Tanzania has the potential power to become a regional power, not just the East African region but the Sub Saharan region as a whole. Now don't get me wrong, other countries in East Africa and Sub Sahara for that matter do have potential of there own but I'm here to make a case for Tanzania. I'm a Tanzania so obviously I would love to see my country on the forefront of everything that is nice in this region be it economically, socially political or otherwise. With my nationality aside I honestly, truly believe that among all East African nations, Tanzania has the most potential to make the biggest impact. I can say that Tanzania is the potential star from the region. The only problem is that this star is not doing all it can at the moment to improve it's game. Of all East African nations Tanzania is by far the most stable. We don't face the political instability of Uganda nor the tribalism of Kenya. Don't get me wrong, we do have our problems but no where in our history do I remember as facing dictatorship rule like Uganda or political unrest and upheaval like Kenya. What Tanzania has to do now is institutionalize it's democracy and come up with sound policies which will ensure that the country is run by a sound democratic system and not by individuals who can not always be trusted to do the right thing. The second area of concern is the economy. Tanzania is arguably the wealthiest East African in terms of resources. We are the most populous with about 40 million people which is the most important resource. We are the 3rd largest producer of diamonds in Africa, we have gold mines and we have the very rare & precious Tanzanite. What more do we need? We need good governance and sound economic policies which will benefit the country and not just investors. We need a good tax collecting system where billions of shillings are not lost through tax evasion. We need a government machine which won't eat up funds unnecessarily like a car which eats up fuel uncontrollably. Most importantly however we need the people. Tanzanians have to learn not to settle for less. We have to push each other. We have to know that we need not settle for less. We have to stop being simplistic and look at the larger picture. We have to realize that government has to work for us and not the other way around. Once we know that government is liable to work for us it is then and only then that we will hold them accountable. Politics should not be left in the hands of politician. We have to take a proactive role rather than a reactive one. My fellow Tanzanians like Mwalimu Nyerere said on our way to defeating Iddia Amin and his army, "Sababu tunayo, niya tunayo na uwezo tunao." ......We have the reason, we have the way and we have the capability. Our future is in our hands and destiny is what we want it to be.