In the wake of new allegations against him, its obvious Tanzanian politics this weekend will defined by one gruesome paradox. Samuel John Tegeza Sitta aka Mr 6 is finished. Yet he still commands, or at any rate makes, regular appearances on the stage. There is endless, lively speculation about how much longer he will remain speaker of the parliament.
One doesn’t need to hit on jamiiforums.com (JF) or back benchers Canteen in Dodoma to understand that ever since his appointment ‘mzee Six’ has been at the apex of the culture of deceit and downright fraud which has destroyed the once luminous reputation of the our parliament.
The historic role of a Speaker is to make sure that Parliament calls ministers to account, and acts - as it has done throughout history - as the sovereign and authentic voice of Tanzanians. In otherwords Speaker is elected to defend the privileges of ‘Bunge letu tukufu’. Those privileges are free speech, free access to ministers and to information, free accessibility to government officials and complete oversight of the government.
It has been a mystery for over three years just why Speaker Sitta not only failed to defend any of these things but actively aided those who attacked them and sought to limit and control them. In the wake of latest allegations which mirrors his Louis XIV public funded life style as per media reports , among other things includes his $10,000 a month rent that in 5 years will cost tax payers close to 1 billion shillings! Now the mystery is solved.
He just didn't understand what the words "defend the privileges of the parliament" mean! I wonder how he even defends those $2,000 a week pharmacy bills which tax payers picked the tab, let alone and those alleged mysterious PYT’s (pretty young things), maybe he thinks it means defending 'perks', 'corruption' and 'the ability to squeeze the last drop of cash out of the public till'! At this stage I can say Mr Sitta has created and defended the world's first bottomless trough exclusively designed and endlessly refilled by the pigs themselves!
The Richmonds, Kiwiras, Radars, IPTL’s and this latest Sitta’s lavish accommodation just confirms that our new rulers are parasites, who enrich themselves constantly at the taxpayers' expense. Ask anyone trying to make ends meet and he/she will tell you that these new breed that rule us routinely abuse power, lie and suppress and manipulate the truth. They never admit error or failure, they always shuffle responsibility onto someone else. In daily life, unlike the old Establishment, they are graceless and self-obsessed.
In sum, they have no standards whatever except their own advancement. Yet they are indignant when anyone exposes their behaviour and turn savagely on those who call them to account. More significant still, Bunge has completely lost its historic role as the primary source of information about the activities of the executive arm of the state.
At least in the old establishment days, ministers with a statement to make used always to bring their news first to the Bunge. This convention has now been abandoned. It is now normal for important statements to be leaked first by those ‘mutants’ at Magogoni and to the JF armchair critics brigade, then only announced as an afterthought to Parliament.
Lets face it, the loss of reality is now total. Although neither Speaker Sitta nor his entourage can bring themselves to acknowledge as much, the ‘spika wa Bunge letu tukufu’ no longer counts in JK’s government, except for the admittedly noteworthy and striking reality that he can continue to call himself Speaker of the House .
Lesson we learn from ‘Mzee Six’ fiasco is simple, when you appoint ignorant, poorly educated people to positions as the Speaker of the house, your rules and regulations decline, your etiquette disappears along with manners, respect and responsibility.