I have been asking myself this question for a while. Who is the greatest Tanzanian president thus far? What makes them your choice? What characteristics did they have or what did they achieve. The reason I ask is that I'm not even out of my teens & havent been around all presidents & those I have been around for I was still young. By the way I encourage people not to talk about giving us independence when they pick Nyerere for the simple fact that independence could only be given once so no other president would have gotten the chance to do so. So lets break down the contestants: There is Nyerere who was selfless, not a thief and was not afraid to say the truth or hold any one accountable for their mistakes. He could have been president for life if he so wished but unlike most leaders of his time he gave up the presidency willingly. He was a people's leader who wasn't afraid to mix it up with people of all calibars. But there are those who say that his Ujamaa theory was a total failure and that his decision to use our resources to help other Africans gain independence is the reason for our poor economy. How do you grade the undoutably Later Great Mwalimu Nyerere. Then came Ali Hassan Mwinyi who is credited for opening up a free market thus his nickname "Rhuksa". He is also a people's person & is a very well respected elder statesman of Tanzania. During his time also we saw the emergence of opotion parties for the first time.Many people tell me that there was a lot of "udini" during his time but I don't know if they mean it was do to his policies or it just happened that this period of religious tensions occured when he was president. How do you grade Mzee Mwinyi? Then came the now infamous BWM. Some say Nyerere handpicked him for the presidency & prefered him over a young & charismatic Jakaya mrisho Kikwete. He came under the monicker of "Mr. Clean". I don't know why Nyerere chose BWM but he must have had good reasons. During BWM's time as president the countries GNP did grow & the govenment's revenue did increase. There were many visible developments achieved during BWM's time. Whether you agree these developments were are direct result of his presidency or not he was the man with the big decisions when they occured. He also foresaw the funeral of dear Mwalimu which was a hard time for all ofus, even a ten year old me. It couldn't have been easy being the countries president & the chairman of CCM during this period. However, since his depature there have been some rumors over possible abuse of power & I say rumors because nothing has been proven yet. Whether these accusations are true or not, there is no denying that they have cost him a certain amount of his reputation. So how do you grade "Mr. Clean"? Then comes probably the most charismatic & popular president since Nyerere, Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete. I remember when he first announced his intent for the presidency & how he had an almost "obama" like impact on the public. Everyone was swept over by Kikwetemania & when he was announced as the CCM candidate he had almost already being guaranteed the presidency. He then won 80% of the popular vote. He came in with a lot of promises & gave us all hope. I was a vivid supporter for Kikwete. Well he won & the honeymoon was soon over. When the scandals started hitting his high officials everyone seemed to blame him for not taking action quickly. I stilldon't think he could have rushed to do anything, there was a lot of things which had to be done before any punishments were administered. Personally, what I like about JK is that he has not been personally been hit by any scandal & like it or not he is obe of the few high positioned leaders in government or CCM who has not been accused over raking in millions & millions of "vijisenti". His term is not over & he could possibly win a second term in office so how do you grade JK? There might be a few things I have left out, you are free to add. If there are facts which are wrong or need to be added on you are welcome to state them. In the end it all boils down to what kind of leader you prefer.All this mn like any humans have their strength & weaknesses so I hope we will judge them by human standards. LADIES & GENTLEMEN, WHO IS THE GREATEST PRESIDENT EVER OF TANZANIA? According to me here is how I would rank them starting from top to bottom. 1.Nyerere 2.JK 3.Ali hassan Mwinyi 4.BWM What about you?