In Magufuli, I see a democratic Tanzania

Written by Robert Zephania | Posted on  11 Mar 2016.

The development of any nation, including Tanzania, depends on several factors that determine whether the environment is friendly or not to foster change. Some of these indicators include good governance, peace and political stability, good infrastructure, and responsible and accountable leaders. In general, a democratic government is key to the development of any society and nation in the nation. But what is democracy?

Democracy is a system of rule based upon a government of the people, by the people and for the people. However, democracy is a rare commodity in many African countries who are characterized by dictatorship regimes who have been in power for decades with ‘no desire to retire’. This, according to political analysts, is the main reason behind high poverty levels among citizens because the leaders are corrupt and busy plundering resources for their own benefits rather than serving the poor ‘wananchi’.

However, my Tanzania has been doing fairly good towards developing a democratic state from the times of Mwalimu Nyerere to Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete who vacated office in October last year paving way for the one and only ‘Mzee wa Hapa Kazi Tu’, Hon. President John Pombe Magufuli. He is now chairman of the East African Community and has already seen loopholes in the bloc.

Speaking at the 17th East Africa Community Summit held on 2nd March, 2016 in Arusha Tanzania, host and current chair, President John Pombe Magufuli complained about high expenditures questioning why the summit took place at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge instead of the state-owned Arusha International Conference Centre (IACC).

“The cost per head for sitting here is 45 US dollars while if the same meeting had been held at the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC), it would cost us 30 US dollars per head. Imagine how much would have been saved if we had used the state-owned facilities at the AICC,” my beloved president wondered.

The president informed the EAC secretariat that it won’t business as usual during his chairmanship, “the Secretariat must remember that East Africans are poor and that their leaders cannot afford lavish lifestyles,’’ Magufuli warned. “It is rather very unfortunate for you that I have once again been chosen to head the Community.” So my friends of the secretariat brace yourselves to feel the ‘Hapa Kazi Tu’ philosophy.

Magufuli gives us new hope and a feeling Tanzanians have not felt for a longtime. I see signs and evidence of a responsible and accountable government working for the interests of the people. I see features of a democratic government in action. May His Almighty God keep you strong as you continue showing the world who a great leader is, Mr President.