Dowans wants to negotiate?
Huwa napenda sana kumsom Adama Lusekelo jinsi anavyoshambulia masuala ya kijamii kwa mtazamo mwepesi (with a light touch). Hapa anamchambua 'mmiliki' wa Dowans na uzanzibari-utanzania wake. Adam LusekeloAl-Adawi mwenyeweBY ADAM LUSEKELO
THE guy whom Tanzanians have been told owns Dowans electricity generator, Brigadier Mohamed Yahya Al Adawi, suddenly has hit town and some good investigative reporters have been doing some snooping. Just who is this guy?
Apparently Al Adawi is as Zanzibari as cloves. He was just a lowly cop in the Zanzibar constabulary under the Sultan's payroll back in 1964. He fled for his life, when the local natives were hunting for the oppressor during the bloody Zanzibar Revolution and went to his ancestral home in Oman.
Last week he came back as a businessman. "With good intentions and in the spirit of amicable resolution, it is my sincere hope that Tanesco, government and people of the United Republic of Tanzania will listen to us so that we can together see how to work to alleviate the current electricity crisis," Said Dowans owner retired Brigadier Suleiman Mohamed Yahya Al Adawi.
The Dowans chief surfaced mysteriously after Tanzanians were constantly being told that the company was owned by ghosts, represented by the MP for Igunga. Why? Because when the time was ripe the ghosts decided to give Mr Rostam the power of attorney to negotiate for them.
When did they meet? Only they know, for there is a huge age difference for them to have been childhood buddies.
In a show of goodwill, he said soon after the IOC judgment Dowans wrote to Tanzania and government seeking to engage them in discussion about available options but to date Dowans has not received any response.
Then the brig started tough talk. He has friends in international high places who could make life in Tanzania very unpleasant for us as a country that seeks to attract more foreign direct investments.
"I am deeply concerned about the future of foreign investment Tanzania would have if they seem to ignore or reject foreign direct investment," he said.
Expressing disgust at the way his company and personality have been 'wrongly depicted in the country,' and the media he insisted that Dowans was a duly registered company that was squeaky clean -- just like that. But then, he would say that, wouldn't he?
And this business of his having belonged to the sultan's coercive apparatus is not exactly comforting and raises quite a number of questions. So if he comes back three decades later in a sheep's skin, swearing that he loves Tanzania leaves eyebrows soaring.
One may wonder -- why is the brig coming now? For everyone knows that Arabia is experiencing serious turmoil. Is it a question of grabbing your loot and cutting and run? If that is the case then that is highly understandable.
You don't get rid of guys like Hosni Mubarak the pharaoh of Egypt until recently or former ruler of Tunisia, Mzee Ben Ali just like that.