Founding President of united state of Tanzania Julius Nyerere If Mwalimu Julius Nyerere was alive today he could have not endorsed most of personalities aspiring highest leadership positions because they have failed to stand for what the Father of the Nation had stood for and advocated, said commentators, political analysts and academics. Speaking on the eve to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the death of Mwalimu Nyerere today, they said those aspiring leadership positions have failed to take over his crusade against ignorance, poverty and exploitation. I dont see any attention given to the commemoration of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Day today, said Dr Elisante Ole Gabriel, a lecture with the Mzumbe University in Morogoro and an expert on strategy management and politics analysis. He said most of the people aspiring for leadership positions were self-centred as proved by the way they were conducting their businesses. They are not adhering to what Mwalimu Nyerere had stood for, said the don when reached by phone in Mara region where he is on official duty. Dr Ole Gabriel said Mwalimu Nyerere was a people centred leader and not a self-centred who regarded State House as a sacred that should not be attained through corrupt means. In my opinion as Mwalimu had observed going to Ikulu has now been turned into personal and party interest, remarked the analyst. Mr Kajubi Mukajanga, Executive Secretary of the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT), said Mwalimu left a legacy of humility and dedication to the cause of the masses, adding that he showed and proved that one did not need to be rich to be respected. Unlike the worrying trend that we now see in our country where people seek political positions as a means of making money or protecting ill-gotten wealth, Mwalimu believed and demonstrated that leadership was about service, about caring, he said. Mr Mukajanga added: And most important, Mwalimu was the genuine article: in Nyerere, you got what you saw. It is different from what we are witnessing now when we are never sure when to trust or believe our leaders, because most of the time we feel they are taking us for a ride. Mr Rakesh Rajani, head of Uwazi Twaweza, an initiative that seeks to enable people in East Africa to access information and use it to make a difference, said Mwalimu Nyerere was not a saint, and he made several big mistakes, that we are still suffering from today. But Mwalimu took principled stands; there was a consistency of values, of analysis, of integrity. He articulated positions that you could read and feel a sense of pride and dignity, he said. Mr Rajani said Nyerere's most important characteristic was the ability to be self-critical. I have co-edited two books on Mwalimus writings on education. Among the most powerful are his own assessments of how things were going. He was not one to sing his own praises; instead he was frank, even scathing, about failure of the Government to deliver quality education, he said. Mr Rajani said Nyerere was not satisfied with the enrollment gains of universal primary education (UPE), adding that Mwalimu kept arguing against examinations, he worried about whether there was learning, about children and adult literacy, he showed great concern about the poor and inequities, and he cared passionately about making the countrys education truly liberating and democratic. Prof Issa Shivji, a seasoned academic, said in his article appearing on the forthcoming edition of The Citizen On Sunday that whatever Mwalimus faults and no doubt he had his foibles he did indeed made Tanzanians a proud people who could walk with their heads high. The first six years of the Arusha period roughly 1967 to 1973 were probably the most exciting in Tanzanias political history and Mwalimu was at his most militant phase. For the large majority of the downtrodden, this was a period when they could express their humanity, says the renowned lawyer. Mr Richard Shaba, team leader for Konrad Adenauer Stiftung ( KAS) Tanzania country office, a German NGO in Tanzania since 1964 promoting democracy and good governance at grassroots level, said under Mwalimu Nyereres election campaigns the currency was about dignity, humbleness perseverance and , and today the currency is ill-gotten money and pomp. He said in todays campaigns there are mismatch between the reasons the candidate gives for wanting the office and the real reasons which push the candidate to want the office. Today parties believe that many people at a rally is equal to support for the party most forget that most of the people attend either out of curiosity or because they have been paid to attend, he said. Mr Shaba said candidates today lacked morals by choosing their language while on stage, adding that they also do not always want to believe they can lose an election because they believe they can buy an election. He added that during Nyereres era he tried his best to avoid involving his family or relatives in the running of state or party except for Joseph Nyerere, Joseph Butiku and a distant Bhoke Munanka but today we have almost every top leader trying to have his or her child or spouse in the leadership. Retired long-serving civil servant and diplomat, Ambassador Job Lusinde said 11 years without the Father of the Nation should be taken as a challenge among Tanzanians in fighting all evils in the country. Ambassador Lusinde said Mwalimu Nyerere was strictly against corruption, exploitation and embezzlement of public funds, calling on Tanzanians to uphold Mwalimus legacy. On the forthcoming General Election, Ambassador Lusinde said Mwalimu Nyerere was very clear on the qualities and type of leaders for Tanzania. Mwalimu Nyerere was very open on who is the best leader for this country, he hated corruption from the bottom of his heart, but was ready to see positive changes for the majority, he said. He added: Things will change in this country, there will be a lot of changes because of science and technology, also political wind will change but Mwalimu Nyereres ideas will remain valid and important for this country. A senior lecturer and political analyst with the University of Dar es Salaam, Dr Ezaveli Lwaitama, said Mwalimu Nyerere was against exploitation and oppression of poor people. The Father of the Nation wanted every person to get his or her rights as required, he wanted the rich to value and support the poor so as to avoid classes in the society, said Dr Lwaitama. He said Mwalimu Nyerere wanted leadership code of ethics to be respected and that leaders were supposed to be a product of workers and farmers. Today we witness a lot of changes in the leadership, money and richness are now considered the main factors for a person to become a leader, said the don. Dr Lwaitama said that in this years General Elections, Mwalimu Nyerere would have asked wananchi to vote for a person who is intending to provide free education and health services to poor people. He said: I am sure Mwalimu Nyerere did hate corruption very much and he wanted strong leaders who are product of wananchi themselves, Another lecturer with the University of Dodoma, Mr Paul Loisulie, said the commemoration of Mwalimu Nyerere Day was more important to Tanzanians in this year as they were heading to the General Election on October 31. Mwalimu Nyerere would like to see Tanzanians electing patriotic leaders, leaders who hate corruption and mismanagement of public fund, said Mr Loisulie. A senior law lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, Dr Sengondo Mvungi, said Mwalimu Nyerere was a leader of his own in this country and that it has been hard for others to fit in his shoes. He said as Tanzanians mark 11 years of his death, there have been a lot of changes, which drive the country to poverty and miserable lives among wananchi. I was here during Mwalimu Nyereres leadership, I read his books, I listened to his speeches from time to time but I do not see if his words of wisdoms are respected, forget about following his advises, said Dr Mvungi. According to Dr Mvungi, Mwalimu Nyerere was eager to see every Tanzanian getting quality health services, quality education and other social services but the current government has failed to offer one of them under acceptable standard. The don added that corruption has increased in the country, the level of economic dependency has also gone up and there rampant failure of the government to collect taxes, things which Mwalimu was against. On leadership and election, Dr Mvungi said Tanzanian politics have taken a new course of worshiping money instead of respecting humanity. I if Nyerere was to resurrect today, it is obvious, the old man would die of anger and blood pressure after witnessing what is taking place in a country he really loved and sacrificed his life for, said Dr Mvungi. Former governor of the Central Bank and founding member of Chama Cha Maendeleo na Demokrasia (Chadema), Mr Edwin Mtei, said Mwalimu Nyereres was a valiant leader who had wanted to make Tanzania a prosperous country. However, Mr Mtei said Mwalimus dream of making Tanzania a prosperous country could not become true because the leaders who successors did not put the interests of Tanzanians at heart.