REQUEST UN & TANZANIA MILITARY STOP RWANDA & UGANDA FROM INTERFERING IN PROTESTS
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We are all aware of the fact that the political situation as well as the economic situation in Tanzania is steadily taking a turn for the worse.
Tanzania has mostly been a peaceful democratic Nation. In the last 2-3 years, the World watched as President John Magufuli has taken deliberate steps to strip the Country of its democracy while brutally introducing the Nation to a dictatorship. Magufuli has subdued the freedoms and powers of the Parliament and the Judiciary. He has been censoring the media. He has unconstitutionally banned the opposition from holding public gatherings, except for the ruling Party. He has fiercely retaliated against those who have dared to speak against him, be it a journalist, a religious leader or a civilian. Opposition leaders have been getting shot in broad daylight, others murdered, and some have disappeared. The Police has neither been able to resolve any of the incidents nor show the will to do so.
A couple of weeks ago, the Police opened fire at protesters injuring dozens and killing one University student by the name of Akwilina Akwilini, who was inside a public transport bus. Few days ago, Pastor Fred Njama of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania was arrested for speaking about the economic and political crisis in the Country, and is still in police custody as this petition prepared. A young University student, Abdul Nondo, a strong critic of the Government was kidnapped from Dar es Salaam about 10 days ago and has been under police custody for more than 11 days, with the police claiming he faked his own kidnapping. Abdul Nondo has been refused his right to an attorney and no one in the country knows where the police is holding him or when he shall be released.
Tanzanians have had enough and are calling for both President John Pombe Magufuli and President Ali Mohamed Shein of Zanzibar to resign.
Through social media, we have organized country-wide protests against his brutality and the declining economy, as businesses are crushing and jobs have disappeared. The protests will start on April 26, 2018 and continue until the time when President Magufuli and President Shein step down. We also demand that the incoming President who is currently the Vice President, Samia Suluhu, to assure the people that the "Warioba Constitution" will be gazetted within 2 months of her being in office. The new constitution will greatly reduce the powers of a President and this will lessen the likelihood of another Magufuli coming along and cause the same crisis we are currently going through. The new costitution will also allow the people to contest presidential elections and their outcomes through a legal system which currently is not an option.
Since the announcement of peaceful demonstrations, various Government officials, including the President himself, have issued threatening statements to the public against this constitutional right, saying no one is to demonstrate or they will face serious bodily harm and or even death.
Because President Magufuli has formed very strong ties with Presidents Museveni of Uganda and Kagame of Rwanda, there is a high possibility of the Rwandan Government and Ugandan Government sending their Police or Military forces or both to violently crash the peaceful demonstrations. These concerns are not only based on the personal relationships of President Magufuli and the two East African Presidents, but also on the close working relationships between the Tanzanian Police and Rwandan Police as can be seen on this link IGP SIRRO IN RWANDA. They have been sharing intelligence and training resources. There have been very credible reports of Rwandan Police infiltrating the Tanzanian Police force. It is also openly known that, President Magufuli's personal security team is led by the Rwandan Military. This is very concerning to Tanzanians who are certain that President Kagame will send his forces to Tanzania to violently stop the demonstrations and ensure Magufuli's stay in office. Magufuli's presidency has been very beneficial to Rwanda economically. Rwanda has been given full access to the Dar es Salaam Port and many duties and tax burdens have been lifted for the Country.
With Magufuli gone, Rwanda will immediately loose critical access to the Dar es Salaam Port, exemption on duties, and control of some Tanzania's natural resources. We the people of Tanzania believe President Kagame will do anything to help President Magufuli, to ensure the demonstrations don't succeed in removing him from office.
As for Museveni, the demonstrations threaten his own future as the president of uganda because if the protests in Tanzania are successful in removing Magufuli, it might spark similar protests in other East African nations to remove their dictators from power.
The people of Tanzania are humbly requesting the United Nations, The Tanzanian Military, The United States, The European Union, International Media and the rest of the International Community to warn/request/demand/force President Kagame of Rwanda and President Museveni of Uganda to not interfere in any way in the peaceful country-wide demonstrations in Tanzania, starting April 26, 2018. We are asking the United Nations to consider imposing sanctions on Rwanda, Uganda or any other Nation that will send its forces to Tanzania to aid Magufuli in stopping the peaceful demonstrations.
Lastly, we are asking the Tanzanian Military to protect its people and take every measure to ensure the two Nations mentioned above wont interfere with the peaceful demonstrations.
ALL WE ARE ASKING, AS A NATION, IS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO FORCE RWANDA AND UGANDA TO MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS.
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