On the second page of the Sunday Citizen (4 October 2009) there is a picture with the following caption: "Mama Maria Nyerere stresses a point when she addressed the press yesterday". In that picture Mama Nyerere is wearing a white T-shirt with a photograph of President Jakaya Kikwete. I wonder why our Mama wa Taifa decided to wear it in a press conference just a few days after some critical remarks about the current government from some national stalwarts. According to the accompanying article, Mama Maria said that Tanzanians would rediscover unity of purpose if they re-invoke the spirit of the independent struggle. Maybe that was a call to unite behind JK in 2010.