DO YOU REMEMBER 22 OCTOBER, 43 YEARS AGO?? On 22 October 1966, the University College of Dar-es-Salaam at Mlimani was closed by the late President Nyerere and all students were sent home to their villages after they demonstrated up to IKULU against a Parliamentary Draft Bill to make National Service compulsory after one completed Secondary and higher education. Nyereres anger and final harsh decision on that day was aggravated by students remarks in their written ULTIMATUM which compared this forceful labour deployment to afadhali Mkolonis (mis)treatment of our ascestors. However, the majority of students were allowed to resume their studies at the College in July 1967 after the Government sacked the ring leaders (including Comrade Kimulson) and, of course, had to lose one academic year. History has now proved that the students objections and contentions were right as the National Service Law was repealed and scrapped off after over three decades of unsuccessful and lamentable operations. The JKT centres at Mafinga, Makutopora, Ruvu and others were but concentration camps except for the names. Living conditions in these camps were sadly deplorable and the commanders or leaders were taught to torture the educated elite and NOT to mould them as disciplined reserve servicemen and women! Unfortunately, this was one of Nyereres fallacious ideologies and the Nation has learnt it the hard way but, regrettably, with immense loss of many man-years from that generation !! Well, he is the Father of the Nation and mtakatifu-mtarajiwa .