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Why president Kikwete is a poor student of political history?

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Rutashubanyuma, May 6, 2012.

  1. Rutashubanyuma

    Rutashubanyuma JF-Expert Member

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    In any school of management there is a general assumption that after ten years in management one begins to lose his mojo, altogether, but do not tell it to president Kikwete who in 2005 vying for presidency made an indelible mark for himself after he conceitedly equated 17 years in public service with productivity! Little did the naïve voters queried him of what the wanton years in public service had done to his predecessor in Benjamin Mkapa. At that time the public had seen enough of a decade in power of Mkapa administration and they did not like it despite a cynical depression of official inflation data. If there was any historical lesson in politics from the Mkapa years then; it remains, if you decide to overestimate the quality of years in public service please do that at your own peril. The trading off of quantity of public service to the potentiality of quality in the same seems stupendous and fallacious.


    Ex-president Mkapa had come from an inner circle of Nyerere and from that Mkapa had almost three decades in national limelight galloping from one cabinet position to another but his ten years in power were abysmal to say the least whereof rampant official graft seemed to have acquired a new status under his watch. Paradoxically Mkapa of 1995 had made hyperbolical claims that he had toured the whole country only to realize people were fed up with grand graft and he promised a new dawn where transparency and truthfulness were new weapons of mass destruction against the scourge! At the commencement of his first term Mkapa proclaimed his poverty stature following the release of his wealth acquisition report and his minions were quick to replicate that deceitful move only for Mkapa and his brigade reneging to repeat that historical feat no sooner after they had parted company with power ten years later! Institutional checks and balances were so eroded that no governance watchdog had the guts to take Mkapa and his closest lieutenants by their horns following illegal amassing of public wealth during their decadent tenure. Today, Mkapa and his closest allies that include "who is who" in Kikwete inner circle seems to have gotten away with looting of public coffers!


    The enduring lesson there remains longevity in public service may engrave the status quo but was of little value against reforming of what is wrong with our public service today. When Kikwete became the president in 2005 he enjoyed a popular support partially a gratitude of the fact that the opposition had featured one of the weakest presidential pretenders they could possibly puke. But president Kikwete failed to rally the nation for a higher calling when he viewed the moral dilemmas we were facing could be resolved through his personal micromanagement skills! Out of this, Kikwete attempted with little success to build an aura of personality cult similar to Nyerere's! Where Nyerere's invincibility arose from subduing colonial power and building a nation out of colonial ashes, Kikwete was a blue eyed boy who did not know where to etch his legacy. Nyerere's staying in power was partially a credit to his immense intellect, altruism and possibly that character shaped by his religious belief while Kikwete's attempt to emulate that had no bearing from the individual himself, at all. Even the imitation of the initial abbreviations J.K where to Nyerere lucidly stood for Julius Kambarage but for Kikwete nobody cares what they are meant for.


    From the Mwinyi tenure where Kikwete cut his political teeth there is very little one can discern whether Kikwete had learnt anything, at all. Where Mwinyi; despite his academic underachievement, at least he had a vision to liberalize economy in order to cope with gripping challenges ensuing from the Nyerere's years of a closed society. Mwinyi earned for himself Mr. Rukhsa as a result of his endeavours. Kikwete's both terms were marred by a bloated ministerial cabinet and instead of trimming it down Kikwete maintained an oversize government that is notorious for official graft and least known for public service delivery. Kikwete more than his predecessors has rewarded loyalty and sacrificed productivity and no wonder all economic indicators are depicting this nation on an economic abseil never witnessed in our short post-colonial era!

    How will political historians remember Kikwete? Well, he is a bold politician who flimsily attempted to fill in the oversize boots left behind by Nyerere, and nothing more.

     
  2. Mtoboasiri

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    He just wanted to be a president, but didn't know what presidency is all about. The man is clueless, hopelessly incompetent.
     
  3. Mpita Njia

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    Such kind of debates will continue if we continue to look at people and not systems which makes our governance or leadership models. Under the current governance and leadership systems, no Tanzania will make any wonders in any position of ladership. We might have short lived achievements, but it will be very hard to achieve sustainable development under the current system
     
  4. Bishop Hiluka

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    Mmh! No comments...
     
  5. Rutashubanyuma

    Rutashubanyuma JF-Expert Member

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    Mtoboasiri....he is the least competent of all of his predecessors!
     
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  6. Rutashubanyuma

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    Mpita Njia...we elect leaders not only to maintain the systems but also to reform them..................and the pretentious JK earn little marks as a genuine rerformer...............and history will cover that angle superbly.........
     
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  7. Rutashubanyuma

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    Bishop Hiluka.............sometimes no comment is an excellent coment............
     
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    Learning requires a certain minimum level of intelligence in the leaner's mind for it to be effective. Unfortunately some people are UNTRAINABLE! May be their minds does not meet this critical minimum level of intelligence!

    Just thinking loudly...
     
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    Ruta! as i have had said before! i have lost this gizza! he has got no idea of what is going on! well, may be NOT!, but he is playing something knowingly that Tanzanians are easy going losers! ooh hang on, i remember the word! i think it is called taking advantage or taking the Mickey! thats what he is up to! flippin hell! We are in massive trouble!!
     
  10. Mpita Njia

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    It will add to our analysis of JK's legacy...
     
  11. MAMMAMIA

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    [Rutashubanyuma samahani, nisingependa kutafsiri kwa Kiingereza yale ninayoyawaza. Isitoshe, daktari wangu kanikataza nisiseme Kiingereza zaidi ya sentensi mbili kwani kichwa huwa kinaniuma - lol]

    Ikiwa vita si lelemama, uongozi ndio kabisaaa. Watu hudai kuwa kusema ni kitu rahisi sana, na kweli ndio inavyoonekana, lakini ukweli huu hugeuka pale anayekuwa anasema ni kiongozi, hasa kiongozi wa siasa. Wanasiasa "hununulika" ikiwa yale wanayoyasema huendana baadaye na kauli zao. Kosa la viongozi wetu husema kwanza, hasa kwa njia ya ahadi na kauli mbiu, ndio baadaye wakaanza utekelezaji. Wengine hata huo utekelezaji huwa hakuna. Wanadhani wakisha kusema na kupigiwa makofi ndio "upepo tu, umepita," lakini wananchi huwa wanasubiri kuona utekelezaji na ufanisi wa kile mwanasiasa alisema.

    Waswahili husema "debe tupu haliachi kelele". Hiki ndio kinachoonekana kwa wanasiasa wetu - lelemama, debe tupu, maneno mengi kama upatu - lakini utekelezaji sifuri. Naamini kama Kikwete angejua kuwa "Ari Mpya, Kasi Mpya na Nguvu Mpya na baadaye Maisha bora kwa kila Mtanzania" ni maneno ambayo hakupaswa kuyasema kutokana na wananchi baadaye kutaka kuona matokeo ya Ari, Nguvu na Kasi Mpya, na Maisha Bora. Tuseme ile kasi ilikuwa "mbio za sakafuni?". Tuseme ile dhana ya "maisha bora" alikusudia kwa "kila waziri au kiongozi anayemteua" badala ya kila Mtanzania?

    Uongozi si lelemama. Uongozi si kusema na kusubiri mambo yawe "kimungumungu". Siku za miujiza zimepita tangu nyakati za mitume, sasa ni riziki na uwinda. Naelewa kuwa wananchi wana sehemu kubwa katika kupiga uwinga na kutafuta riziki au maendeleo; lakini wananchi kama watoto, hufuata kisogo cha mlezi wao. Sasa ikiwa ikiwa kichogo cha mlezi hakiakisi jengine zaidi ya ufisadi, watoto wanatarajiwa wawe vipi?
     
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    Even that comfort of being judged harshly by history perhaps when he is gone is not there,his is the kind of failure that does not have to wait for history to be written,the guy knows that even the present is mocking him.His smiles are no more,his nightmares are unimaginable for a guy who had it all and squandered it all-a whole nation's goodwill.His nightmares can perhaps be compared with those of the prodigal son when he was eating with the pigs atthe pigsty.
     
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    No president like Kikwete,,,,,,, After end of his term we may named him as a """"" Father of Democracy in Tanzania"""""" as we named ''''''' Father of the Nations'''', Mzee Ruksa""" Long live Kikwete long live Democracy """"""""
     
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    can you please clarify to me who is behind the system or who is supposed to change the system (the president or people)?
     
  15. Rutashubanyuma

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    SURUMA...could we be dealing with a case of everlasting autism here?
     
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    slufay....maybe long live a culture of knowing who, too?
     
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  17. Rutashubanyuma

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    Lonestriker.......................I can only hope JK's aversion to pigs averts him from reading your comments in red......
     
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    [MENTION]
    Mammamia[/MENTION] uko juu sana..................
     
  19. Rutashubanyuma

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    Mpita Njia maybe this guy's enduring legacy will be his boyish looks which he had hoped to exploit that we may overlook his massive leadership failures?
     
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    Ninakupa THNKS & LIKE live.
     
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