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In the News!
Zanzinet Founder Dies
Cyclone Gonu that hit Oman on Tuesday (05 June 2007) has claimed the life of Dr. Hemed Khalfan Hemed, one of the founders of Zanzinet Forum. Dr. Hemed was one of the 6 members who formed Zanzinet in August 1994 ( Please read Zanzinet history here ...).
Dr. Hemed, who was teaching at the Modern College of Business and Science in Oman, is survived by a widow and three children (two daughters and a son). May Allah forgive him for any shortcomings and rest his soul in peace!
Zanzinet Loses a Member
Sheikh Yahya Hashim, a long time member of this forum died at his home in Kuwait on December 24, 2006. May Allah forgive him for any shortcomings and rest his soul in peace!
Voice of Agony - Zanzibar Election and the Aftermath
Yet again, results of the just ended general election in Zanzibar held on October 30, 2005 did not result into the much anticipated peace and harmony for the people of Zanzibar.
Fraudulently and violently, the ruling party - Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) rigged the election, manipulated the results, declared themselves the winner, and used excessive force against supporters of the opposition, Civic United Front (CUF).
In the aftermath of the election, the army, police, and other paramilitary forces used teargas, pepper spray, and beat opposition supporters with sticks when they were protesting the election results. There are also reports of rape committed by the paramilitary forces in the island of Pemba.
Police Fires at Opposition Supporters - 18 injured (October 08, 2005)
At least 18 people have been injured when riot police opened fire on a crowd of supporters of the opposition party, Civic United Front (CUF), heading for a campaign rally in Donge. The incidence happened at Mahonda, about 25 km north of Zanzibar Town.
According to eyewitnesses, police road-blocked buses carrying CUF supporters and fired tear gas cannisters and live bullets when they failed to disperse.
Donge constituency is one of the highly protected CCM enclaves in Zanzibar. Its House of Representatives seat is currently occupied by Ali Juma Shamuhuna, a powerful minister in the current Zanzibar Revolutionary Government. However, CUF claims to have a huge following in the area and their efforts to hold political rallies have been consistently denied by the authorities.
Two Dead and 20 Injured in Traffick Accident (October 04, 2005)
Two people died on the spot and 20 others injured in a traffick accident involving a Toyota-hiace town bus (daladala) and a truck operated by the Fire Department. The dead and the injured were supporters of the Civic United Front (CUF) heading to a campaign rally in Chaani, north of Zanzibar town.
Zanzibar Government Suspends Voters Audit (August 21, 2005)
Zanzibar Government has ordered the Zanzibar Election Commission (ZEC) to suspended the work of auditing Voters Register claiming that, it is not in country's best interest.
The Government has ordered ZEC to terminate the contract it awarded to Waymark of South Africa, a company that has successfully audited the national voters register under the National Election Commission (NEC). Waymark uncovered descrepancies and a number of bogus voters in a pilot study involving 30,000 voters.
The current turn of events is happening at the time when the opposition is crying foul at the attempts by the ruling party to rig the forthcoming elections.
Read the latest "Transcript from Unguja" (in Swahili) for an indepth look at the events in Zanzibar.
Read other articles in this series (in Swahili) here ...
CCM Militia Injures Nine People in a New Attack (April 13, 2005)
About seventy CCM Militias arrived in two trucks at a voters' registration centre in Kinuni and ruthlessly attacked people on the queue injuring nine of them, some in very serious condition. Today's attack was witnessed by police officers who did nothing to protect innocent civilians.
CCM Militia Terrorize Opposition Sympathizers (April 04, 2005)
A new wave of violence has flared in Zanzibar where the ruling party (CCM) sponsored militia are terrorizing opposition sympathizers in the on-going permanent voters registration exercise.
Fresh Political Violence Erupts in Zanzibar (Mar 07, 2005)
Fresh political violence has erupted in Zanzibar when supporters of the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and those of the opposition, Civic United Front (CUF) clashed at Kilimahewa while on their way home from political rallies held at Chumbuni and Kibanda Maiti on Sunday, March 6, 2005.
At dawn, unknown people believed to be members of the pro-government militia, have attacked the house of Mr. Seif Shariff Hamad, the Secretary General of CUF, setting on fire three cars and injuring the guard, one Suleiman Abdallah. In another development, four CUF branches in Mpendae, Migombani, Kianga A and Kianga B, were burned to the ground.
Zanzibar Hit by a Tremor (Jan 15, 2005)
A low-scale earthquake tremor shook Zanzibar at 8:15 am this Saturday January 15, 2005 causing panic among residents. The tremor, that lasted for a maximum of 2.5 seconds, was reported in many areas of the main island of Unguja and in some areas of Pemba.
Zanzibar Celebrates 41st Anniversary of the Revolution (Jan 12, 2005)
The Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar has marked the 41st anniversary of the revolution that toppled the first independent government on January 12, 1964.
Zanzibar Launches New Flag (Jan 09, 2005)
The Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar has launched a new flag for Zanzibar in an occasion that was marked by partisan celebrations mainly by the members of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).
A Transcript from Unguja
We welcome the year 2005 while remembering the horrible events of the past year marred by shameful acts of violence during the exercise of registering voters into the Permanent Voters Register.
Pilgrims Stranded in Dar es Salaam (Jan 03, 2005)
More than 150 pilgrims, including some from Zanzibar, expected to leave for Mecca, Saudi Arabia have been stranded in Dar es Salaam due to unexplained reasons. Neither Ethiopian Airlines, which was supposed to ferry them to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for this year's Hajj nor the Hajj Trust of Tanzania who arranged the trip were available for comments.
Major Zanzibar News for 2004
Year 2004 showed a good start in Zanzibar but towards the end of the year, the politically motivated killing of a teenager by the members of government sponsored paramilitary, the Coastguards (KMKM) during the voters registration exercise in Pemba, reminds all Zanzibaris of the tough times ahead.
Zanzibar's Opposition Loses a Leader
Mohammed Ali Yusuf, the former high-level leader of the Zanzibar's opposition has passed away on December 23, 2004 after long illness.
Zanzibar Team (CECAFA 2004)
Ethiopia thrashed Zanzibar 3-0 to earn a ticket in the semi-final of the CECAFA Senior Challege cup in Addis Ababa.
Pemba Killings (December 01, 2004)
A 16-year old boy, Juma Omar Juma, has been killed and two other people seriously injured during the voters registration exercise in Pemba.