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Do we need strong people or strong institutions?

Discussion in 'KATIBA Mpya' started by emalau, Mar 28, 2011.

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    emalau JF-Expert Member

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    When Barack Obama visited Ghana last year among other things, he said that Africa does not need strong people rather need strong institutions. I contemplated that statement for quite some time to grasp the insight of it. I’m quite sure most of African leaders did not take their precious time to comprehend the intended message.
    Based on that when I think what happened before election, during election and after election I have come to concur with Barack Obama. One of the incident that happened before election was when the weekly newspaper Mwanahalisi with the title – Mpango wa wizi wa kura huu hapa gave all details about the evil plans which had been put in place to facilitate vote rigging, when I saw the publication for the first time I thought the election would be postponed due to serious allegations made against Uslama wa Taifa, Son of the current “president” – Miraji and the like,
    Beyond my comprehension no one among the accused refuted the allegations, not even the election commission took trouble to assure the public that what had been published were wrong. This demonstrate the fact that despite the election commission being led by strong people - lawyers – Makame and Kilavu, these guys were subdued to the extent of not being able to perform duties entrusted to them, in other words they did it because of the weakness of their institution - election commission.
    During election all of us witnessed the how some of the people who happened to be winners were denied their right due to instructions from the ruling party, for example in Karagwe the the winner was declared at gunpoint, in other words bodies entrusted with instituting justice like police force is being used to deny justice instead, this is another evidence of weak institution – the police force.
    After election as it is always the case, most of the people forgot about vote rigging and started talking about strong people who were supposed to be in the cabinet, you would hear folks talking about the magufulis, Sitta , Mwakyembe, Mrs Tibaijuka and so on. Most of us failed to realize the fact that despite their personal strength the institutional framework within which they are to operate are rotten; as a result it is quite obvious now that people like Magufuli and mama Tibaijuka have already faced the fact. They cannot perform and they will not be able to perform in the near future unless we change the institutional framework.
    My analysis above stresses on the need of having new constitution which among other things should aim at creating or strengthening institutions. Institution devoid of external interference, the ultimate objective being creating a progressive society in which justice is not only being observed but is seen to be observed as well.

    Let me hear from you Great thinkers, you might have different opinion