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Jenereali: Unapokuwa fukara usivae kama mwana wa mfalme...

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Zak Malang, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Zak Malang

    Zak Malang JF-Expert Member

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    Mkisoma makala hii superb (kama kawaida yake Jenerali) huwezi kukosa kubaini ni kiongozi yupi hasa ktk nchi yetu anayesemwa.

    Nime-highlight kwenye red.


    My Gal Joyce Banda says: When you're a beggar, don't dress up like a prince...

    By Jenerali Ulimwengu

    Joyce Banda, who became president of Malawi recently, succeeding Bingu wa Mutharika, is a girl after my very own, only she will never know. In our ancient cultural setting we would be saying that the woman is a "real man," meaning a person with the courage to state what she believes and damn the consequences, and stand her ground no matter the odds stacked against her.

    We saw the way she stood up to her predecessor, Bingu, who, having chosen her as running mate and thereafter vice-president, attempted to sideline her in the succession race, preferring his own younger brother, Peter. My gal refused to budge, and when she was evicted from her party leadership slot, quit the party altogether, registered her own party and still stayed put as the country's number two even as she was in the opposition. Just my kind of girl.

    It is not very difficult to imagine what went on between the president and his vice president during those bitter months of acrimonious cohabitation. There was really nothing that Bingu could do to jettison his irksome deputy because the Constitution did not allow him to get rid of the person who had been elected alongside him, on the same ticket. So he sulked and growled, and allowed his cronies to insult, humiliate and intimidate her, but Joyce responded with a healthy measure of disdain and continued with her work, biding her time, until the day when Bingu was called upon to go meet the Great Wizard.

    Having defeated all attempts to block her succession, the Great Lady of Lilongwe strode majestically into State House and proceeded to make her presence felt by hiring and firing and generally making people take note of her arrival.

    But probably the most radical step she has taken so far, is her recent decision to dump the presidential plane and a fleet of luxurious motor vehicles as part of her austerity measures. This has earned her plaudits among donor nations and agencies, especially as they grapple with austerity issues of their own caused by the crisis in the Eurozone.

    Which brings to the fore the issue of economic crises and the measures required to counter them or to limit their effects on people's lives. Indeed, if economic crises call for austerity measures, wouldn't our respective countries be in the forefront of imposing austerity measures, cutting costs, slashing luxury items and generally tightening our rulers' - not the people's - belts, seeing as we have never known a period of non-crisis since we were born as nations?
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    At a time when we are witnessing capitalist governments taking socialist measures to rescue their floundering economies, maybe we of the permanent economic crises should be revisiting Das Kapital and the Communist Manifesto? We may not be there just yet, but at least we could begin by following the logic of Joyce Banda' most recent action: When you are a beggar, don't behave like a prince. The donors are already noticing and queuing up before her with open chequebooks.

    But that is a lesson that many African rulers will take a long time to ingest because the temptation to spend other people's money is too great for our rulers to resist. That is why we are treated to the ridiculous spectacle of politicians and government officials dressing like pop stars and driving glitzy Beverly Hills style cars that would make Kanye West green with envy. I wish they could at least sing something.

    I'm serious. If people want to be superstars they better be superstars, at least try to be. They could do a few Karaoke sessions during which they could belt out lines like "Love me tender" or "When a man loves a woman." That way, we would suffer them to dress like stage lovers and scoot around in dreamland jalopies.

    Otherwise, we should all take a tip from Ma Banda, the new girl on the block: Just make sense.

    Source: The East African
  2. Safari_ni_Safari

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    jamaa yetu kapewa :boxing::boxing:za uso.
    ''when you are a begger, dont act like a prince''
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    Lilongwe – Charles Mkula (Newstime Africa) –

    Malawians today await with abated breath how the two month old Joyce Banda administration will unshackle them from the yoke of run away inflation, high commodity prices, high taxes when the minister of finance Ken Lipenga announces the 2012/13 National Budget. The southern African nation has in the twilight years of the reign of late president Bingu wa Mutharika experienced social and economic challenges including poor political and economic governance, shortage of fuel and foreign exchange, and unfavourable investment climate which rubbed away the five year successes of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government of the demised leader. Mutharika died of cardiac arrest of cardiac arrest on April 5 effectively leaving the reigns of power in the hands of his estranged vice president Joyce Banda, president of the DPP break away party, the People's Party (PP).

    By the time the DPP stepped out of power, the country was reeling from lack of foreign exchange, erratic fuel supply and the rise in pump prices which had led to increase in transportation costs that eventually pushed non-food prices up creating parallel fuel prices and parallel foreign exchange market premiums which saw the citizens hit by high prices of retail and wholesale goods and services because of spiraling distribution costs. By December 2011 maize prices had gone up forcing the annual average inflation rate to stand at 7.6 percent compared to 7.4 percent in 2010. At the beginning of 2012, inflation had hit double digits and was projected to rise to 15 percent by mid year. Choking hard on the poor citizens was the Mutharika's pet trial project, the 2011/2012 Zero Deficit National Budget that government implemented in the hope of meeting all recurrent transactions from the country's own revenue resources.

    Unfortunately the domestic revenue collection, which had exerted 16.5 per cent on water consumption, ordinary bread, meat and edible meat offal, milk and dairy products, residues and waste from food industries, saw dust and wood waste, newspapers, and fees, charges, commissions, and discounts on financial services, performed badly. The result was constrained government expenditures which led to the contraction of the general economy and a slowdown in infrastructure development projects and provision of social services especially in the health sector putting a MK59.7 billion deficit in the national economy. In her state of the nation address during the opening of the 2012/13 parliamentary Budget sitting three weeks ago president Banda announced that her government would do away with Zero Deficit Budget and restore the country's macroeconomic balance through a credible and liberal exchange rate regime. She said her administration would put in place mechanisms to ensure foreign exchange availability and fuel supply as well as pursue an export-led growth with major investments in agriculture, manufacturing, mining and tourism sectors.

    Banda said she expected the economic growth rate to average at 4.9 percent in 2012 and raised the nations' hope that the economy will be on a path to growth recovery in 2013 when various measures will be put in place by her People's Party The Southern Africa's first woman president and Africa's second, hinted that her government will launch a national austerity drive that will see to it that it cuts back on state expenditure through the selling of the US13 million presidential jet, cutting back on the excesses of government ministers, officials as well as statutory corporation's executives, reducing the presidential motorcade and by curbing excesses in government procurement, and stamping out on corruption as well as restoring the battered international relations with neighboring countries and the donor community.
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    Haaaahaaaa! Nikupata wasaa wa kukuona ana kwa ana Jenerali, ntakupatia Fanta baridi utulize mzuka...umesema kweli kabisa kuhusu nini tunachofanya
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    sijui kama huyu mtu wa magogoni hii lugha atadaka chochote
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    I like this piece from Jenerali....for our case..TZ...a country very known for begging...through our president...i think he (JK) and his cabinet should be the first among all other African presidents/governments to follow Joyce Banda's austerity measures....besides, he (JK)is the one who is always being invited to represent others in international economic fora...he should then be able to lead others by example....Very sad that we don't have leaders like madame Joyce Banda in TZ....or Michal Sata.....
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    Kwenye mkutano wa CCM jangwani kuna mwanasiasa mmoja nafikiri ni Guninita aliongea mambo ya ajabu kidogo! Kwamba Tanzania ni dunia ya tatu hivyo wapinzani wasiifananishe na Marekani na Uingereza, kwamba sisi wenzetu tena kwa msisitizo ni MALAWI, ZAMBIA, MSUMBIJI, DRC nk.
    Sijui akisoma makala hiyo ya Jenerali bado ataikubali kauli yake?
    Lakini ni haki Tanzania kuwa level moja na DRC? Nchi yenye vita na haijawahi kupata amani tangu uhuru? Kweli ni hatari "omba omba kuishi kama mwana mfalme"!
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