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    CHIEF KIMWAGA New Member

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    This easy pays attention on events that led to social political and economic environment into which our peasant farmer finds himself today.

    Before our independence all government ministries, all roads, all railways lines and railway engines were running smoothly. Including a most effective periodical free medical treatment was given to all sick villagers by mobile doctor scheme paid up by government. Plus some saving of 60% of our total budget which had accrued for several years by our predecessor for the coming major projects.

    After our independence when our country’s economy was ploughed into catastrophe especially after squandering our savings which had been scheduled for construction of four of our major economic roads, everything became bad. According to our leaders, the cause was the so called price built up of our imported petroleum products which accelerated soon after the Middle East war of 1967. At first these price escalation were believed to compensate destroyed jets, tanks and other assets. Then secondly considered as a fight against Zionism. Now it has come out commercially as an accumulation of wealth, at global expenses. Some of our countries economic plans became and are still destabilized because we had never laid down an economic pillar to lean at. We had aborted good plans from our predecessor and forced wrong political recommendations which caused our economy to shrink. We have had self styled economic suicides; Views on the Arusha Declaration contributed our economy to shrink. The A.D too many it was as baffling as it was dizzling in its scope and objectives. Even to people with alert minds, it was difficult to get at the root of solving our problems. Some of its guidelines were retrogressive such Leaders should not have extra houses for business. Leaders should not have shares in Companies. Leaders should not be directors of any company; Leaders should not have motor vehicles for business.

    Forced village settlements also ruined our economy. Seasonal efforts of our local farmers which had to be utilized in cultivation were diverted to clearing of land and building shelters once again. Some died in the process as a result production in agriculture fell. So far people have suffered unnecessarily a un economic wastage of time and effort. These wrong political recommendations did more to castrate people’s lives than to uplift them. Once again bad policy recommendations also contributed in ruining our economy. At the time of our independence one (1) US dollar used to change for Tsh 7.50 and now it is Tshs 1500.00 that is two hundred times more .This illustrates that our currency has been all the time and is still weakening that means our economy has also been all the time and is still shrinking. Our economic growth has been our long time problem.

    Some of our leaders in the past had given excuses telling that we lacked foreign currency raw materials and expatriates in order to get things moving smoothly in our country. Other leaders have gone even beyond by blaming after several years of our independence saying that our colonialists under developed our countries. MA person who comes from Hong Kong or South Africa would not believe that. Definitely most Africans kicked out their colonialists much earlier! It was better to delay this very immature, peculiar in experienced African democracy than developments!

    The Japanese did not have petroleum fields but their economy started to out rival other developed countries who had both petroleum and industries. Late in the years of 1960's the Japanese concentrated on modernizing every now and then of ever increasing over - flow both in range and fashion of objects which have become the current basic necessities to equip one with modernity.


    In order to appreciate fully the problems confronting ordinary peasant who are more than thirty million in number. It is essential first to consider briefly African history about a century back. This is because of events which took place during this period have a great bearing to the social and economic environment into which the African peasant finds himself today.

    The change from purely subsistence to a cash economy began with the down of colonization when several powerful nations from Europe assigned to themselves huge portions of African Countries mainly and primarily as sources of cheap labor and cheap raw materials. Thus the economy of each and every colony in Africa was tied up to that of a metropolitan power. Price levels for internal as well as exportable surpluses were dependent upon the fluctuating needs and an overall economic strength of the master at home. The farmer till today has had very little direct say in the negotiating machinery in fixing these price levels even now when there is global shortage of our products still our prices will dictated by outsiders.

    The former British trusteeships government through the department of agriculture and animal husbandry contributed substantially through research teams and extension field officers towards improvements of farming methods and marketing facilities. The speed with which improvements were being carried out was a SLOW ONE, SPORADIC AND ACCIDENTAL.In fact these were piece meal achievements whose coverage of affected areas so far was confined only to such areas where for reason of better known to climatically conditions and availability of marketable cash crops.
    NO SUPER EFFORTS in the form of an all embracing master plan were needed to get things moving. Accordingly the proportionately small areas where exportable crops were grown have economically advanced much more rapidly than those areas where crops grown were primarily for internal consumption only. This briefly is the kind of situation which broadly speaking GOVERNMENTS in Africa inherited at their times of independence.

    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT][FONT=&quot]To be continued………[/FONT][FONT=&quot][/FONT][FONT=&quot][/FONT][FONT=&quot]

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    CHIEF KIMWAGA New Member

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