NOW IT IS UP TO PRESIDENT KIKWETE TO FINISH WHAT HE STARTED MUHARRAM MACATTA We are troubled by people who say I never vote for the party, I vote for the man You cannot have one without the other. The candidate belongs to the party, and what you see is what you get. The party, whichever, declares its stance on the issues, and its candidates had better stick to those positions or they will not get their rewards from the party. Politicians will always side with the majority of their party on any issue, whether it is aberration, irregularity or raising or lowering income taxes. Nation building in Tanzania is exceedingly tough which in part is why President Kikwete ran against the concept in 2005. This year 2010, he claimed he could turn the nation once again into some kind of further success. His administrations broad success to adequately plan for improvement of numerous sectors of economy including education, agriculture, infrastructure, healthcare, animal husbandry and fisheries, tourism, mineral, poverty eradication and many other reforms that are noticeable have been partly accomplished quite successfully. The number one priority is supposed to be corruption or graft which brushed all aside with loads of optimistic rhetoric about Tanzanias democratic future, but his policy is still more sentiment than strategy. As we are, he will win the impending election with a clear overwhelming majority and achieve an electoral landslide. He is going to have to start filling in the details in earnest. As of now, the Kikwete economic plan for Tanzania consists primarily of doing more of what his administration tried to do in his first term to obtain more international assistance, accelerate the training of indigenous personnel to manage their own affairs, jump-start reconstruction of railways, airports, harbours, the process of getting political, economic and security to locals. For us who know our own country duly well, warn that it could take years, since fifty years of independence have elapsed, if it works at all. If President Kikwete intends to see the job through as he insists, he needs to do two things quickly, make a realistic appraisal of the current situation and put in place contingency plans for what could go wrong. An expectation for the October elections may, after all, is just the start of a tortuous process. We assume the opposition parties will observe all the procedures. On the contrary, it could also drive some embittered members of the CCM affected by preliminaries results who seem to urge, particularly the enlisted unprecedented numbers of volunteers who support Chadema as the alternative choice through their daydreams, carelessness, negligence or sheer absent-mindedness and inattentiveness. Far from being distraught and depressed by the inner party preliminary elections results carried out recently to determine the rightful and suitable CCM candidates, still there are some people who acknowledge that violence in some areas could make it too dangerous for residents to vote. We should, therefore, like to draw the attention of the high authority, and particularly the alert Police to organize and monitor the balloting to ensure credibility, but the Police Force may not send more than a few trained experts as long as its staff may also not be safe. Opposition parties are sure to challenge the legitimacy of any government elected under questionable circumstances. Tanzanians have no experience with any political weapon other than violence. We have to think fast and in advance in a democratic way, in the space of few months, is a task beyond reasonable expectation to control panic-stricken citizens. We have to learn from our neighbours where felonies, disobedience and misdemeanor or violence occurred. What happened in Kenya should not crop up here. God forbid it! Having lost twice or thrice of the previous three presidential elections, Chadema or CUF being the main opponents of CCM have to decide whether to reinvent their parties and who should lead them forward. They have the money, flexible means of transportation by helicopter; they also have a ground operation the likes of which have never been seen before. For instance, Chadema has this time nominated Dr. Slaa as their candidate to stand toe to toe with President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete. Despite all that, we are all sure that Chadema or CUF will still lose again. People are going to ask. What do we have to do? There is going to be a real aftershock. With aftershock there usually come second guessing, accusations, blames, allegations and recrimination. Picking over the tactical blunders and missed opportunities is a tradition in a post-election recovery. But political parties tend to make major course corrections only in the wake of catastrophe. This impending election our dynamic President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete will go on to give CCM its only presidential triumphs and jubilation in generation. Defeating poverty and corruption in our nation is going to be the defining issue for years to come. For our partys sake and countrys sake we have to get it right because Tanzanians wont take us seriously until we do the needful. However, let the public give President Kikwete, the winner a chance, a fresh start, a honeymoon to do what he thinks is in the best interests of the country. No, this doesnt mean an end to all constructive criticism. But if you are a Tanzanian, it does mean a willingness to put the bile and anger and passion of the past few months to one side, and a capacity to give even a man you voted against a chance to prove him. If you lost, get over it. If you won, ditto. President Kikwete needs the backing of his former opponents at least for a while. Is Tanzania capable of this kind of shift in national mood? We have no idea. It has seemed at times as if Tanzanians have been living in parallel universes particularly during this time approaching the imminent elections. But elections are or should be the antacids to this kind of dyspepsia. They are ways to clear the air, to settle the rancor, resentment or hatred for a while, to concede that the country as a whole has now decided one way or the other, however fuming a voter may still be inside. It is time to call a truce in the family squabble as seen in CCM and turn again to solving the internal and national problems that lay ahead of us. As all our current Presidents economic or business plans are predicated on the drive to solve national problems, we should ensure their successful operations will be of benefit to those in need. In the acquisition and implantation of competitive, indispensable and well-researched intellectual properties, they are confident of future profits. Kikwetes initiatives on Kilimo Kwanza and the new Mineral Act are simultaneously altruistic and profit-driven. Our country has until recently been forced to import food, despite having countless hectares of fertile land itself. We must help the people to turn their raw materials into jobs; this creates a livelihood for the population and equips people with skills The fourth regime under the command of President Kikwete has persistently resolved to create employment. It is a task that has already been carried out vigorously. Creating employment is an important element of our governments vision for the future of the country during his forthcoming term. By training people in this developing country to add value to their own resources, they will acquire skills that need not be specific to the task at hand. Skills endure, and can be applied to a variety of different tasks. Many of the challenges that are found in Tanzania are poverty-related. By empowering its people to create their own wealth, through processing and adding value to their own raw materials and minerals resources, a wealthier, skilled middle class may begin to emerge. Tanzania aims to maximize the values of gas and oil deposits in the region and market them. President Kikwete focuses his attention on oil and gas development in Tanzania. With the rising oil bill and greater demand of the commodity finding alternative oil reserves is critical There are three stages in mineral development exploration, exploitation and marketing. At the moment, oil development is in the first stage, with a move into the second stage anticipated soon. The shift into this second stage will require a considerable workforce, and the aim is to make use of local labour in developing those oil and gas reserves. It is in this regard that President Kikwete with a back-ground of finance has cultivated a good relationship with relevant organizations, where developing countries like Tanzania are not considered as beggars, and where donors are involved only in assisting our country to reach its own ends by its own means. His role in this oil, electricity and gas development is vital to the expansion, maturity and promotion of sustainable Tanzanian-owned businesses in our potentially rich nation. His initiative is to improve quality of life by raising living standards. Now it is up to President Kikwete to finish what he started with support of all of us as well wishers and serious voters.