E-mail from Anonymous Feb.2

A British minister adviced here yesterday that Tanzanian leaders look for a constructive way to resolving the post-election conflict in Zanzibar. President Mkapa and Prime Minister Frederick Sumaye must have a dialogue with the parties concerned and bring them together at a round table to try and solve their differences, said Baroness Lynda Chalker, British Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs responsible for Overseas Development, at a press conference. She said she also voiced the same opinion while meeting with retired President Mwalimu Nyerere. Fruitful initiatives were needed from someone who is respected by all parties to resolve the conflict through dialogue, she said, noting that Mwalimu Nyerere was in such a position. "We very much welcome initiatives by Mwalimu and the secretary general of the Organisation of African Unity to this process," she added. Ms. Chalker said that the country's first multi-party elections were a landmark but much work was still to be done for all parties to work together. In the general elections last October, Salim Amour was re-elected the President of Zanzibar. However, the opposition Vicil United Front refused to recognize the elelction results.
Zanzibar Chief Minister Mohamed Bilal today affirmed the government's control of the political situation in the isles despite the "sabotage" of the main opposition party, the Civil United Front (CUF). "If there exists any political crisis it is because of differences in outlooks, " Bilal told his first press conference since his appointment last October, adding that "difference of opinions was basic among human beings." The Chief Minister said the CUF had committed various "acts of sabotage" including burning the clove godown last November. "We cannot ignore the existence of CUF, but in no way can they divert us from dealing with the development of the people," Bilal said. Salmin Amour was re-elected President of Zanzibar during the general elections held last October, which the CUF refused to recognise. DAR ES SALAAM (Jan. 30) XINHUA - Prime Minister of Tanzania Frederick Sumaye has urged Members of the Isles House Representatives (Parliament) to forget their differences and work together to hasten development in the country. Opening a three-day seminar on business procedures in Zanzibar Town on Monday, Sumaye said the people wanted development and not friction or polemics. He said animosity among the islanders would not help Zanzibar to further its development but may stall efforts of bringing development. The prime minister, in a speech read on his behalf by the Minister in his office, Bakari Mbonde, said the representatives should co-operate with the Zanzibar government. Sumaye stressed it was an appropriate time now for the MPs to show their patriotism and love to the country instead of widening their political ideologies. He urged the representatives to listen to ideas of other political camps. In last October general elections, Salmin Amour was re-elected the president of Zanzibar. However, the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) refused to recognize the results of the election. A report reaching here today from the town of Zanzibar said that all the 27 opposition members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives, boycotted the three-day seminar.
President Benjamin Mkapa has asked Britain and other donor countries to help resolve the Zanzibar political stalemate by educating the parties on political pluralism and the need to honour election results. In Ocober 1995 general elections, Salmin Amour, the Ruling Revolutionary Party (CCM) presidential candidate, was re-elected the President of Zanzibar. However, the opposition Tanzanian Civic United Front (CUF) refused to recognize the election results, saying that "the election has been rigged". Speaking during talks with visiting British Minister for Overseas Development and Co-operaion Baroness Lynda Chalker at the state house here last evening, President Mkapa said that donor countries who have vast experiencee on political pluralism, normally honour election results and the losing parties do not cause chaos but co-operate with the winning party. He, therefore, urged the donor countries to come out clearly and help explain to Zanzibaris that it was against the law and democratic practices for the losing party to call for civil disobedience instead of cooperating with the government of the day. A statement by the State House quoted Mkapa as saying that there was need for Tanzanians to understand that accepting defeat honourably was an important practice which must be engrained in the political culture. The president thanked Britain for its grants to enable Tanzania to conduct the general elections. He appreciated Britain's intention to help Tanzania in its efforts to establish the Revenue Authority, expected to start functioning in July, this year. According to the statement, he also called on Britainf to put pressure on Burundi and Rwanda to resolve their differences amicably, thus creating an agreeable climate for the return of refugees. The British minister arrived here Monday afternoon for a three-day visit in the country.
Tanzanian Vice-President Omar Ali Juma has urged the international community to assist in resolving the political conflict in Zanzibar by appreciating the positions of both the ruling and opposition parties. He was talking with the Ambassador of Denmark, Femming Bjoerk Pedersen, in his office in Dar es Salaam on Monday, accoding to a statement by the State House. The ruling Revolutionary Party (CCM) won the genral elections last October in the isles, but the opposition Civic United Front refused to recognise the results of the elections, saying that the presidential election "has been rigged". Juma said in order to appreciate the magnitude of the whole situation it was imperative to hear the Zanzibar government side too, instead of simply going by the complaints of the oppositon. He castigated politicians inciting revolt against the Zanzibar Government, saying this only made things worse. He said dialogue between the Zanzibar government and the opposition could not be meaningful as long as the opposition refused to recognise the government. The vice-president reiterated the commitment of the Tanzania government to the development of market economy and democracy in the country. The vice-president also briefed the ambassador on plans to fight poverty and environmental degeradation. He said the two isses were treated jointly because they were complementary. On his party, the Danish ambassador assured the vice-president that Danish assistance for Tanzania would continue focusing on health, roads and the private sector. The vice-president also met on Manday with the Representative of the European Union in Tanzania, Karl Harbo, who gave assurance of continuous assistance to Tanzania.
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