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Kenya’s Onyango Oloo played a role that birthed Kenya’s Second Liberation


By Edward Pojim’ via Ugandans at Heart (UAH) Community

Former political detainee and human rights activist Onyango Oloo. Mr Oloo died on Sunday, June 16, 2019 in Nakuru


Folks;

KENYA: Human rights activist, writer and former political detainee,Onyango Oloo, was one of the outspoken university students, who suffered immensely following the 1982 attempted coup. He would spend years in detentions. And when finally released, Onyango Oloo was too physically and emotionally destroyed to continue normal life.

Then he contracted HIV, which only compounded his misery. Onyango Oloo retreated to his home village along Siaya / Kakamega border. It was from here that he had traveled to Nakuru over the weeks, to pick up a few books by Miguna Miguna. He wouldn’t make back alive.

History will say he too, played a role that birthed Kenya’s Second Liberation. As Number Two to Titus Adongusi, the secretary-general of the national students’ union, Onyango Oloo was the face of student protestations against the brutal regime of Daniel arap Moi.

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Yes, war will happen if you cross the border” Kagame threatens Uganda


By: Seruga Titus

It’s on record Kagame’s assassins have crossed the Uganda border on many occasions as kidnapped plus killing Rwandese Refugees, Uganda in return has arrested all informers and those involved in assassinations, some have been deported and others are still being interrogated by security.

At no single occasion has Uganda ever run an operation in Rwanda even when it’s aware that fugitives like ACP Baroza are hiding in Rwanda, even when Uganda is aware that Rwanda is funding political groups and rebel groups like ADF, even when Rwanda attacked and killed Ugandan Soldiers in the Congo, even when Rwandan forces crossed and killed two civilians in Uganda recently.

Uganda is further aware of the assassination of very important persons in Kampala to create insecurity, Uganda is aware of killings in Wakiso of innocent women by individuals trained and funded by Rwanda these individuals have since been arrested and confessed, Uganda is aware of the greater Masaka insecurity caused by individuals funded and hiding in Masaka and finally Uganda is aware of a well approved and funded project to assassinate the president.

On occasion has Uganda made any plans to attack Rwanda, however the security forces are aware of advance plans by chest-thumping Kagame aka Pilato who plans a victim while he is busy planning an assault on Kabale.

Don’t ask me how this will end but I can assure you Kagame will fall if he goes ahead with his 2021 plans. 4 million of Rwandese are ready to fight him out they just need a strong man to help them achieve that dream.

This post is in response to General Kagame’s comments while in Brussels recently, he decided to say this Brussels well knowing Belgium is watching his dirty Games in the Region.

Southern Sudan and Somalia wars are like a business to Museveni and his family!


By Annet Kobusingye via UAH forum

Sudan is like M7 second home. He creates wars and sponsors them in order to remain big. This is how he benefits from.somemof the wars:

1.His family members are exporting food. Many business men were hoodwinked to supply food to similar place like the first family when they took food to Sudan but their trailers,cars and food packages were confiscated and drivers arrested. Their money wasted and these business men in kla today they are crying over their money that was never paid. That is how he weakened some rich men in Uganda.

2. Some Ugandan business peopple were robbed or killed in Suddan as they attempted to follow their goods in hope they would recover their vehicles.

3. Keep northern region distabilised with guns in circulation.Many refugees entered northern region with them. It’s has been difficult to separate a refugee from a rebel. The local in another region fear refugees more than anything because they are armed. Who is allowing them to enter with guns? the M7 regime. Whom do the refugees salute? Museveni.

4. In times of elections,so many refugees enter through this route of Sudan,they register and vote. No body should deceive you that they don’t vote. They do vote for M7. If you don’t believe my story go to isingiro quotelybd ask the local in Isingiro mbarara District,where so many refugees havebeen captured and you be shocked with details you will find.

5. Makes money from inflated numbers of refugees in the country and gets more donor funding which he channels into his private businesses.

From such deals he cannot allow a war to come to an end.

Now on realising that people have discovered his game, he is so quick to arrange a peace talk deal Sudan.

Another example was Somalia. He has been putting it that the war in Somalia is so bad and the donors pumped lots of money for him.

He once surprised the Anite world when he returned empty COFFINS at Entebbe international and presented them to cameras.Up to now no body has ever been hurried nor printed in news papers to have died or families to have have r received their dead ones…..

National parks have been turned into bidding sports for the regime. Lions have been poisoned and unknown people placed in those national parks.Nobody knows where these people come from nor their motives.The tourism indutry is headed by an NRM man who has no backbone to ask what has happened to our lions.The entire national parks is covered with long horned cows now day.

Kenya should just revert back to manual counting at the polling station!


Protests in Kenya follow election hacking claim

By George Okello via UAH

I will never trust computer managed elections in Africa. These systems depend on the integrity of the individuals managing them. I can see in the IT network we use here in the UK for the NHS. We workers are just very tiny operators behind a screen connected to a very huge and complicated cyber and digital jungle- there are only a handful of people who really know how the system works and how to use, manipulate the data it contains and makes available for staff as well as for public consumption. These few key people, located at its strategic nerve centres, can do what they want with it. No one can stop them.

Digitally managed elections work in the developed countries because of two factors:

1. The staff managing elections are generally non-partisan civil servants with undoubted integrity and with no personal interest in massaging the results of the elections. Compare to Africa where money can buy anyone who is located at a key point in the delivery and tallying process.
2. The moral compass in the developed countries, the difference between right and wrong, has very little comparision with what that in Africa where people carry their biases to their jobs and will not hesitate to massage a situation if it benefits his preferred candidate- and will not see anything wrong with it..

You already know for a fact every Elections Commission in Africa is appointed by the government in power, and its primary purpose is to manage the process so that the appointing authority wins. Most Elections commissions act just like an appendage of the regime or the ruling party and do not even pretend to be non-partisan. Just look at the IEBC, even before the elections. The opposition had to take it again and again to the courts, even before the elections, to get it to clean up its system- a process it vehemently resisted.

The IEBC was a partisan agency from start to finish. Its Chairman, Chebukatti was appointed by Jomo Kenyatta just 7 months before the elections with a brief to deliver victory, but to make it uncontroversial and as smooth as as possible, using digital computer generated skullduggery. Unfortunately for him, his running dogs or field officers did not know how to use computers, and were so inept at cheating even a child could detect their scams.

Kenyatta should have hired foreign computer experts from London- the 16-25 year old hackers who are running rings around,and playing havoc with,computer networks and businesses here in the UK, and costing companies millions of pounds to protect themselves.

I think Kenya should just revert back to manual counting at the polling station and submission of the results to the tallying centres by hand. That would deliver a more credible result, although it would take more time. Or else, commission an independent western polling agency to manage the process.

When the first signs of rigging surfaced in Kenya’s 2017 elections!


Officials from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) records finger prints of a man as they collect data from the electorate during the launch of the 2017 general elections voter registration exercise within Kibera slums in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, January 16, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya – RTSVQJV

BY MOSES NEKYON OCEN VIA UAH FORUM

If New York Times could apologize for the rush to judgment about Odinga and the election, why wouldn’t we be wrong to blame the Observers?

ODM and Raila Odinga made a legal mistake in 2013 by concentrating on the ‘Numbers’ instead of the ‘Proces‎s’ of how those numbers were acquired.

This whole ‎snafu arose because the IEBC decided to reinvent the process during the transmission of the results.

There is no mystery to the process because it is well defined and not in dispute. The first collection of the data is collected through form 34A, which is at the polling station. It’s important to note that the results on 34A are final and cannot be altered once signed by the polling agents.

Then it’s where the 34B’s which compiles data from all polling stations in a particular constituency are ‎collected.

The two documents are then transmitted simultaneously to Bomas of Kenya. If you notice, IEBC was announcing results without the 34A’s.Some of the results were being announced while counting was still going on in many of those polling stations‎. So where was IEBC getting its numbers from?????

And then there is the business of Military Intelligence going native‎.Someone needs to go to jail for all this monkey business!

Rejected votes disappearing in “thin air” was extremely relevant.While counting was going on, the IEBC tallying systems publicly showed spoiled votes of over 400k votes. At the end of counting, spoiled votes “miraculously” went down to 80k votes.

The main question is how and why‎????

The Judges question on ‘Stray ballots’ which the IEBC and Jubilee lawyers failed to answer may point out what may have happened.Those votes and ballots were moved to benefit someone and take one guess as to who could that be? Listen to the summation of NASA lead lawyer Otiende Amollo, on Youtube, very carefully and all the details of discrepancies between the 34A and 34B’s are presented by Constituency.

All the things I describe were a result of IEBC being taken to court by activist, Maina Kia(sp?).Maina Kia, is a Kikuyu, and is considered a traitor by his tribe.

IEBC was forced to adopt those procedures I describe by the High Court but as you can see, they tried to change things midway.

My advice to NASA is that they should go to court again and lock down any loose ends‎.I can almost bet unlike the last time, they will find a more compliant IEBC.

By the way,Uhuru Kenyatta is not as nice people make out to be.No one gets to the top by being nice‎.Both UK and WSR are Moi’s orphans.

The Kenyan media generally did a good job during the presidential campaigns


BY W.B. KYIJOMANYI VIA UAH FORUM

Dr Wandia Njoya


Dr. Wandia Njoya is an associate professor at Daystar University in Nairobi is the daughter of Reverend Timothy Njoya. I have seen her speak before on Citizen TV and is passionate about social justice . Let me just point out the irony of Kenyan civil society-read neo colonial agents-now complaining about the actions of their funders. Part of what has kept me away from this UAH forum has something to do with investigating civil society in Africa. It is a massive study by a group of f us whose findings we are compiling in a book. Stay tuned.

Anne Kiguta, arguably, one of the best news readers in Kenya


Let me point out for the benefit of UAH readers that NASA actually had two manifestos. When Dr Ndii, NASA’s chief economic adviser, was confronted on Citizen TV by Anne Kiguta arguably, one of the best in Kenya, he blew it when Ms Kiguta (again for the benefit of readers Ms. Kiguta is rumoured to be romantically linked to Jomo Gecaga , President Uhuru Nephew and his personal assistant) showed her the other manifesto. Dr Ndii disowned it that he had not ben party to it. well the other manifesto had been prepared by Jimmy Wanjigi -he was NASA’s chief financier-and his NASA team under the lead of lawyer Willis Otieno. After Kiguta’s interview, RAO acknowledged that indeed NASA had two documents.

Ms Kiguta was armed with NASA’s two manifestos. Actually it was Ndii who was surprised that NASA had prepared two documents one against his back. After that interview,RAO himself confirmed Ms. Kiguta’s document as genuine. You know that most of the civil society types John Githongo, George Kegoro, Maina Kiai, were working for NASA. That second manifesto shocked them because it was prepared under the guidance of tender entrepreneur Jimmy Wanjigi, so civil society groups felt betrayed. Poor Ndii.

Ms. Kiguta is one of the best and even brightest of the Kenyan TV personalities, who never suffers fools. the other really good and sharp presenters are KTN’s Aisha Mwiru, Sophia Wanuna and especially Michelle Ngele who is very sharp.

People: NASA sharpened their blades. To see and hear them lash out at International observers and even the media with Orengo calling on NASA readers to boycott Daily Nation and Nation TV is hilarious. The same Daily Nation that has given space for NASA adviser to write regular columns: Ndii, George Kegoro and Maina Kiai among others. Now suddenly daily nation is o be boycotted. How sad.

The Kenyan media generally did a good job during the presidential campaigns. One mistake was how the presidential debates were prepared. It was wrong and very unethical for the media houses to contract Katherine Openda-famously Nyayo’s mpango wa kando-who was working on RAO’s campaign to arrange the debate. That is why UK boycotted because intelligence revealed the selected presidential debate moderators, known NASA sympathisers intended to humiliate UK. He boycotted and RAO got 90 minutes of free airtime. Funny, many talking heads claimed that UK would pay heavily for skipping the debate. Alas, even with 90 minutes of free TV publicity NASA still lost!.

This is why I think Raila Odinga was Rigged out again!



BY MOSES OCEN NEKYON VIA UAH FORUM

You know that elections, especially in Africa‎, how one wins or loses an election depends on what you do or don’t do before and after the event.

Here are a few of my views that will provide a clearer picture on the above point;

1) Prior to the August 8th elections, KPMG did an audit of the voter register and found over 1 Million dead voters. This audit was not done voluntarily but was a result of street protests.

The question again is why would there be 1 Million dead voters in a new voter register???? The specific number was actually 1,037,260;

2) Tendering of who prints the ballot papers is Classic case of how things are done in Kenya. There was a huge fight that ended up in court that you are praising here‎, where the Court threw out the case over the objections of NASA;

3) Well it didn’t take long for NASA original fears about the firm given the tender to print to come to fruition. The IEBC in conjunction with the firm, decided unilaterally decided to print an extra 1.2 Million ballots.

Coincidence????

4) ‎In order to protect its votes, NASA tallying centers and imported IT experts and volunteers, from Canada, USA and Ghana.

Is it a coincidence that on the weekend before the polls, the police deported all the NASAIT experts, who built and were supposed to man NASA’s tallying centers and prevented‎ the ones from Ghana from even getting out of the airport after they landed;

5) Related to the above, while the deportations were happening, members of the flying squad raided NASA’s main tallying center in Westlands and destroyed vital computers and carried off vital pieces of the mainframe.

After the elections, IEBC asked‎ NASA to provided proof of its allegations, and when they(NASA) sat down and started collecting whatever evidence they could with their remaining tallying center, the Flying Squad pounced again.

Coincidence????

5) ‎ Two weeks before the elections, the Head of ICT, IEBC, one Chris Musando, is “disappears.” The likes of Moses Kuria, start claiming they know where he is and that he(Musando) was only hiding. All hell broke loose when they found his body and Moses Kuria, with his wild theories shut up.

Well a funny thing started to happen,‎ when vote counting started; Chris Musando, started signing in……

6) Add the almost astronomical 400k “spoiled ‎votes”…..

All the above did not just happen without a reason, so don’t misjudge those who are silent. Add the extra ballots printed ballots, dead voters and the spoiled voters and one sees a lot of “coincidences.”

NASA were only good at dancing on the podium instead of articulating alterative policies


BY W.B.KYOJOMANYI VIA UAH FORUM

“To my most worthy competitor, our elder brother Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, I extend a hand of friendship and partnership and to your supporters, let’s work together. Kenya needs all of us” – President – Elect Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta.

People:
Greetings. I decided to break my long silence to try and educate UAH members about the Kenyan elections won by Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta of Jubilee party with 54.29%. For starters’, the Kenyans elections was free and fair. NASA lost the election pure and simple because they ran a very dumb campaign. Dumb as hell. The big question I want members of UAH to ponder is this: maybe, just may be RAO is the problem. The defeat of NASA was a rout, so severe as they say in Uganda “bawunze/confused” as they try to understand the loss.

You will hear a lot of lies about rigging but here are the facts

1). All Kenyan media houses undertook to tally the elections results. May be I should take you back a bit.

2) Several NASA affiliated civil society activists, Maina Kiai, Tirop and another went to court. What were their prayers? That election results should be announced at the constituency level and should be FINAL. That whatever was counted at the polling station was FINAL and IEBC could not change them even if they contained errors, those errors could only be subject to a court process aka petition.

3) The IEBC appealed to the Court of appeal-their appeal court is very strong- where a 5 judge bench agreed with the high court that the elections announced at the polling station are final and that the IEBC’s role was to simply add results from the 290 constituencies to determine the winner. Obviously each constituency returning officer would have simply added results from the polling stations in their respective constituencies. The IEBC agreed with the Court of appeal.

4) Before voting, the IEBC had said that it would take time to add results from all the 290 constituencies and would simply make one final announcement, declaring the winner. NASA, civil society and the Kenyan media/journalists (many of whom were pro NASA) protested that IEBC was being opaque and urged the IEBC to stream live results as they were fed into the system from the BVR kits immediately after counting. IEBC agreed and went along.

NASA, media houses, Jubilee, civil society groups, NGO etc. had their parallel tallying centers, with computers and IT specialists to ensure the election was credible.

5) When NASA and affiliated civil society saw the live streams and DID not like the figures, they protested that what the IEBC was doing was not proper because they results could not be verified or lacked forms 34Bs. Remember the Court of appeal ruling that whatever was counted at the polling station was FINAL.

6) NASA then claimed that the IEBC system had been hacked by someone using the late Msando’s password. They produced a document purporting to support their allegations. But folks, the document was so sloppy that an average first year law student would have questioned. Whoever prepared the document could not make simple additions. For example, they document claimed that Nyamira-won by UK- had over 2 million voters, which was simply not true. The IEBC rebutted that document so thoroughly and NASA simply could not defend it anymore.

7) NASA then made demands that the IEBC should declare RAO and Kalonzo Musyoka the winner. Apparently NASA had ‘confidential’ information from an insider source within the IEBC that RAO had won with over a million votes. When Musalia Mudavadi made that claims, celebrations broke out in Kisumu.

8) The IEBC chairman, the soft spoken Mr Wafula Chebukati-a Bukusu-addressed the media that NASA’s election claims were NOT true. But think about it. NASA demanding that their candidate be declared the winner without any evidence

9). All candidates were called to the Bomas of Kenya on Friday morning for final briefing on the elections based on the results contained in forms 34Bs from the 290 constituency returning officers. RAO, WSR and others showed up at Bomas.

10), NASA made more demands including a demand to access the IEBC servers. Again no basis in law. FYI, what NASA-a parade of the deplorable-was asking for could only be done with a court order. No such order was presented.

11) RAO and his team left Bomas. WSR too left for KICC.

12) James Aggrey Orengo, Musalia Mudavadi and others addressed a press conference where they attacked the IEBc but most surprisingly the elections observers from the USA/Cater centre, led by Mr John Kerry former secretary of state, Commonwealth Led by Mr Mahama former President of Ghana AU led by Thambo Mbeki and others. It was the lowest moment from NASA. Why did they attack the observers? Because they dismissed their hacking claims and pronounced the results credible. NASA declared they would not be part of the declaration process so they left Bomas. As they say in Uganda, ommuzizzi azimba twe, their departure was not a big deal. Mr Oregngo also declared that NASA would not challenge the results in the supreme Court as advised by Mr John Kerry/ In truth, they had no ground because the election was so transparent that a P 5 chap in Uganda given all the 290s form 34Bs , could add and determine the winner!.

13) Mr Ezra Chiloba-the CEO of the IEBC addressed the media that the Chairman would be making an address to declare the presidential winner.

14) Shortly after President Uhuru Kenyatta left his Gatundu home where had been staying since voting for KICC. Jubilee supporters at KICC and abroad broke into celebrations.

15) The IEBC chairman Mr Wafula Chebukati started addressing the country. He read the results received by each candidate from all the 47 counties plus the Kenyan diaspora in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, TZ and South Africa. That is required by law.

16). Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta and VP William Ruto left KICC for Bomas of Kenya where the y were declared winners and received their certificate.

17) Celebrations and riots broke out simultaneously as Jubilee supporters danced while some, NOT ALL NASA areas rioted.

18) Now some observations.

Given that all political parties ad agents at almost all polling stations, though not all, what did NASA agents witness? What did the civil society document and record? What did their tallies based on tallies from their agents in the field reveal? Again remember the IEBC chairman’s role was to simple add election results as submitted and witnessed by party agents and others observers.

So folks, in a way, the process was very simple: each party to add their figures and compare with what the IEBC would announce at Bomas.

I can tell you for free that the results announced by the IEBC chairman were almost similar to what most media house, political parties at least Jubilee and other interested parties tallied. Today ELOG released their final tally see here

http://www.nation.co.ke/news/ELOG-tally-matches-IEBC-count/1056-4054744-f2vnf3z/index.html

19). How did Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee pull it off? They held their strongholds in central, Rift valley, Embu and Meu. They won the small communities in upper Eastern-Isiolo, Marsabit. They won North Eastern, they won Samburu. They won the Masai vote in Kajiado and Narok-UK was endorsed by former TZ PM and opposition leader Mr Edwrda Lowassa, a Masai. They won the Kissi vote in Nyamira and did well in Kisii. Jubilee also did well in Bungoma, and even Kakamega. In many ways, Jubilee flipped former NASA areas. That is why NASA are left wondering what hit them and sulking, like crybabies. Come on.

Bottom line. Mr Uhuru Kenyatta won the Kenyan elections fairly and decisively.

So why would NASA cry foul? Apparently they wanted and may be still want to create chaos to demand a coalition but that won’t happen. Mark you the international community whom NASA is now attacking has said the election was fair, transparent and credit. That sounds like a seal of approval.

Now the big losers. RAO, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula and Issac Ruto. Collectively they form the parade of the deplorable, whose presidential chances are dead as DODO. But NASA folks relax. Kenyan elections are predictable. RAO will run again in 2022 possibly with Joho as his running mate. Musyoka too wil run because Mutua the Machakos Governor who won his seat and now threatens his grip on Ukambani politics. Musallai Mudavadi too will run. And perhaps Wetangula who may be Kalonzo’s running mate. For Jubilee it wil be William Ruto perhaps with Mr Eugenie Wamalwa as his running mate.

The biggest winners: of course Mr Uluru Kenyatta and Jubilee who won the presidency, a majority of seats for governors (25 plus two friendly independent governors in Isiolo and Laikipia, majority of seats in Senate, 25 plus Jubilee friendly seats from KANU two, PDR one and one independent A majority of seats in parliament with several seats by KANU, Mutua’s; chap chap and several friendly independents.

Other big winners include Anne Waiguru ‘minji minji” as Governor of Kirinyaga, Charity Ngilu of NARC as governor of Kitui, Joyce Laboso, Governor of Bomet, and Joseph Ole Lenku as Governor of Kajiado.

It was only Jubilee which won seats across the country. It won parliamentary seats in all communities expect Luo Nyanza. In fact, Jubilee won the second most seats 8 in Western Kenya, more than RAO’s Odm and Wetangula’s Ford Kenya. It won 5 seats in Kisiii. It won 3 or there about seats in Ukambani. It won two governorships in Coasts, Lamu and Kwale.

There you have the facts. Do not listen to lies that Jubilee rigged. It was impossible to rig.

Final though, be careful with opposition politicians in Africa. They are clueless to appoint where it isnt funny. NASA were only good at dancing on the podium instead of articulating alterative policies. They paid heavy price, so heavy in my assessment it may have single handedly ended the presidential ambitions or should we say pretense of 5 men! Incredible.

Their loss illustrates the Ugandan saying ‘kyotonorya tokyesunga”/you cannot admire what you have not yet swallowed because it may kill. NASA was so sure of victory apparently on the basis of voter registration in their perceived strongholds that at their final rally at Uhuru Park urged their supporters to vote on August 8 and then go to Uhuru Park to prepare for the celebrations and match to state House.

Oh, even their crooked sponsors nicknamed tender entrepreneurs like Jimmy Wanjgi started threatened nation media journalist who did an expose on his corruption scandals that they would see once NASA took office. Pole.

WBK

TANZANIA’S CCM OFFERS SOME LESSONS TO DICTATORIAL NRM AND DA???



BY MAYIMUNA NABAGEREKA

I believe in what is called plural democracy. But I also think some politicians are wise/smart enough to know when to leave/form coalitions and when not to – they surely know the effects of choosing to be in the losing end/side.

Mwandosya was number 3 in 2005. He got seriously sick and lost his political momentum between 2010 and 2015. If you have noticed, the top 5 that the CC sent to NEC did not include most of the sickly and all the 65+ oldies: Sitta, Mwandosya, Wassira et al., a trend I believe will continue in Magufuli’s cabinet. In this context one cannot imagine Mwandosya being aggrieved let alone upset in the Lowassa’s sense. So, why should he want to go out and join/form CCM-B so he can get embarrassed by losing big time to CCM? Or why go join UKAWA that is not even thinking of him as a potential candidate? Isn’t it better to accept defeat and work within his party to secure peaceful retirement?

Normally one would go out as a follower of a real big candidate, let’s say the then Lowassa, or as a real big candidate himself/herself. Mwandosya is not a big candidate now. Unless of course, ACT takes/invites him and make him such!

Let me also remind politicians in Uganda that fighting NRM is not an easy work. Changing a 30 year old party like NRM hegemony requires a joint movement. The formation of the Democratic Alliance[DA] was a good step, and if Mbabazi proves to be stronger than Besigye, let him head it and fight his friend, Museveni.

Political alliances have many objectives including the one of fighting the monopoly of independence political parties. Some other alliances are also intended to help form a coalition government after the elections. It is also quite possible for parties to form alliances for the purpose of defeating a bill or motion brought before the House by the ruling party. We have seen how the formation of UKAWA (The Coalition of Defenders’ of People’s Constitution) became powerful in defending the people’s driven constitution and blocking several proposed bills in the parliament of Tanzania.

Let us see things with rational comprehensive approaches to help our people.

CCM picks Magufuli as the party’s Union presidential candidate


CCM has a high affiliation for Phd’s. Ms Mingiro is also a PhD holder.From what I hear picking John Magufuli, is a very good choice.The key word is ‘agreeable’ to all camps in CCM because this choice will not leave the party splintered. This felllow has been the Minister of Roads and Public Works and has delivered big time-consuming. I only really started hearing about him (Magufuli) when he was appointed the Minister of Road Works, where he has made a name for himself. The fellow has a reputation for delivering large projects on time and under budget, which is very un-African.

His running mate is a lady from Zanzibar, Samiya Suluhu.CCM’s system is like the Iowa caucuses where votes are tallied from worst to best. John Maguguli, benefited because he was seen as a compromise candidate agreeable to all.

Bernard Membe and January Makamba were perceived to be Kikwete’s choices and thus the Lowassa camp went after them first.I did not know that the runner up Amina Salum, is the African Unions representative today the UN.

Based on popularity the biggest loser is obviously Edward Lowassa, who based on opinion polls was projected to win the General election.

It took the intervention of ex-presidents Mwinyi, Mkapa, Karume and ex-Pm’s Msuya and Malecela to intervene and exhort the members not to vote for Edward Lowassa.

CCM has proven once again that being a favorite is never a good strategy.

Dr Abdallah Kagoda was said to have been one of Mkapa’s favorite candidates who was floored by Kikwete.Abdallah Kigoda is currently the Minister of Industry and Trade.

I think we are all misreading the issues and events in EAC at large,there is no individual president who is a personal threat to the other.

The idea that Dr Magufuli will be a threat to UK because he is a personal of RAO, with whom they share a nickname ‘Tinga'(Bulldozer), is misplaced.

Political and economic interests drive relationships in the region. How quickly we forget that only a year ago Paul Kagame(PK), M7 and UK made the Coalition of the Willing (COW) on the one hand and Jakaya Kikwtete(JK) and Nkurunziza were on the side.

Guess who is in the process of trying to save Nkurunziza’s political neck? M7 and not JK which seems to be upsetting PK to no end.

William Samoei Ruto(WSR), after 2007 is the one person who went after M7, and called him every name in the book. Guess what? Many say that it’s M7 who actually hatched the idea of ‘Jubilee’ by inviting WSR for secret talks in Uganda with UK.

Politics is a very strange game played by stranger players.

Ocen Moses Nekyon via the UAH forum

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