Straight Talk: No end in sight yet for Zanzibar crisis

But also the hooded hooligans popularly known here as “Zombies” continue to roam the streets of Zanzibar and wreck havoc while two three months on some services have not come back to normal including the Kariakoo Children Park as well as the Mapinduzi Memorial at Michenzani and when calculated to money lost it will come to billions.

“Zombies” continue to roam the streets of Zanzibar and wreck havoc while two three months on some services have not come back to normal including the Kariakoo Children Park as well as the Mapinduzi Memorial at Michenzani and when calculated to money lost it will come to billions.

Ally Saleh

But three months to run a country without a “ lawful government “ is a long time because there lacks mechanism for control and for monitoring. It is not lawful because it is being contested. And when there is no oversight organ in the name of Zanzibar House of Representatives make things look bleak.Three months on the signs for government letting are open.

We are now in the third month of the political crisis in Zanzibar. Talks are going on at the Zanzibar State House looking for solution; and we are told to be patient and things are going to come out for the interest of Zanzibaris.

But three months to run a country without a “ lawful government “ is a long time because there lacks mechanism for control and for monitoring. It is not lawful because it is being contested. And when there is no oversight organ in the name of Zanzibar House of Representatives make things look bleak.Three months on the signs for government letting are open.

Information is coming out to the effect that government properties are being illegally distributed among those well positioned. Some government departments are already not able to foot their bills. One such department feeling the pinch is the Judiciary when a mere receipt could not be produced when payments are transacted and swearing–in ceremony for new advocates being postponed for lack of electricity.

But also the hooded hooligans popularly known here as “Zombies” continue to roam the streets of Zanzibar and wreck havoc while two three months on some services have not come back to normal including the Kariakoo Children Park as well as the Mapinduzi Memorial at Michenzani and when calculated to money lost it will come to billions.

As six leaders are meeting to discuss the implication of annulment of election results by Chairman of Zanzibar Electoral Commission ZEC, we are told the exercise is being chaired by Dr. Ali Muhammed Shein the immediate beneficiary of the annulment and whose advisers are utilizing Article 28 (1) of the 1984 Constitution to propel him to power.

As strange and as absurd as it may look, but the truth is that Dr. Shein is chairing discussion with potential and threats to remove him, and certainly can make things stuck and even block if he does put Zanzibar interests first before his own. This is to say Dr. Shein is the key to solve the puzzle if we may say. We hope and pray that Dr. Shein can see through this. That he has the future of Zanzibar on his shoulders with all of us looking upon him to feel that he is the only one who can see reason and avert Zanzibar to go into pieces.

It is for him to realize that the political solution lies with him and not to let him be advised by people who are only around him for their personal interests and it should dawn into him that this is beyond party interest but the country.

We believe Dr. Shein understands fully well that it is only him if he stands as a man and a gentleman that he can look into the eyes of Zanzibaris and see the anguish, disappointment and hopelessness in them as they await for his decision. It is our ardent hope that Dr. Shein is being told that life in our midst is unbearable. Prices have plummeted and the uncertainty has brought fear for the life itself. That out here however long he stays on he would not be accepted as dully elected president.

May be it is time that Dr. Shein stands on a tall mirror and take a long look at himself. It is time for him to decide what legacy he wants to make on Zanzibar for clinging on. It is time for him now to decide what legacy he would make for standing aside and let democracy take its course.

To me, there was infact no need even for the Zanzibar State House talks if Dr Shein can brutally confront the truth. And that is he was not elected and he does not deserve the position.

Mr Saleh is a lawyer, journalist, author, political commentator, media consultant and poet. He is also MP for Malindi constituency in Zanzibar.

Source: The Citizen

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