Whither Zanzibar?

The introduction of multi-partism ushers in the second liberation.This is liberation against forces of internal dictatorship. It is liberation against political and economic oppression, suppression of popular will and exploitation of the whole populace by those who are in the corridors of power. It is liberation against all evil deeds as manifested in decadent practices as despotism, corruption, nepotism and the raping of national wealth. It is, indeed, a liberation for social justice and economic betterment for all.

SEIF SHARIF HAMAD AT THE TIME WHEN HE WAS A CHIEF MINISTER OF ZANZIBAR

SEIF SHARIF HAMAD AT THE TIME WHEN HE WAS A CHIEF MINISTER OF ZANZIBAR

Introduction

The current political development in Tanzania, and especially in Zanzibar are moving at a breath-taking speed that is unpredictable. Indeed, it is Zanzibar, more than in any other place in Africa that the essence of adversity can be pulpitably felt.

After almost thirty years of one-party dictatorship that was first introduced in Zanzibar by the Afro Shiraz Party (ASP) soon after the revolution, and which was constitutionally perpetuated by the all powerful CHAMA CHA MAPINDUZI (CCM) in1977 and there after, it is now evidently clear that the sons and daughters of Unguja and Pemba have lost almost all the confidence and trust that they had in the consecutive ruling oligarchies. The majority of Zanzibar has now joined the bandwagon for the second and authentic liberation.

The first liberation was responsible for the dismantling of the British colonial rule which brought into Zanzibar political independence on the 10th day of December, 1963. Short while after on the 12th January, 1964 the elected government that had retained the Sultan as the constitutional head of state, but deprived him the powerful position of being head of government, was overthrown in a bloody revolution.

One hundred and thirty eight day after Zanzibar gained her independence, and one hundred and five day only after the revolution, Zanzibar and her people, at a stroke of a open, lost their hard won sovereignty as an independent entity and free people. For on the 26th April, 1964 Zanzibar, in dubious circumstances, was merged with Tanganyika in what came to be known as the United Republic of Tanzania against the popular will.

Almost thirty years after that fateful day of 26th, April 1964, Zanzibaris find themselves in worse dire social and economy conditions than those that existed before the Union Day. Hence the questions that almost always come to the mind of many Zanzibar are:

  1. Are the so-called fruits of the Union worth the sacrifice paid by Zanzibar in foresaking their country’s sovereignty?
  1. What benefits have Zanzibar gained in dissolving their Afro Shiraz Party, with all its atrocities against innocent citizens, and in its place accepting CCM to reign an rule autocratically unchecked, except for the continued erosion of Zanzibar’s autonomy?

While the questions and many others of similar nature linger on minds of many Zanzibaris, at the horizon they now can see a new glow of light that sparks new hope .

The introduction of multi-partism ushers in the second liberation.This is liberation against forces of internal dictatorship. It is liberation against political and economic oppression, suppression of popular will and exploitation of the whole populace by those who are in the corridors of power. It is liberation against all evil deeds as manifested in decadent practices as despotism, corruption, nepotism and the raping of national wealth. It is, indeed, a liberation for social justice and economic betterment for all.

With the advent of many political parties, the people of Zanzibar are given another chance to decide upon their fate. If Zanzibaris decide firmly to stand for a democratic society; respect for a rule of law; full adherence to human rights as promulgated in the United Nations Charter for Human Rights; an open and transparent government; equal opportunities for all; and for social and economic well-being ,then they have no alternative other than supporting CUF.

In a nutshell, this is the message in this publication. In it, the CUF Department of Information and Publicity outlines the historical background, political history and constitutional development, the current political situations, the socio-economic plight facing Zanzibaris and the genesis of CUF and what it stands for.

While commending the department for this very valuable contribution to Zanzibar’s political literature, in the same breach, I sincerely appeal to all Zanzibaris and their well-wishers to carefully read this publication and then to chew and digest the infomation contained therein.

At the same time, I implore upon the Zanzibar intelligencia to regard this publication as a challenge to them so that they may be inspired to carry out thorough research on Zanzibar’s history and write their findings in publications for the general public so as to keep the records on Zanzibar’s history straight

Thank you.

Signed

Seif Sharif Hamad

Vice Chairman

The Civic United Front

18th August 1993

(WITHER ZANZIBAR?), A 1993 Publication by the CUF Department of Information and Publicity dedicated to the Peoples of Zanzibar in their Struggle for Democracy

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

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