The greatest stimulus of mankind is freedom

April 7, 2017 § Leave a comment

There is an appetite for anybody who ascends to power to prevent, limit or constrict citizen’s freedom (of course at differing intensity depending on his/her degree of appetite to control those who surround him/her). That tends to happen to anyone. Unless one is prepared and groomed prior to taking the helm of leadership to commit, respect and believe in values of freedom. Short of that there is an insatiable desire to make their (leaders) freedom limitless, and if not governed by a strong Constitutional and legal system citizens can suffer. Development without freedom is not sustainable as also there in insatiable desire for humanity to be free. The more the leaders constrict freedom the more the people would resist maintaining it or if worse seizing it and this very struggle between the two might seriously impede development.

You can’t make a choice between development and freedom. Freedom comes first, colonialism could offer development but freedom offers a quality development the reason why nobody wants colonialism back and people are ready even to pay an ultimate price for freedom. We can’t ask ourselves to dispense with our freedom for development, that isn’t development it is slavery of some kind and I would rather be free to hassle and seek survival and meaning of my life. Democracy is freedom of choice and that is an inalienable right of humanity. Development can and will never be an alternative to freedom, it is inconceivable. My mind can’t take it!  It is inconceivable.

Why should we feel uncomfortable to be criticized? Why do we feel not respected when we are told of our mistakes? Why do we feel offended by someone simply expressing his/her divergent views from ours? We humans, ages and ages has proved we make mistakes, some are commissions and some are omissions. A too restrictive society lacks energy and innovation. In this era of pluralism we need all of us to operate at our maximum intellect and freedom. People need to take some risks and in the process they can err. Freedom allows triangulation hence we can tame errors timely and guarantee our progress.

When was America great? When did it become small if at all it did? Why?

October 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

Siasa za Marekani bwana! Kuna mgombea anasema anataka kufanya Marekani iwe kubwa Kwa mara nyingine, hivi ni lini iliwahi kuwa kubwa, Ni wakati gani imekuwa ndogo, Kwa nini? Tukumbuke uchumi wa Marekani Kwa sasa Kwa vipimo vya pato la taifa unaongoza duniani, ni dollar 18,558 ikifuatiwa na China Kwa mbali yaani dollar 11,383. Hapo bado hujalinganisha mambo mengine Kama nguvu za kijeshi na kadhalika. Siasa zina mambo. 
“we want to make this nation great AGAIN” – says one of the two bitterly contending US presidential Candidates, I got time this morning to think about a number of questions; when America was exactly great, when did it become small? Why? We all know the challenges of civil rights including the rights of women to vote America grappled with during her gloomy past. What about the cowardly act of dropping atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WW2, could anyone consider that was greatness? If it was great at that time how could it be small now when her GDP is number one in the world (USD 18,558) and accounts for 24.5% of the global GDP followed by far by China (with a GDP of USD 11,383), when her current president is Barack Obama and has ruled America for two terms? When the most vicious enemy of US and leader of terrorism was taken out with no collateral damage under leadership of the current Commander in Chief, When for the first time America has a woman as the presidential candidate from a major political party? I would think there wasn’t greater time than this! You know what I mean!

GDP statistics source: Knoema: world GDP ranking 2016.

Je, mitambo ya kusindika vyakula Tanzania inatumia “food grade lubricants”?

March 6, 2016 § 2 Comments

Jana nilikuwa na rafiki yangu anayehusika na mambo ya viwango tukazungumza mambo kadhaa kuhusu viwango vya bidhaa mbalimbali hapa nchini. Kuna wakati niliwahi kurusha kwenye mtandao mwingine juu ubora wa nondo tunazojengea hapa nchini baada ya kuzifanyia majaribio binafsi. Bahati mbaya kabisa viongozi wetu wa mashirika kama TBS au taasisi kwa ujumla ama hawako au hawashiriki kwa mitandao ya jamii. Nashauri wafanye hivyo ili tusaidiane na umma kuibua matatizo ya viwango.

Tanzania tuna viwanda vya kusindika vyakula na madawa kwa ajili ya matumizi ya wanadamu na mifugo ambayo wengi wetu huila pia au kutumia mazao yake kama maziwa nk. Tukiwa na mjadala na huyu ndg yangu nikaibua hoja ya vilainishi vya mitambo inayosindika vyakula. Katika mitambo hiyo Kuna sehemu tunaita nyeti (critical areas) ambapo chakula kinaweza kutana na vilainishi kiuhalisia kulinda afya ya binadamu nchi zilizoendelea zimeamua tu kwamba mtambo unaosindika vyakula wote ni critical. Hivyo ni lazima kutumia “food grade lubricants” mazao ya plastic zinazotumika kubeba chakula na maji ni lazima ziwe food grade pia.

Sasa swali: je,  viwanda vyetu vinavyozalisha chakula vinatumia food grade lubricants kuepusha uchafuzi wa chakula? Nani anahakikisha hilo linafanyika? Total food grade policy Inatokana na ukweli kwamba mafundi wanaweza kuchanganganya lubricants hivyo kuondoa huo uwezekano ni kutumia food grades kwa mitambo yote ya kusindika vyakula. Na watu wasitoe sababu, kwenye soko tuna hydraulic oil, transmission oil, greases za food grade.

Tujilinde wapendwa na wenye mandate hiyo ni TBS na TFDA.

What happened in Uganda yesterday is another evidence that Africa has a long way to the truly Transparent, Free and Fair election!

February 19, 2016 § Leave a comment

Elevated overt presence of the heavily armed police and army across Uganda during the yesterday election characterized by delayed ballot papers even at a stone throw away distance from the the Electoral Commission HQ is yet another indication again that most parts of Africa are still far away from the the truly transparent, free and fair election.

I want Uganda and the rest of Africa to be peaceful and stable, but the long serving governments are a source of instability in Africa, sowing seeds of anarchy, tribalism, nepotism etc. Rulers are using military instruments to crush their ideological opponents. The yesterday temporary incarceration of  Kiiza Basigye the arch-rival of President M7 is not acceptable. The atrocities  perpetrated against opposition is not different from apartheid (the state of being apart) practiced in South Africa 21 years ago. The only difference is that in South Africa it was the minority whites against Blacks and coloured. In the free Africa it is about Few blacks in power against fellow citizens. Divergent ideologies and point of views on how we should govern ourselves is causing us trouble and some say that is not the kind of democracy Africa wants. It is not that Africa doesn’t want democracy, those in power who have turned public offices into private properties do not want the democracy of passing power instruments peacefully to another fellow.

Kulipa kodi Na kusimamia matumizi yake Ni wajibu wa kila Mtanzania

December 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

Nimebahatika week hizi mbili kuwa site agent- kusimamia ujenzi mahali fulani. Kazi hii imenipa nafasi ya kutembelea maduka kadhaa ya wafanya biashara. Nimegundua mambo yafuatayo:
1.Wauza bidhaa pamoja na kuwa na Mashine za EFD za kutoa risiti za mauzo ili mamlaka husika ziweze kujua ni sehemu gani ya mauzo inatakiwa kutozwa kodi, hawafurahii kutoa risiti. 

2. Ukiwataka watoe risiti wanakwambia mtandao uko na shida. Kwa sababu nina uelewa wa mambo ya IT mmoja nikamwambia anipe nijaribu kuona na kusaidia, alikataa. 

3.Ukidai risiti wanapandisha bei mlopatana mwanzo. Risiti inakuwa adhabu kwa mteja hivyo kufisha moyo mteja kang’ang’ania risiti 

4.Bei kwenye maduka hazibandikwi ili kulinda haki za mlaji. Hii inawapa wafanya biashara uwanja mkubwa wa kucheza na saikolojia ya mlaji. Hii sijawahi kuiona nchi zilizoendelea ambazo serikali zake zinawajibika kwa wananchi. Bei ni Lazima zibandikwe kwa kila bidhaa. 

5.Nilienda Sao Hill pia pamoja na shughuli zangu nilitaka kujua kwa nini wanashindwa kuiuzia au kuitosheleza Tanesco na nguzo za umeme ili hali wana miti ya kutosha. Nilichoambiwa kiliniacha midomo wazi. Sitakisema kwa sasa. Ila nashangaa serikali yenye mikono mirefu inashindwaje kushughulika na jambo hili once and for all ili kuleta nidhamu katika taratibu za manunuzi. 

Nashauri tu wananchi kama kweli sauti ninazozisikia mtaani ni za dhati kutoka kwenye mioyo ya Watanzania kwamba, “tumepata jembe”, “Rais huyu ndiye tuliyemtaka”, “Kama akiendelea hivi…”, “tunamkubali ” na maneno mengine mengi, tumsaidie huyu ndugu yetu. Tufanye wajibu wetu. Mfano kama sote tukiamka leo tunaokwenda madukani tuwaambie wafanya biashara hakitaeleweka hadi watupe risiti, mbona nchi itapata adabu kwa ghafla!

Ni wakati wa kutafakari na kufanya maamuzi sahihi: Kwa miaka 38 tumekuwa nchi ya kauli mbiu kila baada ya miaka 5

September 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

Ethiopia wamezindua treni ya umeme ninachojua ni ya kwanza kwa East, central Africa na Southern Africa (ukitoa South AFrica) (sijui West na North Africa kama wana treni ya namna hiyo) Nilikuwa Ethiopia mara ya kwanza mwaka 2003 na mara ya mwisho mwaka 2009. 2009 nilikuta wamemaliza:

– kujenga ile ring road na sasa hivi treni ya umeme!

– Njaa iliyokuwa inatesa nchi ni historia!

– Kahawa wanaongoza sasa!

– Viwanda vidogo vimeshakua na vinazalisha kwa masoko ya nje
pia mfano viatu!

– Shirika lao la ndege ni kubwa kuliko mashirika yote ya ndege
Africa!

– Kazi ya kujenga bwawa kubwa la Hidase la kuzalisha umeme wa MW 6,000
litakalokuwa la 11 kwa ukubwa duniani na linajengwa kwa fedha za ndani,
ujenzi umefikia kiwango cha zaidi ya %50 sasa! n.k

Hiyo ndiyo tofauti kati ya inchi inayoongozwa na watu wa vitendo na nchi inayoongozwa na watu wa longolongo. Kama raia wa nchi hii nina siku kadhaa za kufikiria na kuamua. Ili tusonge inaonekana itabidi tuachane na upenzi huu tulete mabadiliko na siyo marekebisho tu. Logic inaanza kunituma kuwa huwezi kulisukuma gari bovu ukiwa ndani, ni lazima utoke nje. Inaonekana tarehe 25 October mwaka huu nitashauri Watanzania wote bila kujali itikadi tulizokuwa nazo na upenzi tutoke kwenye hili gari tulisukume. Ninampenda sana Dr Magufuli lakini naipenda zaidi nchi yangu. Tunataka sasa Tanzania nyingine ambayo viongozi tuliowapa dhamana kila kukicha watakuwa wanatafuta sababu kwa nini jambo fulani lisifanyike na si kutumia muda na mali zetu kutafuta sababu za kuelezea kwenye majukwaa kwa nini halikufanyika.

Mungu ibariki Tanzania!

Mungu ibariki Africa

Mabadiliko ni mchakato endelevu, yasipoleta tija kuna n’gwe ya pili, tatu nk

August 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

Baadhi ya Watanzania tunaotaka mabadiliko tunajichanganya. Tunazunguka mbuyu kwenye maoni yetu, tunaacha maswali badala kutoa majibu. Tunasema hatuna hakika tunataka mabadiliko gani halafu bado tunayataka. Tunasema hatuipendi CCM lakini tunaonyana tusiikatae hivihivi. Inachanganya sana kusoma maoni ya wadau wa mabadiliko kwa sasa. Kwa kawaida kabisa ukizungumzia mabadiliko ya kisiasa ni kubadili mfumo kutoka wa zamani kwenda mfuma mbadala (mpya). Bila shaka mabadiliko yoyote yaliyosubiriwa na jamii kwa muda mrefu hupokelewa kwa furaha bila kujali kesho patatokea nini. Idd Amin alipompindua Milton Obote, Waganda walilipuka kwa nderemo mitaani. Vivyo hivyo Kanu iliposhindwa Kenya, wakenya walifurahi sana (hata wale waliokuwa Kanu).

Consequences kwa mabadiko haya yalokuja kwa njia tofauti yalikuwa tofauti. Raia waliyafurahia na hiyo si dhambi. Kwa sababu watu wanapotaka mabadiliko maana yake kuna kitu hawaridhiki nacho. Kitakachotekea baadaye kama madhara ya mabadilko huwezi kuwalaumu watu kwa maamuzi waliyofanya bali mnaingia tena kwenye n’gwe ya pili ya mabadilko. Hakuna palipoandikwa kuwa mabadliko huwezi kuyabadilisha baadaye ukiona hayakuwa na tija. Ni kuwadanganya watanzania kuwashawishi kuwa mabadiliko watakayoyafanya sasa yateleta mbingu. Mabadiliko ni mchakato endelevu. Nikipima mambo yote kisiasa, kiuongozi, kiuchumi, huduma za jamii, utawala bora, bado naona ni wakati mwafaka wa Watanzania kubadili mfumo wa utawala wa sasa. Miaka zaidi ya hamsini imetosha. Kuna haja kabisa ya kubadili huu mfumo. Nimeanza kupiga kura tangu mwaka 1985, pamoja na concern zilizojitokeza kwa upinzani, hili la kutambua kwamba hawawezi kuleta mabadiliko ya kisiasa hadi tu pale watakapoungana, na vyama vinne vimeungana, kuna sababu bora zaidi ya kusupport mabadilko kwa sasa kuliko wakati mwingine wowote. Propaganda kabla ya uchaguzi zitakuwa nyingi lakini sauti ya mabadiliko ya kisiasa nchini siku zote itakuwa ya juu zaidi. Ni maamuzi yetu ama tubadili mfumo au tuendelee kama tulivyo.

Lowassa amekuwa subject ya mazungumzo na utata. Vinara wa mfumo hodhi wa sasa wanajenga hoja kwamba sasa hivi mabadilko hayawezekani tena kwa sababu ya Lowassa. Nalipinga hili kwa sababu kuu mbili: 1. Mabadilko ambayo nayataka kisiasa hayajajengwa juu ya imani kwa mtu fulani. Yamejengwa juu ya haja kwamba mfumo mpya hautachukulia kila kitu poa, mfumo mpya utakuwa unaelewa kwa nini nimewaweka wao nikawaacha wale. 2. Mungu hutelekeleza azma yake bila kujali wanadamu. Mipango yake haitegemei wanadamu kwa sababu hubadilika. Ibrahimu katika msahafu aliahidiwa na Mungu kupewa mtoto na kwamba uzao wake utakuwa mwingi kama mchanga wa bahari. Baada ya miaka kadha Ibrahim hakupata mtoto kama alivyotegemea. Wakakubaliana na mke wa Sarah amwingie mjakazi, wakapata mtoto. Ibrahimu alikosea lakini bado Mungu alimpa mtoto kutoka katika viuno vyake. Mungu alikuwa anataka kuleta mfumo wa taifa kupitia Ibrahim. Vivyo hivyo nikifikiria Tanzania kuna siku lazima mfumo wa utawala utabadilika si lazima upitie kwa chama fulani unaweza kupitia kwa vyama (kama sasa hivi) au chama kingine, Hata kama kibinadamu kina mawaa. Mawaa si ajabu maana hata mfumo unaotawala sasa hivi una mawaa tena makubwa tu. Ni muhimu basi kuamua ama kuubadili au kubaki kama tulivyo na kuendelea kuwa nchi ya walalamikaji.

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