What I'm about to say will be very unpopular among JF members especially those expecting change in this years elections. We have become like a young basketball player who is excited about the prospecting of being able to dunk the ball but still a few inches short of touching the rim. Why do I say all this? It's because I believe our problem is not a person or party but the institutions & status quo which dictates the running of our current system. This is to day that whether it is CCM in power or Chadema or CUF there won't be much difference to what we are seeing today. Now I know most of you will come down on me and say well if we get the right person or the right party in power things will change. Well your reasoning is valid but first here me out. Today in a country like US there is no much difference whether the Democrat or Republicans are in power. One might thing there is a difference but if you really look into it has any of the parties really done anything much different from each other? Now we all know it takes extreme cases to change the status quo and rapidly change institutions. For most countries (including Western countries) it involved revolutions for them to be able to establish their current institutions. I am by no means advocating a revolution in Tanzania, at least not one of arms and blood shed. The best chance we had of creating rapid change and establishing necessary institutions was after gaining independence. But sadly due to the factors of the time instead of establishing a multi-party system we chose to follow one party rule. This continues to haunt as until today because we see how the institutions and status quo allows for the ruling patty to have such a strong hold on everything. The institutions in place in Tanzania believe it or not a one which cater to one strong party and the party which holds power controls everything. That is why multipartisim has failed so far because we are trying to have multipartism in a system that allows for one strong party. It is hardly unlikely that we are going to change anything in the space of a few weeks or a few years even in the off chance that another party does come to power. This is because which ever party will be in power come November, will enjoy all the privileges and perks of a one party system. The question to ask ourselves is this. Will whichever party that comes to power be ready to create reforms when the system finally works for them? I we to believe in human nature and trust that whoever comes into power will be willing to reduce significantly their new found power in order to create a new Tanzania and establish a new system? Time will tell my fellow Tanzanians. But as we know power is corrupting and that's what happened to CCM and it is what is likely to happen to any new party which tastes it. Our job as as soon as another party is in power is to demand immediately for reforms before it is also currupted by our one party system. Believe you me the challenge is not changing parties, the challenge is to make sure that any new party does not change..