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"The Fate of Africa - A history of fifty years of independence", By Martin Meredith

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    Kiti JF-Expert Member

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    The quote from this book quoting Arthur Lewis (1965), might be explaining what is happening now in Tanzania:
    ......Successful politicians receive, even if only elected to parliament, salaries two to four times more than they previously earned, plus perdiem, allowances, travelling expenses and other fringe benefits. There are also vast pickings in bribes, state contracts, diversion of public funds to private uses, and commissions of various sorts. To be a minister is to have a lifetime's chance to make a fortune......

    Another quote quoting Rene Dumont (1962) as writting that: ... a deputy in Gabon was paid more than a British member of Parliament and earned in six months as the average peasant did in thirty six years...