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Rais Kikwete alitoa hotuba mbili mwezi uliopita. Kwanza, aliongea na Wazee wa Dar es Salaam, Diamond Jubilee Hall. Mwisho wa mwezi, tulisikia hotuba yake ya kufunga mwezi.

Alivyosema Rais kwenye hotuba yake kwa wananchi kwa mwezi wa pili, ulikuwa “mwezi wa matukio makubwa ya kukumbukwa kwa miaka mingi ijayo”. Bado haipatikani kwenye tovuti ya serikali, lakini ipo kwa Michuzi. Bonyeza hapa. Kwa hotuba kwa Wazee, bonyeza hapa.

Kuhusu Richmond, Mh. Rais hajakosea – tuliona matukio makubwa. Lakini baada ya kusikiliza na kusoma hotuba zake, nadhani angefurahi tuyasahau. Soma yafuatayo:

Nchi yetu ilipata mtikisiko mkubwa na wananchi wengi walikuwa katika hali ya mkanganyiko, wakati mwingine walikuwa wakijiuliza maswali mengi yaliyokosa majibu kuhusu hatma ya taifa letu.

Siyo siri, tumejiuliza maswali mengi. Lakini kutoka kwa Rais mwenyewe, hamna majibu. Alitusimulia kuhusu vikao vya Kamati ya Uongozi ya Chama na Kamati ya Wabunge wote wa CCM baada ya ripoti ya Mwakyembe kuwasilishwa. Najiuliza, je, walijadiliana nini? Taarifa za vikao zilipendekeza nini? Au, kusema wazi, nani alimlinda nani katika majadiliano hayo?

Wengi wamejiuliza maswali, hasa kuhusu Lowassa, harakati zake na mahusiano yake na Rais. Rais mwenyewe amlisemaje?

Napenda kuitumia nafasi hii kumshukuru sana Mhe. Edward Lowassa kwa moyo wake wa uzalendo na kwa utumishi wake kwa taifa letu. Ameitumikia nchi kwa jitihada kubwa katika nyadhifa mbalimbali mpaka kufikia kuwa Waziri Mkuu. Katika miaka hii miwili amefanya kazi kubwa ya kusukuma mbele gurudumu la maendeleo la taifa letu. Ameacha alama za kudumu za kipindi chake cha miaka miwili. Yaliyotokea ni ajali katika maisha ya siasa, lakini naamini historia itamhukumu kwa haki stahiki

Zaidi ya hapo, ametuambia kuwa:

Nchi yetu tayari imerudia hali yake ya kawaida na kila mmoja wetu anaendelea na shughuli zake.

Yaani, sina maneno ya kuelezea mshtuko wangu kwa maneno hayo. Waziri Mkuu, ameomtuhumiwa kwa ufisadi mkubwa kupita kiasi, na pia amekosa heshima kwa wananchi atahukumuliwa na historia! Aidha, sisi tunaendelea na shuguli zetu bila wasiwasi baada ya kutulizwa na Rais. Je, Rais alikuwa anamlenga nani kwa maneno hayo? Wananchi? Wazee? Au wenzake wa Chama?

Kwenye hotuba yake ya kufunga mwezi, hana usemi kuhusu mambo hayo. Rais ameendelea na shughuli zake za kumpokea Bush na kutembelea Kenya. Basi. Wakati huo huo, Waziri Mkuu aliyejiuzulu, amejifagilia kwenye TVT.

Mwisho wa mwezi, tulichanganyikiwa na mambo ya Jambo Forums. Utakumbuka kuwa tovuti hiyo ilifungwa kwa muda, na watu wawili walikamatwa. Kitu kinachosikitisha ni hiki: kwanini imebidi tutegemee shirika kutoka nje (Committee to Protect Journalists) kupata taarifa nzima na wazi ya kashfa hiyo. Soma makala yao hapa. Tumepata kila kitu – majina, sababu za kukamatwa, hadi jina la mwanasheria wao (Tundu Lissu, mwanasheria wa CHADEMA).

Matukio ya Richmond na Jambo Forums yametuonyesha kuwa safari ya kufikia uwazi na ukweli hapa Tanzania bado ni ndefu.

Mambo yanaendelea. Sasa, kwa url ya http://www.jamboforums.com, utafika kwa jambonetwork.com/jamboforums, lakini ‘not found’.

Jambo Blog Network pia imerudi. Na bado wanaendelea kuiba makala za wanablogu na kuzitangaza kwa JBN. Nimeshalalimikia tabia hiyo. Hamna cha kusema tena.

Once again, Michuzi was first with the news. The popular discussion board, jamboforums, has apparently been closed down and two individuals arrested. Read more on KLH News here. According to that report, they have been arrested for libel.

But as ever with jamboforums, separating truth from fiction is not easy. As far as one can tell, KLH News and jamboforums are controlled by the same people, who have just set up a blog on the issue, Wazalendo wa Tanzania. They tell us that those arrested have been accused of hacking government computer systems, insulting government leaders, running porn sites and leaking government secrets. That is a lot to be busy with, especially with the quality of internet connections in Tanzania.

I’ve never been a fan of jamboforums (nor a fan of the related Jambo Blog Network, as I have explained). Anonymous discussion boards have ambiguous agendas. And weighing up anonymous, inflammatory posts is a tiresome pastime, so I hardly ever visit.

A scroll through the comments on Michuzi is not terribly illuminating, but good fun. “Jamboforums is a CHADEMA project!” “It’s all because jamboforums broke the news of attacks on the opposition in Kiteto!”. And my personal favourite: “It’s all Jack Pemba’s fault! He got a court injunction against them in England!”

So, given that two out of three reports come from sites that are likely to be connected to jamboforums, we can but wait for more reliable sources, before we reflect on issues such as the appropriateness of old media legislation for new media, anonymity on the net and freedom of expression.