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Je tutafika kwa mwendo wa gharama za sherehe na mashangingi???

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by BabuK, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. BabuK

    BabuK JF-Expert Member

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    Je Tutafika kwa hali hii ya kujali sherehe kuliko Kuwekeza kwenye elimu??? Ebu tusome hii tahariri ya gazeti la the Guardian on Sunday

    Tanzanians may have spent close to Sh90 billion to finance 16,000 new weddings between June 2008 and July, this year. The billions went to financing kitchen parties, send-offs and wedding receptions. While we have no objections to Tanzanians financing these special days in their lives, our concern is the growing tendency in this country to spend billions on non-productive projects like weddings and posh cars instead of investing in key areas like education, healthcare or the stock market.

    Over the past decade, Tanzanians – much like their government – have a developed a sense of unnecessary lavishness, with their spending especially in urban areas directed towards conspicuous consumption, or 'showing off' in layman's terms.

    Tanzanians are competing with their government, to own the most high-end fuel guzzling cars at a time when most people in the UK, US, Germany and elsewhere are shifting away from these exorbitant and environmentally damaging vehicles.

    Ask Tanzanians who own one of these fuel guzzling cars when was the last time they engaged the four-wheel drive, and the majority will tell you they don’t even remember where it is.

    Any foreigner driving the roads of this country for the first time might be easily fooled into thinking that this country is far better off economically than it is.

    Our priorities are out of whack. While people compete to finance the most impressive kitchen party or send-off, it is extremely rare to hear of people organising fundraisers to pay for their children, friends and relatives to attend school abroad.

    Kenya achieved its successes in education because of what its people and leaders dubbed “the spirit of Harambee”—the popular fundraisers that enabled thousands of Kenyans to study abroad in early 1980s and 1990s.

    Yes, they do have nice weddings too, but they have set a trend of using the same wedding funding spirit to take their children, friends and relatives abroad or to the best local schools.

    While in the developed world, millions are paring down unnecessary spending and 'tightening the belt' in this global recession, in Tanzania we are doing the opposite.

    Saving for the future by investing in stock markets, property or other forms of long term investment is a must for the nation’s economic prosperity. The time has come for our people to change their mindset and live according to reality.

    If we have been calling upon the government to abandon its lavish expenditure, then let us also do the same by stopping this madness that doesn’t take us anywhere in terms of future economic prosperity.