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Zanzibari Opposition Suggests for Creation of Transitional
DAR ES SALAAM, August 18 (Xinhua)
The Zanzibari opposition
Civic United Frount (CUF) has suggested for the creation of a
transitional government as one of the options to solve the
political crisis in Zanzibar.
The suggestion was made yesteday by CUF's Vice-Chairman Seif
Shariff Hamad while addressing a mass rally held at Malindi
Grounds in the town of zanzibar.
According to a report reaching here today, Hamad said the
transitional government should be headed by a neutral
respected Zanzibari acceptable by the ruling Revolutionary
Party (CCM) and CUF, who will appoint ministers from both
parties before calling fresh elections within three months time.
To avoid more deteriorating political situation in the Isles, the
option for the transitional government would be suitable, he
The CUF vice-chairman, who has repeatedly said CUF would never
recognise the present Isles regime, insisted that they had
sufficient evidence to prove that they had won the presidential
elections held last October.
"There is no way at all to accept the results because they did not
reflect the wish of the Zanzibaris," he said, claiming that the
Isles Electoral Commission had favoured CCM's incumbent
President Salmin Amour.
Hamad said CUF was forced to look for the international support
after efforts to solve the political crisis locally proved futile
despite his party's move to convince the Union Government of
Tanzania for intervention.
It is reportedly that the Zanzibari government has insisted on
CUF's recognition of Amour as the President of Zanzibar and of
the present government for any talks toward a solution of the
political statemate in the Isles.
Local Press reports indicated that visit of the Commonwealth
Secretary General Chief Anyaoku to Zanzibar few days ago had
produced some results, saying that the CUF was prepared to talk
to the CCM-led government.
Censor Body to Counter Negative Reports on Africa
DAR ES SALAAM (Aug. 16) XINHUA
Zanzibar President Salmin
Amour today proposed formation of a joint Africa censor body
to counter negative reports disseminated by the foreign media
institutions on Africa.
President Amour sounded the proposal this afternoon at his
home village, Mkwajuni, to the north of Zanzibar Town when he
met five members of the Tanzania Broadcasting Commission who
paid a courtesy call on him.
He said the foreign media had been disseminating bad news on
Africa apparently to discourage the people to struggle towards
He said the bad reports against the continent would affect the
development and ultimately discourage the people to step up
efforts toward self dependence.
Meanwhile, commision Chairman Mark Bomani advised the Isles
government to make Televison Zanzibar (TVZ) as a national
insitution and give fair coverage of all national reports including
those in the Mainland.
ZANZIBAR OPPOSITION CUF READY TO TALK WITH CCM
EASTERN AFRICA NEWS, AUGUST 16, 1996
An official of the opposition civic united front (cuf) has said that the CUF
was ready to hold talks with the ruling revolutionary party (CCM) to end the
political crisis in the Islands.
Speaking at a press conference in Dar es Salaam, CUF secretary general,
Shaban Khamis Mloo, said the CUF believed that the CCM would also agree to
hold talks with it. He said the CUF made the decision after discussions with
Commonwealth secretary-general Chief Emeka Anyaoku, who advised CUF to do so.
Mloo said, Anyaoku urged the ruling and opposition parties to solve their
"I am concerned about the situation in Zanzibar because it implies that the
multi-party democracy is not normal there. The two parties should agree to
iron out the differences together," said Anyaoku, who is in Tanzania to study
the general elections held last October in Zanzibar.
"Because the first step has been reached by establishing that there is a
problem in Zanzibar, CUF believes that efforts by the Commonwealth may
succeed in tackling the problem," Mloo said.
He thanked the Commonwealth for its efforts aimed at finding solutions to
differences existing between the opposition and the ruling party.
Dr. Salmin Amour won the isles' presidencyin last October's Presidential
elections with a slender margin. The CUF maintains that he rigged the votes
to win, a reason cited by the CUF for not recognising him as Zanzibar
CUF Told To Recognise Zanzibar Government Before Any
Talks To Be Held
DAR ES SALAAM (Aug. 13) XINHUA
The Zanzibar opposition
Civic United Front (CUF) must recongnize the government of
Zanzibar and Salmin Amour as the president before any
discussions to be held, the Zanzibar government said
State House Spokesman Hafidh Ali told a Dar es Salaam
newspaper in a telephone interview from Zanzibar that CUF
leader Seif Sariff Hamad should not pursue the matter by holding
rallies on the Mainland.
The remarks were meant to signal the position of Amour's
government after Hamad addressed a public rally in Dar es
Salaam late last week. The Dar es Salaam rally was held after
Hamad had consistently been denied the opportuniy do hold a
public meeting in Zanzibar for what the police routinely allege
as "security" reasons.
Hamad said at the rally last week that the CUF was ready to talk
to the Isles government. He said that this position had been
made clear at the discussions between the CUF leadership and
Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Secretary General of the Commonwealth.
Chief Anyaoku last week urged the two parties in Zanzibar to
solve their differences amicably to ease political tension there
during his three-day tour of Zanzibar on investigating into
Zanzibar elections held last October.
The CUF has been boycotting the House of Representatives
sessions since last October general elections. It has refused the
results of presidential election, accusing that the election has
been "rigged". It has also been accusing the government of
human rights abuse.
ZANZIBAR ROW RESOLVED
EASTERN AFRICA NEWS, AUGUST 13, 1996
The Civic United Front (CUF), the opposition party in Zanzibar has agreed to
talk with the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party and President Salmin
Amour. This is after the successful mediation of the Commonwealth
secretary-general Chief Anyaoku Emeka.
The CUF party vice-chairman, Seif Shariff Hamad told his supporters in a
meeting in Dar es Salaam over the weekend that the party central committee
has agreed to open a dialogue with the ruling party.
CUF had vowed not to meet President Amour and had boycotted the House of
Commonwealth Boss Optimistic Over Ending Political
Stalemate in Zanzibar
DAR ES SALAAM (Aug. 7) XINHUA -(By Pei Shanqin)
Commonwealth Secretary General Chief Emeka Anyaoku said
today that he is optimistic that the wrangling poltical parties in
Zanzibar would find a common stand and bring an end to the
political stalemate in the Isles.
Addresing a press conference at the International information
Centre here this afternoon, Chief Anyaoku said he had held
extensive discussions with both Zanzibar President Salmin
Amour and leader of the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) Seif
Shariff Hamad. And he was hopeful that a new chapter of
co-operation between the two parties would be opened.
"After extensive discussions with President Amour and Hamada,
I leave Dar es Salaam very hopeful that a new page of
co-operation in the politics of Zanzibar will soon be opened," he
Asked what made him so optimistic about the Zanzibar political
crisis, Chief Anyaoku, who just ended his visit to Zanzibar, said
the leadership of both parties had made him believe that a new
chapter of co-operation would be achieved.
But he did not say under what mechanism that co-operation is
going to be achieved.
Zanzibar's ruling Revolutionary Party (CCM) has denied that
there is a poltical crisis in the Isles where the CUF has been
boycotting the House of representatives sessions since last
October general elections.
The CUF has refused the results of
presidential election, accusing that the election has been
"rigged". It has also been accusing the government of human
Chief Anyaoku will leave here later today for London after his
six-day visit of Tanzania.
Commonwealth Boss Urges Two Parties in Zanzibar To
DAR ES SALAAM (Aug. 6) XINHUA
General Chief Emeka Anyaoku today urged the two parties in
Zanzibar to solve their differences amicably to ease political
Speaking at a press conference in Dodoma in Central Tanzania
today, Chief Anyaoku said he is concerned of the political
situation in Zanzibar, particularly after talks with the Zanzibar
President Salmin Amour and the Civil United Front (CUF) Vice
Chairman Seif Shariff Hamad.
"Certainly, all is not well with the political climate in Zanzibar
because opposition representatives do not enter the House of
Representatives," he said.
"I'm concerned of this situation because it implies that the
multi-party democracy in Zanzibar is not normal.
parties should agree to iron out the differences together," Chief
Chief Anyaoku, who ended his three-day visit to Zanzibar
yeasterday, said he was planning to hold further talks with
Amour and Hamad before departure, saying he was hopeful that
the two sides would eventually solve the tension.
The Commonwealth boss today held separate talks with
Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, prime minister Frederick
Sumaye, Speaker of parliament Pius Msekwa and opposition
leader in the House Fatma Maghimbi in Dodoma.
Referring to mult-party democracy in Tanzania, the
Commonwealth boss said: "Not all countries have been as
fortunate as Tanzania in usheing in multi-party democracy
peacefully. You have been able to complete the transition with
far less headache than many countries."
Meanwhile, Chief Anyaoku called on Tanzania's small and medium-
scale industiries to draw from the Commonwealth Fund which had
been launched recently in Harare of Zimbabwe with an aim to
promote industrial development in Commonwealth countries.
C'wealth Boss on Investigation into Zanzibar Elections
DAR ES SALAAM (Aug. 5) XINHUA
General Chief Emeka Anyaoku said today Commonwealth was still
working with the Tanzanian and Zanzibar governments
concerning the reports of Zanzibar Elections last October.
Addressing a press conference at Zanzibar Airport before
leaving there for Dar es Salaam, Anyaoku said that they had not
made their stand on the reports submitted to them by the
Communwealth observers assigned to Zanzibar.
He strongly denied claims that they had taken too long to react
on the Zanzibar election report.
He said during his three-day stay in Unguja and Pemba islands, he
held discussions with top Zanzibar government leaders and the
leader of the opposition Civil United Front (CUF) to get
first-hand information on Zanzibar.
Chief Anyaoku refused to comment on Zanzibar's political
crisis, saying "I valued the views from both parties but I cannot
comment on now," he noted.
However, he said it was not a "normal thing" for CUF legislators
to boycott the sessions of the House of Representatives.
"I have learnt that CUF members are not participating the
sessions of the House but this is not a normal thing," said Chief
He also denied that there was any plan to consider admitting
Zanzibar to the Commonwealth saying constitutionally
Zanzibar was part of Tanzania and it did not stand alone as a
Chief Anyaoku said the Commonwealth was not ready to
interfere in constitutional arrangements of Tanzania. Therefore
Zanzibar would remain a member of the Commonwealth through
Tanzania as a whole, he stressed.
Meanwhile he advised Zanzibar to continue puting impetus on
tourism policy saying the Isles stood great chances to benefit
from the tourism sector.
Chief Anyaoku arrived here last Thursday for a six-day tour of
Donors' Confidence Restored: Tanzanian Minister
DAR ES SALAAM (July 23) XINHUA
Measures taken by the Third Phase
Government of Tanzania to enhance fiscal stability and curb wastage in revenue
collection and public expenditure, has restored the confidence of the donor
community in the country.
The Minister of State in the President's Office (planning), daniel Yone, said here
on Monday that the government performance was greeted with warmth and
optimistic goodwill at the consultative group meeting in Paris, France last
week, according to local press today.
Yone, who was in the Tanzanian delegation to the meeting attended by 17
bilateral donors, said the 1.2 billion U.S. Dollars pledged to support Tanzania's
reform program was slightly higher than the actual financial gap in 1996/97,
which he put at 1.055 billion U.S. Dollars.
He said the government expected a similarly sympathetic reception during the
Paris Club conference scheduled for later this year.
That meeting has the mandate to write off and re-schedule debts and Yone
expressed the hope that it would trip Tanzania's foreign debt standing at 7.7
billion U.S. Dollars.
The Minister complained that the government was spending 40 percent of its
revenue to service the outstanding debt.
The consultative group meeting called for prompt investigations and
prosecution of tax evaders, the elimination of ad hoc exemptions, the reform of
the customs department and the closing of revenue leakages through the
Yone also said the donors pressed for progress toward total peace and
stability in Zanzibar and if short of it not being attained some more donor
countries would stop assisting zanzibar.
Some countries had already stopped giving aid to the Isles until such problems
were sorted out, he added.
ZANZIBAR GOVERNMENT REJECT ALLEGATIONS OF RIGHT ABUSES
FEATURES AFRICA NETWORK
NEWS BULLETIN, JULY 17, 1996.
The Zanzibar chief minister Mohamed Bilal has reiterated government denials
of human rights abuse and accused the opposition of orchestrating the
allegation to confuse the international community.
Moving a motion to adjourn the session of the Zanzibar house of
representatives until October 1, Bilal urged the legal and constitutional
affairs committee of the house to investigate the claims.
He said he was confident such investigation would disprove the allegations
which he described as "malicious". The government would guarantee the freedom
of the opposition political parties but nobody would be allowed to take
advantage of the freedom to disrupt peace, he added.
Bilal stressed that representatives from both the ruling and opposition
parties are duty-bound to work for the well being of the people.
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