Ukawa wagomea matokeo ya NEC

UMOJA wa Katiba ya Wananchi (Ukawa) umeitaka Tume ya Taifa ya Uchaguzi (NEC) kusitisha kutangaza matokeo ya urais yanayoendelea kutangazwa kwani si matokeo halisi bali yamejaa ulaghai na wizi “ni feki”. Anaandika Sarafina Lidwino … (endelea).

Kauli hiyo imetolewa leo Jijini Dar es Salaam katika ofisi za Umoja wa Katiba ya Wananchi (UKAWA) iliyopo Kawe, wakati viongozi wa umoja huo wakizungumzia matokeo yanayotanagzwa na NEC yanatofautiana na idadi ya wapiga kura.

Mgombea urais kupitia Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) Edward Lowassa amesema, tangu uchaguzi ulipoanza Ukawa waliziona kasoro nyingi na walipotoa taarifa NEC iliwapuuza na kuendelea kutangaza matokeo.

Lowassa amesema NEC ipo mfukoni mwa Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) kwani imekuwa ikipendelea jinsi ya kutangaza matokeo ambapo imekuwa ikiyatangaza maeneo ambayo CCM imeshinda.

“Kabla ya vijana wetu 191 wa kukusanya matokeo kutoka mikoa mbalimbali kuvamiwa na kukamatwa juzi na Jeshi la Polisi pasipo makosa yoyote tulikuwa tayari tuna asilimia 67 ya ushindi. CCM, NEC na Jeshi la polisi wana njama ya kutukosesha ushindi kwa kuvuruga mitambo yetu.

Kutokana na makosa hayo yote yanayofanyika na bila kuchukuliwa hatua yoyote mimi pamoja na mgombea mwenza Juma Duni Haji tunatangaza kutokubaliana na matokeo haya, hivyo NEC isiendelee kuyatangaza kwani ni batili la si hivyo tutachukua hatua kali tunataka kura zirudiwe kuhesabiwa bila kutumia mashine zao feki,” amesema Lowassa.

Kwa upande wake, Duni amesema NEC na serikali ilipania kuuvuruga uchaguzi huu kwa makusudi kwani kura feki zimekuwa zikikamatwa mara kwa mara lakini NEC ipo kimya kama haioni kinachoendelea.

“Tangu mwanzo mimi niliona hilo, NEC iliongeza kura hewa milioni tisa na nilipolisema ikasema naingilia kazi yake matokeo yake ndio haya, wizi wa kura nje nje hadi wananchi wanagundua,” amesema Duni.

Duni akitolea mfano wa majimbo ambapo Mgombea urais wa CCM aliongezewa kura amesema, Chalinze aliongezewa kura 1000, Mkuranga kura 100 na maeneo mengine mengi. Ambapo amesema tatizo hilo pia hata Zanzibar limetokea.

Naye Waziri Mkuu Mstaafu, Frederick Sumaye amesema ameluwa akishangazwa na utendaji wa NEC kwani umekuwa hauko makini na hivyo kusababisha wizi wa kura kushamiri hata kabla ya siku ya upigaji kura kufika.

Akitolea mfano wa maroli yaliyokamatwa mikoa mbalimbali ikiwemo Tunduma Mbeya, ambapo ndani yake kulikuwa na maboksi ya kura feki, lakini NEC ilikuwa kimya hivyo ni wazi kwamba inashirikiana na wezi au imeshindwa kazi yake.

Sumaye amesema: “Ni vema NEC iangalie jambo hili tena kwa makini ili nchi hii isije kuingia kwenye machafuko baada ya wananchi kumkosa rais wanayemtaka badala yake wanachaguliwa.”

Wakati huohuo, Mwenyekiti Mwenza wa Ukawa, Francis Mbatia amesema Tume ya Uchaguzi Zanzibar (ZEC) imetangaza kufuta matokeo ya uchaguzi uliofanyika kwa kile walichokiita uchaguzi haukuwa wa haki.

“Ilichofanya ZEC ndicho kinachoendelea hapa Bara kwa sasa. Iyo ni wazi kuwa CCM, serikali na ZEC imeshirikiana kuuvunja uchaguzi huo kwa kuwa mgombea urais wetu kupitia Chama cha Wananchi (CUF), Maalim Seif ameshinda wanaona aibu kutangaza matokeo,” amesema Mbatia.

UMOJA wa Katiba ya Wananchi (Ukawa) umeitaka Tume ya Taifa ya Uchaguzi (NEC) kusitisha kutangaza matokeo ya urais yanayoendelea kutangazwa kwani si matokeo halisi bali yamejaa ulaghai na wizi “ni feki”. Anaandika Sarafina Lidwino … (endelea). Kauli hiyo imetolewa leo Jijini Dar es Salaam katika ofisi za Umoja wa Katiba ya Wananchi (UKAWA) iliyopo Kawe, wakati viongozi wa umoja huo wakizungumzia matokeo yanayotanagzwa na NEC yanatofautiana na idadi ya wapiga kura. Mgombea urais kupitia Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) Edward Lowassa amesema, tangu uchaguzi ulipoanza Ukawa waliziona kasoro nyingi na walipotoa taarifa NEC iliwapuuza na kuendelea kutangaza matokeo. Lowassa…

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  1. Angalieni UFISADI wa Edward Lowassa:

    PRESIDENT KIKWETE NAMES HON. MIZENGO PETER PINDA AS NEW PRIME MINISTER FOLLOWING RESIGNATION OF PM LOWASSADate:

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    B. 07 DAR ES SALAAM 01037
    C. 06 DAR ES SALAAM 01776

    DAR ES SAL 00000098 001.2 OF 004

    Classified By: Ambassador Mark Green for reasons 1.4 (b,d)

    SUMMARY
    ——–
    1. (SBU) On February 8 President Jakaya Kikwete named Hon.
    Mizengo Peter Pinda, a Minister of State in the Prime
    Minister’s Office and member of Kikwete’s former cabinet, as
    the new Prime Minister of Tanzania. Pinda’s nomination was
    approved by the Parliament a few hours later, with the full
    support of both the ruling and opposition parties. Amid
    controversy surrounding a Parliamentary Committee report
    about an energy contract given to the U.S.-based Richmond
    Company, the former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa sent his
    resignation letter to President Kikwete on February 7. Later
    the same day, the incumbent Minister of Energy and Minerals,
    Nazir Karamagi, and Ibrahim Msahaba, who was Minister of
    Energy when the Richmond contract was signed, also resigned.
    In the late evening of February 7, President Kikwete accepted
    Lowassa’s resignation and dissolved the Cabinet. By custom,
    once the President names a prime minister (PM) he consults
    with the PM concerning the other cabinet positions. On
    Monday, February 11, Kikwete has promised to announce a new
    cabinet that we expect will be more streamlined than his
    former 23 ministries.

    2. (SBU) Hon. Pinda has served as Kikwete’s Minister of State
    for Regional Administration and Local Government in the Prime
    Minster’s office since January 2006. Previously he was a
    Deputy Minister in the same ministry. He has a reputation
    for being an honest, somewhat reserved, yet straight-forward
    official. Hon. Pinda was the representative of the
    Government of Tanzania (GOT) and guest speaker at the Peace
    Corps Tanzania’s 45th Anniversary celebration in 2006. (See
    Para 14, bio information). End summary

    PM Lowassa out: Public, press and Parliament wanted truth
    about Richmond
    ————————
    3. (U) In November 2007, the Parliament’s Speaker Samuel
    Sitta ordered a special multi-party Committee to be formed to
    investigate the “Richmond scandal,” as it is popularly known
    in Tanzania. The Committee’s report was read to Parliament
    on February 6 and broadcast live on national television; the
    report implicated PM Lowassa by name as putting pressure on
    the Tanzanian Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) to circumvent
    the required public procurement process and sign a contract
    with the Houston-based Richmond Company for temporary energy
    relief during Tanzania’s 2006 energy crisis. Richmond had
    promised to deliver 100 megawatts of power within two months;
    not one watt of energy was ever produced. The contract was
    transferred to a second company, Dowans Company of Dubai, six
    months later.

    4. (U) Throughout the Richmond ordeal from June to November
    2006, the public was outraged because severe power shortages
    continued unabated in Dar es Salaam while Richmond fumbled
    all attempts to put its diesel-run generator system on line.
    Rumors swirled that Lowassa’s son, Frederick, was a co-owner
    of Richmond Company. Investigative reporters latched onto
    the “Richmond story” and did not want to let go. Since
    Richmond is a U.S.-based company, the Embassy received many
    inquiries, but could only say that Richmond was registered in
    Houston Texas as a “printing shop and business services
    center.”

    DAR ES SAL 00000098 002.2 OF 004

    PCCB closed its Richmond Company probe
    ————————————–
    5. (C) In January 2007, Edward Hosea, head of the Prevention
    and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), told the DCM that
    the Richmond Company procurement process was under PCCB
    investigation. However, in May 2007 the PCCB abruptly closed
    the case stating the “no wrong-doing had been found.” Hosea
    told the Mission’s program coordinator of the Millennium
    Challenge Account (MCA) Threshold program that since PCCB had
    been unable to prove any money had changed hands in the
    Richmond deal, the Bureau decided to drop the investigation.
    Tanzania’s new and tougher Anti-Corruption Act 2007 went into
    effect on July 1, 2007, which allowed for investigations into
    public procurement irregularities, but the case was not
    reopened.

    Millennium Challenge Account-funded PPRA more courageous
    ——————————————— ———
    6. (SBU) The Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA)
    (www.ppra.go.tz) conducted a procurement audit of the TANESCO
    power company in 2007 that was fully funded by the MCA
    Threshold program, through an implementing partner,
    Kilimanjaro International. The PPRA audit concluded that the
    tendering process for the emergency energy relief the
    Government of Tanzania sought during Tanzania’s severe
    2005-06 energy crisis, had been “influenced by higher
    authorities.” The PPRA report provided well-documented
    details showing serious departures from the Public
    Procurement Act in the selection of Richmond Company as the
    contractor.

    7. (SBU) Post’s MCA Threshold team urged PPRA to make the
    full report public; while reluctant at first, the head of
    PPRA, Dr. Ramadan Mlinga, finally agreed to release the full
    report to Tanzania’s Development Partners Group of which
    USAID is a member. The report eventually caught the
    attention of Members of Parliament (MPs) from both the ruling
    CCM and the opposition parties; when the decision was made to
    form a special Committee to investigate the “Richmond
    scandal,” the Committee used the PPRA report as the starting
    point for its investigation. Several of the Kilimanjaro
    International auditors were called to testify before the
    Parliamentary Committee and provide key evidence. As a
    result of PPRA’s decision to share the full TANESCO audit
    report and other such courageous actions, it has earned the
    moniker of “procurement watchdog” in the Tanzanian press.

    8. (U) The special Committee took three months to complete
    its investigation and then announced it would present the
    conclusions to a full session of Parliament the week of
    February 11-15. However, on February 2, when the Minister of
    Energy and Minerals, Nazir Karamagi, organized a seminar at
    the Parliament complex in Dodoma to discuss the Electricity
    and Petroleum Bill 2008 that was before the Parliament, angry
    ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) MPs came to the
    seminar room, but boisterously and unanimously refused to
    listen Karamagi. They told the Minister they wanted only to
    discuss the Richmond report. On February 5, Speaker of
    Parliament Sitta abruptly canceled his plans to attend the
    National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC and announced that
    the report would be presented the next day.

    Richmond Parliamentary Probe Committee: Key findings
    ——————————————— ——–
    9. (U) The Richmond Parliamentary Probe Committee was chaired
    by the relatively young MP, Hon. Harrison Mwakyembe, from
    Kykela district, who has the reputation for being serious

    DAR ES SAL 00000098 003.2 OF 004

    about fighting corruption. Other committee members included
    Hon. Stella Manyanya (CCM); Hon. Lucas Selelii (CCM); Hon.
    Herbert Mntangi (CCM); and Hon. Mohamed Mnyaa (Civic United
    Front). The key findings of the Committee were:

    — Prime Minister Lowassa acted inappropriately to secure
    the Richmond Company contract and should be held
    accountable;
    — all senior GOT officials implicated in the Richmond
    Company deal should resign;
    — the Attorney General should be held accountable for
    failing to advise the Government during the Richmond
    contract process;
    — the Government should review the Public Procurement
    Act of 2004;
    — the Government should remove top PCCB officials for
    appearing to “whitewash” its own Richmond probe;
    — the Government should review all existing energy
    contracts.

    PM’s Resignation not a surprise to Kikwete
    ——————————————
    10. (C) A personal assistant to President Kikwete told
    Ambassador Green on February 8 that Kikwete, who had been
    briefed in advance on the committee’s findings in the
    Richmond report, anticipated that Lowassa might resign once
    the report was public. However, Kikwete was unprepared, yet
    surprised, by the emotional outpouring from many prominent
    ruling party CCM MPs who condemned, in no uncertain terms,
    Lowassa and the two ministers also implicated in the report.
    During the February 7 evening session of the Parliament that
    was on national television (Note: In Tanzania, every session
    of parliament is broadcast live to the public. End note.)
    Speaker Sitta gave the floor to MP after MP from the ruling
    party who spoke forcefully that they were tired of being
    “muzzled”–a reference to the iron hand that PM Lowassa had
    used to keep the CCM MPs within the party line; tired of
    being a “rubber stamp” legislature; and tired of the
    corruption “that is tainting our party and our country.”
    When Minister of Energy Karamagi, was given the floor, he was
    booed back to his seat.

    Comment
    ——-
    11. (C) While the immediate reason for PM Lowassa tendering
    his resignation was his implication in the illegal
    procurement of the energy contract with Richmond, Lowassa’s
    corrupt activities have been an open secret throughout
    Tanzania for many years. In addition, rumors of a cabinet
    shake-up had been rampant since the conclusion of the CCM’s
    Party Congress on November 5, 2007. As a result of CCM
    elections for the party’s National Executive Committee,
    several of President Kikwete’s close circle took on new roles
    in the party. Other CCM stalwarts were moved to “lower”
    positions, indicating that Kikwete was maneuvering to
    distance himself from ministers and others with reputations
    for lining their pockets.

    12. (C) In January 2007, testing the waters of high-level
    political will to fight corruption, the DCM had asked Edward
    Hosea, head of the PCCB, if Kikwete was sincere about
    battling graft (Ref A). Hosea replied he believed the
    President Kikwete to be honest, but “the test will be whether
    he is ready to go after the big fish.” Ironically, the
    Parliamentary Committee report has also condemned Hosea for
    allowing PCCB to whitewash its own Richmond investigation.
    It remains to be seen if in Kikwete’s upcoming Cabinet
    announcements, Hosea, whose PCCB is directly under the

    DAR ES SAL 00000098 004.2 OF 004

    President’s Office, retains his position or not. In any
    case, President Kikwete is facing a critical crossroads in
    selecting his cabinet. He appears to have chosen a
    well-respected Parliamentarian as his new Prime Minister.
    Through his selection of his other ministers and deputies,
    Kikwete will craft the message he wants to send on
    corruption, not only to his government and the 82 percent of
    the electorate who put him into office in December 2005, but
    to all of Africa.

    13. (C) Kikwete’s January 31 election as Chair of the African
    Union (AU) has thrust him into a central role with
    expectations that he will assist in resolving crises from
    Kenya to Chad to Zimbabwe. In anticipation that he may spend
    a lot of time “on the road” this next year trouble shooting
    for the AU, we presume Kikwete’s goal would be put in place
    not only a reliable and honest PM, but to surround himself
    with capable ministers who could keep the Government on
    course when he is away.

    Biographic Information: Mizengo Peter Pinda
    ——————————————–
    14. (U) Honorable Mizengo Pinda served for two years in
    President Kikwete’s cabinet as the Minister of State in the
    Prime Minister’s Office for Regional Administration and Local
    Government. Previously he was a Deputy Minister in the same
    office under former President Mkapa. Hon. Pinda began his
    government career as a state attorney in the Ministry of
    Justice in 1974. He served as a security officer in the
    State House and from 1982 to 1992 he was the assistant
    private secretary of President Julius Nyerere. In 2000,
    Mizengo Pinda was elected to Parliament as the CCM party’s
    candidate in the Mpanda East constituency. President Mkapa
    subsequently appointed him to serve as his Deputy Minister
    for Regional Administration and Local Government. Prime
    Minster Pinda was born in the town of Sumbawanga, Rukwa
    region in Western Tanzania on August 12, 1948. He holds a
    Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Dar es Salaam.
    GREEN

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