Huko Nyuma, Mzee Iddi Simba alikuja na hoja kuwa kama kweli Tanzania inataka ipige hatua kubwa ya maendeleo hatuna budi kuja na sera za kujali wazawa(weusi...). CCM ilikataa maneno hayo kitu kilichochangia kuanguka kwa mzee Simba kwenye medazi za kisiasa. Mwishoni mwa wiki iliyopita kulikuwa na makala ya kiingereza iliyoandika na Adam Lusekelo wa Daily News kuhusu kuwapa nguvu watu weusi!! Makala yenyewe hii hapa: _____________________________________________________________ HEARD our prez, Jack Mrisho, say that given the empowerment, Tanzanians are quite good at doing business and making their bones in life. I agree. But I would have liked the prez to add what would have touched the other word which Tanzanian political establishment have shied away from - B - word. Black Tanzanians. Black empowerment! Because we have seen the much-played around word of people of Bongo. Tanzanians. It seems that some Tanzanians are more equal than other Tanzanians and that is based on colour. It is just like in the colonial times. White Tanzanians come tops in everything, finances and opportunities. They come even tops in meeting the big potatoes. Which is understandable, bearing the latent inferiority complex of most of our leaders. Then come in Tanzanians of Indian descent. They have been holding most of the money. Some people, including some leaders, want some of the dosh to go to build silly looking mansions (call them pyramids) somewhere. Presumably they will be buried in the mansions. Then comes in the scandalous poverty amongst the black Tanzanians. If the prez meant empowerment, he should then talk about Black Tanzanian empowerment. In Sausi, they talk openly about Black empowerment in a country where the mass of the population has been brutalised and raped over decades. Why shouldn't we? In Mchuchuma I hear funny names. In all the mines I hear funny names, never heard before in my life. When the figures of income derived from the mines are read out it's from wa-zungu Tanzanians. Can't Black Tanzanians read? Should the so-called investors be white or, as the press put it, Tanzanians of Asian origin only? Because, really, this is insulting to us, Blacks. I once heard a remark by some clownish minister (he still is a minister. Sad) that Black Tanzanians were not trained to do business. Some ministry of education idlers even removed subjects like commerce from the curricula. You simply wonder if those guys had something from their necks upwards. In history, we learnt that many Mediterannean countries had what they called city-states. They were powerful and lived on commerce. Look at Zanzibar when the rule of Seyyid Said Bin Sultan started. But he empowered fellow Arabs. The politicians have been pooh-pooing what Mzee Iddi Simba has been saying about 'Uzawa'. He was simply talking about Black empowerment. He is not wrong. We want to see Black Tanzanian businessmen and women. We want them being millionaires. Privatising should not be 'whitening' of public corporations in Bongo! * * * Mawazo yangu kwanza baada ya kusoma makala hiyo ni kuwa huyo Lusekelo aachie ngazi, hawezi kusema maneno aliyoyasema hapo juu bila ya kuonekana mbaguzi!! Sijui kama kuna ulazima wa sera ya namna hii, na ni jinsi gani sera kama hii inaweza kutekelezwa bila kuleta athari za ubaguzi!! Hata hivyo bado najaribu kufikiri kwa kufuata mfano wa Afrika ya Kusini na Marekani!!!