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    Tanzania in Peril:
    A Response to John Mashaka & Dr. Shayo

    My fellow countrymen, as I start; I am aware that some of us hate the fact that our fellow Tanzanians, Mr. Mashaka and Dr. Shayo are applauded for what they are doing. What we are failing to realize is that, it is not about Mashaka or Dr. Shayo but rather the substance of their call. I am one of those who commend them for going an extra mile; not only reminding us about our responsibilities as Tanzanians, rather of the need to bond together and save our beloved country hanging on the cliff.

    As I read their articles; I couldn’t help it but sadly think of the fact that many of us are wandering in the western world not because we feel good living away from home but because we are circuitously forced to.

    We are forced because Tanzania, our nation isn’t attracting to go back to.

    Depressing enough, some of us have even lost our loved ones but could not lay them to rest because we are away. I vividly remember one of the Tanzanian; a pharmacist I met on the plane from Dubai to Dar.

    Out of our good conversation I asked him what he was doing for living. He explained to me that he had graduated from Carnegie Mellon and was working for Pfizer. Carnegie Mellon is one of the leading research universities in the US and Pfizer is the largest pharmaceutical company in the world.

    The gentleman made it clear to me that when he graduated he briefly went to Tanzania to search for a job; regrettably the work environment was too gloomy to practice his pharmacy degree; not only considering the remuneration he expected but the endless bureaucracy he could not bear.

    Now, I hate whining or painting the dismal picture about our country since we’ve heard this nagging time and again; yet this discussion cannot be over while Tanzania is in peril.

    The fact that our health care system is broken is clear; that our education system isn’t producing the innovators and creators of things is vivid; that our judicial system is too corrupt is now a reality; that the cost of living all over the nation has skyrocketed astronomically is an old story, that the executive branch of our government is self serving instead of serving the public is an everyday tale.

    Of all, that the economy is ailing to its knees is prominent all over the world, shame on us. Sorry to say, but the majority of Tanzanians feel like their life is getting worse instead of getting better.

    In his article, Mashaka talked at length the need of patriotism for the betterment of our nation; that our President JK cannot do it alone. Mashaka is right, as citizens we have the sense of duty of standing up and say enough is enough when the nation’s direction is visibly going astray. However, when it comes to the issue of leadership; we ought to have a real debate.

    The discussion about our nation’s leadership has been lingering almost everywhere Tanzanians meet: bar joints, family meetings, barbeque, and kiti moto places.

    Based on the severity of problems facing the country the reality is people we elected in office have not been successful. They have failed us: their constituencies. My concern is people will be riled to the extent of taking anger into their own hands.

    We saw what happened in Kenya. You could argue that Kenya is a separate case because of deep tribalism, but let us remember who was taking part in violence. It is those who felt marginalized, left out by the system; those who ask themselves why do my member of parliament has uncountable luxury vehicles while my kids are starving? They have legitimate reasons to be angry, they have played by the rules, paid taxes (if they can afford to); worked as hard they could only to end up with unbearable conditions.

    In the early 1990’s we cried for multiparty political system; the magic panacea to cure our broken system. There it was; we got it. Have we gained anything from this? I will leave this for you to decide. Some people are now wondering if it is a real multiparty or it is a single party under the umbrella of multiparty. In this case I believe it is not just the ruling party to blame for polarizing the nation, but sometimes it is even harder to identify what the opposition camp stand for.
    Given the chance to run the government, people wonder if they will be able to. My chief concern is their failure to form a coalition for the betterment of the country while aware that none of them will gain power singlehandedly. Obviously there is a failure of leadership.

    We need a different kind of leadership. However, changing few members of the parliament might not bring the change we need. We firstly have to the change our mindset; be able to realize that we can never go anywhere if we keep recycling same MPs, and same ministers. Some of these people have served our government since independence, when their time to retire comes they leave us with their sons and daughters to lead us. When will the common Tanzanian get chance to bring their ideas and change his/her homeland? Only time will tell.

    I believe change has to start with the head of the state, the president; the president with clear policies and the will to enforce them. We need the president with the resolve to re-evaluate every sector of the government and implement new ones with a new kind of leadership instead of recycling same people. The president who will be aware that when some of his cabinet members are corrupt: that makes corruption ubiquitous. We need leaders who are result-oriented and long-term minded instead of making decision on ad hoc basis.

    We know what works; we have seen progress being made in Rwanda, Ghana, and many Asian countries. Why can’t we learn from them? We have to do something. We have to re-think, this time think deeper and recognize that the problem is nobody except WE. I have even heard some people argue that Tanzanians are innately different; that we are good at talking but failed to embrace development and define our destiny.

    My friends, it has been almost fifty years since our nation gained independence; unfortunately things have not gone the way we wanted. Think of how many dreams have been shattered because of our inability to lead and manage our country? That’s gone. The choice is ours: we can choose to relax and let others define who we are or we can rise and define the next generation.

    In the end, the sun is still shining; this is our opportunity. Let us rise up and build the nation we’ve been dreaming of; for we cannot afford to lose another fifty years.

    By Charles Mukuru

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