Heading into October 31st Tanzania’s General Election, President Kikwete must acknowledge that just as CCM’s right to win cannot be denied, neither can Opposition’s. There is so much mistrust in Kikwete’s regime and if this election does not reflect the will of the people, then we shall remind them that Tanzania is bigger than President Kikwete and the so called Chama Cha Mapinduzi.
“…there are some who advocate for democracy only when they are out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others. No matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who hold power: you must maintain your power through consent, not coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise; you must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party. Without these ingredients, elections alone do not make true democracy.”
Those are Obama’s words, not mine. But he was speaking for both of us.
So if it is the will of the people to return President Kikwete to power through majority vote, so be it. However, if the same Tanzanians decide that the time for regime change is now; their decision must be respected by those in power including the armed forces.