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Nini Hatma ya John Mashaka?

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by mstahiki, Oct 19, 2009.

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    mstahiki JF-Expert Member

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    In Tanzania today, air-tickets, school fees, hotel accommodation, automobiles, import duty, merchandise and even rent within affluent parts of the country is being priced and paid in United States Dollar. Those unwilling to pay the dollar are required cough the local currency, based on the day’s prevailing exchange rates.

    It leaves many to wonder on the country’s economic direction, worthiness of her currency and the seriousness of her leadership to contain the rapidly spreading dollarization virus. Tanzania is being dollarized at whose benefit, and does this mean our country is a failed state, economically?

    By definition dollarization means an extreme situation of an economic instability in which a foreign currency –often the US dollar- replaces a country’s currency in performing basic functions of money.

    In some countries it becomes an official policy of the government to curb economic dilemma by letting the dollar become medium of exchange. It also implies that the domestic central bank is no longer available as a lender of last resort.

    In other words some countries adopt the use of dollar so as to tie trade of their goods to world prices, so that the domestic inflation is closely related to United States Inflation. Official dollarization has been adopted in countries suffering from CHRONIC and extreme economic problems such as inflation; basically it is adopted in almost failed states.

    While in Tanzania recently, I took a short vacation to Bagamoyo. I went to one of the resorts, and was requested to pay for the services in US dollar. I adamantly refused to pay the dollar because I was in my country, alternatively was advised to pay in domestic currency based on the day’s prevailing exchange rate, and believe it or not, the rate demanded was USD 1 was TSH 1355 as opposed to TSH 1315 which was the median. This sent me into a state of confusion on how useless the domestic currency has become to Tanzanians.

    Amid Zimbabwe’s descent into social political turmoil, and economic nightmare characterized by historic and record breaking inflation levels, in the threshold of being a failed state, Zimbabwe was forced to dollarize her economy.

    Zimbabwe dollar became worthless despite the relentless effort by the central bank to stabilize and even peg the country’s currency with hopes of restoring economic vitality of a nation that once stood as Africa’s breadbasket.

    Zimbabweans had to swallow their pride and adopt a foreign currency –US dollar- for her survival. Comrade Mugabe, an African hero, and a dictator in the eyes of the west, succumbed to colonization, which he has been against all of his life, by letting his country use a foreign currency. American dollar, therefore, became and perhaps is still the official medium of exchange.

    Tanzania is one of the few African countries boasting peace and stability. The country’s strategic wealth of natural resources should have rendered her currency to be one of the strongest around the region should it have been blessed with good and formidable management; blessed with leaders who foresee the future and ready to be sacrificial for the good of their nation, than the gluttonous, economic vultures the country is blessed with today.

    My inquisition as to why I was being charged a foreign currency in a sovereign nation brought about new discoveries; it came into my knowledge, while in Bagamoyo, that some of the frequent guests in these resorts are Cabinet Ministers and Members of parliament.

    And all of them pay for the services rendered in United States Dollar. And my only question is, if ministers, high ranking government officials and Members of parliament can pay their bills in US dollar, who else then, can fight for the common man whose pillars of hope are being fractured and fragmented by the introduction of the dollar social divide culture? He has no defense!

    We are going to be so naïve to believe that, these businesses charging foreign currencies are owned by ordinary citizens. These facilities are owned by the society elite and the KLEPTOCRATS; economic robbers–within the establishment- around the country who control the resources of the masses, collecting from the poor citizens, and even looting the public coffer just to turn around and transfer their loot into their offshore accounts. These few persons make life particularly harder and unattainable to the poor majority.

    Picture a scenario likely to be faced by a peasant, hardened by poverty from the countryside that has never touched a dollar, must go through to pay for his or her child’s school fees? Picture a recent graduate, trying to find housing, and has to pay in terms of the dollar. Does this mean that the poor are marginalized in their own country, at the expensive of the rich minority who retains exclusive rights to better services and preferential treatment?

    Is it the new class Identity where dollar rules and serves as sign of power and prestige?

    Currency is a symbol of nation’s sovereignty; source of cultural identity and pride. but when the very leaders we hold with high regards as custodians of our laws, and protectors of our sovereignty, lead the way by supporting the notion of our currency being worthless, then we have a problem.

    And there is no way we can resolve our economic issues unless we vote in leaders who walk the talk, not just hypocrites and inexorably feebleminded, who don’t understand the negative consequences of using foreign currency in your own country. Unless this is a government project meant to stabilize or get rid of the already worthless currency, the unworthiness of our currency will only get worse.

    Unnecessary imports must be curtailed to encourage domestic innovation, and thus lessen demand for foreign currencies. The parliament must make sure all corrupt individuals who are threatening the economy, by having so much money in circulation are arrested and expeditiously tried, with their assets either frozen or confiscated.

    This will in the long run, bring stability into the economy by letting the market play fairly following natural economic laws, reversing the current artificial environment created by the few rich who have inflated prices basically for everything to unrealistic levels, while demanding foreign currency for the services they offer.

    I inexorably believe that, the Bank of Tanzania, has the power, and an upper hand, through its monetary policies to tame the problem if it decides and has the will to do so, especially by compelling depository and other financial institutions to cooperate in an effort to contain the dollarization pandemic. Country’s leadership, especially the parliament through passage of sweeping financial reforms and laws, can have far reaching effects in the efforts to rid the country of this problem.

    The will to bring change must exist amongst the lawmakers; they must also understand the consequences of the dollarization to an economy. Alternatively, monetary experts may need to consider “currency pegging” as known in the economic circles or capital markets, in order to bring a temporary corrective measures while exploring long term solutions to the problem

    The greatest solution of all is the citizenry who has more powers than any other institution .An ordinary citizen has the ability to refuse paying a dollar for the services rendered. This effort is the most effective and has far reaching consequences if can be pursued and adapted, because in the long run, it will bite where it hurts the most; the pocket of the perpetrator. An ordinary citizen has the power to boycott all businesses conducting their trade or services in foreign currency, and above all, has the power to vote out leaders who do not represent their interest and are part of the corruption syndicate .

    There is no salvation available to the common man than his own self; Consumer Protection Agency which would have organized mass action, boycott, or institute legal action against these businesses is either dead or does not exist, or has been infiltrated by corruption, and rendered useless by the Kleptocrats, and I guess ordinary citizens are praying for the rise from dead Edward Sokoine, Julius Nyerere, and a few other true patriots who hated corruption with passion, to save their country.

    If only we could unite and get rid of our enemy FEAR, we will see the re-birth of the Nyereres and Sokoines, of our generation, and the wind of change will blow our way.

    Reminiscent to recent Zimbabwe’s, and Latin America’s dollarization of their economies in the turn of the decade, the musky and nascent cloud of dollarization of Tanzanian economy, is spelling the chronicle of failure foretold; collapsing of an economy at some point, unless immediate vigorous measures are taken.

    Without being careful, and working aggressively to combat the growing dollarization, we may find ourselves in a state where all we have worked for becoming worthless, in exchange for sacks of banknotes to buy a loaf of bread. We must STOP the usage of dollar in our country, else we are handing our country over to the vultures of corruption

    Mungu Ibariki Tanzania
    John Mashaka
    Mashaka.john@yahoo.com
     
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    Koba JF-Expert Member

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    ..seems JF hawapendi watu wanaojifanya... oooopss wanaojua kila kitu!
     
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    Jasusi JF-Expert Member

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    I have found nothing wrong with his writing. What is the beef?
     
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    Bluray JF-Expert Member

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    Hayuko balanced, anaandika kwa sensationalism kama habari za Fox News.
     
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    Nyani Ngabu Platinum Member

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    Kwa nini jamaa anabandika maandiko yake kwa Michuzi tu? I think there is more free flow exchange of ideas here than there is over there. But then again I don't know who his target audience is so I can't say much.

    Mashaka...why don't you come here?
     
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    Nyani Ngabu Platinum Member

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    ....au MSNBC...
     
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    Koba JF-Expert Member

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    ...say fixnoise x 100!
     
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    Bluray JF-Expert Member

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    Mzee Michael Steele kama nakuona vile.Naona Rush anabwabwaaaja walivyompiga chini St. Louis, serves him right!
     
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    Nyani Ngabu Platinum Member

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    Sasa nimekuwa Michael Steele tena? Toka lini mimi nimekuwa Republican?

    Rush hakuwafuata hao wanaotaka kuinunua St. Louis Rams...wao ndo walimfuata....I guess walipiga mahesabu yao vibaya na ku underestimate opposition. Ooh well...object to Rush being a minority owner of a franchise but let convicted felons and accused murderers play in the league...go figure!
     
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    mstahiki JF-Expert Member

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    Nini tatizo la habari za Michizi?Nipe maelezo ya kina...
     
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    Tumain JF-Expert Member

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    anajifurahisha tuu...na kuburudisha watu wake...analalamika sanaaaaaaaa...vitendo sifuri...wale waleeeeeeeee macelebriti ..come to the real game...siyo blah blah za JF
     
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    Ndjabu Da Dude JF-Expert Member

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    Wacha wivu wewe...kuandika angalau paragraph moja tu ya Kiingereza sahihi huwezi. Kiarabu ulichokariria aya za Kurani madrassah nacho huelewi. Hata Kiswahili ni kile cha misheni tauni.
     
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    Tumain JF-Expert Member

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    Nilijua wajinga kama wewe uta-comment..nenda kanywe naye chai kama ume-fall in love with him...madrasa na quran ni mambo makubwa ambayo wewe na wajinga wenzako hamuwezi kuyafikia ni maji marefu..kiingereza sina mpango nacho ninayoijua inanitosha kupita kiasi...sihitaji zaidi..
     
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    Nyani Ngabu Platinum Member

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    Tatizo ni utoaji wa maoni. Hakuna uhuru kama uliopo hapa. Umeshawahi kuandika maoni yako huko?
     
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    Nadhani Mashaka ashawishiwe kupost hizo hoja zake kwenye forum na sio blog ambayo ukishapost huwezi kuja kuitetea hoja yako, hata wakosoaji hawawezi kubishana, maana ukipost comment ndio mwisho sana sana mbili. Hapa tutakuwa na uwezo wa kuchambua hoja zake kwa undani na ataweza kuzitetea. na pia wapo watu wenye mtazamo kama wake wataweza kuunga mkono hoja yake na kuongeza ufanisi. Hata hivyo nahisi bw. mashaka ni mmoja wa wakereketwa na kujihusisha na JF kuna weza kusababisha wenye chama kuomba kadi yao (Ni hisia tu!)
     
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    Kwa wanaomfuatilia John Mashaka kwa ukaribu, nadhani JK atampa kazi kutokana na kujituma kwake. Ila mimi huyu mtoto simpendi, nadhani atakuja kuwa kama wakina Magufuli, madikteta amabao wakipewa madaraka wanalewa.

    Kwa wanao mfahamu Mashaka kwa Ukaribu, ila wanasema ni kijana mtratibu na anayejituma sana. Anafanya kazi kama Investment Banker, na anauza Dhamana za fedha. Pale Charlotte HQ za Wachovia na Pia NY- Wall-street anendaga kufanya trading. Safari za nje anazo nyingi sana, sijui ni za kazi au ni za binafsi, ila ni katoto kadogo tu.

    Elimu yake kwa undani sijui ila nasikia alikuwaga Duke University School of Law miaka ya 2004. CCM wasipo fanya vitu vyao hapo, nadhani Mbowe atamvuta kwani huyo mtoto anaweza sana kusumbua vichwa butu bungeni sana
     
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    CCM wasipo fanya vitu vyao hapo, nadhani Mbowe atamvuta kwani huyo mtoto anaweza sana kusumbua vichwa butu bungeni sana[/QUOTE]

    Putting a political price on each and every individual sickens me, to say the least!! Yaani watanzania tumeshaona kuwa the ultimate job ni kuwa mbunge or better still mwanasiasa! Kwanini usiwe na mawazo mbadala?
     
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    Bluray JF-Expert Member

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    Tatizo letu wabongo mtu akishasoma "The Economist" na "Financial Times" na kuweka concepts za kwenye columns zao kwenye uchumi wa Tanzania, na kiingereza chenye afueni kidogo tu, basi watu wanakugwaya.

    Huyu jamaa anaongea vitu out of context, halafu kama kweli anafanya trading he should know better than to reduce these complex issues to such a ridiculous level of simplicity. Dollarization kwa mfano ina faces mbili, mimi simheshimu mtu anayepinga dollarization bila kuipinga kwa kunipa cons zake, kuniambia pros zake, halafu kuonyesha kwamba pros zake kwa Tanzania haziwezi ku compensate zile cons zake.

    Halafu anaongea na authority ambayo hata gavana wa benki kuu hawezi kuwa nayo kama anataka kuwa honest, huwezi kuwa na analysis za style za nchi za wenzetu katika nchi ambayo hata data hazipatikani.

    Yes we know we have gross economic problems, but oftentimes it takes 10 years to find out where we really are, in other words, kama mtu anataka kuja na analysis detailed ya Tanzania leo basi dates zake zitakuwa za 1999, kwa sababu data not available and there is not enough information to give a guesstimate/ projection.

    Yeye anabonda dollarization wakati enterpreneurs na landlords ndio wanapenda hiyo na kuona ni incentive kwa kila mtu kuwa creative. This is basically the argument of socialism vs capitalism na kwa mtu anayeifahamu/ kuripotiwa kuifahamu Wall St it is a shame kuandika ki article kama hicho.
     
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    Malafyale JF-Expert Member

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    Copy and paste from "financial time"na akija kwa Michuzi Blog akibandika hayo aliyoyachukua kuoka kwenye magazeti ya Ulaya/USA yanayoelezea uchumi wa Africa basi baadhi yao huwa wanamuona kijana huyu"jiniazi"kweli kweli!

    Nakubaliana kwa asilimia zote na Mshika dau Bluray,ama kweli Mashaka John ni USA's investment banker na anafanya kazi kweli Wall st na kisha akaleta article kama hii basi sishangai kwa nini wall st ipo kwenye hali mbaya hadi leo!!!
     
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    Nyani Ngabu Platinum Member

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    Kama kuna watu wenye muda wa kuzisoma hizo makala zake na ku google sitashangaa siku akitolewa nishai kwa kuibia (plagiarize) maandiko ya wengine na kuyaweka kama vile ni ya kwake au kuyabadilisha kidogo na kujifanya kaa vile yeye ndo mwandishi. Ipo siku ntamtolea uvivu....
     
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