My thoughts on Democracy.

Written by Leyla Mchawe | Posted on  11 Mar 2016.

Elections are of utmost importance in any Democratic country. As we all know, democracy is defined as a government of the people, for the people and by the people. More than 20 years ago Tanzania held is first democratic election in 1995, which seemed like one of the biggest stars of a new wave of democratization. But one day I asked my grandfather, ‘‘what is the important of democracy’’ my grandfather replied that ‘before democracy we only had one president to choose on……and citizens did not have high voice in the government….’’ But again I asked grandfather, ‘‘why is it that everyone think democracy is important?’’

Then he replied; ‘‘talking about the advantages of democracy I would say that democracy provide changes in government without violence. In a democracy power can be transformed from one part to another by means of elections. The jurisdiction of the citizens of a nation determines its ruling authorities. Moreover, any government is bound by an election term after which it has to compete against other parties to regain authority. This system prevents monopoly of the ruling authority. This brings in a feeling of obligation towards the citizens. The ruling authorities owe their success in the elections to the citizens of the nation and this result in a feeling of gratefulness towards the people’’.

However my grandfather had very nice answers that made me think twice ‘While democracy today appears to be the most popular choice when it comes to choosing a form of government, but it brings many complications that would be absent in a dictatorship regime. For example in my country (Tanzania) sectarianism, illiteracy, bribery system and poor economic condition have deteriorated our social and political structure. Most of our so-called politicians and law makers are illiterate. Their pockets are full of money but their minds are devoid of wisdom. The law makers are the law breakers. They are involved in such heinous crimes then from whom should we expect a democratic and corruption free government and governance?’’.

 As Aristotle saidIn a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and will of the majority is supreme”