I usually devote some of my time to considering issues beyond my professional identity but today I am departing from that practice to address a very personal matter. I do so following the most recent attacks directed to Dr. Wilbrod Slaa and reported by a number of media in Tanzania. While these attacks may not be new to some, they have been widely reported and repeated so persistently as to require more than just what the media has to feed us.
Over the years Dr.Slaa has been exceptionally vibrant in the parliament and his outstanding prowess has always been a bitter pill for CCM to take. But with the lawsuit filed at the High Court this week against Chadema’s Presidential Candidate, Dr. Slaa may have to defend the legality of his intimate relationship with a woman said to be married to another man.
Being his personal affairs, I believe that these claims are baseless and a clear demonstration of purely political motives. While the said legal husband of Josephine Mushumbushi, Mr. Aminiel Chediel Mahimbo has been unashamed in propagating the issue, fair-minded people would believe that he has not been alone, though CCM has been cautiously denying claims of their involvement in the matter.
But this move is not good enough for CCM. They have chosen, under the protection of privileges they have, to use indecent and the most aggressive ways available in order to attack Dr. Slaa. The obvious political intention has been to try to silence or undermine the opposition — an old tactic.
So let’s assure CCM that we most certainly will not be intimidated or silenced by their tactics. We will continue to be robust in our criticisms, but we will, unlike CCM, be fair and avoid character assassination.
In politics, everyone accepts that individuals will use an opportunity to attack an opponent, but on personal matters higher standards should always apply. It is possible to be robust in politics, without being personally vindictive — unfortunately CCM just doesn’t understand the difference.