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Ujanja kuwahi, Ujanja kupata- Tanzania’s Core Values?

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by Poetik Justice, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. Poetik Justice

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    Ujanja kuwahi, kupata is reflected in our everyday life as you walk the streets of Dar. It is reflected in the way we work, reward ourselves, even in the way we drive and queue for services. In the way our leaders work, in what they do and aspire to do. It is not about ‘getting there’ together, helping each other especially those in need but it is about what you can do to get where you want regardless of the social repercussions.

    If only we could stop a minute to think, to put ourselves in other people’s shoes. Put ourselves in the shoes of the those who are being murdered because of their disabilities, put ourselves in the shoes of the machinga who walk tens of kilometres a day just to sell a handful of wares; put ourselves in the shoes of those who are forced to live in mabonde ya uswazi not because they like it, but because they have to be near their work; put ourselves in the shoes of those who have to scrape their savings to pay for services and for the rushwa, put ourselves in the shoes of those whose lives we hold in our hands because we are the drivers at the wheel. Not forgetting empathising with those who question the establishment and demand accountability but are called troublemakers. If only we could stop a minute to think, to forget self-interest (ubinafsi) and to put ourselves in other people’s shoes maybe we could realise that our core values should be honesty (ukweli), consideration for those less fortunate (upendo), hard work (kazi) and responsibility (kuwajibika). Not ujanja kuwahi, kupata.
     
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