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Race,, Realities and the Struggle for Human Rights in Zanzibar

Race, Revolution and the Struggle for Human Rights in Zanzibar

RACE, REVOLUTION, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN ZANZIBAR: MEMOIR OF SEIF SHARIF HAMAD AND ALI SULTAN ISSA

“Zanzibar has had the most turbulent postcolonial history of any part of Tanzania, yet few sources explain the reasons why. The political impasse in the islands stems from the Zanzibari Revolution of 1964, in which thousands of islanders, mostly Arab, lost their lives. It is also about whether Zanzibar’s union with the Tanzanian mainland–cemented only a few months after the revolution—should be strengthened, reformed, or dissolved. Defenders of the revolution claim it was necessary to right a century of wrongs. They speak the language of African nationalism, and seek to unify Zanzibaris through the politics of race. Their opponents deplore the revolution, and espouse the language of human rights. They reject the politics of race, and instead regard Islam a source of national unity.” Do you want to buy this book? Please click here…

CUF CALLS FOR FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS

A scene from the CUF demonstration which took Dar es Salaam by storm yesterday, complete with a banner calling for the establishment of a new national electoral commission

A scene from the CUF demonstration which took Dar es Salaam by storm yesterday, complete with a banner calling for the establishment of a new national electoral commission

The Civic United Front (CUF) held its first public rally over the weekend, after losing to Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) in the Magogoni constituency, advocating for peaceful, free and fair elections next year. “We will leave no stone unturned in fighting for a free and fair elections which will definitely reflect the will of the Zanzibaris,” said CUF Secretary General, Mr Seif Sharif Hamad, at the rally held at Kibanda-maiti grounds. Read more…

PINDA: NO RECURRENCE OF 2001 PEMBA POST-ELECTION MISHAPS

Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda says he is optimistic that the bad incident of deaths and displacement of people that occurred in 2001 in the fallout to the 2000 general elections in Zanzibar won’t repeat. He said this yesterday in the National Assembly when responding to a question by Hamad Rashind Mohamed (Wawi, CUF) during the direct questions to the Prime Minister session. Read more…

CUF YOUTHS’ WING DEMANDS FOR UN INTERVENTION INTO ZANZIBAR

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

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

“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.” Read more

CUF CONDEMNS ISRAELI INCURSION IN GAZA

“CUF is of the view that the ongoing attacks are part of a sustained and brutal military offensive by Israel, which has lasted for over 41 years since Israel occupied some Arab territories, including Palestine, in 1967.“ Read more…

CUF YALAANI MAUAJI YA GAZA

Mtoto mdogo wa miaka saba, akiwa emejeruhiwa vibaya na mabomu ya Israel katika ukanda wa Gaza. Hadi jana, Januari 5, 2008, zaidi ya watoto 40 wameshauawa kutokana na mashambulizi hayo yanaoyoendelea kwa wiki ya pili mfululizo

Mtoto mdogo wa miaka saba, akiwa emejeruhiwa vibaya na mabomu ya Israel katika ukanda wa Gaza. Hadi jana, Januari 5, 2008, zaidi ya watoto 40 wameshauawa kutokana na mashambulizi hayo yanaoyoendelea kwa wiki ya pili mfululizo

“Hakuna kisingizio chochote kinachoweza kutolewa na taifa hilo vamizi kuhalalisha mauaji yake ya raia wasio na hatia. Nguvu kubwa inayotumiwa na Israel ambayo haiwiani na kile inachodai kutaka kukizuwia haiwezi kukubaliwa na wapenda haki ulimwenguni. Kudhihirisha uovu wake, Israel imechukua hatua hizi za mauaji baada ya kuwaweka wananchi wa Gaza katika kifungo kwa zaidi ya miezi 18 na kuwazuilia huduma zote muhimu zikiwemo zile za kibinadamu kama chakula na madawa.” Endelea kusoma taarifa hii…

LIBERAL LEADERS WELCOME OBAMA’S HISTORIC ELECTION

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

“Not since John F Kennedy’s victory in 1960 has there been a US election result anything like this, and indeed arguably this result is even more important. We have a thoughtful, intelligent, charismatic leader awaiting inauguration, but more than this, by electing the first African-American to the White House, the people of the United States have signalled that they, like so many people across the world, want to see a different politics. This time the politics of hope, respect and humanity has won out, creating new possibilities for a better world than we have seen in the last tragic decade. The election of Barack Obama makes this the best day liberals and democrats across the world have known since the day the Berlin Wall came down. Even before he takes office, the electrifying way he conducted the election campaign, the positive human values he brings and historic significance of his election makes this a watershed.” – LI President Lord Alderdice. Read more…

“WE HAVE TO PREVENT ANOTHER DARFUR

Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

Following the deployment of UN aid to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Dr. Lamine Ba, Vice-President of the Bureau of Liberal International and President of the Africa Liberal Network, spoke out in support of the initiative: “The UN has without doubt both the mandate and the ability to prevent further degeneration in an area marred by continuing violence and violations of the most basic human rights. It is our responsibility, as liberals from both Africa and the rest of the world, to step up whenever basic rights are trampled.” Read more…

THESE ARE OUR LIBERAL VALUES

Celebrating CUF, Celebrating Liberal Values. A CUF member in launching 2005 election campaign, Zanzibar

Celebrating CUF, Celebrating Liberal Values. A CUF member in launching 2005 election campaign, Zanzibar

“We reaffirm our commitment to the principles of Liberalism set out in the International Liberal Manifesto of April 1947: that liberty and individual responsibility are the foundations of civilised society; that the state is only the instrument of the citizens it serves; that any action of the state must respect the principles of democratic accountability; that constitutional liberty is based upon the principles of separation of powers; that justice requires that in all criminal prosecution the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, and to a fair verdict free from any political influence; that state control of the economy and private monopolies both threaten political liberty; that rights and duties go together, and that every citizen has a moral responsibility to others in society; and that a peaceful world can only be built upon respect for these principles and upon cooperation among democratic societies. We reaffirm that these principles are valid throughout the world.” – The Liberal Agenda for the 21st Century: The Liberal Manifesto, adopted by the 48th Congress of Liberal International on 27-30 November 1997 in The Town Hall in Oxford, UK. Read more…

IMF's Dominique Strauss-Kahn

IMF's Dominique Strauss-Kahn

IMF RESPONDS TO CUF’S CONCERN ON EPA

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has not declared the External Payment Arrears (EPA) account issue closed as reported by the local media in recent weeks, IMF officials have said. Neither has the fund softened its stance on other pending good governance issues in its relationship with the Government…. Last week, Prof Lipumba said the Civic United Front had been shocked by reports that the IMF has praised the Government’s handling of the EPA scandal. He said the party had written to Mr Strauss-Kahn to protest the manner in which the institution viewed good governance in Tanzania. Read more…

ON POLITICAL CORRUPTION AND POLITICAL PARTIES FUNDING IN TANZANIA

Hon. Hamad Rashid Mohammed, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly

Hon. Hamad Rashid Mohammed, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly

Incumbents can use many techniques to maintain power, of which many are perfectly legal while others are illegal and corrupt. The corrupt use of political power for power preservation and extension may take the form of buying political support through favouritism, clientelism, co-optation, patronage politics and vote buying. The means include the distribution of financial and material benefits (money, gifts and rents), but also symbolic values like status and “inclusion”. The corrupt use of political power for power preservation and extension also includes the manipulation of various oversight and control institutions, creating various “impunity syndromes”. – By Hon. Hamad Rashid Mohammed (MP). Read more…

Report on the General Election in Zanzibar October 30, 2005

Betrayal of Popular Hopes

“CUF is shocked that CCM and ZEC have treated the Muafaka process and the goodwill and financial assistance of the donor community with such contempt. After all the efforts of Zanzibaris, political parties, UNDP and foreign friends of Tanzania to put together a credible permanent voters list, such an outcome is not only politically unacceptable, dangerous for stability and political harmony in Zanzibar but also an insult to everyone who took part in the exercise.” Report on the General Election in Zanzibar October 30, 2005

CUF Chairman, Prof. Ibrahim Lipumba, showing a CCM's document marked "CONFIDENTIAL". The document says why CCM refused to go on sign the agreement contrary to what CCM has been publicly claiming

CUF Chairman, Prof. Ibrahim Lipumba, showing a CCM's document stamped "SIRI" (confidential). The document says what exactly was CCM's reason to refuse to sign the agreement, which is contrary to what the ruling party has been claiming

“What is even more disappointing is that, contrary to what has been said, this recommendation for referendum was not raised by members of NEC but was part of the report tabled by the CCM negotiation committee to the Central Committee and NEC. It is thus obvious that the plot was hatched well in advanced, in what is considered to be a tactic to ‘win a march’ over CUF. This act by CCM to come up with an entirely new proposal apart from what was agreed is an act of scuttling and sabotaging this issue which is very important and in the interest of our nation and its people. In any case, if their proposal is sincerely aimed at involving the people as they claim, why did the CCM negotiation committee not put it on the table during the negotiations, instead of smuggling it through the back door as a way of ‘point scoring’ over CUF?” Read this statement by CUF following a statement by NEC of CCM regarding the negotiations on political stalemate in Zanzibar and send us your comments

OF REFERENDUM AND CCM: THE FROG’S KISS THAT WILL KILL MUAFAKA

CUF General Secretary, Seif Sharif Hamad (second right), reading his party's response to CCM's refusal to sign agreement amid 14 months of talks

CUF General Secretary, Seif Sharif Hamad (second right), reading to the press his party's response to CCM's refusal to sign agreement amid 14 months of talks

“Major political decisions in the country’s history have been taken without subjecting them to a referendum. Examples are numerous but to mention a few: the unification of Tanganyika and Zanzibar in 1964, the abolition of multi-party system in 1965, the Arusha Declaration of 1967, the merger of TANU and ASP in 1977, the Union Constitution of 1977 and all major amendments, the Zanzibar Constitutions of 1979 and 1984, the re-introduction of multi-party system in 1992, the 11th Amendment of the Union Constitution in 1994 that removed the position of Zanzibar President from being automatically one of the Union Vice Presidents, Muafaka I of 1999 and Muafaka II of 2001.” Read this article by Ismail Jussa and send us your comments

© 2008, Directorate of Human Rights and Public Relations, CUF

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