The following is a comment left in response to Sir Edward Clays article entitled Things fall apart in Tanzania: on media manipulation and hypocrisy polished in African arguments on 14th February 2013. It is accurate and eloquent!
The gross violation of human and civil rights in Tanzania has been ignored by the outside world for a long time. The only thing one hears about Tanzania from international governments and media is praise and accolades. It is so unfortunate and hypocritical as when minor violations happen in Kenya, Uganda, Sudan etc. they are being condemned and deplored right, left and centre, though these pale in magnitude to those occurring in Tanzania on daily basis.
Some of us have gone so far as to start believing in conspiracy theories! For, it is unfathomable that the amount of killings, rape, destruction of property, let alone many injustices visited by members of the opposition…. which are committed with utter impunity by the state organs….could be hidden from the international eyes and conscious. Daily living for an ordinary Tanzanian is full of risks, scare, cruelty and brutal suppression of his freedom, liberty and well-being by non other than the police, intelligence goons and politicians.
Actually, in a fairer world, many Tanzanian leaders would be before ICC by now even before Charles Taylor; answering for the murders of innocent Masai villagers, journalists, opposition activists and even thousands of elephants, lions etc. No court in Tanzania will ever touch them. They are inebriated in their impunity