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Jenerali Ulimwengu: Hakuna siasa wala itikadi bali 'Longolongo'

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  1. Superman

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    Jenerali Ulimwengu: "Hakuna Siasa; Itikadi Bali Longolongo Za Maslahi Binafsi

    'Our politics' is shorn of politics, we need to go back and start from the beginning

    How I wish we could go back to the way we were.

    Nostalgia, someone once said, is a thing of the past. He/she was wrong, because although we are always nostalgic about things past, we miss them in the present.


    The beauty of it is proved by the fact that the good days are always the old ones. Indeed, what good would it be for us to miss what we still have? The old adage holds true: You don’t miss your water till your well runs dry.


    I for one do get nostalgic from time to time, and these past few days have brought wave upon wave of reminiscences of how politics used to be in this country. So, when a scribe in Nairobi recently lamented the absence of “left-and-right” politics in Kenya, I sat up.


    Yes, indeed, why are we denied choice, why is there too much of a muchness in our politics, the choice being between Tweedledum and Tweedledee?


    That tickled my nostalgia one more time as I reminisced about the late 1960s and early 1970s and the way things were with all who had a passion for politics.


    Back then you were known by the colour stripes of your political views. You were either a ‘progressive’ or a ‘reactionary.’ You were either a ‘revolutionary’ or a ‘counter-revolutionary.’ In other words, you were either of the left or of the right.


    To a certain extent those terms signified something real in a person’s worldview. If you were of the left, at home that would mean that you sided with the ‘wretched of the earth’ the downtrodden, and you tended to be upbeat about the eventual triumph of socialism.


    Though Julius Nyerere and the Arusha Declaration were points of reference, you tended to be to the left of these, searching the horizon for more humanising theories and movements, from 1215 (Magna Carta) to 1789 (la Bastille) to 1917 (the Bolshevik Revolution) to 1949 (Chairman Mao) to 1959 (Fidel and Che), all the way to 1961 (Sharpeville).


    Your comrades included some very dead people like Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg, Leon Trotsky and Voltaire, and some living ones like Mandela, Samora, Nkrumah and Cabral. You read Das Kapital, if you dared, but generally you would found it easier to read Robert Tressel’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Jack London’s The Iron Heel and suchlike.


    You were familiar with the Communist Manifesto and the spectre haunting Europe, and if you could sing a line from l’Internationale (Arise ye starvelings from your slumbers, arise ye criminals of want/ For reason in revolt now thunders, and at last ends the age of can’t ) you got extra oomph. Oh, was it good!


    As for those of the right, well they did things of the right and they got no oomph. But at least they were known to belong to the reactionary camp, with such nasties as Mobutu, Bokassa, Salazar and Marcos.


    Today, how I wish even these were back, with their pro-imperialist views, so that we could at least have the pleasure of an argument.


    For, what we have now is absolutely no politics, no ideology — just gibberish and hot air in the promotion of personal interest, which propels people to do the most ridiculous things to get political ‘power,’ a much sought after illusion.


    I want to move a formal recommendation: That we, aware that our “politics” is truly shorn of politics, and that we are no longer making sense to ourselves or to others observing us, do resolve to go back and start from the beginning, by recognising certain simple truths that we can live with, and that these truths include the following:


    That two plus two usually make four. That the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening, at least in Africa. That the sick need medicine, not lipstick, and the hungry need food, not jazz music. That when you are pinched you wince and when you are tickled you laugh.

    That the opposite of north is south, not non-north. That spectacles are made for eyes, not eyes made for spectacles. That thieves go to jail, not to parliament or state house.

    At least we can start there?

    Source: The EastAfrican




     
  2. Superman

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    Nimeipenda hii:

    For, what we have now is absolutely no politics, no ideology - just gibberish and hot air in the promotion of personal interest, which propels people to do the most ridiculous things to get political ‘power,' a much sought after illusion.
     
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    Haaa haaa Jenerali bana . . . . . msome hapa:

    That the opposite of north is south, not non-north. That spectacles are made for eyes, not eyes made for spectacles. That thieves go to jail, not to parliament or state house.
     
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    Kiranga naona unajifagilia. Hiyo habari mwandishi si ni wewe mwenyewe? Sasa si uilete hapa au unafanya promotion tuje uko?
     
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    Kujifagilia si kubaya, Ali alisema "It ain't bragging if it's true"

    Unaweza kusema najifagilia, wengine wataona ni kuchangia kitu kwa sababu theme ni moja. Kujifagilia proper ingekuwa mimi kuleta link bila ya hiyo habari ya Ulimwengu.

    Niilete hapa mara ngapi, si ndiyo link tayari hiyo. Mimi kule nimeandika tu, content ni yao, na kuleta hapa kama unamaanisha "copy paste" ninaweza kuwa nina violate copyright law.
     
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    Jenerali bwana, anasahau kwamba ideologue can be a gridlock to consensus building especially on working policies that fundamentally contradict one's thinking. Why do we want to go back there?

    What we need is the new movement of liberation. In 60s they had independent liberation movement, we want our own economic liberation. South vs North, across the whole Southern Africa. Who are the Nyereres, Mandelas, Samoras, and Kwamehs of our days? Those days are coming up, I can smell them. Youngesters on their 30s will lead the movement. Soon enough, I hope.

    In mean time, who knows? You put Godbless Lema, Prof Maji Marefu and their likes on the parliament, and you want change. Hee hee.
     
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    Selemani,

    I agree too much focus on theoretical ideologies, especially emphasizing the contrasting part of it too, is probably not the way forward. The Americans are masters of policy extrapolation, and are branded every hue of red and blue, but that is as much a source of grieving as it is a proud tradition.

    But as you pointed out, the other end of that same spectrum is equally -if not more- undesirable. I would lament against an idiocracy while at the same time not necessarily advocating extreme ideologues. Ulimwengu already said he was ranting nostalgic, so I will give him the nostalgia license to indulge in extremes in making a point that we do not have functioning ideologies at all today.

    The folly of democracy is, once the Maji Marefus find the people's pulse and connect with it, no matter how uninformed they are, they are the choice. The question here is how does a party like CCM allow the Maji Marefus of this bunge? Is there a lack of better candidates or CCM does not genuinely care about progress as long as it has someone popular who is guaranteed to carry a seat ?

    I think Jenerali was taking a quip at our current non-ideological politics
     
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    Kiranga--The beauty of our politics is the fact that it is non ideologue. We can get the right things done easily that way. But again as you have said, it easier for Maji Marefus and Lemas of this world to manipulate voters. That is the double edge sword of democracy. In last US Midterms ,Tea Partiers cost Republicans three senate seats. They elected the Maji marefus (on their primaries) and their press/media was able to call them out. They ended up deservingly loosing. It doesn't work for us because the opposition does not have a better candidate (or no candidate to some places). And we have Uhurus, and Tanzania Daimas who know nothing about ethics of journalism. Once journos have failed, then the mass can be easily manipulated.
     
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    Eeebwana! Kaamua kufufuka tena!
     
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    Kifupi ni kwamba Afrika haiongozwi kwa maandishi kama yalivyo mataifa mengine. Maandishi yana mwongozo; iwe katika siasa, uchumi, utamaduni n.k. Itikadi ni nadharia tulizorithi toka kwa wakoloni. Kilichotokea katika mataifa ya Afrika ni sawa na mtoto anayeanza kuongea kisha akaanza kuhamishwa toka taifa moja kwenda jingine ilhali lugha ni tofauti kila aendapo. Afrika inabakwa na mataifa mengi tena bila kinga. Kwa msingi huo, Tanzania kama sehemu ya Afrika itaendelea kuwa na itikadi chotara ambayo twaweza jivunia huku wabakaji wakitususia itikadi hiyo
     
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    There times when Jenerali obviously is not driven by his permanent principles, but by his permanent interests. His long letter to JK, is a case in point; for by and large, the contents of that compromises all that Jenerali Ulimwengu has along stood for, to some ulterior motives.
     
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    There is a special thread for that long letter here , and as I said there, I did not see any compromise. Au hata kumpa rais gracious deference yake siku hizi ni compromise? Mimi sanasana naona ground for indictment tu.
     
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    You could not have said it better! that is exactly the point, connecting with the people. what beats me is just how those whom you call "better candidates" have consistently failed to "connect with the people's pulse"? and have consistently failed the nation. people do not want big titles like Dr somebody, they want tangible things. check whom Maji marefu defeated in the ccm polls for the area. a big gun but useless for the people.
     
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    The past is attractive because you do not have to deal with the complex unknowns of the present. the challenge is for the Ulimwengus, instead of daydreaming about the nice readings and arguments they used to have, to use that very exposure, to propose some theoretical solutions for the present. the world is no longer in the cold war, but there are challenges that we are facing. instead of hankering for droppings from the JKs, Ulimwengu should spearhead the formation of Tanzanian think tanks, work to shape logical reasoning for the young and upcoming leaders. surely the Mdees could do with a Ulimwengu-sized workout in terms of a foundation or workshops. afterall Ulimwengu was coordinating the youth of Africa in Algeria in those old days. he can pass on a word or two. and have less time to remisce about the past but rejoice in the concrete contributions he will be making.

    But surely you are not proposing to resurrect wa zabanga and company?? just so you can have an argument with them?? come on Ulimwengu.. these guys did have not have nor did they need any theory. they had one principle: greed.
     
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