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CIA ndio walio-engineer Muungano wa Tanganyika na Zanzibar, sio Wananchi!

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Elimu (Education Forum)' started by Revolutionary, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. Revolutionary

    Revolutionary JF-Expert Member

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    Ndugu watanganyika na Zanzibar, nimeshtushwa sana na hili ingawa nilishawahi kulisikia sikia kuhusu muungano huu wa Tanganyika na Zanzibar.

    Suala la utata na legitimacy ya muungano huu ni tete sana, tunafichwa.

    CIA ndio walioENGENEER MUUNGANO na HAIKUA CHAGUO LA WATANGANYIKA WALA WAZANZIBAR. Soma hapa chini.....

    The Zanzibar Revolution took place in 1964 – an uprising led by a number of political forces which the Umma Party was able to partially transform into a socialist revolution. For the U.S., Zanzibar was now the ‘Cuba of Africa' from which communism would spread across the continent, and there followed a period of intense CIA activity. Only four months after the Revolution, the U.S. succeeded in engineering a union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar (to form Tanzania) which effectively crushed the progressive potential of the revolution and `neutralised' Zanzibar.

    Hii ni sehemu ya habari kamili ambayo ipo hapa;

    Babu, a committed Zanzibari communist? « Zanzibar Daima

    TUSIFANYWE WAJINGA SIKU ZOTE, TUTAFAKARI NA KUCHUKUA HATUA!
     
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    Whatever the case i want the union to persist.I was born in Tanzania and i want to die in Tanzania.
     
  3. Revolutionary

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    Hata mimi pia nauthamini muungano lakini ni watanzania wangapi wanafahamu hili. tuliunganishwa kwa maslahi ya nani! na inaleta maswali zaidi.

    Na je ni hii ndio sababu pia ya Mswada kukataza muungano usijadiliwe! Ili?

    ????????????????????????????
     
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    Nina uhakika watu wengi tu tunaupenda muungano, maana hata ukitaka uvunjwe ndugu zetu wengi wataingia matatani kwani tumekwisha oleanan, zaana, nk. Kwa hiyo muungano kama muungano hauna matatizo, TATIZO kubwa ni kuufanya SIRI nzito!! Kufikia kuuona kama ni nyara ya taifa!!! What is this?

    Kama wazee wetu walikosea kutuunganisha, does it necessarily mean we should continue!!! Tuujadili kwa uwazi na kukubaliana kuungana kwa misingi yenye usawa!! Each memebr state ipate haki zake!!! Kuanzia hapo tutakuwa tumedumisha kile wazee wetu walichanzisha, si kama ilivyo!!!

    Watu wanaibuka tu na maneno yao "...mkivunja muungano mtakoma" This is rubbish, wao waliweza kwa kiwango chao, watuache gen mpya tudumishe kwa mazingira yetu!!

    Karibuni lunch ya kitimoto na valuer!!!
     
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    Imalizie hiyo habari ili tuufaidi uhondo!
     
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    NDIO MAANA MTIKILA HUSEMA KUWA YEYE NI MTANGANYIKA TUNAMSHANGAA KUMBE YUPO RIGHT KABISA....Yaaani kauli zake zina mashiko
     
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    Mtikila namkubali sana, amekua anapigana vita ya kweli, He is one of the true revolutionaries wa Tanzania hii aliye hai hii leo! Kama humfahamu na hujataka kufanya hivyo unaweza kusema ni mtu ambaye huwa anapayuka payuka tu! Naheshimu sana mchango wake katika taifa hili!
     
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    Ameweka link hapo...bofya hapo palipoandikwa ...babu
     
  9. Revolutionary

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    Ni kwamba Marekani kama moja ya mataifa ya kibepari waliogopa Socialism itasambaa Africa kuanzania Zanzibar baada ya mapinduzi! Wakaamua kupenyeza CIA ku-engeneer muungano ili kuneutralize nguvu ya socialism by then! A.M. BABU anazungumziwa kwa sababu yeye alikua chachu ya mapinduzi hayo na socialism barani Afrika.

    Habari kamili ni hii hapa,

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    dfMalcolm X (left) and Abdulrahman Babu

    By H M Meskri

    Abdulrahman Mohamed Babu was born in 1924 in Zanzibar in East Africa, then a British protectorate. He described the place and period in which he grew up in a brief autobiographical sketch which was intended to form the basis of the memoirs which he had been commissioned to write, but which were always postponed by more immediate work relating to contemporary struggles:

    ‘Zanzibar, with its trade and maritime links all over the world, was a unique place in which to grow up. Although for all practical purposes a British colony with all the complexities of a racially stratified society, it had a rich and dynamic culture peculiar to its situation. During World War 2 many young Zanzibaris were drafted to fight in British armies, mostly in Africa and Asia…in the post-war period they returned from the war zones bringing back the reality and scale of imperialist violence. Their stories of meeting recruits from other colonies (especially those from the ‘Gold Coast' now Ghana, in the Burma campaign) helped make us in Zanzibar aware of the possibilities of solidarity and revolution.

    Meanwhile, East Africa itself was entering the epoch of rebellion. The youth of Zanzibar were engulfed in the mood of the epoch. Jomo Kenyatta's mobilisation of Kenya Africans in a political party against the white-settler rule in Kenya brought home to the rest of us in E. Africa the need for a national political organisation. The rise of the Kenya ‘freedom fighters', which later led to the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya gave us the deeper meaning of liberation struggle'.

    In 1951 Babu went to Britain to study Philosophy and English Literature and was drawn first to Anarchism and then to Marxism. London was then a center for anti-colonial movements and Babu was to play a key role in the well-known left-led Movement for Colonial Freedom which had its base there.

    Babu writes of the impact on his generation of Nkrumah's victory in Ghana in 1956, ‘coming as it did after the Chinese Revolution, the Viet Minh victory against the French at Dien Bien Phu and the Algerian Revolution, it gave us a new awareness of the importance and effectiveness of the `mass political party' against colonialism'.

    In 1957 Babu returned to Zanzibar to become Secretary General of Zanzibar's first political party, the Zanzibar Nationalist Party (ZNP). Under Babu's leadership the party organised urban workers, rural workers and seafaring workers and mobilised the urban petty bourgeoisie. The party developed a consistent anti-colonialist political line; a grassroots organisation of party branches at local level; and links with the worldwide, and especially African, anti-imperialist struggle.

    This was the era when the movement for Pan African Unity was emerging, and Babu participated in the historic All African People's Conference in Accra, Ghana in 1958 along with Nkrumah, Franz Fanon and Patrice Lumumba, whom Babu and his comrades ‘discovered' when traveling through the Congo on the way to the conference, and took with them to Accra.
    In the same period, Babu describes how `I was the first liberation fighter from East and Central Africa to visit revolutionary China, in 1959/60. From then on I was keenly following the ups and downs of the Chinese experiences; meetings with Mao, Chou En Lai, Marshal Chen Yi, Deng Tsiao Ping, and others, immensely heightened my revolutionary spirit and optimism. I became a correspondent for the Chinese News Agency HSINHUA for East and Central Africa, which deepened my knowledge of the Chinese revolutionary trends, especially the underlying causes and the significance of the Chinese ‘Cultural Revolution'.

    Seeing Babu as a threat to continuing post-independence neo-colonial domination, and a source of ‘Chinese influence' in the region, the British, with the collaboration of reactionary elements within the ZNP itself, had Babu imprisoned for two years on charges of `sedition'. The independence which was negotiated in 1962 led to the formation of a right-wing coalition government still controlled by the British, which intensified repression against trade unionists, youth leaders and other progressive elements. By 1963 it was clear that the left could no longer play an effective role within the ZNP and under the leadership of Babu, a mass revolutionary party, the Umma (People's) Party, was launched, galvanising working class and peasant youth across racial groupings into action.

    The Zanzibar Revolution took place in 1964 – an uprising led by a number of political forces which the Umma Party was able to partially transform into a socialist revolution. For the U.S., Zanzibar was now the ‘Cuba of Africa' from which communism would spread across the continent, and there followed a period of intense CIA activity. Only four months after the Revolution, the U.S. succeeded in engineering a union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar (to form Tanzania) which effectively crushed the progressive potential of the revolution and `neutralised' Zanzibar.

    Between 1964 and 1972, Babu headed various ministries in the Tanzanian government, in particular the Ministry of Planning. This was the phase in which he negotiated the construction of the historic Tanzania/Zambia Railways (TAZARA) by China. He also played an active role in the international arena in this period when the Cold War was at its height, making links with Che Guevara, Castro and others. Visiting New York as leader of the Tanzanian delegation to the U.N. he spoke at a historic mass rally with Malcolm X in Harlem. The relationship with Malcolm X deepened and Babu was one of the key influences who led Malcolm to an anti-imperialist world view.

    However throughout this period there were sharp contradictions between President Nyerere's policies of so-called ‘African Socialism' which focused on ‘welfarism' neglecting the crucial task of restructuring the colonial economy, and Babu's scientific socialism to which the development of the productive forces was central. In 1972, Babu along with other comrades from the Umma Party was arrested on false charges of murdering President Karume of Zanzibar. Though never convicted, Babu remained in prison in Tanzania until 1978, when he was released under international pressure. During his time in prison, Babu wrote his classic book ‘African Socialism or Socialist Africa?' outlining a comprehensive strategy for Africa's economic and political development.

    After his release Babu lived first in America for four years and then in London. Taking up teaching posts in a series of Universities, he became highly respected as a scholar and commentator. His enthusiasm, warmth, openness and clarity made him an immensely popular teacher.
    Living in London Babu became a friend and source of strength to struggling peoples all over the world. Among the many visits which he made in this context was one to IPKF-occupied Jaffna in Sri Lanka in 1989, to commemorate the Tamil human rights activist and feminist Rajani Thiranagama, murdered by the LTTE.

    But most importantly perhaps, Babu continued to play a unique role in African politics. In the face of the intensifying economic stranglehold and ideological hegemony of Western agencies, he spoke and wrote of the need for a second liberation of Africa. In much of his work, economic nationalism was a central theme. He believed passionately that only by channeling the people's energies into developing the productive forces could the vicious circle of poverty, aid and dependency be broken. He was always searching for sparks of hope and ready to fan them, and became a close adviser and mentor to a whole range of progressive movements – such as those in Eritrea, Uganda and Ethiopia – challenging neo-colonial military regimes and IMF/World Bank dominance. He was also instrumental in the resurgence of Pan Africanism with a relevance to contemporary conditions. This led to the establishment of a Pan African Movement which held the historic 7th Pan African Congress in Kampala, Uganda in April 1994, under the slogans ‘Resist Recolonisation!' and ‘Don't Agonise, Organise!'

    In 1995 when Tanzania held its first multi-party elections, the main opposition party in mainland Tanzania, the NCCR-Mageuzi, with a strong base among urban working class youth and sections of the peasantry, asked Babu to stand as Vice-Presidential candidate. Babu identified the party as having the potential to challenge the hegemony of the corrupt ruling CCM which had essentially become the party of neo-colonialism and reduced Tanzania to the second poorest country in the world. The NCCR had a mass popular base and Babu saw its policies as ‘progressive and democratic, with an economic programme which, with some modification, could lead the way out of the blind alley into which the CCM has lead the country'.

    He returned to Tanzania in August 1995 to a massive and ecstatic welcome from the people. However he was eventually prevented from standing by the legal manipulations of the ruling party. As always putting political commitment before personal ego, Babu remained in the country tirelessly campaigning for the party. When the NCCR lost after massive rigging by the ruling party, Babu wrote two seminal pamphlets (‘Tanzania's first multi-party elections' and ‘Wanted: a Third Force in Zanzibar') analysing the situation and suggesting a way forward.

    As an Eritrean liberation fighter put it, Babu had ‘the courage to say what he thought, the foresight to be optimistic about Africa's potential and the integrity to live in accordance with the dictates of his conscience when doing all this was neither fashionable nor expedient'.

    Throughout his political life Babu remained a communist, for whom Marxism was not only an ideology but a method of analysis. It was this dialectical approach which enabled him to identify without dogma or sectarianism the forces of progress and change within any situation, while at the same time never losing his commitment to the socialist future of Africa and of the world.
    Source: zanzinet.net retrieved on 18th October, 2008
     
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    Source of information cannot be an intellectual evidence or advocacy! Nevertheless it's just a Wikipedia.
    It's upon every intellectual to understand that Wikipedia is not a literature review source (School of thought) never a custodian of any data, just a collection of random information all over including rumors! Wikipedia cannot stand at its own to support any evidence or advocacy any theory. But it can assist just in case where to source the evidence. So being the fact to stand, this thread miss evidence and source of information.
    If the informer in this thread is thinking that what the Wikipedia is imitating is true and fact he/she could gone far and deep to support this rumors with evidence from CIA documents if not GoT Documents, that is the only way to reveal the facts behind this gossips.


    A gossip stands so forever until it's proved beyond no doubt; Just Put a little sense to test this gossip you shall find that it does not make sense at all:
    1. Test if it's true that the aim was to limit socialism in Africa by asking why did Mwl the Muungano founder was socialist?
    2. If Zanzibar could spread socialism and CIA needed to frustrate socialism, Did Tanzania not the socialism advacacy in africa, what was then after Muungano?
    3. Who was the great Socialist between Mwl Nyerere and Mzee Abeid Amani Karume? Did socialism pave well before or after Muungano?
    Myt: The rumors might be true but must be made so by evidence and facts, this is nothing rather than a rumors.
     
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    ''Wao wazanzibar sisi watanganyika.
    Wao wana rais sisi hatuna;kwanini?
    Waache waende zao''.(TUONE KAMA TUTABAKI SALAMA)
     
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    Tanganyika freedom is comming tommorrow. You can full some people sometime but not all tha time. Keep the union but we need Tanganyika.:tape:
     
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    School of thought blah blah bla, the problem with those who think are the educated elite is that they tend to live in their heads using the the rest of their bodies as just some means to transport for their heads, One professor said!

    Do I need a school of thought blah blah blah to know CIA was involved!?

    What school of thought taught you the truth about the dirty diplomacy that the US does throughout the World? I guess WikiLeaks is not your school of thought either!
    Education is what remains after you've forgotten what you've learned at school! My school of thought are my instincts!
     
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    Mambo yalivyo leo hii they could also engineer its downfall! I dont trust these guys...they are trouble makers
     
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    If you cannot prove whatever you are speaking then automatically you are loosing credibility not of yourselves but also of you stories!

    Do not thing and force that, everyone should just accept any immaterial without testing its creadibility! that is the so call "Mambo ya vijiweni" JF should not be attributed as 'kijiwe' how do you then connect the so 'US Dirty diplomacy' all over the world with this gossip of yours? Do you think that can be evidence over this story?? Yes I know a lot they did, do you think its a proof of this case on your hand?!

    On the matter of Weakleaks be reminded that, weakleads is just an informer like you! or like JF if you like so be. credibility of the weakleaks informations is laid under the source and evidence of whatever they produce! They are not producing story without any source like you and force society to grab without asking evidence and proper source as you are trying to do!

    I this Mods should transfer this gossip to fiction issues until you come back with supportive argumentations and proof, It seems currently you have just copied something that you don't know well to make it a news while in facts its not a news.
     
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    You might be right, especially as US financed the undersea electric cable to Pemba from Tanga..you know what!!??..."mafuta ya Zanzibar"... and other reserves ,,gas, uranium, gold...in Tanzania and "amani na utulivu"(kichwa cha mwendawazimu) people.

    Do you remember the bombing of the US embassies in East Africa?

    Na sheria za ugaidi and money loundering?

    Military partnerships......Tanzania itafumuliwa tu..it a question of time...
    Si tunachukua misaada ya China? Ziara za Clinton na Bush...and Millenium Challenge Fund, and Mkulu the first African president to visit Obama...bla bla...

    Soma hii utaelewa... what I am talking about....Hapendwi mtu!!!! Si wametuletea na peace corps? Hawa wengi ni CIA agents in disguise!!!

    It is the Pentagon's Africom versus China's web of investments - the ultimate prize: Africa's natural resources.

    The African 'Star Wars' - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
     
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    Jamani nina swali dogo la mfano hivi mtu akibakwa kwa siri bila kumwambia mumewe na akapata ujauzito na yule mtoto akakua bila baba mtu kujua kuwa siyo damu yake akawa mtu mzima siku baba akigundua atasema huyu siyo mtoto wetu?

    Jamani tumetoka mbali hebu tutafute tulishindwa wapi na tuboreshe pale tuliposhindwa na kuondoa kero zilizoko kwenye muungano na tuishi pamoja kama ndugu tumeshanganyika na tunaitwa Tanzania tusibaguane ila turekebishane.
     
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    Naona Elimu imekubomoa badala ya kukujenga, unajona msomi to the extent your mind works like a single function device, I do not need to get credibility from you and neither for what you call "my stories".

    And off course I know the centre of what your argument is, and so go ahead Msomi wewe!

    You can call this stori za kijiweni or fiction as you like, and so when you are asking this question..."how do you then connect the so 'US Dirty diplomacy' all over the world with this gossip of yours?" you can't even simply link the dots and get your 'single functioning mind' together to think outside the box. Your are just a poor thinker, stuck in your schools of though, waiting for it to tell you the evidence that CIA is the means of enforcing the US foreign policy. and you think with that mindset of yours Africa will win an equal level foreign policy and economy to compete in the Globalized Capitalist world, I am the life of the street and the school myself, and I think the Global and act the African way! I wonder if the CIA uses the same school of thought they calibrate and corrupt your mind with.

    You can't even link what the article says about CIA engineering the Union and the recently revealed dirty US diplomacy and foreign policy. To help get outside the box, the later is the just the continuation of the former! and it is so the US and allies play. angalau soma basi REPLY ya Nonda hapo juu si bure yaweza kutibu Your evidence-waiting-brainy!

    Hata Mods wanajua kama hii ni Fiction au la?

    Poor thinker, Keep waiting for evidence inside your mind cage!
     
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    Babu, a committed Zanzibari communist?

    October 18, 2008 zanzibardaima

    [​IMG]

    Malcolm X (left) and Abdulrahman Babu

    By H M Meskri

    Abdulrahman Mohamed Babu was born in 1924 in Zanzibar in East Africa, then a British protectorate.

    He described the place and period in which he grew up in a brief autobiographical sketch which was intended to form the basis of the memoirs which he had been commissioned to write, but which were always postponed by more immediate work relating to contemporary struggles:

    ‘Zanzibar, with its trade and maritime links all over the world, was a unique place in which to grow up. Although for all practical purposes a British colony with all the complexities of a racially stratified society, it had a rich and dynamic culture peculiar to its situation.

    During World War 2 many young Zanzibaris were drafted to fight in British armies, mostly in Africa and Asia…in the post-war period they returned from the war zones bringing back the reality and scale of imperialist violence.

    Their stories of meeting recruits from other colonies (especially those from the ‘Gold Coast’ now Ghana, in the Burma campaign) helped make us in Zanzibar aware of the possibilities of solidarity and revolution.

    Meanwhile, East Africa itself was entering the epoch of rebellion.

    The youth of Zanzibar were engulfed in the mood of the epoch. Jomo Kenyatta’s mobilisation of Kenya Africans in a political party against the white-settler rule in Kenya brought home to the rest of us in E. Africa the need for a national political organisation.

    The rise of the Kenya ‘freedom fighters’, which later led to the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya gave us the deeper meaning of liberation struggle’.

    In 1951 Babu went to Britain to study Philosophy and English Literature and was drawn first to Anarchism and then to Marxism.

    London was then a center for anti-colonial movements and Babu was to play a key role in the well-known left-led Movement for Colonial Freedom which had its base there.

    Babu writes of the impact on his generation of Nkrumah’s victory in Ghana in 1956, ‘coming as it did after the Chinese Revolution, the Viet Minh victory against the French at Dien Bien Phu and the Algerian Revolution, it gave us a new awareness of the importance and effectiveness of the `mass political party’ against colonialism’.

    In 1957 Babu returned to Zanzibar to become Secretary General of Zanzibar’s first political party, the Zanzibar Nationalist Party (ZNP).

    Under Babu’s leadership the party organised urban workers, rural workers and seafaring workers and mobilised the urban petty bourgeoisie.

    The party developed a consistent anti-colonialist political line; a grassroots organisation of party branches at local level; and links with the worldwide, and especially African, anti-imperialist struggle.

    This was the era when the movement for Pan African Unity was emerging, and Babu participated in the historic All African People’s Conference in Accra, Ghana in 1958 along with Nkrumah, Franz Fanon and Patrice Lumumba, whom Babu and his comrades ‘discovered’ when traveling through the Congo on the way to the conference, and took with them to Accra.

    In the same period, Babu describes how `I was the first liberation fighter from East and Central Africa to visit revolutionary China, in 1959/60. From then on I was keenly following the ups and downs of the Chinese experiences; meetings with Mao, Chou En Lai, Marshal Chen Yi, Deng Tsiao Ping, and others, immensely heightened my revolutionary spirit and optimism.

    I became a correspondent for the Chinese News Agency HSINHUA for East and Central Africa, which deepened my knowledge of the Chinese revolutionary trends, especially the underlying causes and the significance of the Chinese ‘Cultural Revolution’.

    Seeing Babu as a threat to continuing post-independence neo-colonial domination, and a source of ‘Chinese influence’ in the region, the British, with the collaboration of reactionary elements within the ZNP itself, had Babu imprisoned for two years on charges of `sedition’.

    The independence which was negotiated in 1962 led to the formation of a right-wing coalition government still controlled by the British, which intensified repression against trade unionists, youth leaders and other progressive elements.

    By 1963 it was clear that the left could no longer play an effective role within the ZNP and under the leadership of Babu, a mass revolutionary party, the Umma (People’s) Party, was launched, galvanising working class and peasant youth across racial groupings into action.

    The Zanzibar Revolution took place in 1964 – an uprising led by a number of political forces which the Umma Party was able to partially transform into a socialist revolution.

    For the U.S., Zanzibar was now the ‘Cuba of Africa’ from which communism would spread across the continent, and there followed a period of intense CIA activity.

    Only four months after the Revolution, the U.S. succeeded in engineering a union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar (to form Tanzania) which effectively crushed the progressive potential of the revolution and `neutralised’ Zanzibar.

    Between 1964 and 1972, Babu headed various ministries in the Tanzanian government, in particular the Ministry of Planning. This was the phase in which he negotiated the construction of the historic Tanzania/Zambia Railways (TAZARA) by China.

    He also played an active role in the international arena in this period when the Cold War was at its height, making links with Che Guevara, Castro and others. Visiting New York as leader of the Tanzanian delegation to the U.N. he spoke at a historic mass rally with Malcolm X in Harlem.

    The relationship with Malcolm X deepened and Babu was one of the key influences who led Malcolm to an anti-imperialist world view.

    However throughout this period there were sharp contradictions between President Nyerere’s policies of so-called ‘African Socialism’ which focused on ‘welfarism’ neglecting the crucial task of restructuring the colonial economy, and Babu’s scientific socialism to which the development of the productive forces was central.

    In 1972, Babu along with other comrades from the Umma Party was arrested on false charges of murdering President Karume of Zanzibar. Though never convicted, Babu remained in prison in Tanzania until 1978, when he was released under international pressure.

    During his time in prison, Babu wrote his classic book ‘African Socialism or Socialist Africa?’ outlining a comprehensive strategy for Africa’s economic and political development.

    After his release Babu lived first in America for four years and then in London. Taking up teaching posts in a series of Universities, he became highly respected as a scholar and commentator. His enthusiasm, warmth, openness and clarity made him an immensely popular teacher.

    Living in London Babu became a friend and source of strength to struggling peoples all over the world. Among the many visits which he made in this context was one to IPKF-occupied Jaffna in Sri Lanka in 1989, to commemorate the Tamil human rights activist and feminist Rajani Thiranagama, murdered by the LTTE.

    But most importantly perhaps, Babu continued to play a unique role in African politics. In the face of the intensifying economic stranglehold and ideological hegemony of Western agencies, he spoke and wrote of the need for a second liberation of Africa.

    In much of his work, economic nationalism was a central theme. He believed passionately that only by channeling the people’s energies into developing the productive forces could the vicious circle of poverty, aid and dependency be broken.

    He was always searching for sparks of hope and ready to fan them, and became a close adviser and mentor to a whole range of progressive movements – such as those in Eritrea, Uganda and Ethiopia – challenging neo-colonial military regimes and IMF/World Bank dominance.

    He was also instrumental in the resurgence of Pan Africanism with a relevance to contemporary conditions.

    This led to the establishment of a Pan African Movement which held the historic 7th Pan African Congress in Kampala, Uganda in April 1994, under the slogans ‘Resist Recolonisation!’ and ‘Don’t Agonise, Organise!’

    In 1995 when Tanzania held its first multi-party elections, the main opposition party in mainland Tanzania, the NCCR-Mageuzi, with a strong base among urban working class youth and sections of the peasantry, asked Babu to stand as Vice-Presidential candidate.

    Babu identified the party as having the potential to challenge the hegemony of the corrupt ruling CCM which had essentially become the party of neo-colonialism and reduced Tanzania to the second poorest country in the world.

    The NCCR had a mass popular base and Babu saw its policies as ‘progressive and democratic, with an economic programme which, with some modification, could lead the way out of the blind alley into which the CCM has lead the country’.

    He returned to Tanzania in August 1995 to a massive and ecstatic welcome from the people. However he was eventually prevented from standing by the legal manipulations of the ruling party.

    As always putting political commitment before personal ego, Babu remained in the country tirelessly campaigning for the party.

    When the NCCR lost after massive rigging by the ruling party, Babu wrote two seminal pamphlets (‘Tanzania’s first multi-party elections’ and ‘Wanted: a Third Force in Zanzibar’) analysing the situation and suggesting a way forward.

    As an Eritrean liberation fighter put it, Babu had ‘the courage to say what he thought, the foresight to be optimistic about Africa’s potential and the integrity to live in accordance with the dictates of his conscience when doing all this was neither fashionable nor expedient’.

    Throughout his political life Babu remained a communist, for whom Marxism was not only an ideology but a method of analysis.

    It was this dialectical approach which enabled him to identify without dogma or sectarianism the forces of progress and change within any situation, while at the same time never losing his commitment to the socialist future of Africa and of the world.

    Source: zanzinet.net retrieved on 18th October, 2008

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