Closed-door talks over Isles political impasse criticised

07Jan 2016
David Kisanga
The Guardian
Closed-door talks over Isles political impasse criticised

Leaders engaging in talks to finding a solution on the Zanzibar political impasse have been criticised for failing to provide early feedbacks to the public about their engagement as a way of diffusing tension related to the crisis.

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Zanzibar Imams Association, Managing Secretary Muhiddin Muhiddin said yesterday that it is very saddened by the leaders since they do not come before the public and tell what has been discussed.

He said the country is now in a political vacuum in which a state of tension and great anxiety are mounting. Muhiddin further said that the leaders engaging in the talks have so far met eight times but none of them has ever said anything of the talks.

“Unfortunately we are told that the talks are still going on at State House since last year, this is not what the public expected,” he said.
“ They are making the talks secret...until today there is no information released to the public,” he stressed.

According to Muhiddin, this in turn makes people misunderstand what is going on and worsens the tension so much that many cannot to carry on with their daily activities in fear of what may happen if the talks fail.
He said the public is puzzled as to why the discussions are taking so long; “this is raising many questions and doubt among the citizens,” he said.

He said the leaders should give a public statement so the people know what is going on. He pointed that the political crisis in the islands has deeply affected the citizens, both economically and socially.

He said the situation could endanger the peace of the country if left unresolved any longer; “their silence is putting Zanzibar in a political deadlock and threatens the country’s security,” he cautioned.

He said the association and other Islamic institutions in Zanzibar believe the political dignitaries participating in the negotiations must be responsible and put forward the interests of the country and conclude their negotiations as soon as possible and provide feedback to the public.

“Their silence is like a bomb that is about to explode anytime. They should not take Zanzibaris for granted because of their patience,” he summed up.