Why Magufuli’s cleansing of CCM deserves thumb-up

20Mar 2017
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Why Magufuli’s cleansing of CCM deserves thumb-up

WHAT if your prestigious splendid villa is invaded by cobwebs who spread their destructive nets all over the corners? And what to do if your well tended citrus fruits grove is attacked by dreadful botanical mistletoe that threatens the yields?

The answer is very clear; if you wish your house the best before it is too late, then pick up the broom and sweep the destructive cobwebs away.

For the grove, pick up a sharp knife and prune the hazardous mistletoe before they corrupt all the citrus fruit trees in the grove. Or else the parasite will sponge on the genuine fruit trees and vastly hinder their growth and production because the tree will not be able to bear the fruits anymore.

The decision that was taken by a man of the people and African pioneer of the political ideology of hard work and transparency, Dr John Magufuli and top CCM Secretariat officials to dismiss party cadres and staunch members who have turned into radical cobwebs and political mistletoe was taken at the right time and will strengthen CCM as a party to be more concrete instead of slothful.

Dr John Magufuli is a staunch believer in the ideology of changes for the sake of political stability and development.

He has smelt a rat in time to reach a turning point of decision making and picked up a political broom to sweep off the cobwebs in the ruling party in need of a cure from the dreadful pandemic.

CCM was already having distinctive political syndicates that could have ruined it and its long cherished historical political record of stability reminiscent of South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) and the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China (CPC).

Dr Magufuli’s step has portrayed him as a leader of integrity and confidence who could withstand the political turbulent of the time whose masterminds harboured an inferior version of leadership typical of a motive behind economic stagnation in post-independent Africa.

As an example, the Lusophone African states of Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Angola and Cape Verde reached independence in the mid 1970s and rapidly sank into the same situation, as they embraced policies typical of what are currently embattled by the Tanzanian President.

Only when a party is lucky enough to have a brilliant and outstanding leader like Dr Magufuli and his well organized team can it spot the dreadful virus before it ruins the entire immune system.

Congratulations Dr Magufuli and your team for the outstanding and remarkable decision.

How can you enjoy retaining a golden pot with a terrible and dreadful serpent in it? The solution is to burn the unworthy incenses with bad odor at the entrance of the golden pot as the bad odor would prompt the snake into leaving the pot on its own as it runs away from the heavy smoke.

As noted earlier, the corrupted and ill motivated political groups that were haunting CCM were similar to those that lead African states to political and economic failures, soon after independence.

African countries became independent at the height of the Cold War that divided their leaders between the Western and the Eastern aligned by virtue of their political orientation.

Those who chose Socialist orientation including Julius Nyerere, Patrice Lumumba, Kwame Nkrumah, Gamal Abdel Nasser and later Thomas Sankara were regarded Eastern oriented by the West, that would consequently conspire their annihilation.

The West would simply inject their political puppets into Africa to suppress development engineered by the otherwise progressive leaders.

In a modern-day Tanzania they were successful in planting their puppets in CCM.

The Cold War had also divided the leadership of Africa, just before the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) into the Casablanca (right wing) and the Monrovia (left wing) groups.

These groups undermined each other and prevented African leaders from acting in concert to provide sound economic policy and good governance for the continent.

Sensing the eminent danger that could have resulted from the division, President Nkrumah of Ghana, waged a campaign on the need for e United Africa.

Obviously inspired by Nkrumah, Dr Magufuli has vowed to create a new CCM that will stand united in bringing about development for a common man in his country.

Dr Masha Otieno Nguru Jr is a freelance journalist, author, poet, novelist and human rights activist based in Dar es Salaam. Qualified in Ayurvedic medicine, he devotes part of his time to herbal research and practice.