BRIEF COMMENTS IN RESPONSE TO SOME QUOTES FROM BAADA YA MIAKA TAKRIBAN 50 YA MUUNGANO WAZANZIBARI TUNA LIPI LA KUJIVUNIA?
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.
Read related subject posted at: http://udadisi.blogspot.com/2009/03/comments-in-response-to-article-karume.html
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