On 17 May 1960 the radical Nyerere uttered the following revolutionary words archived in the Hansard of the 35th Parliamentary Session and reproduced in his book on Freedom Unity under the title Corruption as an Enemy of the People:
"...I would like to add, sir - and I don't want to elaborate on this, there is no point in elaborating - I want to add there is another enemy which we must add on the list of these enemies poverty, disease, ignorance, I think we must add another enemy... There is corruption. Now, sir, I think corruption must be treated with ruthlessness because I believe myself corruption and bribery is greater enemy to the welfare of a people in peacetime than war. I believe myself corruption in a country should be treated in almost the same way as you treat treason. If people cannot have confidence in their own Government, if people can feel that justice can be bought, then what hope are you leaving with the people? The only thing they can do is to take arms and remove that silly Government. They have no other hope..."