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ZANZIBAR SAYS NO TO POLITICAL STRINGS OVER AID
EASTERN AFRICA NEWS,July,4, 1997
The Zanzibar minister of state in the President's Office for planning
and@investments Ali Juma Shambuna has said donor assistance for poverty
eradication programmes should be unconditional and free from political strings.
Opening a two-day seminar on poverty alleviation, Shambuna said more
support was needed to assist the poverty alleviation projects. He cautioned,
however, that such assistance should be given in good faith and free from
any conditions, including political strings.
The minister told the seminar participants, who included Non-Governmental@Organizations
(NGOs), government departments, religious organizations, donors and the
private sector that the Zanzibar Revolutionary Government will continue
to give priority to all poverty eradication programmes.
He said despite all efforts made so far, poverty was still a big problem
in Zanzibar. The minister promised that the government would eliminate hurdles@likely
to hamper implementation of poverty eradication programmes.
Meanwhile, he urged all parties involved in the programmes to chart better
policies and strategies to ensure success. It was only through collective
efforts and through close cooperation between the government and NGOs that
poverty eradication programmes could make any notable achievements, the
ZANZIBAR HAS PRESS FREEDOM - PRESIDENT
EASTERN AFRICA NEWS,June,9, 1997
Zanzibar Salmin Amour has said that the Isles enjoyed a level of press
freedom unsurpassed anywhere in Africa. In a press conference organized
the visiting journalists from Kenya at the Maisara State Lodge, Amour said
that journalists were free to practice their profession freely in Zanzibar.
But, he added, there were limits to any freedom, including press freedom,
anyone found to work beyond existing regulations will be censured. The
President gave the example of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
coverage in Zanzibar, which he said, was "of the kind that would not
been tolerated anywhere else."
Responding to questions asked by the visiting newsmen, Amour stressed
there was no crisis and violation of human rights in Zanzibar and noted
the misinformation was being spread by the Opposition in an attempt to
attract foreign sympathy.
He said any oppressive regime would want to arrest and torture its opponents
which was not the case in Zanzibar where prisons were almost empty with
having seven inmates and whose crimes were not of a political nature.
He said the people pf Pemba were let down by the Opposition Civic United
Front (CUF) party, denying allegations that the families are suspected to
sympathize with the Opposition.
Amour explained that it was the Opposition who had initiated the boycott
clashes in Pemba early in 1996, prompting government intervention to persuade
pupils to go back to school.
The President said the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund
still in the Isles to cooperate with Zanzibar since it is their policy not
interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign states, refuting earlier
reports for the withdrawal of the two international monetary organizations.
He said some malicious propaganda against Zanzibar, which has led to
suspension of aid, has had little effect on the country's economy, adding
that the 1997/98 budget proposals have been written in consideration of
reduced external revenue.
On plans to make Zanzibar a free port by the year 2000, Amour said the
was aimed at making Zanzibar a transit trade centre for East and Central
Africa. On the anti-drug campaign, the President said his government is
stepping up efforts to check the trafficking and buses of drugs.
ZANZIBAR WESTERN DONOR FREEZE STILL ON
EASTERN AFRICA NEWS,June,9, 1997.
Western donors have continued their aid freeze to Zanzibar, finance minister
Amina Ali Salum told the Isles' parliament on Friday when he presented the
1997/98 budget. The Isles government expects only $ 17.71 million from
grants and these are from non-traditional donors like China, United Arab
Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Iran.
Salum said because of the aid freeze, and the government's intention
withdraw from active participation in commerce, development expenditure
been drastically reduced from $ 38.88 million in 1996/97 to $ 20.55 million
Recurrent expenditure, on the other hand, has gone up from $ 53.75 million
1996/97 to $ 71.01 million in the 1997/98 financial year. The total budget
$ 92.48 million, a slight drop from the $ 92.91 million in the 1996/97
financial year. The minister said there will be a budget deficit of $ 4.56
million. Meanwhile the Tanzania mainland budget will be presented on June
ZANZIBAR WON'T BOW TO DONORS - AMOUR
EASTERN AFRICA NEWS,APRIL 21, 1997
Zanzibar President Salmin Amour has declared that his government will not
bow to pressure by donor countries, many of which have suspected development
aid to the Isles.
"We have no business to woo donors who are reluctant to help us,"
Amour told an Idd El Haj Baraza at the House of Representative in Zanzibar
over the weekend.
He said donors' decision to suspend aid will under no circumstances affect
the Isles pace of development. The Zanzibar President said donors should
not dictate terms to Zanzibar, insisting that people were the main players
in bringing development.
Amour's remarks were apparently in reaction to the recent European Commission
(EC) decision to freeze development aid to Zanzibar until the prevailing
political tension is resolved and the human rights record improved.
The political tension arose after the 1995 presidential elections when the
defeated Civic United Front (CUF) candidate, Seif Shariff Hamad, claimed
that the poll was rigged and refused to accept Amour as validly elected.
Amour said he was aware that some Zanzibaris devoted their time to convincing
donors to stop aid to the government on grounds of lack of democracy but
said the islands would prosper despite the suspension of aid.
MKAPA REITERATES NON-INTERVENTION POSITION IN ZANZIBAR
EASTERN AFRICA NEWS,MARCH 15, 1997.
Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has reiterated the Union's government's
position of not intervening in the Zanzibar political crisis.
The reaffirmation followed renewed donor pressure urging that the President's
initiative, dialogue and action to resolve the political impasse on the
Patrick Chokala, the press secretary to the President, said in an interview
that there was nothing new that the donors have stated in their request.
"The donors have been backing the opposition against the Isles government
since the general elections on October 22, 1995 after Salmin Amour of the
Revolutionary Party (CCM) was proclaimed the winner," he said.
"There is nothing new from the donor community on the Isles political
crisis and similarly nothing has changed on the side of the President,"
Chokala said the President had no mandate to change the Isles general election
results as preferred by donors and the opposition.
STOPS AID TO ZANZIBAR
EASTERN AFRICA NEWS,MARCH 14, 1997.
The European Union (EU) will no longer offer financial aid for new development
projects in Zanzibar until the present political climate changes for the
The Tanzanian News Agency, Shihata, said this was announced by Athanassios
Theodorakis, deputy director of the European Commission for Development
He explained that EU would wish the Tanzanian government to have a dialogue
with opposition party leaders in Zanzibar and come to terms before EU could
offer assistance to new projects in Zanzibar.
He said EU will only continue to offer financial assistance on humanitarian
grounds to Zanzibar which includes the HIV/AIDS project.
Asked as to when EU will resume financial assistance to Zanzibar, he said
that depends solely on Tanzania government's initiative in ending the present
political climate in the area.
In the last general elections held in October 1995, President Salmin Amour
was re-elected. However, the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) refused
to accept the poll result, claiming the election was "rigged".
TANZANIA OPPOSITION CUF RECOGNIZES AMOUR
EASTERN AFRICA NEWS,JANUARY 23, 1997.
The mainland chapter of the Opposition Civic United Front (CUF) has recognized
the victory of Isles President Salmin Amour in the 1995 multi-party elections
-- a dramatic departure from its position on Zanzibar.
A statement issued by Pawa Mussa and Michael Nyaruba, who are the CUF Acting
Vice Chairman and Acting Deputy Secretary General (mainland) respectively,
said this was one of the resolutions of the disputed general council meeting
held in Dar es Salaam on Monday.
"We also declare that the Zanzibar Revolutionary Government led by
Dr Salmin Amour is legally constituted and we urge CUF members to stop the
politically-motivated malicious confrontation with the government,"
said the statement.
The mainland CUF members called for an end to the boycott of the House of
Representatives sessions maintained by the Zanzibar members of the party,
said the statement.
"It is absurd that we should give the ruling Revolutionary Party (CCM)
representatives a free hand to pass laws to control the Opposition without
the Opposition taking part in the process," said the statement.
CUF once claimed that Amour, who won the elections by a slim margin, rigged
the poll results, and has persistently refused to recognize him and his
The statement urged Amour to release CUF members arrested by his government
for alleged subversion. "Let us bury the hatchet and open a new chapter
of reconciliation," the statement said.
LEADER LEAVES MOMBASA AFTER 2 DAY VISIT
EASTERN AFRICA NEWS, JANUARY 9, 1997
President Salmin Amour's two day private visit to Mombasa, Kenya ended yesterday
when he flew out back home. The visit caused traffic jams by hundreds of
people who turned out to see the Zanzibari leader.
Speaking before his departure, Amour accused Opposition parties in Africa
of taking confrontational stances against governments with the advent of
"Opposition parties have adopted the attitude that they have to act
as enemies of the ruling parties," he told reporters at the airport.
He said the Opposition Civic United Front (CUF) in his own country had fallen
prey to that attitude.
"The widely held belief that Opposition parties should function as
an enemy in parliament is wrong and this is alienating many African countries
from the true meaning of democracy," said Amour.
RULES OUT FRESH POLLS IN ZANZIBAR
DAR ES SALAAM (Oct. 26) XINHUA
Zanzibar President Salmin Amour today assured Revolutionary Party (CCM)
government there are no internal or external forces which can call fresh
elections to appease some political groups till the year 2000.
The official Daily News paper quoted Amour as saying at a mammoth rally
to mark one year after his re-election in Zanzibar today that there would
be no fresh polls to impose a new government to satisfy some politicians
in the isles.
Amour, who doubles as the CCM Vice Chairman (for Zanzibar), said people
should not be swayed over the idea Zanzibar would call fresh polls on grounds
that the last October election was "not free and fair".
He said those wishing to rule Zanzibar should prepare for the next elections
in 2000, insisting that the government is firm to respect the constitution
against any attempts of violations.
The president was reacting to reports being circulated in Zanzibar by the
opposition that Zanzibar should be pressurized by the international community
to hold fresh elections soon.
Last October, Amour won in multi-party elections by a meager 50.2 percent
againstized his opponent Seif Shariff Hamad of the Civic United Front (CUF)
who polled 49.8 percent out of more than 300,000 votes casts.
He urged the people to work hand in hand with the government to bring development
instead of fanning fire of emotion and confrontation in the isles.
Amour noted that this is not the time to depend on foreigners, but the duty
of every one to chart out development strategies for the benefit of all
Meanwhile, he assured that despite tight financial situation the government
would strived to bring a balanced development in Zanzibar and Pemba irrespective
of one side's political inclination.
Dr Salmin Amour argues that the island has left past political
difficulties behind and is heading for a brighter future on WebMag
"African Development "
ELECTIONS ROW MAY AFFECT CLOVE PICKING
SEPTEMBER 24, 1996 ,EASTERN AFRICA NEWS
The simmering dispute over last year's General Eelction may have far reaching
consequences with reports indicating that Zanzibar may harvest only 40 percent
of an expected bumper crop of cloves this year. Whereas 90 percent of the
1990 crop was harvested, experts say only about 40 percent of the current
one may be brought in.
The election row between the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi and the Opposition
Civic United Front - which won all seats in the Pemba Island, may have an
adverse effect on the economy since the Island has 90 percent of the clove
trees in the whole of Zanzibar and is the economic mainstay.
The clove price had dipped and Zanzibar's main buyers, Indonesia, India
and China, have been paying $ 700 (Shs 420,000) per tonne in the past three
years. The price had ranged between $ 10,000 and $ 12,000 per tonne from
1975-1985. In the 1950s and 1960s cloves fetched $ 20,000 (Shs 12 million)
In its efforts to boost clove-picking, the government has increased the
producer price. A kilo of the best grade now fetches Shs 250 ( less than
$0.5). It has also provided drying mats, gunny bags and lanterns, but has
drawn little enthusiasm from the clove pickers.
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