Our nation took a very important leap when it was declared an independent state in 1961. To those who fought for independence of Tanganyika, more than ever before, Uhuru must have first seemed like the perfect course to the accomplishment of Freedom, Development, Discipline and Self-reliance. However, more than 50 years after independence, I am convinced that Uhuru was nothing but just a mere transfer of power from colonialists to patriots who barely understood the value of independence and the enormous responsibility that comes with it.
What was to follow after Uhuru? Was it not Ujamaa (the basis of Mwalimu Nyerere’s social and economic development policies) which turned our country from a nation of struggling sustenance farmers into a nation of starving collective farmers?
The vision to lead this country into a prosperous nation based upon what fundamentals? How did those who fought for independence envision future leadership of this nation after their time of staying in power is constitutionally over?
We shall never stop seeking answers to these and many other questions, but again, how dedicated is our generation in dealing with the very challenges facing us today?
Our leaders have always believed that this nation is on the right track. Our uncertain destiny has been highly influenced by Mwalimu Nyerere’s philosophy and CCM leadership for more than 5 decades now. As a result, Tanzanians have been going through many hardships and tough times on a daily basis. Yet, when these individuals come into power, they are determined to govern anyhow. Has this government ever been answerable to its people?
Our economy is completely shattered, yet the government is not even inching any step closer to improve the living standards of its people. Our poverty is dire, subject to data and statistics. Nevertheless, we can all see lack of proportion within President Kikwete and his administration, who always think and talk as though there is only one way to lead this country — the Mwalimu Nyerere and CCM way — but time has made President Kikwete and his regime sound not wise, or visionary, but eccentric.
A nation can not be led by Mwalimu Nyerere’s philosophy all the time. What was appropriate then may be inappropriate today and what is appropriate today may be inappropriate tomorrow – and vice versa. The world has changed and we must change with it.
Future generations will surely judge us, not from our names or who we are, but from what we did in our lifetime of not being risk takers, of falling to make tough decisions and of protecting narrow interests while leaving millions poor, illiterate and even without access to basic health care.
Tanzanians may now have reached the limits of what we can learn from a wolf (CCM) in a sheepskin. Our leaders have been deceitful, dishonest and have proved to a noble-mind that they have markedly deviated from leadership norms and not to be trusted anymore.
People are losing their limited patience with the administration. In a society where parents cannot afford quality education for their sons and daughters, jobless citizens confront daily life without knowing where their next meal will come from, and in a nation where every now and then Mheshimiwa flies his £15m jet abroad begging for mosquito nets whilst multinational companies are fully exploiting mineral deposits of diamonds, gold, tanzanite, copper, coal, cobalt, nickel, uranium, iron etc amounting to millions of tonnes at home; our leaders can not stand in our way at that moment when, we the people, believe we have no choice but to say “Enough Is Enough!”
CCM’s package of tricks is running out. And now everyone is exploiting President Kikwete’s vulnerability and inability to deliver. People do not believe him and question his Competence, Consistency and Character as a leader.
This cannot happen again: Tanzanians simply cannot afford to make any more mistakes regarding our lives and future generations of this nation. Otherwise, we will start to lose the trust of our children and grandchildren, who have been reminded for years that good leadership is just a click away.
I know there are some lines Tanzanians do not cross, but there are others that simply need to be crossed, with all the genuine sadness and acceptance of consequences that comes with crossing them because a red light does not always mean we can not drive through it. There are terrible risks involved but if we need to get to the other side, then nobody is going to stop us!