-out of the public good, and all coherent organization is based on predictability of individual actions, thus when a person or an entity has agreed to certain rules by means of association, everyone expects that he or she will observe those rules. It is the usual norm of ‘obeying the law without compulsion,’ as this is civilization writ large.
A modern person is embarrassed when he or she has to be asked why a certain rule has not been followed in relation to this or that, and such person is expected to take the matter to heart and provide the best possible explanation, or move to correct that anomaly. A traditional person, some would say a primitive fellow, would say ‘so what, can you do anything to me,’ which signals a breakdown in communication. In many cases instances of violence or instability arise from such communication, where the stronger party is not in a position to listen. If it is an association it will break up or if it is a country civil strife can arise.
That is why the current dispute between the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) and the Zanzibar Football Federation (ZFF) ought not to be there, as it appears to boil down to following a simple regulation about transfers of players from Zanzibar. A responsible official of ZFF was telling the media at midweek that ZFF has thrice written to TFF about not having remitted or followed up on transfer fees for nine players recruited from Zanzibar mainly for premier league clubs. He singled out Dar es Salaam Young Africans for praise and ZFF expression of gratitude, that they have observed the rule and paid.
The rule is fairly easy to understand as it requires that any player transferred from Zanzibar to a Mainland club shall elicit a fee of one million shillings o be paid to ZFF and its breakdown will be 40 per cent for the club from which he came, and 60 percent for ZFF. The spokesman said that this rule was adopted in league with TFF, worked together and set out the rules, and thus they can’t be in dispute with TFF over the rule, but merely a problem of following up and delivering on the same. It means that the same would ideally apply for reverse transfer to the Isles, unless TFF and premier league clubs decide not to demand.
Taken in that spirit and on the basis of what the ZFF spokesman said, there is no reason why all premier league clubs except Yanga are yet to deliver on that requirement, hand over one million shillings to TFF for delivery to Zanzibar soccer authorities, or pay directly to ZFF. It is possible that TFF treats the issue as club and ZFF matters and prefers to see Isles players recruited by Mainland players simply as local players. But this obviates from the basic rule of treaty making, pacta sunt servanda, that when an accord is made it has to be carried out, unless reasons for not doing so are also accepted by the other party.