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Are we addicted to Foreign AID!?

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Mzee Mwanakijiji, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. Mzee Mwanakijiji

    Mzee Mwanakijiji Platinum Member

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    By. M. M. Mwanakijiji
    Yes we are! As a nation and as a people we are totally and absolutely addicted to foreign aids. We can not think, we can not walk or work, we can not function without a daily and unhindered dosage of millions of dollars from our suppliers! We tried in the past to take them as if we were ordered by a doctor; we said courageously then that we would like to be aid free; we called that position of ours as “kujitegemea”. That, we didn’t need extra shots of this drug which started to spread like wildfire in the post colonial period not just in Africa but Asia and Latin America as well.

    Our resistance proved to be futile to put it in a Star Trek’s lingo. Slowly but surely, we started enjoying this irresistible, sweet, and highly addictive drug of foreign aid. We systematically started to kinga mikono to our “suppliers” whom we called then (and still do today) our “donor friends”. Yes! They are our “donor” for they donate to us this powerful drug; and yes! They are our friends, for that is what we think of them and as such we have accepted them. Otherwise, how can we continue to receive this drug if we did not perceive them as our friends?

    As we continued using this addictive and destructive drug our lives seem to be normal, now it seems we can function normally as a society, we can do politics as if we are good at it, we can plan for the future and come up with a whole package of different programs to show that we are indeed a “normal” people. Basically, we are functioning addicts!

    Alas! May the truth be told, as a nation we can only function at least semi-effectively as long as there is this constant flow of foreign through the veins and capillaries of Tanzania, without which we will collapse like pieces of cookies in a milk jar! We depend on this drug, we beg for it, we long for it, we sing with high pitched voices, screaming and rukarukaring like kids in a candy store. Whenever we are promised that there is some more coming we smile so wide and our eyes get teary with joy! Our desires are stirred like a man tempted by that midnight temptress in the fortress of passion!

    With fanfare marked with singing, music, ululating, showering of praises like what we have just seen when the Chinese leader was in the country few days ago or when the American President was here exactly a year ago we organize all kinds of parties to celebrated the signings of new “delivery” of this foreign substance into our national body.

    I know you probably don’t believe me! You probably ready to ridicule me and say “mwanakijiji here you go again” and say with confidence of one addict to another “we are not addicted sir, how dare you!” you probably ready to make a seemingly rational argument that “this aid is necessary for national development, that these are our friends and we need them”!

    Pity on you fool! If you don’t believe me, if you think I’m just hallucinating because of my withdrawal symptoms, or if you think I’m just “out of my mind” you probably are right! But just think if you will, what will happen if we stopped foreign aid inflow to Tanzania? I mean, just like say tomorrow, cut all aid! Do you have any idea what will happen to the country and to the people (the most addicted one) in power? I do. I surely do my friends, I really do.

    On the other hand, I might be the fool who need another dose!

    Now that will be a lesson for another discourse!

    Yours truly,

    May this also be a Witness against us!

    M. M. Mwanakijiji
     
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  2. jmushi1

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    Mzee Mwanakijiji siyo "Addiction" Ni deliberate strategy ya viongozi wetu na chama tawala kwa ujumla,kwamba za wafadhili zinatumika vizuri kuliko zetu na kwahiyo zina thamani kubwa zaidi.
    Na si ndiyo maana Rais anajustify safari zake za kila siku?
    Juzi Leo Kweli si alikuwa akipambana na wewe kwenye the same hoja?
    Until kuna uwajibikaji na until wananchi watabadilika na kujuwa kuwa tuna kanyaboya na hatuna viongozi,until then...Until tutakapo realize kuwa ni upunguwani kusema kuwa pesa za misaada zinasadia zaidi kwasababu za nyumbani zinaishia kwenye ufisadi,nyingi zake zikiishia kwene akaunti za nje.
    Wananchi wangejuwa kusoma katikati ya mistari,basi tafsiri sahihi ni kuwa viongozi wamekiri kushindwa kuongoza.
     
  3. Binti Maringo

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    Cuzin naona misaada inatulemaza sana. All the money allegedly misappropriated by some people serikalini ( EPA, Richmond, IPTL etc) could have done a lot in so many areas kiasi some aid ingekuwa irrelevant. Like i told you earlier cuzin inabindi urudi bongo ujenge hoja na kujaribu kugombea ubunge, kama mafisadi wasipo ku-corrupt you will be able to influence change from within.
     
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    Pascal Mayalla JF-Expert Member

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    Mzee Mwanakijiji umelonga, nilifuatilia kwa muda kile kisa cha ombaomba maarufu iliyeitwa Matonya. Makamba aliwahi mrudisha mpaka kijijini kwake Dodoma, walishangaa kukuta ana nyumba, wake 2, watoto lukuki na mbuzi wasio idadi. Akakabidhiwa serikali ya kijiji. Haukupita mwezi, akarejea jijini, ndipo Makamba akatangaza vita kwa kumrudisha kwao na kumpiga marufuku kuwa akionekana tena Jijini, ni lupango moja kwa moja. Ndipo akahamia Morogoro mpaka mauti yalipomkuta.

    Nilijiuliza kama Matonya ana wake wawili, nyumba na mifugo. Kwa nini asitumie nguvu kazi ya wake na watoto lukuki kujishughulisha na kilimo na ufugaji, sikupata jibu mpaka mwandishi mmoja alipofanya mahojiano nae na kukiri kuwa motivation ya kuendelea kuomba ilitokana na kuwepo watu wengi ambao were ready to give. Na hiyo ndiyo kazi pekee aijuayo.

    Hii ndio Tanzania yetu, kama ukitembeza bakuli na watoaji wapo, why worry?. Migodi gawa, mashirika uza, kodi usikusanye, kilimo acha kididimie, mashangingi nunua, mali ya umma jigawieni, epa chota, twin tower jenga, rada nunua, ndege nunua, Atc uwa,
    Na sasa tuwekeane alama kutambuana. Yote haya hayana wasiwasi kwa vile, wajomba wataleta tuu. Wakichelewa Mkulu ataruka na Jet kutembeza bakuli.

    Kujitegemea ni utamaduni ambao hatuna na kutembeza bakuli ni jadi yetu. Maelezo yote ya Mwanakijiji ni kelele zingine za mlango, mwenyenyumba anaendelea kujichapia usingizi wake wa pono.
     
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    MzalendoHalisi JF-Expert Member

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    Tumelikoroga wenyewe..lazima tu tulinywe!
     
  6. jmushi1

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    Mfano wako ni mzuri,lakini unaposema "umatonya"...Je unaamisha viongozi ama wananchi?
    Heading hapa inasema foreign aid,sasa wananchi wanaomba ama wanaombewa?
    Kitendo cha kudhihirisha kuwa huwezi kumudu kusimamia rasilimali na mapato yetu ambayo yanaweza kututosheleza na kuendelea kuomba misaada ni sawa na kudhihirishwa kushindwa uongozi.
     
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    Sahiba JF-Expert Member

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    Mzee Mwanakijiji this question is very interesting and it seems to be what you said is absolutly true yes we are addicted there is no other way to explain our dependent in foreign aid more than addiction.Let's put our head down and discuss how,when and why our addiction stated ? Is it an African culture ? Is it because of our history ? And last is why we can not stop or try to stop this embarrasing addiction.
    With no doubt history tells us we started depending foreign aid right after we had our independence,this tells us either we were not ready for the independence at the time or we didn't have the right person to carry us to the promise land.Some people will argue and say no is because we didn't have enough resources to run the country and I say may be but this goes to not ready to take care of ourselves.No one among us want to imagine what would have happen if the colonies didn't show up in our continent(Africa).I beleive is blessing for them to come and is nothing more than curiousity that drove them to Africa.I will never blame colonialism for our failier,I will blame myself as African for not taking a full advantage of their existense.We as African culture always has some kind of defence to justify our failier,Why can't we say ok,we were dumb and stupid and now we don't wanna be dumb and stupid anymore and that will help us alot to end our addiction.Let's us forget politics that fail us for a long time and stop praise the leaders that fail us and prepare our mind for a new direction,Is never late we can still do it we just have to commit ourselves and say enough is enough,let's not fail our children and grand children,lay down a foundation that will lead them to a greater future and hope they will come and thank us in the future.Is never late to help them build the pride that is missing in our generation.

    I wish I can continue i have to go back to work.


    SAHIBA.
     
  8. bm21

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    Kaka mfano wako ni mzito sana. Anyway nimeupenda.
     
  9. Rev. Kishoka

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    Mwanakijiji,

    We are addicted to foreign aid because we do not want to sweat or toil! We like the easy going, no sweat and just like in a buffett, we like to eat all we can it for cheap price!
     
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    Ndugu yangu John Mushi, Naomba kwanza nirekebishe, Matonya nimetolea mfano tuu, sasa tukiita 'Umatonya' tutakuwa hatuwandei haki akina Matonya wasio ombaomba.
    Watembeza bakuli wanajulikana ila tatizo ni kukosekana kwa nia ya dhati ya kujenga utamaduni wa kujitegemea kwa vile Mjomba yupo.
    Kuhusu uongozi, sifa za viongozi wetu ni ubingwa wa longolongo na sio kuwaletea wananchi maendeleo.
    'Maisha Bora Kwa Kila Mtanzania' kwa kutegemea misaada huku tukigawa rasilimali zetu na kushindwa kuleta chachu ya maendeleo.
     
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    As long as we always like to spend more than what we earn we'll always be addicted to foreign aid!
     
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    Since we always like to spend more than what we earn we'll always be addicted to foreign aid!
     
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    Sir Leem JF-Expert Member

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    Yes we are addicted to foreign aid and also some of us are addicted to leave in foreign contries!!!
     
  14. zomba

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    Yes we are, indeed we are beggars, not only begging in foreign countries, we have somehow become beggars in our daily lives.

    It is very common to always see or hear in the news ''mfadhili'', ''wafadhili'', ''donour'', ''donours''. We have reached to an extent of being proud beggars by even issuing official vehicles registrations of our masters ''DFP'' who are we to have such an extent of donours? If only we are not beggars, addicted beggars?

    It is also very common, (kuombwa nauli mitaani), either the beggar is familiar or unfamiliar to you, does it really matter? not to us, as a country addicted to begging for aid, no matter where, even in our weddings, you will receive an official card begging you to donate for wedding ceremonies. what is this? if not addiction to aid, begging.

    It is in the policy, once our leaders will come to terms and say lets strive on what we earn, and say from now on no more begging for our yearly budget, that is the time we will be curbing our aid begging addiction. No more, No less.
     
  15. Mr. Zero

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    TZ ni nchi pekee duniani ambayo waziri anaweza kuitisha press conference kuzungumzia mafanikio ya Rais katika safari zake za nje ya nchi. Moja ya mafanikio .....guess ....what?? amepata msaada au mkopo kutoka kwa wafadhiri.

    Rais mwenyewe na waziri mkuu wa zamani walishawahi kukaririwa kwamba hawajui kwa nini TZ ni masikini. Sasa unategemea kuwa CCM na serikali yake wanafahamu????

    Kama ni kweli makamba alimfukuza matonya jijini basi inabidi akatubu, maana matonya anachokifanya ni sawa na serikali ya TZ sioni tofauti. Serikali yetu imelala chini huku imeshikilia kopo kama matonya kusubiri wenye hukuma NORDIC, JAPAN etc kuwadondoshea kitu kidogo. Sasa Matonya kama mwananchi wa kawaida unategemea afanye nini???

    Nchi kama TZ ambayo imepata uhuru wake karibu miiaka 50 iliyopta leo bado inategemea 40 % ya budget yake kwa wafadhiri!!!! Hii ni aibu sana, ukichukulia kwamba nchi yetu ni ya amani na utulivu kwa muda wote huo.

    Imagine nchi ndogo tu kama Botswana na Namibia zinaweza kuishi bila misaada wakati sisi hatuwezi!!!!!??? NI AIBU KWA CCM NA SERIKALI YAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  16. Mzee Mwanakijiji

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    What will happens if we start campaigning for trade not aid? and demands that foreign aid should be cut or regulated?
     
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    Kama nilivyoelewa mfano huu wa Matonya (i stand corrected) Ni kwamba hata Matonya mwenyewe alifikia mahali ambapo alistahili kutokuendelea na uomba omba kwani alishajijengea misingi mizuri na familia kubwa yenye kuweza ku provide nguvu kazi, Sasa sisi kama Taifa ni the same,hatuoni mwisho wa kuomba omba kunakofanywa na viongozi wetu,na tatizo kubwa ni kwasababu tuna uwezo wa kutokuendelea kuomba omba,lakini wao wanapiga bao pande zote...Ni kama kuuwa ndege wawili kwa jiwe moja,wananchi na wafadhili wote wanapigwa bao kwani kuna grey area ambayo wasanii hawa wameweza kujikita....Ni kama kule waziristan ambako si Afghanistan wala Pakistan wenye kujuwa kinachoendelea ama wenye kuweza kudhibiti...Ila sisi watanzania tusiwe wapumbavu,viongozi wetu wameshaweka wazi kuwa mafisadi wana nguvu sana so option ni kutembeza bakuli kwa kwenda mbele.(Admittance of failure to lead)

    Tunaambiwa misaada ya wachina ndiyo inasimamiwa vizuri zaidi,hii ikiwa na maana kuwa huko nyuma/ama mataifa mengine yakitowa misaada haisimamiwi vizuri,sasa nyie wenye kusema tuko addicted mna maana gani?

    Taifa linaongozwa kama bahati nasibu....Wananchi wenyewe ndiyo wa kuamuwa kwasababu uongozi wa namna hii si wa kutupeleka mahali,Rais hana nguvu kabisa dhidi ya mafisadi na amebakia kwenye siasa za pata potea...Sasa ni China....Yani kinyesi ni kile kile tofauti ni chepeo tu....Kama tusipobadili mwelekeo haijalishi nani anatupa misaada,sasa kama ile yenye masharti magumu mlizifuja hizi ambazo ni grants si ndio mtasema sadakalawe?

    Mnaposema Mchina anasimamia vizuri si ni sawa na kugive up uongozi wa Taifa lako na kutegemea wafadhili waongoze nchi? Yani unawaambia wananchi pesa hizi za wafadhili hawa zinafanya kazi kwasababu wafadhili hao wanazisimamia vizuri kwani wewe umeshindwa kuzisimamia!
    Nasema Mafisadi ndio wako addicted,na viongozi wamekiri kushindwa uongozi. Kama alivyosema mchangiaji mmoja hapo nyuma kuwa viongozi wetu hawajui matatizo yetu,kwamba ni lazima kwanza wajuwe kwanini nchi yenye rasilimali zote hizo na nguvu kazi ni masikini,je ni umasikini wa kifikra wa viongozi wetu ama ni ufisadi wa makusudi?
     
  18. Azimio Jipya

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    AND this will lead to our final destination. ... Simply perish!!
     
  19. Mzee Mwanakijiji

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    Swali langu ni kuwa "what will happen if our "donor friends" cut off foreign aid to our country?
     
  20. jmushi1

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    Mapinduzi, wananchi watawatoa ofisini kwa nguvu na uwajibikaji utakuwepo. Mimi nasapoti kwa nguvu zote usitishwaji wa misaada hadi tujipange kwanza na tujuwe ni kwa namna gani tunatumia kile tulicho nacho....Let them cut it off ndio tuingize akili,kuanzia viongozi na wananchi tutathamini kilicho chetu.
     
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