and stamina to deal with issues that the US was expected to deal with globally. In the homestretch of his presidency, Trump horribly flubbed Covid-19 pandemic and this resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people pointlessly.
All can be said and tolerated, nothing’ll always linger over Trump’s crown as far as his legacy is concerned is nothing but his illogical knockback to concede defeat. This has been a norm in American democracy and elections that whoever loses concedes to the winner and things move on. Trump becomes the first and only one person to forebodingly act in such a shameless manner. For, never before any outgoing or losing president has ever refused to concede defeat nor questioning the legality of elections. If anything, this is nothing but an attack on America’s democracy. Trump abused and attacked the system he’s elected for and entrusted to protect and uphold. Ironically, when Trump said the election was rigged, he forgot that his government is the one that convened and presided over it! This shows how parochial and mentally wanting Trump is. Again, why did Americans vote for such an unapt and mordant person to the office of president? Just like any other human society, Americans are fallible just like those they deride and derogatively and disparagingly refer to as the third world and many tags. They’re mortals just like you and me. What’s more, Trump goes down as a failed president the US has had in recent days. How will the US and the world remember Trump and his legacy? It is easy to tell despite the fact that they’re to blame for failing to see Trump’s ineptitude and weaknesses before voting him to office.
Source: African Executive Magazine today.
Monday, 28 December 2020
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Saturday, 26 December 2020
Kutokana na namna nilivyowasiliana na mzee Mkapa, tena kwa kujibu yeye mwenyewe na si wasaidizi wake, nilipoandika tanzia ya kifo chake, wapo––hasa mahasidi na wakosoaji wake¬¬––walionitumia salamu binafsi kusema kuwa ima sikumjua mzee Mkapa au niliamua kumpendelea na kumpamba. Mmojawapo alijifanya kuzungusha akisema “siamini aliyeandika tanzia hii ni wewe. Maana kiingereza kimepwaya tena broken.” Nilicheka na nikamjibu bila hasira kuwa: kwanza, kiingereza siyo lugha yangu. Na pili kuwa ni hicho hicho kilichopwaya na broken ndicho kilichoniwezesha kukubaliwa kusoma shahada ya uzamivu tena kwenye nchi inayotumia kiingereza kama lugha yake ya kwanza ukiachia mbali kuandika vitabu zaidi ya 20 vya kitaaluma kwa lugha hii hii. Ni bahati mbaya ujumbe ulifika na mhusika hakunijibu tena. Maskini huyu jamaa¬¬–––ambaye ananizidi kiumiri ila si kitaaluma pia namheshimu–––hakujua kuwa mzee Mkapa alikijua kiingereza kama alivyo mzee Msekwa lakini hawakuwahi kuniambia kuwa kiingereza changu ni cha kuungaunga. Hata kitabu cha Magufulification, the Concept that Will Define the Future of Africa and the Man who Makes Things Happen nilichoandika na mzee Msekwa ukiachia kitabu kizima cha tenzi za kimombo kiitwacho Kudos to President Magufuli mbali kazi nyingine ambazo mzee Msekwa amenishirikisha zote za kimombo na hakuwahi kulalamikia kizungu changu. Kwa vile mimi ni mtanzania, kama Mkapa, pamoja na kujua kimombo, bado najivunia lugha yangu ya taifa ya Kiswahili. Mwingine nilimwambia kuwa mzee Mkapa, sawa nawe na nami, alikuwa na mapungufu yake kama binadamu, ila mazuri yake yalishinda mabaya yake. Nilimwambia kuwa asiye na dhambi awe wa kwanza kumtupia mawe mzee Mkapa tena akiwa marehemu kama yeye ataishi milele. Ni kweli mzee Mkapa wapo aliowakwaza. Wamesamehewa akina Idi Amin itakuwa yeye? Juzi juzi nilikuwa nawasiliana na ndugu Madaraka Nyerere juu ya upatanisho wa marehemu baba yake (baba wa taifa). Na alikuwa na moyo mkunjufu kunitambulisha kwa Jaffar Amin (mtoto wa Amin) kuhusiana na harakati zao za kuzidi kuleta Tanzania na Uganda karibu.
Tuache chuki na utani. Mzee Mkapa, ni mtu aliyeutumikia umma kwa maisha yake yote tena kwa moyo mmoja na mkunjufu. Pia hakuwa mgeni kwa watanzania na hata kimataifa. Burundi bado wanamkumbuka kwa mchango wake katika kuleta amani kwenye taifa hilo ambalo lilipata utulivu baada ya Mkapa kuwasuluhisha. Uganda hawatasahau alivyowasaidia kuunda serikali baada ya kuangushwa kwa Idi Amin. Pia mzee Mkapa alisifika kwa ujasiri wake––na wakati mwingine––ubabe kidogo pale alipoudhiwa. Hata hivyo, alikuwa mtu mnyenyekevu, msomi na muwazi. Rejea sera yake ya Uwazi na Ukweli iliyowasilisha falsafa yake kiutawala. Hata hivyo, mzee Mkapa hakuwa malaika. Pamoja na hii, ni mmojawapo wa viongozi waliokiri mapungufu yake na utawala wake pale alipoandika wazi wazi kwenye kitabu cha maisha yake cha My Life, My Purpose A Tanzanian President Remembers kilichotoka mwaka mmoja kabla ya kufikwa mauti. Katika kitabu hiki, Mkapa alikiri wazi wazi kuwa kulikuwa na mapungufu katika baadhi ya sera zake kama vile uwekezaji ambao ulizua manung’uniko kwa baadhi ya watanzania. Kitendo chake cha kukiri tena wazi wazi kwa maandishi kinamuweka kwenye daraja la juu la viongozi waadilifu. Maana walatin husema verba volant, scripta est manent est yaani maneno huupaa, lililoandikwa ni la milele.
Pamoja na kufanya mengi ambayo si rahisi kuyaorodhesha, marehemu mzee Mkapa atakumbukwa kwa kuanzisha the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) ambao umesaidia watanzania wengi kupambana na umaskini. Mbali na hili, kitaifa, kama alivyowahi kusema rais John Pombe Magufuli akielezea alivyoteuliwa na Mkapa kuwa waziri, kuwa Mkapa ndiye alianzisha sera ya Tanzania kujenga barabara na miundombinu kwa fedha ya ndani jambo ambalo rais Magufuli amelipanua na kufanikiwa kuwa na miundombinu imara na miradi mingi ya maendeleo ndani ya muda mfupi; jambo ambalo limeishangaza dunia wakiwamo hata maadui zake. Rais Magufuli hafichi kusema kuwa mzee Mkapa ndiye mentor wake kisiasa na kisera.
Tumalizie kwa kumkumbuka marehemu mzee Benjamin Wiliam Mkapa (Mungu ampe pumziko jema peponi). Hakika mwaka ujao utakuwa na pengo tokana na kifo cha mzee Mkapa. Lala Mahali Pema Peponi Mzee Benjamin William Mkapa. Hamba Kahle Ubaba Mkapa.
It is exactly seven years now since uBaba Nelson Mandela, the first black president and father of free South Africa, passed on. He died after fighting with long illness. He was 95 when he died. Due to his role in bringing peace to the world, Mandela will always be remembered as a freedom fight, peacemaker and statesman whose stature is unique, especially compared to African leaders. This blog winds this year with sadness of the gap that Mandela left. RIP Nilishen–––as his late mother Noqaphi Nosekeni used to call him–––Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. HAMBA KAHLE uBABA WETHU. SISAKUKHUMBULA.
Friday, 25 December 2020
Above is the Roman Catholic Basilica of Our Lady of Peace Yamoussoukro Ivory Coast. This masterpiece was built by the taxes of the pauperised Ivorians under the rulership of their former potentate Felix Houphouët-Boigny, especially at the time the country was going through hardship.Hypocritical western countries offered loans to this fool to build this white elephant.To make matters worse, Pope John Paul II from Poland consecrated without seeing the injustices Ivorians committed against poor and non-Catholic Ivorians. He was blinded by the fact that this crazy thing would employ some Polish priest to run the thing at the tune of US$ 1.5 million annually. Poor Boigny, the son of an animist chief of Akoue tribe wrongly thought that, by building such a basilica, he would help his country while actually he was ruining it for ever. This thing stands there without contributing anything to national economic. If there is anything it has contributed is nothing but a national shame for the country and the continent not to forget the Catholic Church to which it was offered as a gift despite being the product of corruption, myopia and theft.
Thursday, 24 December 2020
It is also important to underscore the point, that parliamentary ‘privileges and immunities’ are granted to MPS solely for the purpose of enabling them to perform their duties ‘without let or hindrance’. And further that these are strictly confined only to occasions when the MP is actually taking part in a proceeding of the House; which is defined as follows: “An individual MP takes part in a ‘proceeding of the House’ usually by speech, but also by various other recognized kinds of formal action; such as voting, asking questions, giving notice of a motion, presenting a petition or a report from a committee”.
Our readers, and other lovers of history, may be interested to know that this definition was actually developed as a result of an ancient English case that was decided in 1512, in which Richard Strode, a member of the British House of Commons, had introduced a private members’ Bill in the House, aimed at regulating the tinners in Cornwall. Strode was subsequently imprisoned for that act. It is his prosecution and imprisonment which resulted in a special Act of Parliament being enacted, cited as “An Act respecting Richard Strode”; which made the following provision:- “All suits and other proceedings regarding Richard Strode, and every other member of the present Parliament, or of any Parliament thereafter, for the introduction of any Bill, speaking or declaring any matter concerning Parliament to be committed and treated of, shall be utterly void and of no effect”. This completes our coverage of the section on parliamentary powers and privileges. We will now move on the matter of parliamentary immunities.
The Parliamentary immunities.
These can be listed as follows:-
(i) Immunity from legal proceedings.
Section 3 of the Parliamentary immunities, powers and privileges Act (no. 3 of 1988) provides as follows: “No civil or criminal proceeding may be instituted against any member for words spoken before the Assembly or any of its committees, or for act done bona fide in pursuance of a decision or proceeding of the Assembly or a committee”. This provision merely reinforces the protection relating to ‘ freedom of speech and debate in the Assembly’. It means that an MP can have a judgment awarded against him in civil proceedings arising out of a speech made in Parliament.
(ii) Immunity from arrest for civil debts.
This provision also has its origins in Britain’s parliamentary history. Again. for the benefit of fellow lovers of history who may be interested in knowing the origins of this provision, I should explain that it originated from the English King’s desire “not to let anybody interfere with the agents of the Shires and Boroughs whom he had summoned to treat with him about supplying money for his needs. So he made supreme the necessity of attending the business of his highest court, and took its members under his protection”.
(iii) Immunity from service of civil process within the precincts of Parliament.
Section 11 of Act no. 3 of 1988; states thus:- “Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, no summons issued by any court in the exercise of its civil jurisdiction shall be served or executed within the precincts of the Assembly while the Assembly is sitting; nor shall any member be arrested on civil process while he is within the precincts of the Assembly, save by leave of the Speaker first obtained”. This means that this protection is not available during the periods when the Hose, or its committees, are not in session. But it is also not available to an MP who is a fugitive from justice.
Definition of ‘the precincts of Parliament’.
In that Act, the “precincts of the Assembly” are defined as “the chamber in which the Assembly meets in session for the transaction of business, together with the offices, rooms, galleries, courtyards, and other places provided for the use or accommodation of the members; or any passages connecting such places, and any other places immediately contiguous thereto”.
This now brings us to the end of our presentation regarding those peculiar rights, that are enjoyed by members of Parliament, and which are provided for in the Parliamentary Immunities, Powers and Privileges Act (no. 3 of 1988), which are not normally available to other bodies or individuals.
But since we still have sufficient editorial space for this article, this allows us to move on to two other equally important matters, namely that of ETHICS for Members of Parliament; and the extent of their ACCOUNTABILITY.
The code of ethics for Members of Parliament.
In 1995, Parliament enacted a law establishing a “Code of ethics for public leaders”, which is Act no. 13 of 1995. The definition of a “public leader” includes Members of Parliament; and for them, it carries significant importance, in the sense that under the provisions of article 71(1)(g) of the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania, a breach of this particular law by an MP can lead to the immediate cessation of his membership of Parliament.
Failure to make this declaration without reasonable cause; or knowingly making a declaration which is false or misleading in a material particular, will be considered as a breach of the code of ethics; which attracts the specified penalties.
And the required standards of a leader’s personal behavior include the following, which he must strictly avoid:-
(iii) A public leader shall not speak in the Cabinet, the National Assembly, a Local Government Council, or a committee thereof; on any matter in which he has a direct pecuniary interest, unless he has disclosed the nature of that interest to the forum in which he is speaking. That completes our presentation regarding the ethics part of that law; next is the “accountability” part.
The accountability of Members of Parliament.
In our parliamentary system of governance, the individual MP is accountable to the following authorities:- (a) his political party; (b) his constituency; (c) his country.
(a) Accountability to his political party is clearly his foremost responsibility; simply because his political party’s electoral support is what facilitated his entry into Parliament; and any form of cessation of membership of his party will lead to his losing his membership of Parliament. Hence, the MP is also accountable to his political party in relation to his performance within Parliament. Indeed, the success of any political party that is represented in Parliament, but in particular the ruling party, basically depends on the successful performance of its MPs in the House. It is primarily for that reason that in return, his party is entitled to demand the MP’s full loyalty, especially when he is carrying out his parliamentary functions.
(c) The MP’s accountability to his country is actually implied in his oath of office, wherein he promises that “he will be faithful to his country”. And this means that should a conflict arise between the interests of his constituency and the ‘national interest’, the MP must always remember that he is a Member of the Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania, which is one nation, with one compound interest, namely the ‘national interest’; and that the national interest must take precedence over all local constituency interests.
Fortunately however, these external obligations do not obliterate the MP’s personal entitlement to express his own frank views and opinions on any proposal that is brought to the House for debate; for he is also accountable to his own conscience.
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