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Friday, July 22, 2011

The Young Nyerere on the Fourth Enemy

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..."

2 comments:

amani-mirerani July 22, 2011 at 6:17 AM  

Its true the social contract that binds the nation is based on mutual consent and respect for the citizenry.A government should claim to be for the people but work for the people. A ruling class should not take common mwananchi for granted by preaching when there is no justice.

Fadhy Mtanga July 22, 2011 at 9:18 AM  

He knew that Tanzania would be the most corrupt in near future....

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