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Magufuli should remove term limit!

Kenya and Rwanda have completed their election cycle and renewing the mandates for their presidents.

In Uganda, we are busy combing the archives for the nearest clue to whether we should or should not respect the 1995 Constitution. Down south in Tanzania, President John Pombe Magufuli has rejected calls from some of his supporters to extend his rule beyond the constitutional two-term limit.

“It is impossible. I will respect the Constitution. I have sworn to defend the Constitution ... I shall play my part and pass on the leadership reins to the next president when the time comes”, Magufuli is quoted as saying.

Mr Bulldozer’s comments come days after meeting Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni as the two signed the agreement for the construction of the Hoima-Tanga oil pipeline and, by extension, discussing the current political swings in the region.

By taking this route of respecting the constitution, clearly, these Tanzanians are not serious! And they have learnt nothing from the best in politics in the region. When your voters and citizens call on you to remain in power, how on earth do you refuse unless you are daft?

A calling to remain in power beyond the mandatory two-term limit is not new in East Africa. Examples are abundant!

Look at the rest of the region, Mr Magufuli, for inspiration. The matter is not about the Constitution. That piece of writing can and will be amended and edited to fulfil the ‘wishes’ of the masses but incarnated in the name of presidency.

So, please do not make the rest of us look bad. Simply tell everyone that the people of the United Republic of Tanzania have poured out their love for you and have asked you to run for another term.

Call parliament in Dodoma and just give each of them some cash and that constitutional provision will be amended very fast. That is how things are done, Mr President. If you need precedence on how, please consult across the border on how the term limits were done away with.

It is a very simple process and it costs you very little. I know, Mr Magufuli, that you are worried that the opposition, Chadema, will go up in arms when you even meekly want to agree that you will stand again after the expiry of your two terms.

But who in the region cares about the opposition? They shout and make all sorts of noise but as long as you are in the driving seat, nothing can fail you to fulfill the wishes of the ‘majority’ Tanzanians.

Like the rest of former Tanzanian presidents, I hear you also want to pass the leadership to another president and retire. Retire to do what? Being a president is now a profession.

You do not easily leave your profession that you have good qualifications for and have practiced well. I hear Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Benjamin Mkapa and Jakaya Kikwete are still alive and happily living in Tanzania. I understand Mwinyi recently also told you to rule forever and you, again, refused.

Tanzanians never cease to amuse. You are a politician. Voters call on you to remain in power and you tell them that you will retire! Where on earth do these Tanzanians hail from? I thought as good East Africans, you people were going to act like the rest of your neighbours.

Uganda led the way. Burundi followed quickly. Rwanda woke up. Kenya is still studying the situation. South Sudan may never hold elections. So, from an East African point of view, the only group misleading the region is the non- cooperative Tanzanian ruling party (CCM) and its president.

My advice to you, Mr Magufuli, is to take a deep breath. Think about yourself, and not Tanzania. You are anointed and have the true and only vision for Tanzania.

Surely, there is no other person who can take over from you and do the same things you have done. Please do not betray the trust put in you by the many calling for your continued ‘bulldozing’. The moment you accept that call, we will have actualized the total rebirth of the true East African Community.

Otherwise, if you remain ambivalent, you will be sending the wrong message to voters yearning for your leadership till death.

Bottom lime, accept the challenge and remove the term and even age limit so that we can be equal partners as we build the oil pipeline. And please do not tell us that Mwalimu Julius Nyerere would be unhappy with you.

For us in Uganda, we know that he is now a saint and saints are not interested in politics.

The author is a human rights expert and specialist on refugee issues.

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+1 #1 Lakwena 2017-08-11 08:49
Dimas, unlike Mr. M7 who thinks Uganda started and will end with him, therefore by hook or crooks he is doing us a favor; please do not lead Dr. Magufuli Pombe into the same foolish temptation.

The other day, last week, one of M7's sycophantic, obscurantist Teso MPs, Hon Peter Ogwang (Mongoose); without blinking told Ugandans that it is Ugandans who desperately need M7, not the other way round.

Before Hon Mongoose obscenity, Betti O Kamya also shouted from the the Top of KCCA that; Mr. M7 is smarter than all the Cabinet ministers combined. And it seems she was right, because non of them protested.

In other words, if she was wrong the Ministers should have dragged her out of the office, tweaked her nose and hanged her in the Mayor's Garden at lunch time.
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-1 #2 Akot 2017-08-12 16:09
[Tanzania, President John Pombe Magufuli has rejected calls from some of his supporters to extend his rule beyond the constitutional two-term limit.]

Magufuli loves his country & understoods it's not beign president that makes one do what he-she has to do for a country!

It's now up to Tanzanians to go on building the peaceful democracy they want & give us e.g of what 'a people-a nation' means!

Real long lasting development is long overdue in peaceful Tanzania!

We know Tanzanians who migrate do so because of poverty & not tension/war due to division/tribalism!
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0 #3 Akot 2017-08-12 16:14
[By taking this route of respecting the constitution, clearly, these Tanzanians are not serious! And they have learnt nothing from the best in politics in the region. When your voters and citizens call on you to remain in power, how on earth do you refuse unless you are daft?]

Simply because Tanzania president understoods how power corrupts to a point of no return! He does not want his country caught up in destructive power struggle while his people await concret socioeconomic programmes!

See, Kenyatta put Kenya on track yet now continuity in peace depends on Odinga who MUST concede defeat & calm down his supporters so that Kenyans just continue building the country Together as One!
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0 #4 Akot 2017-08-12 16:22
[...comments come days after meeting Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni as the two signed the agreement for the construction of the Hoima-Tanga oil pipeline and, by extension, discussing the current political swings in the region.]

This is because Tanzanian president loves his country & knows not only him can govern in top post!

President John Pombe Magufuli has set the foundation stone for peaceful politics where power is not 1 man right but any capable citizen's! This also puts a STOP to any Tanzania politician even thinking of creating war situation in the country!

But then again, museveni is a conqueror who can live comfortably elsewhere after he has destroyed Uganda completely & will be so happy!
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0 #5 Akot 2017-08-12 16:28
[When your voters and citizens call on you to remain in power, how on earth do you refuse unless you are daft?]

Yet, this refusal is the 'foundation stone' Tanzanians needed & will remind them always: power corrupts & once a real leader refuses to go on even when his people call on him to do so, he MUST stick to his love of counry/people & show them how to share in peace while teaching the young!
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0 #6 Akot 2017-08-12 16:32
[So, please do not make the rest of us look bad. Simply tell everyone that the people of the United Republic of Tanzania have poured out their love for you and have asked you to run for another term.]

Tanzanians MUST give a big departure party for their president because, this behaviour in Africa is exceptional-love-respect-leadership... & the young MUST go for it instead of asking him to stay on!

Which other country in Africa has ever seen this?
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0 #7 Akot 2017-08-12 16:39
[Uganda led the way. Burundi followed quickly. Rwanda woke up. Kenya is still studying the situation. South Sudan may never hold elections. So, from an East African point of view, the only group misleading the region is the non- cooperative Tanzanian ruling party (CCM) and its president.]

It's time the rest of Africa wakes up to see how Tanzania president has become real e.g of democracy-respect-love of country/people & has put a foundation stone for what kind of country he wants to live in!

John Pombe Magufuli, may God be with you!
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0 #8 Akot 2017-08-13 19:31
Lakwena, thanks!

Dimas Nkunda uses a different expression because Ugandans do not understand streight ones, & he hopes to open our eyes by looking at the situation from another angle!

How long has Akot asked-encouraged-begged...Ugandans to say NO to the tribalistic system keeping museveni in power & Akot got 'red notations-brushed away-ignored...'?

Akot also got some one really mad who told Akot to stop boring Ugandans saying the same things!

31 years on, museveni is not boring!

How can a country with tribal leaders all over get Free from colonial authority?

Ugandans don't remember Sir E.Mutesa ll joined Dr Obote not because he liked him, but because it was the only way to gain Independence - TOGETHER!

But museveni will finally get the country he longed to own!
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0 #9 Akot 2017-08-13 19:43
Dimas Nkunda,

Where will Ugandans live when museveni finalises conquest of territory?

Personally, I don't mind Kony returning to Acholiland & securing it to keep museveni out: because as things are now, if Kony gets back on Acholiland, I believe Acholi who are so so mad at him will today take him in, instead of being in 'the Uganda" that will belong completely to museveni!

Now that tribes that United to bring museveni in don't want him, how will they survive when the dictator becomes owner of Uganda?

Yet, Acholi will still be the first to be destroyed by museveni, unless Acholi go for Kony instead of museveni!

Or, is museveni going to use Acholi against those who brought him in?

Is UNITY to throw musevni out not a better if ont the best alternative for ALL, before it's too late?
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0 #10 Kizita 2017-08-31 23:21
Only a fool with an empty head can reason like the writer.

I have lived under different presidents in the USA. It helps to understand how they think and govern.

One person for 31 years just wants to be seen on the world stage while running down the country.
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