November 30, 2023


Through Education Matters

Tanzania: Reflections On President Samia’s First Performance

FROM the time President Samia Suluhu Hassan recently ascended to the Presidency, we have been frequently witnessing various sectors of Tanzania’s Community Company, as perfectly as its Personal Support, moreover numerous other Organisations and Institutions expressing, through distinctive ads placed in the print media, their congratulations and very well wishes and expressing their complete assurance in her capability to inherit the mantle of the country’s supreme electric power.

These expressions of confidence were being repeated by Tanzania’s religious leaders of all denominations, when the globe Christian group was commemorating the crucifixion, demise, and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday when these leaders furthermore called on Tanzanians to earnestly pray for President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

Consequently, In present-day report, I will aim on this matter of former Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s tranquil ascendancy to the “throne”.

And, precisely, the constitutional classes that should really be learnt from this party essentially for the function of boosting our readers’ general information and knowledge of these constitutional matters.

But in advance of we get there, I desire to existing an attention-grabbing narrative, with regards to President Samia’s initial journey to the Vice Presidency of the United Republic, way again in 2015. How it basically came about.

The CCM Structure duly establishes an “Advisory Council” consisting of all its previous nationwide Chair people, and Vice Chair folks.

Mainly because I myself experienced the chance of staying elected CCM Vice Chairman in 2007, I thus became, on retirement, a member of this distinguished Council and was, in addition, elected by my colleagues to be its Secretary.

Due to the fact of its advisory character, this Council commonly meets only when the want occurs for their tips to be given, significantly in regard of some important plan issues.

This sort of critical matters contain CCM’s range of the Presidential ” running mate”, in the course of the related Presidential elections.

Thus, at the time of the Presidential election in 2015, the information of this Council was required to be supplied and our Advisory Council was appropriately convened for that purpose.

And that is when Presidential election applicant John Magufuli, disclosed to us his intention to propose the identify of Samia Salum Hassan, for running mate.

Our Council was unanimous in endorsing that proposal, much more particularly for the cause that Magufuli was making background by proposing, for the very first time at any time, the identify of a girl for the situation of Presidential “running mate”.

And that is specifically how President Samia’s journey to Ikulu commenced. And she worked diligently and faithfully with the late President John Pombe Magufuli, suitable up to the time of the sudden loss of life of President Magufuli on 17th March, 2021 when, ensuing solely from the needs of the Constitution itself, Samia became the President.

That is to say, no new election, or in truth any other motion, was necessary to be taken to realize this result. In constitutional parlance, this is described as assumption of business “by operation of the Structure”.

And, after assuming that substantial office environment, President Samia Suluhu Hassan has, in considerably less than a month, now demonstrated her huge ability, to handle the affairs of our region thoroughly.

The Original indicators of President Samia’s governance direction A nicely-recognised Kiswahili proverb states this : “Nyota njema huonekana asubuhi”.

This expressing is completely applicable when evaluating President Samia’s initial general performance during the 1st couple weeks of her Presidency.

The very first indicator was her initially cabinet reshuffle. In my humble view, the simple fact that she retained all the Magufuli appointed Ministers, seems to reveal that she intends to maintain her predecessor’s velocity and tempo, in her governance performance.

But, only 4 times later on, when she appointed the Everlasting Secretaries and other heads of Public Organisations, the story was thoroughly unique.

Figuratively speaking, ‘she went fishing in the deep blue sea of the huge Community Services, and manufactured her own catch’.

The truth that she re-appointed some of individuals who experienced been dropped by her predecessor and fired some of the late President Magufuli’s lieutenants would seem to show that she is also identified to chart her very own governance way, with her very own workforce of officials in the prime Community Support positions.

Secondly, it will be remembered that at the ceremony of swearing in the Ministers next her initial cupboard reshuffle, President Samia also designed some weighty statements, by means of which she issued certain directives (which the Kiswahili print media figuratively referred to as “nyundo), including the adhering to:- (i) To the Tanzania Profits Authority (TRA), which she directed to develop the tax foundation by escalating the amount of tax payers and, much more precisely, to avoid the use of drive in the selection of taxes, when she mentioned the pursuing:- “working with huge amounts of pressure in the selection of taxes, these kinds of as closing the tax payers’ financial institution accounts, or forcibly using revenue from their accounts just due to the fact the regulation makes it possible for you to do so, is unacceptable”.

This assertion seems to have persuaded even some global observers, to specific their profound personal viewpoints including the European Union (EU) Small business Team Govt Director Cikay Richards, who stated that “the President’s statement on the have to have for a welcoming tax routine was very encouraging to the traders, and has exuded a good deal of new hopes. For the taxman had been the major hurdle for a whole lot of businesses in Tanzania.

The President’s directive will rekindle investors’ hopes, and improve their self confidence”. The President’s directive would show up to indicate that she, like her predecessor, intends to count largely on acquiring her federal government revenues from the country’s individual inside sources.

(ii) To the Avoidance of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), which she instructed to immediately examine the latest massive withdrawal of money (amounting to shillings 3.6 billion), from the Central Lender of Tanzania (BOT).

This directive would appear to point out that she intends to retain her predecessor’s supreme efforts in curbing the immoral theft, and plundering, of public funds with impunity.

Hence, in terms of the Kiswahili proverb quoted above, President Samia’s star (regarding the path in which she will be transferring), is currently plainly noticeable, and shining brightly.

For she has shown the sort of firmness, and determination, that a lot of casual observers experienced almost certainly not predicted. But, on the other hand, she has thoroughly satisfied the expectations of the greater part of Tanzanians who have been, either individually and collectively, expressing their comprehensive self-assurance in President Samia Suluhu Hassan, the sixth section President of the United Republic of Tanzania.

She has plainly shown that she can, and will, achieve what is anticipated of her. The Constitutional lessons to be learnt from this party We promised, at the starting of this report, to discuss constitutional classes which really should be learnt from this occasion of previous Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s ascension to the country’s Presidency. Certainly, there are certain beneficial classes which ought to be learnt from this celebration.

The first is the automaticity of the process itself. It should really be pointed out that in accordance to the country’s Constitution, in all instances wherever the want arises for the President’s capabilities and duties to be transferred to one more human being, on a non permanent basis or upon the demise of the incumbent President this sort of transfer shall consider spot quickly that is to say, by procedure of the Structure itself.

But this was not always so, it only arrived about as a final result of a court docket judgment in a constitutional case which the govt experienced dropped.

The particulars of that attention-grabbing situation have been, quite briefly, that President Nyerere experienced travelled out of the country. In his absence, Vice President Aboud Jumbe had signed a “preventive detention Purchase”, authorising the ‘detention with no trial’ of a specified personal. The Purchase was carried out.

On the other hand, by means of the normal legal process, the detainee challenged the claimed Order in the Large Courtroom which held that the Vice President experienced acted illegally, for owning taken these motion without the need of obtaining the power to do so.

This was for the reason that the President had not signed the requisite instrument for the transfer of the energy to detainee individuals to the Vice President which was then a requirement of the Constitution.

The government appealed versus that final decision, but the Appeal Courtroom upheld the High Court’s conclusion. That is when the govt authorized pundits determined, that the Structure really should make provision for the automated transfer of electric power and capabilities to the Vice President, when the President was out of the country quickly and also when the President died in business.

But even with the Constitution obtaining this provision, these kinds of computerized transfer can nonetheless be frustrated as took place in neighbouring Kenya when President Jomo Kenyata died all of a sudden in August 1978, and really serious attempts were being essentially designed by selected “tribal mafia” there, to prevent Vice President Daniel Arap Moi from turning out to be Kenya’s President.

As a result, in view of there currently being these prison probability Tanzanians need to entirely appreciate our good excellent fortune in having realized the current uneventful, tranquil transfer of energy, to President Samia Suluhu Hassan. The important job, which was performed by the ruling occasion (CCM) in relationship therewith.

For, discreetly driving the scenes, the ruling party’s Central Committee was quietly organising, and efficiently supervising, this constitutional ‘ electricity transfer ‘ process.