Tanzania’s elections in 2015 ended with the ruling party CCM getting back to power. Honestly speaking I have nothing against that. But let’s bite on something about UKAWA; the opposing party. Well, everyone right now might be familiar with the UKAWA’s running candidate, Dr. Edward Lowasa. If you are not, then Lowasa was the main opposition candidate. Lowasa is a Tanzanian former Prime Minister. We also all know how Lowasa lost that position. Well if you do not know then know now: He was forced to resign courtesy of fraud issues. The evidence against him on the fraud controversy was too much for him to argue against. The issue was brought about by the strongest opposing party in the country, CHADEMA. This party is the stronghold of UKAWA and I happen to believe that it is the same party that recommended Lowasa to run via UKAWA’s ticket.
How ironical! First you force me out of power then you offer me a better deal. Well, a better deal right? But then what about the citizens? Are they not the major factor in any election? No? Well, they say influencers are maybe the most important during an election. The UKAWA union thought they could influence towards Lowasa’s presidency. How naive of them!
RICHMOND was Lowasa’s company that was connected with the fraud case. The company ran through government money and it was the company that won most government tenders. Is it not also ironical that UKAWA thought that Tanzania would forget about all these in such a short period of time?
And yes, we all know that societies require changes after certain periods of time, we saw that with Libya and it has nothing to with whether the party in charge is doing good or bad. When a society requires change it gets it by thick or thin. So am assuming that the UKAWA decision makers sat down and felt that the Tanzanian society was actually in need of change after being under CCM for so long. They decided to bring forward someone with a familiar face, hard worker, educated and soft spoken. Well soft spoken yes but with a reputation that none can forget, a fraudster.
I asked myself, really? Are these guys that desperate? I mean you forced him out of power less than a decade ago, right? What makes you think the Tanzanian community is such a fast forgetting mind? I believe there are better men among UKAWA with better reputations. Perfect timing UKAWA, wrong choice of candidate.
Is Kenya having the same fever?
Yes, Kenya is having the same fever. The deputy president, William Ruto, was nearly forced to step down during the Kibaki era via an impeachment. What was the case? Fraud. Was there enough evidence? According to sources, yes.
So what’s the difference between Lowasa and Ruto? Cornered by evidence and conscience, the Tanzanian ex-Prime Minister called it quits, he stepped down. What happens when William Ruto gets cornered by evidence? He never quits. He plays the underdog card. What of conscience? I remember school children being teargassed by the police over the Weston Hotel (owned by Ruto) and i did not see sympathy in his eyes. So conscience is ruled out.
Are Kenyans fast forgetting machines like UKAWA thought Tanzanians are? Maybe. But i don’t think so. Going down the streets of Nakuru and Eldoret in Kenya, you can already feel the heat non-kalenjins are feeling miles away from the election. They say the man, William Ruto, is a dictator who will take their properties if he comes to power. Wonder where this comes from?
In the 2007/08 peace talks, as absurd as it sounds, the man claimed that all non-Kalenjins must vacate Kalenjin lands. What followed? Well, let’s let bygones be bygones and in doing so we must be very keen to NOT let the artist of that history back to a position of doing harm again.
But everybody is “eating his money”! Yes, they ate Lowasa’s money in Tanzania too, he is not even a president material as we speak now. He dicthed his CHADEMA/UKAWA party to join President Magufuli under CCM. His political career is over.
So what of Kenya? “Kula kwa Ruto, Kura kwa Mwingine” is the case scenario. In Africa, we believe what is given freely is not stolen, “cha kupewa si cha kuiba”. Are the influencers behind the deputy president forgetting how Kenyans are good with their memories? Maybe they know, but they need to eat too. William Ruto’s career smells an end a bit early.