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Jakaya Kikwete’s government on borrowed time

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Game Theory, Feb 8, 2008.

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    Game Theory JF-Expert Member

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    Events (dear boy) are the joker in the game of politics . Former Premier Edward Lowassa's apologies for the Richmond (Richmonduli) fiasco yesterday were as handsome and dignified as they could be in the circumstances. Let us hope, for his sake, he told us the whole truth and nothing but the truth. But even if he did, the ramifications are far from over.


    The reason ministers behave so stupidly is that JK's made clear to them that their survival prospects hinged on looking busy. There had to be a constant flow of initiatives to create an illusion of dynamic modernisation and to hog the headlines. Bad policies were better than no policies, even when inaction (another word for stability) would have been preferable and much cheaper.


    Most examples of Jakaya Kikwete's (JK) government incompetence are quite obscure. Though the cost of Mwakyembe's committee investigation may be millions, But Richmond Scandal has demonstrated that government errors have real-life, real-time consequences as people had no electricity and astronomical loss to business and revenue for the government


    Of course as usual JK will fight on doggedly; he knows all about long campaigns. It took him 10 years to get where he is today. But in the present climate he can do nothing right.


    The charge now is not that he and his ministers are uniquely incompetent – Murphy's law applies to governments of all political persuasions – but that the system is uniquely broken. This is a direct challenge not only to JK's reputation for sound administration but also to the belief of the "Wanamtandao" that an active, centralised state is still a force for good.


    Privately, JK could sneer that his predecessor (Mr MKAPA) was a lightweight when it came to delivery. That was indeed Mkapa's tragedy. But JK's supporters claimed nobody understood the micro-machinery of government as well as their hero by dint of his long tenure of the Foreign Affairs. Then finally their man got to the State House to pull the levers of government for himself. Only to find that the machinery didn't work. That is his tragedy.

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    Critics home in on CCM's governing style. In management theory there is only a 50% chance of orders being followed when the chief executive gives a top-down command. Halve that figure again when it comes to the chance of those orders being well executed. Most efficient corporate organisations are therefore either decentralised or standardised so that a fallible human being can, say, flip a hamburger in the same way the whole world over.


    LOWASSA and JK have been issuing commands, targets and overnight initiatives to a creaking Kivukoni machine as if Tanzania were the Soviet Union. The system can't cope. The decentralisers are having the better of the argument in politics right now. Government is neither efficient nor accountable.


    Lets face it there is no organisation in the world with similar responsibilities which is as utterly cavalier as Tanzanias government about the capability of people it puts into ministerial positions. In other words it's hopeless. One gets appointed before the weekend and is making big spending decisions on the Monday without a clear mandate. Some people in the CCM comfort themselves because public opinion is volatile, and hope it will soon recover. Yet it seems equally likely that the momentum against CCM is still gathering pace in both real and virtual world


    If JK seriously wishes to break with the Mkapa's past, I have a modest proposal. He should penalise ministers who appear busy. Initiatives should be banned. Even suggesting a new computer system should bring instant dismissal. Stability would then reign, JK would be hailed as a wise leader and CCM's position in the polls would climb. It would be a worrying scenario for the Opposition.


    Some chance! JK has been more besotted with initiatives even than Mkapa. He loves to meddle where there is no need and he is addicted to micro-management. His record on Dar es Salaam port fiasco shows that he enjoys repeated upheaval and has a penchant for massive information technology systems that haemorrhage public money. (even this his office does not have a website!) So lets face it JK's new cabinet ministers will continue to implement harebrained schemes that civil servants thought would never see the light of day.


    With apologies to CCM, wanamtandao na makada, your man Jakaya Kikwete is not governing but drowning. He knows it, we know it and you know it.
    -GAME THEORY
     
  2. Steve Dii

    Steve Dii JF-Expert Member

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    .... well, I guess JK is in 'zugzwang'. Will he safely eject out of the situation?... I don't know!!


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    Game Theory JF-Expert Member

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    Kwako mheshimiwa uliyenitumia PM niondoe hii post hapo juu i am really sorry na nia ni ile ile

    hao watu unaogopa wasijesoma hiii ndio walengwa

    na zaidi hebu msome huyu jamaa hapa chini


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    Karibu GT .Ila kuna issue ile ya Lowasa na Membe umetafutwa sana na kuletea sisi JF kuitwa waongo.Tafadhali surface ile issue tuwe na amani .Umeona hoja za watetezi wa Membe ?
     
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    "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt:
     
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    Lunyungu JF-Expert Member

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    GT issue ya Membe na Lowasa tafadhali ama bado unachunguza ? Bora tuwe tuna maliza nyeti kwa nyeti ili kuwekana sawa hapa . Watu wako hapana wanangoja maneno yako juu ta wale jamaa 2.Hope hawa wote watabaki nje .Lakini Membe anaweza kurudia mambo ya nje am sure .
     
  7. M

    Mkandara Verified User

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    Mwatanu,
    Message nzito sana hiyo mkuu...I wish JK anaisoma sasa hivi kumpa moyo maanake zengwe hili sii dogo....yetu macho!
     
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    I am not sure what was the context of the quote but with all due respect to Teddy, his is a jingoist view based on "counting" and "credit", typical of American insecurity and personal glorification as opposed to a progress seeking goal .The critic, even one giving strict criticism and no alternates, is a very important part of any progressive society.Without the critic people get complacent and wrongs are not righted.
     
  9. Rev. Kishoka

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    GT,

    Kuna kitu kimoja ambacho Pinda inabidi akifanye kumsidia Mkwere, ni kuongeza ufanisi katika miradi na shughuli zilizoko. Hizi habari za mipango mipya kama kugema mvua na kadhalika isitishwe!
     
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    Pundit JF-Expert Member

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    Rev,

    Mimi kila siku nimekuwa nikisema hata hiyo mipango ya sasa inabidi ku prioritize michache ipewe umuhimu wa juu kila mwaka.Ama sivyo tutakuwa tunatia viraka kila mwaka kila sehemu kwa gharama kubwa sana.
     
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    DAR si LAMU JF-Expert Member

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    ..GT,

    ..a good post,but with some flaws in it!

    ..nevertheless,a good one.
     
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    Game Theory JF-Expert Member

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    I welcome your critique on the flaws
     
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    Game Theory JF-Expert Member

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    Dar si Lamu

    waiting...
     
  14. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Don't see no flaws Bw GT.
    As a matter of fact I was really waiting for such a thread
    maana these 'skendos' are a bit much for the President not take
    at least some blame.Unajua kuna crimes of commission na crimes
    of ommission.I believe JK falls in the latter.
    Shukran.
     
  15. Kapinga

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    Game Over!!
    I still want to know who the presidents advisors are, and do they really tell him whats goin on? Au advisors nao ni Yes Men? A lot of things need to be changed...eish ngoja nitulie, nisije jipa na pressure za uzalendo!!
     
  16. George Kahangwa

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    kapinga,
    if it might happen that some day you are hired to advice a kingunge, the first thing you should strive to know without fail about him is his interests, lest you advise him something against the interests and end up prematurely fired
     
  17. Steve Dii

    Steve Dii JF-Expert Member

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    Revisiting GT thread...

    Reading
    Pinda asema Merameta siri ya Jeshi


    Neno moja ambalo nimelikumbuka ni Zugzwang.

    Katika "hali hii ya hatari" inayosababishwa na baadhi ya viongozi kutetea uhujumu wa Taifa kwa kutumia nguzo kuu zote Kitaifa, viongozi hawa hawatafika mbali... wako kwenye zugzwang. Hawatafurukuta kwa muda mrefu bila kujiaibisha zaidi na kuzidi kujichimbia mashimo.

    SteveD.
     
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    On the issue that Kikwete is every where I clearly agree with you.This man has no boundaries he has shown it clearly he is not contented with his presidency post.he is weak.He knows it and everybody knows it.Good signs of a weak leader always reshuffles cabinet.He trusts no one on his cabinet and his cabinet members do not trust him.
    What a fiasco.
     
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    Game Theory JF-Expert Member

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    sasa hivi wanasema walau anaanza kusikiliza lakini ndio hivyo tena
     
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    Anaanza kumsikiliza nani? Kusikiliza tu kunatosha? Too little too late.
     
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