It has always bothered me. Anytime we have a serious debate or discussion in the country on corruption or there is a new scandal erupting you'll hear that a so and so donor country has given Tanzanian government so and so money as aid or grant to do so and so projects. I have noticed this for sometime now. It is as if the donor community is trying to insulate the Tanzanian people from the pinch of corruption. It is as if they are trying so hard to fill the vacuum that is created by corruption. Think about it. If it is true that between 20-30 percent (depending who is talking) of our annual government budget ends into corrupt public officials pockets how then is the government able to function without the people feeling the loss of this 20-30 percent? If everytime a community needs a clinic, a school, a new road, etc a community get no matter what happened to the public funds how then could a community claim that corruption hurts them when it seems that corruption only occurs on paper only? I have now become a suspicious of the motives of the so called "development partners". I think they are the one who have become in fact the enablers of corruption in the country. They have been for so many years now filling the gap created by corruption by providing grants and aids. I believe if the donor community were to halt, freeze or in a certain ways restrict their foreign aid the Tanzanian people would finally feel the pain of corruption and they will ultimately link their welfare to the government in power. It is for this reason, I believe these few coming weeks and early weeks of 2010 and as a matter of fact the whole coming year will witness record breaking foreign aid pouring into Tanzania to act as political anesthetics of corruption. It is a well known fact (at least I demonstrated it in my second part of "understanding a corrupt political system) that one of the beneficiaries of a corrupt culture is the foreign investor then it is only natural for foreign government to poor more aid into the country in order to act as local anesthetics. Others however, would poor more aid to act as general anesthetics on our people. If you really want to know how foreign aid in Tanzania fuels corruption just try to be an advocate for its halting!... I bet heaven and earth will fall on you like the fires of Sodom and Gomorrah! Don't you agree?