A FEW things may be noted with commendation about this administration. One is transparency. This administration has scored higher points than probably any other on the issue of openness. Within the last five years a great deal of information and news have been put to the public domain. Few administrations are capable of letting out what this administration has done to public.
One such proof is the most popular Mwakyembe Commission that dug deep into the stinky trash pit of Richmond, to exhume what would probably be kept secret in the gone administrations.
This administration is also characterized with more high-profile court cases than any other administration of this country’s pre- and post-colonial political history. These high-profile people once thought they were untouchable. But quite surprisingly, this administration decided to deal with them fiercely.
However, this has subsequently aroused more questions from the general public than it has answers. Many are lamenting that these actions amount to paying-off old scores of political rivalry within CCM support groups.
In their casual look and flimsy demeanor, these guys are normally seen seated vulnerably in the Kisutu court premises with their minds wondering if what is happening to them is a real life experience or some kind of a nightmare or comedy.
Some people are cheering up; some dying slowly; others can’t believe what they see and hear; yet some are having parties to celebrate what is happening in connection with the group of highly “respectable” individuals, some of them very close friends of the big guys from the previous era.
This has stimulated debates among people of all walks of life, some giving a big thumbs-up to the most powerful guy in the nation now; and some claiming this to be yet another gimmick. But others are also claiming that this is pressure from donor countries which has actually made our local politicians much more newsworthy. But whatever circumstances brought us here, Tanzanians commend this administration for at least taking to court people who would not even imagine being taken there.
So, this administration has helped Tanzanians with exposing people who have for a long time been betraying us. Our nation is replete with the likes of Judas: people who not only have betrayed Tanzanians but show little concern, if any, of the amount of suffering they have inflicted on wananchi. They are very unapologetic and extremely unrepentant; people who have betrayed the trust of citizens. They are not different from the New Testament’s Judas Iscariot.
Judas is an exceptional character. This guy betrayed Jesus! He was probably the only one that did not have the merits to receive the divine forgiveness like many others. Jesus forgave fornicators as well as murders. He forgave prostitutes and thieves alike; he forgave tax collectors and liars, and the list goes on and on. However, Judas was not among the beneficiaries of divine forgiveness.
Two things made forgiveness impossible to Judas; (1) he had betrayed the very Savior who had washed his feet just hours prior to this evil act; and (2), Judas’ lack of true repentance after he had collected “vijisenti” from the Romans.
Completely devoid of shame and regret, these people who had been entrusted with the mandate to govern our affairs have done exactly what they were meant to prevent. They have betrayed us and they fulfill both the conditions of Judas' unpardonable sin. They, too, deserve no mercy! They have to face the fullest extent of the law.
It’s strange though that these people were caught after long investigations but their cases are almost stuck as if nothing goes on. As if there is no proof. Mr. President has repeatedly said he wasn’t going to take people to court with insufficient proof of their misconducts. But after lengthy investigation, these people remain suspects all the time. Somebody needs to know that “Justice delayed is justice denied!”.
The most disappointing part of the story of our arrogant Judases is that the level of justice is very questionable. Others are being well-protected by the same system they have corrupted! They are still on the streets plotting other schemes.
This is definitely dangerous to justice and the strength of our nation. These people are still out there, some have disappeared in the middle of nowhere, and others are still running around with labels of “Honourable” on their backs attempting to fool Tanzanians that their dealings were legitimate and acceptable!