John Magufuli is bulldozing the opposition and wrecking the economy

Copied from The Economist.

Huyu ndiye magufuli tunashindanga tukiimbiwa hapa ni kama yeye ni yesu.

“African socialism” did not work in Tanzania last time, either

CRITICALLY ill in a hospital in Nairobi, Tundu Lissu, the chief whip of Tanzania’s main opposition party, Chadema, is a lesson to those who would criticise the Tanzanian president, John Magufuli (pictured). On September 7th Mr Lissu was gunned down in broad daylight near his house in the sleepy administrative capital, Dodoma, after returning from a session in parliament. The attempted assassination came just two weeks after he was arrested—for the sixth time—for such things as insulting the president. It is not clear who was behind the attack. A month later, the government has yet to make any arrests. Mr Lissu had previously complained about being followed, and said he worried he might be killed. “This cowardly attack on one of Tanzania’s most fearless and prominent politicians raises concerns about the safety of all dissident voices in the country, at a time when space for dissent is quickly shrinking,” said Amnesty International, a human-rights group.

Tanzania, a country of 55m people on the East African coast, is rarely seen as one of Africa’s problem cases. Unlike Congo, Uganda or Burundi, it has never had a civil war or a military dictatorship. And although its elections have never once ousted the party (and its predecessor) that has governed Tanzania since independence in 1962, nor are they especially bloody affairs. Yet over the past two years, since the election of John Magufuli, Tanzania’s descent into autocracy has been stunning. It is a lesson in how when the presidency is strong and other institutions are weak, a single bad leader can set a country back many years.
The attack on Mr Lissu occurred in an atmosphere of intensifying political repression. Opposition rallies have been banned for almost a year on spurious security grounds. Dozens of people have been arrested for insulting the president on internet chat groups under a cybercrimes law. Even musicians have not escaped the rap. In March Emmanuel Elibariki, a hip-hop artist, released a song in which he asked “is there still freedom of expression in the country?” The answer was no: he was swiftly arrested and his song was banned from the airwaves.

Mr Lissu’s is not the only case where words have been met with violence. In August the offices of IMMMA, a law firm that has handled lawsuits against the government, was bombed. Several opposition figures have disappeared in the past year, including the personal assistant of Freeman Mbowe, the leader of Chadema. On the island of Zanzibar members of the Civic United Front, a separatist-leaning party that won elections in 2015 that were later annulled, have been targeted by pro-government militias known as “zombies”.

Mr Magufuli, who is nicknamed “the bulldozer”, impressed many when he came into office by cracking down on corruption. But his economic ideas have a whiff of the “African socialism” of Julius Nyerere, the country’s founding leader, who declared a one-party state, nationalised factories and forced peasants at gunpoint onto collective farms. Donors had to step in to prevent mass starvation.

Mr Magufuli is not as ruinously radical. But he has caused traffic to collapse at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s main port, which serves six countries, by imposing a huge tax on goods that pass through it. Ships have simply gone to Kenya instead.

More startling still is Tanzania’s dispute with Acacia, a British gold-mining firm. The government claims that its two mines have been producing more than 10 times as much gold as they declared (which would make them the two largest gold mines in the world, by far). Preposterously, it says the firm owes taxes of $190bn, or roughly four times Tanzania’s annual GDP. Acacia has been forced to halt exports and has cut back production.

Other firms worry they may be next. Petra Diamonds closed its mine in Tanzania in September after the government seized a parcel of diamonds it was exporting. And on October 9th Aliko Dangote, a Nigerian cement billionaire, accused Mr Magufuli of scaring investors away. Few Tanzanian businessmen are as critical publicly, but in private they are damning. “We are shit scared. If this can happen to Acacia, it can happen to anyone,” says one.

Foreign firms can at least turn to foreign judges for protection. In August a Bombardier jet bought for Air Tanzania was seized by a Canadian court on behalf of Stirling Civil Engineering. The company had won an international arbitration in 2010 after not being paid for building roads. This may not be the last such judgment. Symbion Power, an energy producer, is claiming $561m from Tanzania’s state-owned electricity utility after it was not paid for electricity for more than a year.

What will happen now? There are few constraints on Mr Magufuli. With the opposition neutered, the ruling party remains mostly unchallenged. Mr Magufuli’s allies in parliament have even suggested extending the presidential term from five years to seven. Tanzania suffered wretchedly under one bullheaded socialist. It cannot afford another.

Wabeberu can go drying.

Bondostanis come and orgasm here and tell us what magofools intended cheap Turkish built railway will be ferrying.

Wacha upatwe na vanadium

hehe…huyo ndiye Magufooli apologist numero uno. Yaani opposition leader anapewa copper and nothing happens. Huku cryila akipewa zake si kutakuwa na chaos ingine mbaya.

Huku hakutakalika TMT akilishwa hata mawe. Lakini mapadlocks ako na upus Mingi. Nowonder some Tanzanians wakikuja Kenya hawataki kurudi tz. Life for them here is like parasise.

Anybody who takes Western media’s criticism of African leaders is a fool.

If Acacia was that clean, for example, why did they agree to pay $300 million - a humongous sum by any means - as back taxes to the Tz gavament?

People forget that papers like The Economist are part of the extractive ‘British Establishment’…

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These guys are thick as they come
Tanzania court has ordered the auctioning of 1,305 cows from Kenya impounded in Mwanga district last Friday.
The court in Arusha on Tuesday ordered the cows auctioned on Friday and the proceeds handed to the state if the herders fail to pay a trespass penalty of TSh500 million (Sh23 million).
The owner of the cows, Ngunyi ole Ngunja, told the court he does not have money to pay the fine.
Four Kenyan herders, the livestock owner and five elders who had crossed to Tanzania to negotiate the release of the cows were thrown back into remand.
They have been charged with being in Tanzania without valid travel documents.
This was confirmed by Livestock and Fisheries minister Luhaga Mpina on Tuesday’s 9pm news from Dar-es-Salaam.
In the announcement on ITV, Mpina said the government has already appointed a broker to facilitate the sale.
The court decision has strained relations between the Kisonko Maasai from Kenya and Tanzania who share a common border.
Last Thursday Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohamed attempted to secure the livestock, but the country’s leadership refused to engage her.
The CS had reportedly said negotiations were at “high level” and the cows would be released on Tuesday, thesame day the court ruled they be auctioned.
The 10 Kenyans have been denied bail. Tanzanian police have detained two vehicles belonging to the herders.
Elder Lekarokia ole Nangoro, who travelled to Arusha on Tuesday to attend the court session, said they were met with such hostility.
He said there was a conflict over the number of cows, with the prosecution saying 1,305 and the police 605.
Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku said the Kisonko Maasai from Kenya have always hosted their Tanzanian counterparts in times of drought.

Kijana Economist ni gutter press ya Rupert Murdoch

Because the opposing interests were too strong. The West does not campaign against socialism because it cares about some invisible peasants. It does so because socialism eliminates the exploitative structures that feed unbridled capitalism.

Socialism as a system of governance does not work. It is ingrained in human nature that we fend for ourselves. We want to be more equal than others. That is why you have people buying cars worth 30 million on loan just to show of. Just to feel superior.
Socialism is against the very fiber of our being. Capitalism is what works because it encourages hard work. Only the fittest survive.


Socialism does not fail because someone campaigned against it. It fails because it doesn’t work. Waste is high in a socialist economy because there is no incentive to improve productivity. Everyone gets the same no matter how hard you work. So why work harder. So the socialist economy slowly crumbles as the government runs out of resources to finance it. That is to have a functioning socialist society , you have to continuously borrow to sustain it.

Have you ever asked yourself why the United States, with a population of 200 million, remains obsessed with poor Cuba with a population of 10 million? It’s because the latter brings to the fore some uncomfortable truths. Facts that would deprive unbridled capitalism the fuel it needs to remain functinal.

China is about to take over the entire world thanks to socialism. Socialism is about entrusting the benefits of nature to as many people as possible rather than faceless capital controlled by a few individuals.

capitalist China governed by an authoritarian government.

Elaborate. But know there’s a reason US keeps a tight lead on Cuba.

Simple; If everybody behaved like Cuba, US companies would have no one to shortchange. It has nothing to do with democracy or human rights. Otherwise, countries like Saudi Arabia should be the first beneficiaries of US altruism in such matters.