Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Je ndugu Reginald Mengi anajua dhuluma inayofanyika kwenye magazeti yake?

            Image result for photos of reginald mengi     Image result for photos of gaudensia mngumi   Nimeamua kutundika makala hii lau kwa sababu kuu kadhaa. Mosi, ni baada ya kudai malipo yangu kwa ndugu Reginald Mengi kwa kufanya kazi katika magazeti yake kwa miaka mitatu bila malipo. Pili, kuzungushwa kiasi cha kuhisi huenda kuna kamchezo ambako wengi wasio na ujasiri wala uwezo wa kupambana nako wanakwazwa nako. Tatu, uwezekano wa hujuma hata kutokuwa na mawasiliano mazuri katika makampuni ya Mengi. Nne, kutaka wahusika wajue kuwa huu ujipu wao hauvumilki na wanachofanya ni dhuluma. Tano, kutaka wahusika wawajibike tokana na umma kujua mambo ambayo kimsingi ni kinyume cha wanavyojionyesha au kujitangaza.
                     Sijui kama  mzee Mengi anajua kuwa kwa sasa wachangiaji wengi kwenye magazeti yake wamekuwa wakidhulumiwa kwa madai mbali mbali na hasa wengine kutumia mbinu ya kukwepa kuwasiliana na wahusika au kusimamisha huduma yao bila kujali hata madhara kwa pande mbili. Maana anayelaumiwa kwa sasa si mwingine isipokuwa Mengi mwenye makampuni yake.  Mfano, mimi nilipewa safu mbili na nikachangia kwenye magazeti ya the Guardian on Sunday na Nipashe Jumamosi kwa miaka mitatu mfululizo bila malipo. Kila nikiulizia malipo yangu nilikuwa nikiambiwa kampuni haina fedha kwa sasa. Je hii ni kweli? Sikuamini mtu kama ndugu Mengi anayesifika wka ukwasi wake kuishiwa kiasi hiki. Hivyo, nachukulia kilichofanyika kama visingizio vya kufanyiwa dhuluma kitendo ambacho si haki na ni ushenzi. Ushenzi huu niliofanyiwa na magazeti ya Mengi ulisimamiwa na watu wawili mmoja mhariri wangu Gaudensia Mngumi ambaye sijui kama ni mzima kiakili ukiachia mbali kuonekana wazi kuwa kihiyo wa kutupwa. Wa pili ni Edmund Msangi  bosi wa Gaudensia ambao wote ni kabila moja. Sijawahi kufanya kazi na watu wapuuzi na wenye ujinga kama huu. Mpaka sasa nashangaa Mengi alivyowaajiri majipu kama haya.
                         Kwa ufupi, msomaji, haya ndiyo yaliyonikuta ambayo nimeamua kuyaweka wazi hapa lau wahusika wajue kuwa hakuna anayevumilia dhuluma na ufisadi wao. Nashauri wote walioathrika kama mimi wajitokeze lau dunia ijue aina ya watu tulio nao nchini.
Kwa ufupi, kwa wasomaji wangu waliozoea kusoma makala zangu toka kwenye magazeti tajwa, siko tena na nimedhulumiwa. Habari ndiyo hiyo.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

War on Graft: Look neither ape nor chimp in the face

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            After evidencing some mega-con artists being hauled before the court and being in the doghouse, Tanzanians were in the Va-va-voom like mood waiting to see more following suit. The other day when I was swallowing offal and kanywaji, I heard some boozers–of course, after being turbocharged with kanywaji–saying that what they’re evidencing is but the beginning of the end of impunity. Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin. After hollering at the top of their lungs about Escrew to no avail, boozers were enchanted to see, at last, justice creeping and closing in to those bêtes noirs.
We bin-Adams are complicated creatures, especially boozers. Guess what. While some were having a good time, others were scorning them saying that what’s going on is firefighting-like exercise if not nguvu ya soda. Utter moonshine! They said that they’ll endorse the whole exercise shall they see criminals behind EPA, Dowans, Symbionsis, Kagoda, UDA, SUKITA, Richmonduli and other mega scams are mercilessly dealt with.  The other one that we call an opponent said that what boozers call justice isn’t but selective one. The other one added that selective justice isn’t justice but another form of injustice and travesty of justice. We need to learn from past experience from some gawks that allowed their countries to be abused by any quack. Tanzania was once like that. Any quack or gawk would make a killing without necessarily facing the wrath of the law while our people were just gawking instead of agitating.
My ignorance informed that those fearless boozers would end up the above mentioned scams. What a goof! I didn’t know that they’d touch on the untouchable scapegraces the powers that be said: must be left to retire and eat our dosh peacefully even if some don’t deserve it due to the disservice they did. I goofed thinking that such boozers would fear that talking about such archangels would guarantee some years behind bars. I cautioned them not to touch the untouchables. As the fate would have it, the opponent told me to my face saying “sir, if you’ve been compromised by receiving sum hush-hush baksheesh forget.” He staggeredly stood up and came to my table and said “don’t think you can intimidate us like the news people whose outfits were banned. Nobody can ban me. Am I registered anywhere in this unforgiving land?”  Before he finished, another one chipped in “go tell Dr. Mwakirazor; he can ban those but not the son of gun.” He sneezed and went on “do you think we’re afraid of naming names?  Do you think we’ve forgotten Annie and Bennie or ANBEN, Forster and Nick or Fosnik, Deep Green Finance, Kiwila, TICKS aka TICTS and other scams those ogres engineered?”
As I was prepared myself to run away after noticing that these fyatus could attract cops to come and descend on us, another one added “guys, what’s going on is laughable. How do you arrest monkeys and spare chimps or kill lizards and spare gators?  Total malarkey!” Before winding up, I chipped in “what unthankful creatures that you are! Can’t you appreciate this move as you wait to see yet more to come as far as cleansing the house is concerned? Who bewitched you?”
He mordantly replied “who’s bewitched between bootlickers, courtiers, major domos and me? FYI: This piece of land’s equally ours. Therefore, whoever wants to make sense must make sure that justice’s done; and be seen done but not selective justice.”

In a nutshell, though boozers have no open or registered media–that is good to target for those prone of burning the media–to disseminate their grievance, they’d, indeed, want to see more being done. They think; what’s going on is more or less of the firefighting but not a surgical move to root out corruption in their land. To convince and entice them, one needs to use a carpet-bombing modus operandi by making sure that the nets are cast far and wide but neither discriminative nor selective as it seems currently. Swahili sage’s it when you want to kill a monkey, never look it in its face. Just unselectively hammer it to death be it big or little; just crucify it.
Source: Citizen Wed., Jan., 10, 2018.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Politics and religion are malleable with strict limits

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            The past X-mas saw some clergy complain about intimidation when they touch on political issues.  Some men (not women) of cloth alluded on this in their X-mas orations. They’re flummoxed after feeling boxed in. Unfortunately, the speakers didn’t particularly name their bullies. Three day after the clergy speaking up, authorities came out warning about taking stern measures against whomever use pulpits politically. This shows; there’s a problem. Is this the answer? If it is, is it the right one?
            Ontologically, politics and religion are the sides of the same coin.  In Egypt, pharaohs were gods and rulers as well. In Europe, the Roman Catholic Church used to be both a religious and political power. It shows: the duo’s same foundation and intesectionality.  Though, the former overtook the latter during the enlightenment. Before, the Roman Catholic Church’s powers were incontestably over and above everything. It could condemn whomever it wanted. Thanks to its brutality and misuses of power, some smart guys decided to stop it. Thence, politics took over; and replicated the same up until now. Essentially, Africa needs to embark on its own enlightenment in order to do away with the internalised internal colonisation perpetrated by the duo that attracts devourers and tricksters easily. This is why there are fake leaders in both. Refer to self-appointed fakers we now see everywhere robbing and pauperising our unsuspecting people who still believe in miracles under the ruse of performing miracles.  Is there any a mortal that can perform miracles today?
            Secondly, the duo shares one characteristic. They reap where they didn’t sow. They all collect money in the names of sadaaq, taxes, tithes and zakat; and spend it without involving their taxpayers. This is why we’ve many rich religious leaders hollering at the top of their lungs preaching the gospel of Jesus, a mere pauper, who couldn’t own even a coin let alone building a church. Like politicians who preach better life for all to end up exploiting their constituency, clerics preach the heaven for poor while living in stinking opulence; though not all. They preach poverty and live opulence. The difference is however; political leaders are elected while the clergy who are either appointed or self-appointed.
            Thirdly, while some clergy condemn the internalised internal colonisation of politics in Africa, they forget; their religions are responsible for paving the way for the colonisation and the enslavement of Africa. Ironically, the clergy aren’t democrats like those they accuse. Let’s be a tad bit fair.  Do they seek views from their constituency?
            Fourthly, clergy are like any other citizens. They shan’t expect any preferential treatments whatsoever. If they feel like offended, they know what to do. Go to the court. Just like any citizens, clerics can air their grievances provided doing so is within the confines of the law.  Their advices can be worked on or otherwise depending on to whom or what’s addressed. There’s nothing special here. The government may accommodate the views of its people or not depending on how it views them. Again, instead of taking on the govt, we need to deal with the system that allows such penchants.
            Fifthly, there’s been a tradition of wrongly believing that clerics have an upper hand in public matters. There are some discernible boundaries between politics and religion, especially in a secular country contrary to a theocracy in which clergy are above everything.
            Further, the clergy need to be firm vis-à-vis their position.  When they take on ills, they must clearly indicate it by deeds and words. For example, recently, one self-appointed one told President John Magufuli to repent and take advices. This same man once showered former president Jakaya Kikwete saying he’s humble and too generous. Again, when his church was told to demolish its extension built illegally, he started attacking the same man he showed with praises. This way, it can’t work.
            Tanzania’s a tradition of separating politics from religion in order to avoid offering some quacks a loophole to use their position to benefit both politically and religiously. Again, our government needs to be firm as well. Evidentially, some pro-government clergy are allowed to mix the two provided when they toe the line. One of them is Gertrude Rwakatare who’s an MP for the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).  When Rwakatare was appointed or allowed by the CCM to partake of politics, both sides kept mum; and saw it as a normal and right thing to do though it is wrong!

            In sum, if clergy have anything importantly tetchy to say, they must say it just like any citizen but not like clergy. There must be a border between the two as it is for other citizens or institutions.
Source: Citizen, Wed., Jan., 3, 2018.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Picha ya kufungulia mwaka

Tundu Lissu akiwa anaonekana kuendelea kuimarika. Ni muujiza unaoongea ambao karibu utasimama na kutembea na kupambana. Naomba mwaka  huu uwe wa Lissu. Naomba waliomtendea unyama wazidi kuadhibiwa, kuharibika na kupata stahiki yao.

Uhuru and Raila must start talking

            Uhuru and Raila

President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and Nasa leader Raila Odinga. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
            Now that the repeat presidential election is over and the winner sworn into office, Kenya needs to go back to normalcy.
            However, this cannot be actualised without two major actors — namely; President Uhuru Kenyatta and his nemesis, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga — opening up for serious business of hemming fences and redressing Kenya from the self-inflicted wounds their dynastic differences and political struggle have inflicted on the country and Kenyan society.
            I don’t aim at being the devil’s advocate. Again, looking at the imbroglio-cum-impasse that Kenya has been in for a long time now, methinks the duo needs to look at the situation broadly and boldly but not narrowly as it was when they were running for office.
            For a long time, the two have been involved in the ‘dialogue of the deaf’ — something that is seemingly exacerbating the problem.
            While they have maintained a sort of denialism resulting from toxic and tribal politics, their cohorts and majordomos kept on making things harder.
            The situation became even worse after the election re-run.
Thus, nobody can tell exactly what will happen regarding the closure of the crevices being on tenterhooks. The two need to come together and engage in dialogue since there is no way the malady can heal itself without their constructive and positive interventions.
            Currently, Odinga is obsessed with being sworn in as the “people’s president” — as if President Kenyatta is not the president of the people.
This struggle does not do Kenya any good. There is time and season for everything. Elections are over. The duo must bury the hatchet and let Kenya move forward as a nation.
It is important for the two to start thinking about Kenya and not their personal power and glory. They must seriously and realistically consider and look at a suffering Kenya.
            Evidently, the economy is dangerously tanking. Many business people have already registered their discomfort with it. The society is deeply divided along ethnic lines, not to mention political klutziness that the country has found itself in.
For the two to understand and underscore the important roles they have to play, they should step into the shoes of other Kenyans who lost their loved ones, those whose businesses are cascading, those whose lives have been dangerously turned upside down, those whose hopes have been dashed and the like simply because the two are at it tussling with each other for just elusive and temporal power.
            Looking at their flinty stances, without wising up Kenya stands to pointlessly lose a great deal.
For instance, Odinga has commuted his coalition into a movement, meaning that his cause has not been achieved. Talking about the movement, Odinga was quoted as saying “this is basically going to be involved in civil disobedience, civil resistance, not an armed resistance”.
            But for how long, and won’t such measures negatively affect Kenya by exacerbating the already worsening situation?
Nobody can easily tell. However, it is easy to foretell how the situation will be. Considering the deaths and loss of property already witnessed, the situation is likely to be spooky and surreal shall the two stick to their guns.
            It does not make sense for Kenya to be held to ransom simply because two protagonists are living in a state of denial simply because they are not directly affected by the goings-on. They need to be realistic. There cannot be a winner if the country remains divided.
And thanks to such precarious limbo, many opportunistic elements will cash in and take advantage of the logjam. We have already heard of the clamour for secession and other provocative propositions that cannot — and will not — help Kenya.
            President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga need to constructively engage each other in order to avoid giving Kenya’s enemies ammunition to finish it off; especially at this moment it is facing Al-Shabaab in neighbouring Somalia, not to mention the economic slump.

Should the duo keep on hardening their positions, Kenyans should consider taking lawful steps in order to force them to talk, as it is to the citizens that Kenya actually belongs.
Source: Daily Nation, Tues., today.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Taathmini fupi ya mwaka uliopita

              Mwaka uliopita, sawa na miaka mingine, ulikuwa na changamoto zake na mazuri yake. Blog hii iliupokea na kuuishi mwaka uliopita kwa namna mbili kibinafsi na kijamii. Kwa mfano, kwa upande wa mambo mazuri, madikteta watatu walidondoka yaani Eduardo Dos Santos wa Angola aliyeamua kuachia ngazi , Yahya Jammeh aliyepigwa mweleka kwenye uchaguzi aliouandaa mwenyewe kabla ya kugoma kuondoka na kulazimishwa kufunga virago na kukimbilia uhamishoni huku Robert Mugabe akipinduliwa kiulaini na kulazimika kujiuzulu. Kadhalika, taifa lenye nguvu kuliko yote duniani, Marekani, lilipata rais mbaguzi na mnyanyasaji asiyejua kitu kuhusiana na sera na siasa za kigeni Donald John Trump. Nchini Uganda, imla wa miaka mingi Yoweri Museveni alibadilisha katiba kuendelea kuwa madarakani sawa na wenzake wa Rwanda na Burundi bila kusahau Sudan ya Kusini zote zikiwa mwanachama wa Jumuia ya Afrika Mashariki.
           Tanzania ilipiga vichwa vya habari kwa sababu nzuri na mbaya tokana namna ya uongozi wa rais John Pombe Magufuli huku akipendwa na wanyonge wengi na kuchukiwa na watu wa kipato cha kati baada ya kuminya vyuma kiasi cha kukaza. Jambo baya lililotekea Tanzania ni kupigwa risasa kwa mwanasiasa machachari Tundu Lissu ambaye anaendelea vizuri hospitalini nchini Kenya akingojea kupelekwa Ulaya kwa matibabu zaidi. Nchini Kenya uchaguzi uligeuka vita kiasi cha watu wasio na hatia kuuawa ukiachia mbali mafahari wawili Raila Odinga na Uhuru Kenyatta kuendelea kuigawanya nchi kikabila na kisiasa hadi sasa.
     Habari funga mwaka ni kuripotiwa kuuzwa kwa waafrika utumwani nchini Libya huku dunia ikinyamazia unyama huu kana kwamba waafrika hawana thamani na kama wanayo hawana tofauti na kuku, mbuzi hata punda wa kuuzwa bila kustusha. Sambamba na hili lilotokea tukio la rais Trump kuutambua mji wa Jerusalem kama mji mkuu wa Israel; jambo ambalo lilipata msisimko dunia nzima huku nchi nyingi zikiandamana na kupinga na kulaani lakini zikakaa kimya dhidi ya kadhia ya kuuzwa waafrika. Ajabu ya maajabu, na baadhi ya waswahili chini ya mwamvuli wa Uislam waliingia kwenye bandwagon huku wakishindwa kulaani kuuzwa kwa ndugu zao.
         Kwa ufupi mwaka huu ulikuwa na ugumu wake. Binafsi, kitinda mimba wetu Nkwazi Mhango Jr alianza vidudu huku kaka yake Nkuzi akiingia darasa la pili.
Kwa ujumla ndivyo tulivyouona na kuuishi mwaka uliopita. Je msomaji nini tathmini yako fupi ya mwaka ulioisha?

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Picha ya kufungia mwaka kwa furaha

Watuhumiwa wakuu wa wizi wa Escrow James Rugemalira na Harbinder Sing wakiwa mahakamani
                           Kwa wanaojua namna Tanzania ilivyochezewa kiasi cha kugeuka shamba la bibi, au tuseme shamba la chizi, chini ya utawala Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Benjamin Mkapa akitawaliwa na mkewe Anna Tamaa Mkapa na Jakaya Kikwete, wanapoona picha za mafisadi nyangumi kama hawa lau wanafarijika. Hata hivyo, juzi fisadi James Rugemalira aliamua kuanza kumwaga mtama akitaka akutane na Mwendesha Mashitaka Mkuu wa Serikali (DPP) ampe ushahidi juu ya nani mwizi wa fedha zinazohusika kwenye kesi inayomkabili. Kwa wanaojua sakata la IPTL, hawatasita kujikumbusha kuwa walioiasisi na kufaidi na Mkapa na Kikwete. Hawa wengine ni vidagaa tu wanaotolewa kafala kuwanusuru wakubwa. Je serikali iko tayari kupokea ushahidi wa Rugemalira na kuufanyia kazi au kujifanya haisikii? 
                           Ukitaka kujua kuwa Rugemalira anawajua wenzake hasa wale mabwana zake waliomtumia, jiulize, wale aliowakatia mshiko ambao unajulikana ni wa wizi kama vile Andrew Chenge, Anna Tibaijuka, William Ngeleja, jaji Aloysius Mjulizi, askofu Methodius Kilaini, askofu Eusebius Nzigilwa na wengine wengi wamechukuliwa hatua gani? Je sheria yetu inatumika kibaguzi au mkono mrefu wa serikali utawakamata na kuwasweka ndani hadi watakapoachiwa na mahakama kama hawa washirki wenzao? Je kesi ya Escrow itauawa kimya kimya kama vile ya EPA ambapo wezi waliambiwa warejeshe fedha yakaisha ili kuepuka kumfichua mtuhumiwa mkuu ambaye ni Kikwete na Mkapa? Je mwanzo wa mwisho wa Rugemalira ndiyo unaanza? Je ataachiwa amwage mtama au kuKolimbwa? Ngoja tuone mwaka unaoanza serikali itakuja na sinema ipi au kuchukua hatua zipi mujarabu. Nawatakie mwaka mpya 2018 wenye amani na mafanikio.

EAC’s biggest problem is hypocrisy of its members

           When the unification of Africa failed, some African post-colonial leaders embarked on regional unification. Instead of scaring bejesus out of them, in 1967, for example, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda manned up, woke up and smelt the coffee and founded the East African Community (EAC I). However, in 1977 the EAC I collapsed thanks to mistrusts and sabotage.
            In 1993, three founders decided to give the kiss of life to the EAC.  However, since then, the EAC has never been lifey; and members are detached. There have been squabbles here and there resulting from competition among the members who were doubled to seven.  Refer to how Kenya and Tanzania battled it out over; and for Uganda’s East Africa Crude Oil pipeline not to mention the recent election of the speaker of the EAC.  One would think that there wouldn't have been any cutthroat competition provided that the project was to be carried out in the EAC. Again, the situation was much more different. In the end, Tanzania won the project so as to be much praised as it will pass through Tanzania. In Kenya, it is likely less much so after losing the bid to host Uganda’s oil pipeline.
            Apart individual country struggling over economic glut, there is a very central issue of mobility within the EAC. All countries except Tanzania would like to see ‘the East Africaners” moving free in the EAC.  Why Tanzania is becoming a stumbling block? The logic-cum-reason is so simple. It is only Tanzania that is bigger; and thus has small population based on its landmass; and thus land that any citizen from any country can come for. Coming to who has many resources minus people, Tanzania is almost the only one. Ironically, when countries with a bulk of landless people seeing Tanzania as an obstacle for not allowing its land to be taken advantage of, some countries still tolerate seeing their land grabbing and venal rulers sit on millions of hectares while the wananchi are landless. Kenya provides an ideal example. Kenya has a few elites sitting on immense tracts of land while the majority of those they rule are landless. Why should Tanzania welcome landless people while their rulers do not? While the land crisis goes on, the victims have not addressed population problem.  If you look at the population of the EAC, you wonder what will happen in next 50 years. Currently, the issue might be landlessness. Tomorrow, another problem will crop up in this jambalaya; the lack of other resources such as water, food and many more.
            Let’s look at population of the EAC. Burundi has 12m inhabitants living  on 27,834 km2, Kenya 49m  on 580, 367 km2, Rwanda  12m (26, 338km2 ) and Uganda 34m (241,038km2 ) which makes the total population to be 107m  living on 875,574km2  compared  to Tanzania with its population of 57m inhabitants ( 947303km2).  Mathematically, it is simple to know why Tanzania has always refused to be cobbled in the free movement. Some propagandists say that population is good for the market. This is not true; how come countries like Sweden with the population of just 10m with the total GDP of $517.440 billion is richer than the entire EAC put together with the total GDP of $448. 211 billion? The answer is simple. Sweden sells much abroad; and uses its resources wisely to make sure that they benefit its people. I think if the EAC will understand this, will not hesitate to unite and form one formidable country in which movement will be free. Currently in Tanzania, people can live anywhere. There has never been any suspicion about Zanzibaris simply because their country is a fracture of Tanzania simply because it is a single country that swallowed two countries one large and another tiny.
            Methinks; the big problem with the EAC is nothing but hypocrisy of talking about unification while everybody is behaving like a drum maker who stretches the skin to his own side. The difference however is; the drum is made and when it is used all hears it.  Such mentality-cum-tendencies have rendered the EAC irrelevant and moribund. There is no way we can retain our colonial identities namely the current nationalities and do something meaningful. What is stopping us from dissolving weak and vulnerable countries colonial masters created to weaken us and form a brand new country known as Afrika Mashariki to show the world that the spirit of reclaiming African organic configuration and setting are still alive in our hearts and mind? I am sure. The wananchi in all member states are ready to reunify and launch this brand new country. Again, what is the obstacle [s]?   The answer is so simple and straightforward; our presidents. They are not ready to relinquish their powers so as to allow the formation of such a brand new and strong country.

            In sum, provided that our heads are the ones doing the talks and shows, they still live in the world that colonial masters envisioned by dividing Africa into puny states for their disadvantage as opposed to the advantage of their cloners. They know this very well. However, their myopic interests have always blinded them so as to keep on believing that they were all created to become presidents. Their presidencies are more important than creating one gigantic country Afrika Mashariki that will swallow colonial-sired countries. Failure to actualise and realise this EAC becomes irrelevant and moribund.
Source: Citizen, Wed., today.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Je kiongozi kama huyu anafanana na anaowaongoza kweli?

Mkuu wa mkoa wa Arusha Mrisho Gambo akishiriki ujenzi wa hospitali. Sijui  viongozi wetu wa sasa wanatumia busara gani. Mgeni rasmi amevalia kana kwamba hajawahi kugusa udongo!

Friday, 22 December 2017

Slave trade will never end without African nakbah

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          The world was recently shocked after waking up to irritating exposé that some Africans are sold like chickens and goats in Libya. Many brouhahas and empty talks were aired without necessarily attacking the root causes of this crime against humanity that feeds on and revolves around international discrimination against black people?
            Slave trade in Africa is not a new phenomenon. It started many years ago; and since then, it has been changing forms and shapes. In this piece, I'll show how slavery is there to stay due to:
            First, world economic imbalance resulting from internal and external colonialism in Africa and world at large is to blame. Why are Africans fleeing their countries risking everything to reach Europe for green pastures? The answer is simple. Many are fleeing conflict, corruption, dictatorship, manmade poverty and unemployment among others that former colonial masters and their stooges in Africa created and maintained despite Africa priding itself of being independent.
            Secondly, slavery has been going on in some African countries such as the Maghreb where the victims are pure Africans as opposed to their counterpart Afro-Arabs who regard themselves as Arabs even though they are Africans.  The www.moroccoworldnews.com (2013) discloses that “at the regional level, Tunisia ranked 122nd (9,000 slaves), whilst Algeria ranked 91st (70,000 slaves) and Libya 78 (17,000 slaves). As to Mauritania, where slavery is known to be significantly present, the country ranked first internationally, according to WFF’s modern slavery index.”
            Thirdly, when heartless Europeans and Arabs started slave trade, nobody knew; it would take many years to stop. The first slave trade, according to various scholars, saw over 12 million Africans being shipped to the Americas, Europe and Middle East to be used as slaves at home and in plantations.  After making a killing that enabled it to enter into what is historically known as Industrial Revolution, Europe abolished slavery. Again, the couple in this business is Arabs and Europeans.
              Fourth, since, it was abolished; slavery seems to have resurged recently when Africans with Arab pedigree in the modern Maghreb started selling Africans as slaves. What transpired recently in Libya gives an inkling on what is now going on while the world, especially the so-called international community, has kept mum; simply because modern slaves are sold, restricted and sometimes die in the Maghreb instead of crossing over to Europe. This is good for the holy Europe that should not be invaded and disturbed by Black creatures.
      Fifth, many African countries, mainly those endowed with resources, are facing violent conflict which warlords start war so as to have control on resources they sell to the West.
Sixth, Africa is littered with many do-nothing governments that are good at fleecing Africa and vending its people despite being endowed with humongous resources of value. Aren't such rulers criminally liable like their counterpart slave traders due to the enhancing role they play?
          Seventh, when it comes to poverty, bad governance, corruption and dependency, among others, are to blame. Many African countries are ruled by corrupt and inept regimes whose goal in power is to exploit their countries for narrow and personal interests. Interestingly, such rulers are supported by the west to see to it that it perpetually colonised for the interests of the west. The story is very complicated and long. Again, why have Africans always been welcoming their torturers? What would have been the reaction of the world had Africans sold their modern slave masters in the Maghreb?
            This is where the concept of nakbah, namely catastrophe that requires the victims to take direct actions after declaring days of rage, comes in. If they sell our brothers and sisters, why shouldn't we show them that we are not ready to stomach it? How many Africans are agitating that countries involved in slavery be banned; and if needs be, attacked? Imagine. If those selling and buying Africans were Africans buying Arabs or Europeans, what'd the world look like? This is international racism. You can see it on how, for example, Syrian and Yemen’s conflicts are portrayed internationally while African conflicts in the CAR, DRC, South Sudan and elsewhere are pushed under the carpet by the international media. Even when Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which it is,  the story got more traction than slavery in Libya. Ironically, some Kenyan Muslim community condemned that but fell short of doing so to slavery? Why? Mental slavery may be a suspect.
            Ironically, while our brethren are sold in the Maghreb, some Africans, under Islamic brotherhood, are agitating for the rights of Rohingya in Myanmar as they ignore the plights of those of their own. Islam teaches tit-for-tat as retributive form of justice. Shall those selling and buying our people not stop; Africans need to embark on such justice out of necessity. I wonder to see many Arabs and Indians being welcomed to Africa where they thrive without necessarily reciprocating. For how long will African been taken for a ride? Where are our leaders?
            In sum, the world will never end slave trade involving Africans. It is only Africans who'll  collectively stop it; shall they wake up and take reciprocal and decisive actions.  Resuscitate your economies, value yourselves, cut ties with external and internal colonialism, be it cultural or political, and make sure that you stand for what you believe in as a people; otherwise slavery is there to stay.
Source: Citizen, Wed., 20 December, 2017.

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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Miaka 10 ugani! Happy Birthday Freethinking

      Image result for photos of freethinking mpayukaji blog             Mnamo tarehe 6 mwezi huu blog hii ilitimiza miaka kumi tangu kuanzishwa. Hata hivyo, nilikuwa na majukumu ya kuhakiki kitabu, hivo, sikuwa na muda wa kubandika tangazo hili hasa ikizingatiwa kuwa huu ni mwisho wa mwaka. Japo miaka kumi si mingi, ni mingi kidogo hasa ikizingatiwa kkuwa blog hii ni kongwe kuliko wanetu Ng'ani, Nkuzi na Nkwazi Jr, si haba. Kupitia blog hii nimepata marafiki wengi ambao hata hatujawahi kuonana japo tunawasiliana kama vile tumekua wote.  Tunaungana na wasomaji wetu kuwapongeza kwa michango yenu hasa muda na mawazo mlivyokuwa mkitoa kwa miaka kumi iliyopita. Tunawaomba muendelee kutoa michango yenu kama kawaida. Kwa leo sisemi mengi zaidi ya kuwatakia wasomaji wangu heri ya mwaka mpya.
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Kenyatta, thanks no thanks for your gift to east Africans

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            President Uhuru Kenyatta attempted the impossible. He invited people from the East African Community to live in Kenya and enjoy the same rights Kenyans enjoy such as work, doing business, owning land and settling in Kenya among others. Such a talk, if were workable and realistic, is but revolutionary. Again, is it workable?
Where are the farms, if at all, most of fertile land in Kenya is owned by the Kenyattas, Mois and their cronies? Ndungu commission established to look into land grabbing in Kenya discovered; Kenyatta’s family sits on 15,000 km2   which is bigger than Jamaica or the Gambia.  Is Kenyatta ready to relinquish this land?  As for jobs, is there any job in a country grappling with unemployment not to mention tribalism? Who is intended in this empty-cum-grandstand? Will countries like Tanzania take a leaf from Kenyatta? Who is a loser and who is a gainer?
If Kenyatta is sincere and serious, he must first convince his counterparts to demolish the borders, relinquish their presidency and form one country known as the East African Country? I know as they know. The people of this region and Africa at large have always been ready to reunify Africa to the tune it was before the Berlin Conference 1884 that divided and partitioned Africa to end up forming feeble states we boast of having today. Demolish the borders. We know as they know. The obstacle for the reunification of Africa is nothing but presidency, narrow interests, greed, individualism and colonial carryover among others.
            Essentially, Kenyatta’s dream can be actualised and realised through decolonising their countries by demolishing the borders and relinquishing their presidency; otherwise Kenyatta’s is but a pipedream.
Let’s look at the feasibility of Kenyatta’s assertion. Organically, before the criminal Berlin Conference 1884, Kenya, Tanzania and were united just like other African countries. People along modern borders used to operate freely without any disturbances, mistrusts and infringement on their natural freedom of movement. This is why Masai in Kenya and Tanzania still regard themselves as one country of Masailand not to mention the Swahili on Lunga lunga-Horohoro border and others on the borders.
            Nonetheless, after Africa was divided and partitioned, there was born the modern weak states as colonial tools intended to divide, exploit and weaken Africans perpetually.  Fortunately, in the 60s, African countries became independent; however divided. Sadly, these states have done nothing but furthering, internalising and reinforcing colonialism by maintaining colonial divisions under the Peace of Westphalia 1648 which created modern-time colonial sovereignty.  However, some efforts were made to reunite Africa as championed by the likes of Julius Nyerere (Tanzania), Kwame Nkrumah and many more whose dream was felled by their successors due to myopia and individuality.
            The East Africa embarked on the unification of the region giving birth to the East African Community (EAC I 1967-1977). Thanks to colonial carryovers, the intended goal remained out of reach under the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and later the African Unity (AU). Therefore, the move that EAC took was an antithesis and a challenge to the rest of Africa that refused to be reunited.  However, there were other unions of federations such as Senegal-Gambia or Senegambia (1982-1989) and the Economic Commission of West African States (1975 to present) among notable ones.  Again, are free movement, property ownership, and residence Kenyatta is espousing possible without addressing some hurdles and the very reasons why the EAC and Africa is divided? I think, the East Africa and African in general must shake off colonial hangovers; and thereby embark on true reunification of the region and the continent. Let us look at how the above proposed rights can be actualised.
            First, reunifying the region means returning back to its natural formula which gave it the edge and clout of living without necessarily depending on handouts from rich country as it currently is after being colonised in the 18th Century; thereby ushering in dependency, exploitation, miseries and imperialism that saw Africa become the backyard of the world.
            Secondly, practical reunification of region will create many economic, political and social opportunities such as interdependence, interconnectedness and unity as the tools of strength and respectability internationally. Africans inevitably and out of necessity need each other even if they do not like each other.
            Thirdly, the reunification of the region will enable it to assert its power globally not to mention increasing security and good use of resources.  Reunited EAC and Africa will not have the many do-nothing and despotic presidents who, in the sense, are but black colonisers or the agents of colonialism that are responsible for exploiting Africa.
            Fourth, thanks to neocoloniality, many African countries are at home with doing business with foreigner as they shy away from their neighbours.  Again, Swahili sage has it that you can choose a friend[s] but not a neighbour[s]. This means that our interconnectedness is organic and inevitable; whether we like it or not.
            Fifth, the reunification of the region will increase production as the motivation by which Africa will grow economically due to the fact that, instead of importing goods from afar, Africa will have an internal supply of some goods it imports from abroad. So, too, it’ll cut the cost of running business and production and avert environmental degradation from the machinery used to transport goods so as to enhance good prices for the products produced and traded within the EAC. Currently, some countries import onions from the EU.  In January and February 2011, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Mauritania ‘purchased more Dutch onions than 2010 while in 2009, 42% of Dutch onion exports to West Africa went to Senegal, 22% to Côte d’Ivoire and 13% to Mauritania (Agritrade 2011)  This is shameful and surreal for Africa in general. Why importing food and on top of industrial product as if Africa is a barren?

            In a nutshell, the major question Africa needs to ask and rightly answer is: Why has African become a food importer while it used to feed itself before colonialism was introduced to Africa? There are those who dubiously say that the population of Africa has grown exponentially due to improved health services colonialism started. This is totally erroneous and disingenuous.  One may query why Africa’s able to produce healthy persons who were taken to the Americas as slaves if at all it didn’t have a very sound health system before colonial. Africa needs to reunite and stop crying like a baby while it’s what it takes as it used to be.
Source: Citizen, Wed., today.