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When is a political party not a political party? When it is a pressure group. In The African (website under construction) today, John Tendwa says the party is a ‘hoax’ and has not been registered. Also today in Mwananchi  CCJ’s secretary general Renatus Muabhi is quoted as saying that the party does not aspire to public office but would rather concentrate on bringing certain important issues to light and into the political debate. So which one is it folks, are you or are you not a political party?

A front page story in today’s Rai – ‘Tanzania si salama [Tanzania is unsafe], could be the first decent investigative piece of the year.  A brief but nonetheless chilling expose of how easy it is to acquire a driving license for any sort of vehicle without taking a driving test, this story explains the chaos of the roads in Tanzania and maybe gives clues as to why our highways are often scenes of deathly carnage.

Who is Mohamed Raza and why must we listen to what he has to say on Zanzibar issues? On the front page of The Guardian today, Mr. Raza, always referred to as a ‘Prominent Businessman,’ was once an adviser on sports issues to former Zanzibar President Salmin Amour. Known for his garish attire and well publicized sports kits donations, there is little else to know about this media hungry commentator who seems to have a knack of getting the press to print his views on Zanzibari issues, despite having never held elective office. Or is there something more to him than meets the eye?

There is something very sinister about the grim photographs emerging from the Haiti disaster. Nearly a fortnight after the tragedy, international press organizations such as Reuters, continue to push out images of dead bodies, bloodied children and hoards of black desperate faces in scrums for food, medicine and anything else that their foreign saviors are sending them. During the ill fated excursion to Iraq, GW Bush went to great lengths to ensure that photos of dead marines did not suffice in the global media. The conventional wisdom at the time suggested this was in order to prevent a domestic backlash to an unpopular war. But perhaps the move had more to do with preserving the dignity of the dead. This is a lesson that is unfortunately rarely applied when it comes to those with a darker complexion.

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Written by serengetiadvisersblog

January 28, 2010 at 16:36

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  1. Will look out for the Rai piece. They did an excellent piece a few weeks ago on the traffic cops scalping from the daladalas. Nothing new in that on one level, the the story was for its detailed description of how it works, how it is shared out amongst the cops and the amounts involved. TZS30m per day, was the figure I believe. All it was missing was how much gets passed up the line…

    Swahili Street

    January 28, 2010 at 18:07


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