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Time to say NO to this stupid silence

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by BAK, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. BAK

    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    EasyFriday:Time to say NO to this stupid silence

    Simon Mkina
    THIS DAY
    Dar es Salaam

    A LONG time ago I regarded as absurd those who were defining Tanzanians as being ignorant, people who agreed to everything, people who were as meek as sheep and people who did not have guts to say 'no' even when they were maltreated.

    But now I have a changed mind. I have started to line up with those colleagues, especially from our neighbouring country who, since time immemorial, have that mindset about my fellow Tanzanians.

    That is to say they have had a belief that a Tanzanian was a 'yes man' even when someone pocked a finger in his eye. They say the most a Tanzanian could do was to close his eyelid to protect the eye. But he could not use his hands to push away the attacker pocking a finger into his eye.

    They are people without speech even when they are hit on the left cheek. If the attacker wants to continue, they will offer the right cheek. To them that is not a problem.

    They say Tanzanians are people who cannot stand for their rights even when a man who is mad but wealthy or has authority violates their rights.

    They are people who love to adore the wealthy and treat the poor with contempt. When you have money, the body and the intelligence of a Tanzanian is your property. Such mindset is quite regrettable!

    Tanzanians are people who did not have the temerity to demonstrate, to reject or show dislike to bad deeds done to them or those in relation to them.

    That they are people who complain quietly as they continue to suffer. They stupidly endure problems, remain silent while they are being exploited endlessly.

    It is said that they are people who can remain silent the fact that they don't have water for many days notwithstanding; they will continue to use water that is not safe, thus risking their lives.

    All water taps are just for decoration. Family members die because of the dirty water; but people never complain to the authorities, they will only bury their dead and continue to draw water from the same water sources without raising an accusing finger to anyone.

    If the situation gets worse, they will take water from the Indian Ocean for use at home and elsewhere. Only the sea water is too salty.

    They can't say anything; but will keep on complaining while treating themselves against cholera and diarrhea, water-borne diseases caused by the lack of safe water.

    What is more, they will continue receiving monthly water bills without complaining; and they will pay the bills and continue to complain albeit quietly.

    It is the same with electricity; for a Tanzanian who lives in a house with electric wiring, it is a luxury to use electricity and the day power becomes available� children rejoice loudly shouting:�.Eee-h there is power�.electricity !!!

    When you write, politicians jump on you saying you are instigating people to demonstrate, riot or to hate their government. It's terrible to work under this environment. Thus most of Tanzanian journalists are believed to be hypocrites.

    I am even told that if a beer customer finds dirty particles swimming in the 'golden' liquid, what he can do is just to throw out the beer and then buy another one without complaining to the bar owner.

    If he develops stomach upsets, he swallows some tablets and life goes on.

    Many shops are full of bad and second-rate products; but many customers do not care about their quality or their expiry date. One thing remains -to eat.. eat.. eat�drink�drink�drink. Nobody cares even for his health.

    That is why many clever shopkeepers -- other people call them con men -- people, who particularly frequent high-density areas with sub-standard products. They sell everything. If the buyers die from treatable illnesses �aah it is the will of Allah! But the deaths are certainly caused by eating a lot of dirt in the products they consume.

    Nobody complains on behalf of these poor people! Everybody is concerned with his own affairs; and even those responsible will be heard saying: ''Ah, it is their problem, can't they even look after their own health? It is regrettable!''

    How many students can approach the National Examination Council to argue against their failure in the examinations despite their being intelligent in class? Not one. It is even possible their headmasters are unaware of such a possibility.

    Silence and fear are ubiquitous.

    Our intellectuals are even more foolish. Even after studying for a long time and staying without employment they consider the situation to be normal and do not fuss about it.

    They are told that there is no employment; but at the same time relatives of a minister, a principal secretary, a director or a board chairman get employed, even when they are not well educated like them.

    These intellectuals cannot even voice their disapproval. They keep quiet and if they are seen to ask questions of that nature, they are told to go and employ themselves by forming cooperatives.

    They don't even ask where they will obtain capital to start their enterprises. They keep silent and continue to complain. Wake up now!

    Banks are other institutions that ridicule Tanzanians. They charge high interests, and above all they ask for a lot of valuable assets before issuing their money. Who possesses those assets? It's only wives, sons, daughters, nieces of nephews of those bigwigs, especially those with EPA and Richmond money.

    The list of malpractices is long, but who will dare to tie the bell on the cat's neck? Time is the ultimate judge. May I wish you all a nice Friday.

    Contact me if you dare at:
    Mobile: 0754 020880
    Email:smkina@gmail.com
    Weblog: KONA YANGU
     
  2. NaimaOmari

    NaimaOmari JF-Expert Member

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    Mmmm! my brother actions speak better than words .. and if you indeed out to accomplish that, you may find yourself standing alone in the battle field .. sijui tumerogwa, ujinga au unafki wakupindukia .. yu have so many washabiki's but when it comes to action ... you remain alone, if not naked!!!
     
  3. LazyDog

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    Sure! Namshukuru mwandishi kwa sababu amenipa fursa ya kusema haya.
    Napata picha kwamba mwandishi anataka tubadilike tufanane na watu wa sehemu fulani hivi ambao yeye amepata kujua desturi yao. Well, that may be possible, but I still think there are other ways for us to get rid of "manyanyaso".

    Yapo mataifa ambayo watu wake, kama tulivyo sisi ni watulivu and more reserved than us - mfano watu wa Finland (waliopata kuishi huko wanaweza kuchangia). Today, people of that nation are not being exploited endlessly, and I strongly believe they don't have anything we're missing to be where they are or to go a similar route they once walked.


    Naimaomari, I want to say something to you and others; there are people looking up to you for strength. Some of those people are right here at JF.




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  4. S

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    to sum it up,while others are running,we TANZANIANS are still walking.MAY the allmighty bless us
     
  5. Mag3

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    Ndugu yangu Lazydog,

    Watu wa Finland walichuma juani sasa wanakula kivulini. Vya bure ghali na hili ndilo chimbuko la ukondoo wetu. Hatujawahi kupigania nchi yetu na hivyo tukawa na uchungu nayo. Jaribu kusoma historia ya Finland uone walivyopigania nchi yao kutoka mikononi mwa wakoloni kama Urusi na Ujerumani.

    Kumbuka Tanganyika ilikuwa ni protectorate tu ya Uingereza na haikuwa colony kamili kama Kenya. Hivyo hawakuwa na sababu ya kuiendeleza kwa kuwekeza na ndiyo maana hata kutoa huo uhuru ilikuwa kazi ndogo. Sasa hivi tunajikuta tena tunadai tena uhuru kutoka kwa mafisadi ambao wamewekeza (maslahi yao) kwa kiwango cha kutisha. Kama kawaida yetu tunaamini tutaipata kwa chee bila kijasho, kalagabaho !!

    [ NB. Protectorate - A relationship of protection and partial control assumed by a superior power over a dependent country or region.
     
  6. LazyDog

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    Asante mag3,
    Maelezo uliyotoa yamenipa ufahamu na ujasiri - and that is the attitude we should promote.


    Nimeishi nje ya Tanzania kwa miaka kadhaa, wakati huo ndipo nilipotambua kwamba watanzania hatuna tofauti na binadamu awaye yeyote duniani. Niligundua pia ya kuwa watanzania tuko nyuma katika mambo mengi tofauti na baadhi ya waafrika wenzetu. Kabla ya hapo ungekuja ukaniambia kwamba watanzania au waafrika tumelaaniwa ningekubali.

    Nafarijika sana ninapoona technologia ya mawasiliano inavyobadilisha mambo. The rate of change is not constant but increasing, and this makes a big difference. May I ask, is this a false hope?


    Niliandika siku moja kwamba uoga wetu sisi sio hoja yenye kuhitaji kujadiliwa au kutafutiwa dawa. Labda kingine lakini uoga sio kiini cha kukwama kwetu, and we shouldn't say because of it we have a very small chance to get out of our misery. Tumo kwenye tope, hilo halina ubishi. Wengine wanakimbia wakati sisi twatembea; naamini hivyo ndivyo.

    Kwenye hii thread tulijadili issue ya UJINGA na UOGA,




    Katika haya yafuatayo kipi unadhani ni cha kuzingatiwa kwanza kabla ya kingine? If your answer is attitude, then what kind of attitude? (Hili ni swali kwa wana JF)
    1. Hard work,
    2. Knowledge,
    3. Love,
    4. Luck,
    5. Money,
    6. Leadership,
    7. Attitude,
    8. Strong will.




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  7. Kevo

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    Tanzanians saying Yes to everything reminds me of my Professor back in College who always asked me why I always said yes to everything insteda of thinking first.
    He reached a conclusion that probably its a tradition in my country.Since then the word yes has become a taboo to me.I have to think first before providing an answer.

    I recently read a book namely A MAN OF THE PEOPLE which is usually used in Advanced Level of Secondary Education and there was one thing that moved me, the statement that "the have taken more than the owner can ignore"

    When you think critically of this notion you will come to a conclusion that the owner being refered to here is the haves not who in any way do not enjoy a share in the national cake.

    Whay dont we as Tanzanians tell them that they have taken more than the owners can ignore?

    Mafisadi,those banks,cellular companies and so many other money mongers in these country?

    Why dont we tell them that we are fed up?
     
  8. Mag3

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    Neno attitude ndiyo msingi wa yote uliyoyataja na ndiyo inaweza kufungua ama kufunga milango ya mafanikio katika jamii. Attitude inaweza kuzaa tumaini kama ni positive ama ikalea kukata tamaa kama ni negative. Watu wenye tumaini huungana na kurutubisha upendo (love) lakini watu waliokata tamaa huvurugana na kustawisha chuki (love/hate).

    Attitude inaweza kudumaza fikra kama ni bad au ikapanua uwanja wa ufahamu kama ni good. Wenye uelewa mdogo huishi kwenye ujinga na ni rahisi kudanganyika wakati walioelimika wanakuwa makini kwenye maamuzi yao na hivyo kuweza kuchagua uongozi bora (leadership).

    Attitude pia inaweza kuwa chachu kwenye mageuzi kama ni active ama ikaogopa mabadiliko kama ni inactive. Matokeo yake ni kukumbatia hali ilivyo na kupinga au kubeza harakati zozote mpya na mpinzani huonekana kama msaliti. Hii inafungua pandora box ya wanafiki wanaotetea utawala hata ukiwa mbovu kama huu wetu.

    Attitude inaweza kuchukua sura ya ndivyo tulivyo au hatuna bahati na kuanza kutegemea miujiza kwa mambo ambayo yako katika ya uwezo wetu. Hii huzaa watu tegemezi (zombies) na wapenda vya bure na kuishia kuwa wala rushwa na mafisadi.

    Watanzania hivi sasa tuko njia panda na attitude yetu lazima ibadilike haraka kama tuna nia ya kweli ya kufanikiwa. Walioridhika na hali hii ya sasa hawatakuwa tayari kutukabidhi nchi yetu hivi hivi, lazima tuipiganie na hapa lazima tuwe tayari kujitoa mhanga, hakuna cha bure na vya bure ghali.
     
  9. LazyDog

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    The easiest, less time consuming and the most effective approach in my opinion to promote positive attitude or positive thinking, is not by telling others what is wrong with us but what is not. By doing that, each person will reach within themselves for correct answers to problems facing them.


    Some wont find answers immediately, but with time they will. Mtu huyu hata kama hakwenda shule, hawezi kuyumba pale atakapokwama kwa kudhani kwamba rangi ya ngozi yake au elimu yake ndogo n.k ndilo tatizo.


    Lets this be out mission: "To de-stigmatize and eradicate negative thinking/attitude". Please share with fellow JamiiForums members, whenever you find facts or examples similar to the ones shown below.





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    LazyDog JF-Expert Member

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    The difference between the poor countries and the rich ones is not the age of the country.


    This can be shown by countries like India & Egypt, that are more than 2000 years old and are poor.


    On the other hand, Canada, Australia & New Zea land, that 150 years ago were inexpressive, today are developed countries and are rich.​




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    LazyDog JF-Expert Member

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    The difference between poor & rich countries does not reside in the available natural resources.


    Japan has a limited territory, 80% mountainous, inadequate for agriculture & cattle raising, but it is the second world economy. The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw material from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.


    Another example is Switzerland, which does not plant cocoa but has the best chocolate of the world.
    In its little territory they raise animals and plant the soil during 4 months per year.
    Not enough, they produce dairy products of the best quality.
    It is a small country that transmits an image of security, order & labor, which made it the world's strong safe.​




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  12. LazyDog

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    Race or skin color are also not important: immigrants labeled lazy in their countries of origin are the productive power in rich European countries.


    What is the difference then?​




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  13. LazyDog

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    The difference is the attitude of the people, framed along the years by the education & the culture.


    What do you think, is the nature cruel to Africans?​



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