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The Economist: Tanzania's election

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Geza Ulole, Oct 29, 2010.

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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    Tanzania's election

    Promises, promises
    Tanzania is still a backwater compared with its Kenyan neighbour to the north

    Oct 28th 2010 | BUMBULI
    [​IMG]Makamba (right) networks on the mount
    THE parliamentary campaign in Bumbuli, a constituency of 167,000 souls in the mountainous Lushoto district of Tanzania, is a mixture of ancient and modern. January Makamba, the candidate of the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), stands for the modernists. In designer shirt and shoes, he hikes half way up a mountain to a remote village to solicit votes. The villagers are demoralised, with no electricity or road and a poor crop. Down below, a volunteer updates Mr Makamba’s Facebook page on a wireless internet connection.
    Within the CCM, Mr Makamba is in a minority. Educated in the United States, the son of a CCM power broker, he recently quit his job as a speechwriter for Tanzania’s president, Jakaya Kikwete, to run in Bumbuli. He wants Tanzania to enter the world market. He hobnobs with Western philanthropists. A copy of “The Rational Optimist”, a booster of global capitalism, lies on the back seat of his campaign truck.
    But now he must prove himself on the ground. He showed his steel by ousting a long-serving CCM parliamentarian. It helps that he comes from the main town, Lushoto, and lived there as a boy. Up in the village he promises fertilisers, medicine, more teachers. Electricity? No, too costly.
    Bumbuli is among Tanzania’s most densely populated constituencies. Most of its people farm tiny plots too small to be subdivided further. But Mr Makamba has a plan. He wants to borrow $10m from Wall Street philanthropists, to be repaid in ten years. The sum, he says, will be invested in east African treasury bonds and stocks, in the hope of dividends producing $700,000 a year to invest in Bumbuli.
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    Some of the cash would help farmers package their fruits and vegetables. Mr Makamba dreams of refrigerated lorries owned by the community leaving daily at dawn for Dar es Salaam and Nairobi with “Fresh from Lushoto” produce. Another project aims to parcel a scenic bit of the constituency and sell it to a university to set up a campus for 5,000-odd students. Turkish investors, he claims, are interested.
    It is early days, but a youthful tilt at the presidency in 2015 by Mr Makamba, or someone like-minded, is conceivable. If he took Tanzania’s helm, the country might sail ahead. As it is, its economy has been breezing along at 6% this year, faster than Kenya’s to the north, yet it still feels slothful by comparison. It has been sliding downwards in the rankings as a spot for investors. Corruption is rife. Crime is up. Dubious businessmen enjoy positions of influence in the ruling party.
    Though he has failed to fulfil his early promise, President Kikwete will almost certainly get another five years in the job. Fond of technology and foreign travel, he is known among his ministers as “Mr Beep” for his habit of texting them to show he cares. But he has seemed wary of radical reform. He is sentimental about Tanzania’s socialist past. Most foreign aid-givers, on whom the country still depends for half its budget, are still prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt.
    In his expected second term, Mr Kikwete is likely to promote gas exploration in the south, expand mining, and try, as ever, to improve services. “Despite a tripling in the education budget, large majorities of children remain illiterate and innumerate,” says Rakesh Rajani, a Tanzanian who has researched the performance of primary schools. The country still has far fewer skilled workers than neighbouring Kenya.
    The opposition may do a bit better than before but is fragmented. Moreover, the army, which thinks it is must protect the ruling CCM, has tried to bully it—and independent journalists. Two opposition parties stand out. Chadema is strong among richer smallholders, most of whom belong to the Chagga people around Mount Kilimanjaro. The Civic United Front is backed by quite a few Muslims on the coast and in the autonomous island of Zanzibar.
    But they are too weak to topple the all-powerful CCM. Mr Kikwete and Tanzania will gently potter along. If the likes of Mr Makamba managed to take over the CCM, things might pick up a lot faster. But not, it seems, just yet.



    http://www.economist.com/node/17369767/print

    MY TAKE:
    I will be happy if the Economist will be fair on facts when the Journal mention of corruption being rife he should be giving rankings between. Just that...
     
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    Nyambala JF-Expert Member

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    Mkuu hiyo haitoshi, cha muhimu ni kuwwaandikia na kupambanua ukweli kama ulivyo!
     
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    Mtazamaji JF-Expert Member

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    kwa kweli Nimependa mawazo ya January lakini dukuduku langu January kama mtu aliyekuwa karibu RAIS. Alijaribu kufanya nini kuyafanikisha akashindwa? Alimshauri nani akataa?

    Mimi Naona anaongea kama mtu aliyekuwa nje kabisa ya system wakati uwezo japo kwa asilimia chache alikuwa nao wa kufanya kitu fulani japo wa kutoa mawazo officialy.

    Nahakika mtu kama January angeandika barua kwa Uongozi wa mkoa au wilaya lushoto b kuwapa ushauri huu wangeuafanyia kazi tofauti na ushauri tunaotoa hapa sisi watoto wa wakulima.
     
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    eliakeem JF-Expert Member

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    Very unprofessional, unresearched and effort less discource.
    Remember the old adage, the fool talk simply because s/he has to talk, but a wise person talk because has something to talk. Now the author, wrote simply because he has to write for the forth coming election, but basically he has put nothing on the paper (not calling blah blah or a crap).
    It's very sad for a reputable 'the Economist' to give such 'a layman way of thinking' is shame. am worrying if even a referee/editor has seen the article before published.
     
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    Selemani JF-Expert Member

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    Bumbuli is among Tanzania's most densely populated constituencies. Most of its people farm tiny plots too small to be subdivided further. But Mr Makamba has a plan. He wants to borrow $10m from Wall Street philanthropists, to be repaid in ten years. The sum, he says, will be invested in east African treasury bonds and stocks, in the hope of dividends producing $700,000 a year to invest in Bumbuli

    Also;

    Mr Makamba dreams of refrigerated lorries owned by the community leaving daily at dawn for Dar es Salaam and Nairobi with "Fresh from Lushoto" produce. Another project aims to parcel a scenic bit of the constituency and sell it to a university to set up a campus for 5,000-odd students. Turkish investors, he claims, are interested. It is early days, but a youthful tilt at the presidency in 2015 by Mr Makamba, or someone like-minded, is conceivable
     
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    JokaKuu Platinum Member

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    ..technically, Makamba tayari ni mbunge wa Bumbuli.

    ..sijui kwanini The Economist wakaamua kuandika habari za uchaguzi wa jimbo ambalo the stakes are very low.

    ..I think they have done their readers a disservice. kuna maeneo ambayo kwa kweli kuna michuano ya kufa mtu, na hayo ndiyo yalipaswa kuandikwa huko kwenye jarida la Economist.

    NB:

    ..I would like to see his ideas of modernizing farming in Bumbuli succeed. That may provide a model to be emulated by other areas.
     
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    Abdulhalim JF-Expert Member

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    Article ya kijinga
     
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    Gama JF-Expert Member

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    January makamba amesomea marekani?, lini?,alisomea nini huko usa?, jan makamba amesoma shahada ya sheria ktk chuo kikuu cha zanzibar na c vinginevyo. Author wa hii articke ni nani?
     
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    babu M JF-Expert Member

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    Ki vipi mkuu?
     
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    MosiSimba New Member

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    Is this really from The Economist?

    What a shame!
     
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    Bulesi JF-Expert Member

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    January Makamba is a product of this corrupt CCM system, he cannot change anything that his father and his cohort have been advocating!! He is a beneficiary of corruption kingpins who have bankrolled his Bumbuli campaign and there is noway he could turn against them. I think Bumbuli voters will realize in no time THAT THEY MADE A MISTAKE TO VOTE OUT THEIR INCUMBENT MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT!!
     
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    Gaijin JF-Expert Member

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    makala inawatayarisha wananchi msishange January akitajwa kuwa ni waziri. manake ni dhahiri ina imply kuwa muokozi ni yeye tu
     
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    Mwene macho haambiwi tazama.
     
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    Rufiji JF-Expert Member

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    Who is the author of that article? It seems January is in campaign mode, mmmmmh....this is silly.
     
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    Asichoelewa hapo ni kuwa anatambua kuwa vijana wanaweza kuingashua CCM....ila anakosea kusema ni akina January ambao tayari ni part and parcel of the system.....................
     
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    mashariki Member

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    Jamani,

    Trust me one of Africa's biggest nemesis is the foreign press. Gosh we seem to be getting the worst deal out of those mouth pieces of the western governments. Most of the stories dont meet any basic standards of even extinct journalism. Just opinionated minds of another bunch of ignorant post colonial dogs being allowed to shape africa's image before an equally ignorant western crowd... so I say that story. look out for who economist is leaning on and who it has endorsed! embarrasing!
     
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    Abdulhalim JF-Expert Member

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    Yes broda, hakuna facts wala figures..

    ni yada yada yada yada....
     
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    Kiranga JF-Expert Member

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    Hapa kinachotokea naona, ni kwamba "The Economist" na wadau wake wanataka kuji position vizuri ili baadaye kwa ndoto zao, kukija kuwa na ki administration cha Makamba, wawe na uwezo mzuri zaidi wa kutu Sinclair, kwa hiyo economic expediency ina overrule journalistic integrity.

    Shame on The Economist. Glad I cancelled my sub.
     
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    Kiranga JF-Expert Member

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    Si ndiyo hapo, the article is full of misinformation, mtu kashapitishwa kuwa mbunge bila uchaguzi, wao wanamwita candidate.

    Kwa nini hawakusema kwamba January ni mbunge kabla ya kupigiwa kura, na wananchi hawatampigia kura kabisa?

    Au waliona wakisema ukweli star wao ataonekana star fake ?
     
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    kui JF-Expert Member

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    lol!...am having so much fun reading these comments, si mkubali ukweli tu jamani??!!!... CCM OYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
     
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