- Apr 28, 2009
Hitler did all that bau because of lack of freedom of speech his personal were not happy. What Magufuli is doing a white man could have done better but we chose to be free. We don’t need to be oppressed now.
Rev. Kishoka;Comrade Mzuvendi,
It had been years since we enjpyed such discussions.
I have highlighted few things on your first paragraph and I am very much alarmed by your comments which comes across as adoration of the "strong leadership" even though in true essence it isnt leadership but a type of Ops Manager or the MBWA typw (management by walking around) which isnt leadership at all. What is evenscary is that at nearly 60 years of self independence, there is a desparate need ya the type of "hands on " leader which is a result of delegation of responsibility hasn't worked well.
The quesion is would this shaking up things would result to a new norm? ridding paying lip service, reversing micro management and allow delegation to take place? would the new day become self sustainable and durable to last at least3 to 4 future decades with leadership rotation to come afte Magufuli?
Lastly, why does Tanzania at 58 years old, needed to have a micro manager as president of the country? Why arent we self propelling to get things done and we had to require mkung'uto na virungu to get the gurudumu la Taifa move somehow from tope... regardless if its moving to the right direction or not?
Do we have a succession (successor) system that can carry one the tempo, zeal and attitude ya result orianted leadership.. au kama kawaida tutakwenda through phase ya "hebu tupumue kwanza'? and if as taifa we choose "hebu tupumue kwanza"... don't wea ll think its time to do soul search to how we got there?
Let me put this way. I am desperate for results in some key areas such as transportation, efficient in delivering government services and energy. When you so desperate, you can easily overlook serious shortcomings of the individual and give the person the benefits of the doubts. So, to be honest with you I think that is what I have done with Magufuli. The relationship I have with his presidency is very transactional. Take my liberty, freedom of speech and in return build me the railways.
I supports some of his initiatives lukewarmly as I wait for the results. If he finishes the railway lines in timely fashion, I will be elated because a robust transportation system in the country will improve commerce greatly and empower our people than other government program. The same applies to the proper use of our energy sources the country us.
At heat I am a very liberal person. I love democracy, the rule of law, and personnel liberty. For example, it won’t offend me if the LGBT community organizes a parade in the streets of Dar Es Salaam. However, I have become a realistic. Now I believe that strong institutions of the country, strong democracy, and the rule of law aren’t the outcome of textbook exercise as many Tanzania think. Rather, they are the results of historical events which have happened in the country, some of them very painful. So, to me, Magufuli’s leadership style is an historical event which might help shape the way we view our leaders.
So in summary, I have decided to sacrify my values for results. I am gambling here that the good results in transportation, government services, and energy sector might be good for the country at least in a short term. However, in a long term, his leadership style might force the next generation create democratic and strong institutions rooted in the current historical events.