Apart from big questions on “the HOW” and “the WHEN” about Zanzibar Reconciliation, another most important question is “the WHY” of what they call Maridhiano in Kiswahili. In this chat, I am joined by Ismail Jussa, one of the few politicians who has been a part of almost every political reconciliation between polarised parts in Zanzibar.
The decision by ACT Wazalendo to join the Government of National Unity in Zanzibar after the October 2020 fraud elections has caused fierce discussions between supporters and opponents, both within and outside the party. In particular, this chat is about the debate between supporters of the decision in Zanzibar and the opponents from the main opposition party in Tanzania Mainland, CHADEMA. The former president of Zanzibar Law Society, Awadh Ali Said, joins me in the chat.
Politically, there are just two peoples in Zanzibar: those who believe in an independent nation and those who believe in the dependent one. Both do have their reasons and, like them or not, they are not weak. Continue reading “Why a Government of National Unity is a Necessity for Zanzibar”
The character Mr. Mandola in a 2013 Bollywood’s Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola is very rich, very alcoholic and also very revolutionary. But in this political satire film, the side of a revolutionary Harphool Singh Mandola (played by Pankaj Kapur), is not seen in his character until he is drunk.