Maoni ya mtanzania mwenzetus: Edward Lowassa ni jembe

Danny Massawe

JF-Expert Member
Oct 15, 2012
Why Lowassa Matters… Since this page is about sharing and engaging with friends of Lowassa, I would like to share why I think Lowassa is a good leader. We all know that despite our country having enormous physical, natural and human resources, Tanzania is still one of the least developed countries (see UN List of Least Developed Countries). Here at home, you don’t really need to read all those World Bank statistics to see or understand extreme poverty, high unemployment, inflation, lack of basic services and general hopelessness. You see it, you experience it, you feel it. And the big question remains: WHY? Anyway, my comments on this page are not about answering the question WHY for I personally don’t know the answer but I guess choices have consequences. As a friend of Lowassa, I am simply commenting on this page to appreciate the good work that Lowassa has accomplished for our nation and country and to motivate him even further in his career as a leader and politician whatever his dreams because I know what he is capable of doing. As far as I know Mr Lowassa, he is the man who gives people hope. As I have said above, the majority of Tanzanians are those living in critical poverty, people who can only afford one or two meals a day, with no access to school or healthcare, and people who feel there is no one who cares about them. People without hope. During Lowassa’s term of office, people were filled with hope that things will change for the better. Poor Tanzanians felt assured that they will also obtain a fair share of national cake and resources. Those were the times when accountability at the local government level was real and common people felt that the government knows their despair and strives to improve their live. I have also known Lowassa as a person who relates to all people and engages with the community at grass root level. Mr Lowassa has been at the forefront of the fight against poverty, hopelessness and exclusion; He has assisted and strengthened many community based credit and savings associations, micro-business organisations, helped faith based organisations, supported individuals and many others. Because of his efforts, many people have got the opportunity to go to school, afford a meal and live another day, build a house and live a decent life. A leader should indeed be able to assist people to solve their problems as well as give them hope that he understand their problems and that they will be attended to. One can also point out Lowassa’s spirit of unity for all Tanzanians. Lowassa has articulated his character as a person who respects diversity and cooperates with all persons and institutions without regard to their social, religious, or political affiliation. Lowassa is also leader who listens and understands, and above all he understands what matters. One of the critical problems facing our country today is staggering unemployment. Lowassa has constantly underlined the perils of unmitigated unemployment, and specifically youth unemployment. He said it repeatedly that youth unemployment is a ticking bomb. He understands that if our economy must wake up and tread, many young men and women should have the prospect of engaging in productive work, earn an income and pay taxes. But of course, a positive impact in reducing unemployment and triggering economic growth may not be achieved if no efforts are made to salvage our decomposing education sector. Latest data indicate that our children complete primary education without acquiring even the most basic literacy or numerical skills. Our secondary schools performance is extremely discouraging. Many students complete secondary school without learning or gaining any practical skills necessary for obtaining a job. (see the Poverty and Human Development Report, 2012, by Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA)). In 2013 alone, of all students who sat for national secondary education examinations, ninety five percent (95) of them failed (See Tanzania Human Rights Report, 2013, LHRC) prompting the government to “rename” pass grades categories in a desperate move to calm down public discontent. But the question remains if Tanzanian children are learning at all. Lowassa has a clear vision that investing in education is the first right step to get ourselves out of unemployment and extreme poverty and over the years Lowassa has consistently reiterated that our priority should be quality education. As a premier, Lowassa demonstrated this conviction by enabling the establishment of community schools (so called shule za kata). Schools were built in nearly every ward and the government undertook to foot a fair amount of the costs. Because of this policy, schools became economically affordable as well as physically accessible. For our ailing basic education system, such an intervention came as a big relief. Unfortunately, the core of this project could not be effectively implemented afterwards after Lowassa resigned from office. Lowassa has understood our education system as a pressing matter for a long time now, and he has insisted countless times that we can only go further if we invest in quality education, improve teacher training and teaching approaches. Mr. Lowassa is also a firm and decisive leader. People want to believe in a firm leader, capable of making and implementing hard and appropriate decisions (and deciding when it is hard to decide) and a leader who is not easily manipulated. Lowassa does not wait for time to solve problems or fool people by forming endless committees and commissions of inquiries whose decisions and recommendations are never implemented. He decides and takes appropriate action to implement. He wants things to move forward. He likes to see results, not endless proceedings. Lest we forget, one can recount how Lowassa responded efficiently and effectively to the Nile Water crisis. As you probably know, the Nile originates from Lake Victoria and the use of river Nile waters (including the lake, its source) is supposedly governed by an old colonial treaty which puts the interests of Egypt first and purport to restrict the rights and use of the waters of the Nile by other countries. Tanzania resolved to build a big water project in Lake Victoria and a s a result prompted a sharp response from Egypt including allegedly threats of war. Tanzania’s stance, at least by that time was firm and clear. It was Lowassa who officially reacted to this crisis and conveyed a clear and steady national response that the Nile waters belong to us all to use sustainably and the water project construction would continue as planned whatever the treaty says and whatever the threats. Unfortunately, this Nile water problem will hang around us for some time still and let’s hope that the position has not changed. I also have no doubt that Lowassa would have maintained the same disposition regarding Lake Malawi dispute. When it comes to things of national interest a leader must be swift and steadfast and there is minimum below which you cannot bargain let alone sell. Again, Lowassa is a person who embraces democratic ideals of good governance and accountability. The biggest hallmark of his political accountability is his resignation from the post of the Prime Minister in 2008 following a parliamentary inquiry of a supposedly ambiguous energy crisis contract. Nearly seven years down the drain, with every light of the day, all the facts tends to clear Mr Lowassa from the blame. Lowassa understands that the government and its institutions obtains authority and legitimacy from all Tanzanians and must perform to people’s expectations. If things go wrong someone definitely did not do his job properly and must be accountable. Another example relates to how Lowassa dealt with the water crisis relating to City Water Co. in 2005– a British company which had a 10 year contract starting from 2003 to supply water services in Dar es Salaam. Mr Lowassa made City Water accountable and instantly terminated City Water’s contract in 2005 (only two years later) because of recurring water shortages and supply problems in Tanzania’s biggest city. Sometimes things are just clear and obvious and one has to decide and move on. Not committees and endless expensive commissions. One can also recall how Lowassa responded to the collapse of the high storey building in Dar making sure that the licensing authorities including the engineers were made accountable. There are simply many examples demonstrating Mr Lowassa’s confidence in accountability such that we cannot possibly list all of them here. One thing is clear however, that Lowassa has shown that that public office is held in trust and leaders should strive to perform better for the benefit of all and where that trust is broken such office bearers should be answerable to the people. Accountability is the cornerstone of good governance and a very important aspect for development of the country. We also know that in October 2015, there will be national election where Tanzanians will elect its president for another five years (we all know it is 10). More than ever before, for many reasons, this time there is so much unease and enthusiasm around the presidency. Although Lowassa hasn’t publicly declared his intentions to run for the big office, his name towers the list of presidential aspirants. If Lowassa eventually decides to run for this office, be assured that there are millions of us supporting you. You are the Value for Vote. You are able, but now be Ready and be Willing. May God Keep You Safe.

Source: ENL OOO.



JF-Expert Member
Jan 20, 2011
PAMOJA NA ALIYEANDIKA NI .... ila bado kwa CCM lowassa anauzika kirahisi kwa wapiga kura kuliko PINDA


JF-Expert Member
Feb 26, 2008
Pamoja na publicity yote hiii kwa Lowasa it does not take away the naked fact that the guy is corrupt. Hafai I wonder why investing so much on the presidency issue being a already Millionea. Waafrica umasikini utatuuwa...hatujijui, Maskini wa Africa hata akikufumania na mkewe ukipenyeza Rupia tu atakumwagia sifa kedekede. This guy hatufai kuwa Raisi sababu ni corrupt amenunua Media zimfagilie nawatu mbalimbali wamsifie tumuogope km ukoma.


JF-Expert Member
May 24, 2008
Lowassa ndio kimbilio la ccm hakuna mwingine ndani ya ccm mwenye kuuzika kwa wananchi kama lowassa hili liko wazi

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