Monday, April 27, 2009



Hivi hii quote ya Mazrui on African Country colonizing another African country, ningependa kujua anaposema country based on Nyerere and Karume/Tanganyika Zanzibar, what is he referring to? What legitimacy is there to call or NOT to call Zanzibar a country and NOT Unguja or Pemba or Mafia or Kilimanjaro or Marangu or Ruvuma or Iringa?? Who did a referendum to create Zanzibar or Tanganyika?? This is a basic question and I am yet to see anyone anywhere even attempting to respond to this very basic question - I suspect because they all know where it ends and would not want to entertain that path as may kill the debate! If we are debating for the sake of a debate, then no one should be concerned really. However, if concrete decisions are to be made based on most of the existing arguments to date, this has to be a cause for serious concern to many of us who want to lead to a perfect union, a union progressed, developed, protected, defended by and for the benefit of all Tanzanians.

Wote tunajua our lands were invaded by foreigners and over the years we have forged various alliances from kijiji na kijiji hadi we got to the current level and now there are discussions on uniting East Africa, and our states are progressively evolving, as it should be. If you read more then perhaps ndugu zangu Wasandawi will have to say their land was invaded too by all the BANTU peoples and clearly you can see this line heads to a self destruction of our modern state or even a country in the end!

Do we have huge challenges? Sure we do. Shall we question the Union? I answer that back with a question, how far will you go with this question and why exactly, for whose benefit? Nyerere who championed and supported OAU to adopt the colonial borders as a baseline for new African states, in my opinion took a wrong approach AND Kwame’s way at the time, would have been the best way forward for Africa. If there was a country within geographical Africa which had its own people’s wishes and referenda which determined what they wanted as a "country" and that was overruled by the rulers/leaders, there could be a point to discuss. Technically, if we follow that pattern, then we had hundreds of countries in the former Colonial Administrative Tanganyika and Sultan ruled Zanzibar. These countries were forged and created by the invaders for their own purposes.

The Tanzania we have today was indeed facilitated by nationalists, Nyerere and Karume, for the benefit they believed was for their country men and women, and in my view deserve this and future generations' full protection and support. By all means it (the UNION) should not remain stagnant and we should even progress further but let us stop the old fashion way of divide and rule. It is the oldest trick in the book.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Uzinduzi wa Kitabu Kuhusu Haki za Ardhi kwa Wanawake & Ubinafsishaji/Introducing a Book on Women's Land Rights & Privatization - 30/04/2009

Wachapishaji wa Vitabu wa E & D wanazindua kitabu kinachohusu haki za ardhi kwa wanawake na ubinafsishaji siku ya Alhamisi, tarehe 30 Aprili 2009, kuanzia saa 10: 30 alasiri hadi saa 12: 30 jioni. Uzinduzi huu wa wazi utafanyika katika Mkahawa wa Vitabu wa Soma. Kutakuwa na mdahalo utakaofuatiwa na mjadala wa wazi. Mdahalo utawahusisha Mwenyeketi wa Kamati Maalumu ya Ardhi na Jinsia (GLTF), Dakta Magdalena Rwebangira na Mwenyekiti wa Bodi ya Taasisi ya Utafiti wa Haki za Ardhi (LARRRI/HAKIARDHI), Dakta Ng'wanza Kamata. Katibu Mtendaji wa Agenda Participation (AP2000), Moses Kulaba, ataratibu mdahalo huu na kuwezesha mjadala utakaofuatia.
E & D Publishing Vision is introducing the Book Women's Land Rights and Privatization in Eastern Africa on Thursday, 30 April 2009 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. The public event will take place at Soma Book Cafe. It will feature a panel discussion followed by a plenary session. The panelists will include the Chairperson of the Gender Land Task Force (GLTF), Dr. Magdalena Rwebangira and the Board Chairperson of the Land Rights Research and Resources Institute (LARRI/HAKIARDHI), Dr. Ng'wanza Kamata. Moses Kulaba, the Executive Secretary of Agenda Participation (AP2000), will moderate the panel discussion and facilitate the plenary session.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


The long awaited ‘Julius Nyerere Intellectual Festival Week’ is here. It is a week of reflections on Pan-Africanism, that term which literarily means ‘African Unity’. Thus the sons and daughters of Africa have come all the way from all corners of the African continent and beyond, in the very heart of the African Diaspora. Together, under the auspices of the Mwalimu Nyerere Professorial Chair in Pan-African Studies, we are assembling in Nkrumah Hall at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania as one people.

Wole Soyinka, the first African Nobel Laureate for Literature, has come all the way from the western corner of the continent in a country that is affectionately nicknamed ‘Naija’, that is, Nigeria. He is here to grace us with a ‘Nyerere Annual Lecture I and II’ on Monday and Tuesday respectively. In the wake of the global financial crisis resulting from what Vladimir Lenin prophetically phrased ‘Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism’, Soyinka’s lecture is accordingly entitled ‘New Imperialisms.’

From this eastern corner we have our very own Parapanda Arts that will lead us as we jointly sing the Tanzanian National Anthem and the African Union Anthem to kickstart the intellectual festivities on Monday. Fittingly, the first stanza of the former anthem is essentially Pan-African: “…Hekima, Umoja na Amani hizi ni Ngao zetu Afrika na Watu wake…” that is “…Wisdom, Unity and Peace these are our Shields [for] Africa and its People…” So is the last stanza of the latter anthem: “Let us all unite and toil together to give the best we have to Africa…”

Gamal Nkrumah has crossed artificial borders all the way from that northern corner in Cairo, Egypt to honour the ‘Pan-African Day’ on Thursday. Picking a baton from his father, Kwame Nkrumah, who called for a United States of Africa, and his namesake, Gamal Abdul Nasser, who championed Pan-Africanism vis-√†-vis Pan-Arabism, Gamal Nkrumah will thus present ‘Pan-Africanism and Development: Personal Reflections.’

Toward the southern corner of the continent, in the jewel of Africa that would still be Zimbabwe the Great, has come the new President of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Sam Moyo, to launch ‘ChemChemi – Fountain of Ideas’ among other things on Tuesday.

Olivier Fanon, straddling the diasporic spatial bounderies, has symbolically come all the way from the Island of Martinique in Africa’s Diaspora via Algiers, Algeria to celebrate ‘Nkrumah Centenary Day’ on Wednesday. Carrying on the torch of worldwide Pan-Africanism so highly carried by his father, Frantz Fanon, Olivier is expected to share with us his views on the implications of the life and times of Kwame Nkrumah in our lifetime.

As the accompanying program of the festival shows, there are more palatable events on offer to quench our intellectual thirst and stimulate creativity in our minds. For the love of poetry, the great Ghanaian, nay, African, Poet, Kofi Anyidoho, will stir us with a lively poem performance on ‘Nyerere Day 1’, that is, on Monday. During ‘Nkrumah Centenary Day’ on Wednesday he will electrify us with ‘Nkrumah Centenary Lecture: Beyond His Place, Beyond His Time: Nkrumah’s Heritage in the New Millenium.’

In a way the weeklong event will also be a film festival for there shall be a ‘Film Premiere: Mwalimu – The Legacy of Julius Kambarage Nyerere’ on Tuesday evening. The film, “a Savannah Films Production in collaboration with Maa Media Centre for M-Net’s Africans Series”, features Mama Maria Nyerere, Madaraka Nyerere, Rosemary Nyerere, Rashidi Kawawa, Kenneth Kaunda and Salma Maoulidi among others. They discuss how Mwalimu Nyerere “is remembered and the ideas that define his legacy.”

This festival that runs from 13th to 17th April 2009 will also be a book fair in its own right for a number of publications will be launched. ‘The African Union and New Strategies for Development in Africa’ edited by Said Adejumobi and Adebayo Olukoshi will be introduced on Thursday. Issa Shivji’s new book ‘Where is Uhuru? Reflections on the Struggle for Democracy in Africa’ published by Fahamu Books will also be launched.

The festival is intended to be highly interactive for that is what Pan-Africanism is all about. To that end, there are a number of interactive dialogues: ‘A Round-table Informal Discussion by Youth’ on Tuesday evening, ‘Kwame Nkrumah’s Pan-Africanism’ hosted by Joe Oloka-Onyango on Wednesday, ‘Thinking with Mwalimu’ hosted by Issa Shivji on the same day, and a ‘Vice-Chancellor’s Palaver on: Crisis of the International System and Africa’s Development’ hosted by Rwekaza Mukandala on Thursday.

What about music as in singing and dancing? Our very own Kalola Kinasha will touch us with a special song, whose title remains a surprise package, on Tuesday. More melodies will be on offer during a ‘Pan-African Night at UDASA Club’ on Wednesday evening.

Last but not least the last day will be ‘A Day of Academic Reflections’. Our historians will hold a ‘Symposium on the Teaching of History at the University of Dar-es-Salaam’. It will be a moment for all of us to reflect on where we are coming from, where we are and why we are here in relation to where we are going or ought to be going. If there has been a theme that is so paramount to Pan-Africanism then it is our collective her/history.

African must unite. Here we are uniting. United we shall stand. Be a part of that unity.

Source: Published in Sunday News' (12 April 2009) Supplement

African unity: Feeling with Nkrumah, thinking with Nyerere

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Chanzo cha matatizo yetu ni kuwa na vitu 2 tu kati ya vitu hivi 4 tunavyohitaji tuendelee kama vilivyoaInishwa na Mwalimu Nyerere:

Suluhisho mmojawapo la matatizo yetu ni kuhakikisha kuwa hatuvipotezi na hivyo 2 tulivyo navyo maana tayari nguvukazi inapungua kwa sababu tunapoteza watu kupitia maradhi sugu, ajali holela na kadhalika. Na pia tunapoteza ardhi kupitia uwekezaji uchwara na uporaji. Utafiti wa Bajeti ya Kaya wa hivi karibuni unaonesha jinsi gani familia zetu zinavyoathiriwa na upungufu wa chachu kuu za maendeleo.

Lakini hilo suluhisho mmojawapo haliwezi kupatikana bila kutatua tatizo la ukosefu wa hivyo vitu vingine 2 vilivyobakia, yaani siasa safi na uongozi bora maana hivi tukiwa navyo ndipo tutaweza kudhibiti upotevu wa watu na ardhi. Na kamwe hatuwezi kuwa na utawala bora bila kuwa na uongozi bora. Hivyo, tuiangalie upya siasa yetu ya uongozi na mfumo wetu wa utawala.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Wanazuoni Get Together/Mjumuiko wa Wanazuoni - 07/04/2009: Welcome/Karibu!


Where: Soma Book Cafe - Mlingotini Closure, Off Reagent Street Off Chato Street, Mikocheni
When: Tuesday, 7 April 2009, 2 - 5 pm
Wanazuoni and Friends of Wanazuoni
1. Watching the Documentary 'A Golden Opportunity? How Tanzania is Failing to Benefit from Gold Mining'
2. Anticipating the
Mwalimu Nyerere Intellectual Festival Week through co-organizing a Side Event
3. Reviewing the
'Makumbusho Declaration' and using it to chart a Way Forward


Wapi: Mkahawa wa Vitabu Soma - Mzingo wa Mlingotini, Kando ya Barabara ya Reagent Kutoka ya Chato, Mikocheni
Lini: Jumanne 7 Aprili 2009, 8 Mchana/Alasiri - 11 Jioni
Wanazuoni na Marafiki wa Wanazuoni
1. Kutazama Filamu fupi ya 'Je, Ni Nafasi Adimu? Jinsi Gani Tanzania Haifadiki na Uchimbaji wa Dhahabu'
2. Kujiandaa na
Juma la Tafakuri ya Mwalimu Nyerere kwa kuandaa Tukio la Pembeni
3. Kulipitia
'Azimio la Makumbusho' na kulitumia kutafakari nini kifanyike siku zijazo

For more information contact/Kwa maelezo zaidi wasiliana na: Chambi Chachage - 0754771763/

Karibu kwenye ulingo wa kutafakari kuhusu tunapotoka,tulipo,tuendako na namna ambavyo tutafika huko tuendako/Welcome to a platform for reflecting on where we are coming from, where we are, where we are going and how we will get there

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