CUF Youths’ Wing write to Ban Ki-Moon

Due to that fact, both governments of Zanzibar and Tanzania do not have a political will to end this deadlock, and thus the coming elections in 2010 are to be held in the same atmosphere as were the previous ones. We, the youth, are the main victims of this situation. We strongly appeal to Your Excellency to use your good offices to intervene in the matter so as to help Zanzibaris and Tanzanians avoid possible violence in 2010.

His Excellency,
Ban Ki-Moon,
The Secretary General,
The United Nations

REF: THE QUEST FOR YOUR INTERVENTION IN
ZANZIBAR POLITICAL IMPASSE

The Youths’ Wing of the Civic United Front (CUF) avails itself of this opportunity to present its best compliments to Your Excellency and welcomes you to our great country, Tanzania.

We, the Youths’ Wing, do hereby humbly present before you this submission with regard to the above captioned matter.

Mr Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations' Secretary General

Mr Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations’ Secretary General

Zanzibar is one part of the United Republic of Tanzania. This part has been marred with political stalemate ever since the re-introduction of multiparty politics in Tanzania in 1992. Three general elections have been held since 1995, but not a single one has reflected the people’s choice. Things went to their climax in January 2001 when the state organs killed more than 65 innocent civilians who were demonstrating to demand the repeat of the elections, new constitution and new electoral commission.

The political talks between the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and the CUF have not been made a true step towards the ending of the political impasse since CCM has never been willing to see this situation comes to an end. Even after the Commonwealth, for example, intervened after 1995 elections and enabled the signing of the first Political Accord (Muafaka I), this Muafaka did not survive since CCM and its governments did not want it. The second Political Accord (after January 2001 killings) did also live a very short life and sent to its grave by CCM’s governments upon the coming of 2005 elections. Last year another talks failed after CCM again blocked them at their final stage.

Due to that fact, both governments of Zanzibar and Tanzania do not have a political will to end this deadlock, and thus the coming elections in 2010 are to be held in the same atmosphere as were the previous ones.

We, the youth, are the main victims of this situation. We strongly appeal to Your Excellency to use your good offices to intervene in the matter so as to help Zanzibaris and Tanzanians avoid possible violence in 2010.

We present this quest bearing the fact that many African countries have been drawn into chaos and violence, and have reached that point out of irresponsible leadership and youths’ misguided anger. It is the youths who are forced to engage in senseless violence when we are led to frustrations and desperation. It is the youths who die, seek refuge and lose lives hopes. We would like Your Excellency and the World to know that we, Tanzanian youths want the best for our country and our people.

We do, therefore, appeal to your good offices to see to it that:

1. The Zanzibar political impasse be solved immediately before the end of this year
2. The Zanzibar elections in 2010 be supervised and held under the United Nations’ supervision.
3. The Tanzania Government stop its militarization process in Zanzibar during election time.

Enclosed herewith please find a copy of the CUF’s report following the fall of the last talks between CUF and CCM that shows the ill-will at the CCM’s side.

We appreciate your good office’s cooperation.

We submit.

…………………………

Mohammed Babu
Chairman
CUF Youths’ Wing

Copy to:

i. His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania
ii. European Union
iii. His Excellency Muammar Gaddafi, Chairman of the African Union
iv. United Nations Agencies in Tanzania
v. Embassies and Consulates in Tanzania

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