14 November 2012

Tanzania: Isles Govt Vows to Crush Dissenters

Photo: Aino Tanhua/IRIN
Riots in Zanzibar. October 2012

Abdulwakil Saiboko — THE government of Zanzibar has said that it will no longer tolerate the misconduct of groups that are bent on breaching peace in the Isles.

The State Minister in the Second Vice-President's Office, Mr Mohammed Aboud Mohammed told the delegates that the government's patience has been stretched to the limit and will no longer brook any mischief.

Mr Aboud, who was speaking amid cheers mainly by delegates from the Isles, said that days of chaos and mayhem in the Isles are over. He called on residents to continue with their work without fear. "We have come to a point where it is prudent to decide that enough is enough.

The Islamic awakening group (Uamsho) has now been controlled fully and Zanzibar is once again a peaceful place," he said. He added that the Government of National Unity (GNU) was doing better and that ministers who have been drawn from two political parties (CUF and CCM) are working as a team.

The party's Chairman, President Jakaya Kikwete, added his voice to the report, saying that it was alarming to see that at this time of giving views on the would be new constitution, some rowdy groups have chosen to cause chaos.

"It is recommended that all those with views should do it through the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and at the end the majority will decide the way forward," he said.

He called on the citizens to feel free to give their views - any views including opinions on the kind of Union that will be more appropriate and helpful. "It must be clear that we will not allow anyone to disrupt our peace. We will hunt such elements, capture them and bring them to justice," he said.

He added that the government understands that there are people who want a contractual union, two governments, three governments and one government within the Union. He added that whoever wants any of those he or she should explain to the CRC how it should be done.

President Kikwete warned Uamsho leaders and its members not to force everyone to think their way. He added that the constitution gives all people freedom of views and such views are bound to differ.

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