Zitto Kabwe: young, smart and good looking. The Chadema MP for North Kigoma quickly made a name for himself in this parliament. From being suspended for awkward questions on mining contracts to having the temerity to challenge his own party leader in internal Chadema elections, he’s never been far from the news.
Such a high profile can only lead to one thing: a celebrity Q&A in Dar’s notorious udaku scandal sheets. Sani got the scoop, with Zitto answering questions texted in by readers. Sani doesn’t have a web presence – get yours at Posta.
And don’t be a snob. The questions are insightful and more direct and to the point than most Dar microphone holders can manage.
Selected questions and answers below, in translation. But the question I wanted to ask him was…….. Zitto, are you really in business with Captain John Komba, as the Captain himself once claimed in Dar’s short lived Bongo Sun? Komba of course is the CCM MP for Mbinga and leader of Tanzania One Theatre, who I can assure you puts on a good show.
Honourable Zitto, do you have any plan to leave Chadema or is it just rumours? Zitto: I have never planned to leave Chadema. There are people who want me out for their own personal interest. I just tell them I’m not leaving. I’ve never been a member of any party other than Chadema.
Hey, it’s said that you are known for having affairs with younger MPs and that you’re No. 1 when it comes to breaking up marriages. Is this true? That’s not true at all. It’s just gossip
Big Up, Uncle! So, are you gonna run for president? I’m not old enough. The constitution stipulates that one should be 40 years old at least to qualify to contest the presidency.
That young one Kinyonga – the Bongo Flava singer – is it true that you’re with her and how many kids have you had with her? I’m not with her and have had no children with her.
I congratulate you for your performances in parliament. I need to talk to you if you’re ready. Lizzy in Morogoro. I’m ready to communicate with all Tanzanians in building the nation.
What plan do you have in mind for Mwananchi newspaper which raises so much conflict between you and your party leaders? Mwananchi is the only newspaper in the country which is not owned by a politician or someone with political influence. I greatly respect Mwananchi.
I was a great fan when you were fighting grand corruption, but now you’ve gone quiet. Why? Have you started eating too? Afraid you’ll be uncovered? A good leader is one who sticks to his agenda to the end. My agenda is mining and I’ll stick with that until the new mining legislation is passed. I’m not the type of politician who will chatter about anything. I’m an educated politician and I can stand over everything I say.
Is it true that you’ve become a bit of a loose cannon in the party because of your popularity in the constituency? I don’t have such tendencies and I respect my party.
Further education and writing, OK that’s your choice. But don’t you see that God chose you to be the defender of the downtrodden? Teachers can best defend the rights of the downtrodden by giving them the knowledge they need to get on in life. That’s the work I like more than any other.