I’m hoping that CHADEMA has not changed its position on recognizing Kikwete as President as it was reported by some media following the CC Meeting few days ago. But, if CHADEMA changes its position or has changed to render the “walkout” meaningless then let me take this rational stand.
I’m going to say this in very categorical terms. And I mean every single word here in: CHADEMA must apologize to President Kikwete, its members, supporters and all Tanzanians in general. Why you may ask:
a. For leading people to believe that the elections were somehow not as free or fair as expected.
b. By leading people to believe that the presidential election results were somewhat tampered with, sabotaged or somewhat were fraudulent.
c. By suggesting that the National Electoral Commission colluded with CCM to ensure that president Kikwete remain in power.
d. By making people believe that they were the victims of a corrupt political system.
e. For walking out of the parliament when President Kikwete was about to address the nation protesting the legitimacy of the electoral results that put Kikwete in power. We now know that this was a wrong decision bases on what the CC of CHADEMA has decided.
What does all this mean? It simply means that CHADEMA has lost the argument on the fairness of the elections. It has lost the argument that NEC somewhat conducted one of the worst elections ever in the United Tanzania. In a long run this is what is going to happen.:
a. CCM will NOT and I’m stating with sense of absolute certainty – WILL NOT initiate or even allow the process to write a new constitution. The best they are going to is a cosmetic amendments to the constitution. Specifically, just those areas that cover NEC.
b. CHADEMA will go to the next elections from a position of weakness compared to the position it founds itself in during the 2010 elections.
c. CHADEMA has taken a position of strategic postponement of its internal problems. Once again it seems there is a lack of leadership; while others see the recent moves within CHADEMA as the most “intelligent” or “strategic” I see them as decisions of political expediency. One, CHADEMA is not United not in leadership but in vision, decisions and political positions and secondly, they are still thinking in terms of being an opposition party. CCM will definitely will like to maintain that status quo.
In short, CHADEMA SHOULD apologize, initiate a process of self assessment, correction and rebuilding. Otherwise, LET IT continue to dig its its own grave of political oblivion. They asked the people to support them, they argued for change in their manifesto, but when push came to shovel, CHADEMA flinched and flinching they continue.
I’m done with one too. Sigusi tena and those are my points and I’m sticking to each one of them.
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