Mates, let's talk about politics. Tanzanian politics to be specific. Having taken a passive role in Tanzanian politics, most of us have witnessed the once mighty CCM going into a downward spiral, for all sorts of wrong reasons. Studying the dynamics of Tanzanian politics, you'll come to conclude that CCM as a ruling party for over 30 years has failed. The policies are a complete mess. The rule of law is almost non-existent. Tanzania, our country is failing. And, at the moment it looks like we're all affected by the way or country is being run. From the peasant in the rural areas whose produce can't fetch sensible prices, to a civil servant who can't afford reasonable basic needs in the city. Maisha ni magumu sababu ya uongozi mbovu. Extinction The CCMs are surely going into extinction, they'll evolve into much more advanced entities soon, maybe 10 to 15 years from now? I guess my prediction is inaccurate, but at least it's somewhat realistic. CCM, Chama Cha Mapinduzi, as it once was - served the purpose of care-taking, and eventually ceased the chance to lead and rule for life. The oblivion of sleep Without naming names, CCM is increasingly becoming powerless, leaderless and rudderless. All we are seeing is the emergency of "powerful individuals" , dodgy "waheshimiwas" whose objectives are slowly but clinically killing CCM. This bunch of influential crooks enjoy the best of the country as they run the show by proxy. In recent years, CCM branches have sprung up in many countries, while somehow declining within Tanzania. These so called CCM members outside Tanzania [with no right to vote - unless the rules are changed for them] are mere opportunists, or to describe the in a different way, they are jumping into the bandwagon. Their support, desire and drive will diminish with time. They are just wannabes. Uongozi mbadala The critical part of this phenomenon, one could argue is what's the alternative to CCM? Or in other words, who do we turn to for leadership after CCM is gone like KANU in Kenya or Zambia's UNIP? I suppose the voters tend to figure that out pretty quicky, given the conventional wisdom is to vote for the most popular candidate or party. At the moment the alternatives are not quite strong, the reasons are clear. Most of them are not genuine opposition politicians, and those who happen to be real are misguided and not willing to fight tough battles with CCM. They are opposition by label or tag, not by what they stand for. These drawbacks will sort themselves out as more and more common people realise how much they waste their votes by electing CCM for all those years with no progress whatsoever. Alternative leaders exist already, they just are reluctant to come out and lead in different uniforms other than kijani, njano na nyeusi. Barring renaissance within CCM, which could return as CCM mark II, in a new guise, I believe the next generation of Tanzanian political leaders will be much more responsible and aggressive. Dira mpya They will regard other countries as true opponents for export markets, and treat local opposition politicians as partners in development of our country. They will spend more time competing against Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda or South Africa; than spending billions of shillings to win a by-election while holding a 99 per cent majority in parliament with a popular president at Magogoni. Talking about Tanzanian politics, how do we define our political ideologies? Are we all in the left? Actually, that could be another factor we haven't looked into as a stumbling block. We gotta define this clearly before we start calling names. In a nutshell, Tanzania will bounce back from years of slumping leadership. Tanzania will prevail, with the same mix of population, but a different set of leaders, policies, vision and patriotism. We need leaders with balls of steel, leaders who can afford to say no to the forces of darkness. Surprisingly we know people who can do that job, but when it comes to the ballot box drill [mwakani uchaguzi] we seem to listen to our hearts na kusahau maumivu kwa muda. Anyway, tuko pamoja, Tanzania ni yetu.