President Kikwete with Benjamin Mengi
President Kikwete has shown himself to be totally unconcerned with the corruption in the Silverdale Farm case.
Tanzania: Ruling Party Declares War on Corruption
By Dr Hildebrand Shayo, 21 November 2012
THE ruling party, CCM, has declared a war against corruption as it bolsters democracy in the country.
This is PART ONE of an analysis of that fight and democratic development by Dr HILDEBRAND SHAYO WHILE the recent CCM national conference in Dodoma set up its new line-up led by National Chairman Dr. Jakaya Kikwete, with Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein and Philip Mangula as vice-chairman for Zanzibar and Tanzania mainland respectively, come to grips with the results, all are tasked with one mission of promotion and anticorruption roadmap down 2015 and beyond.
In a democratic society, the people participate in the governance of their country through voting for persons among contestants for public posts. They consider people best suited to perform the functions of the offices for which they are contesting. The decision to vote for a person to occupy a public office is based, or better still, should be based on the past record of that person.
This is the first way in which people participate in their own governance. The second way is by advocating for what is good for their country. These two ways seem to be complementary. If the people vote for leaders based on their past records of saying and doing what the people consider to be in the interest of the public good, then chances are that the people will spend less time advocating for the public good.
On the other hand, if the people elect persons to public offices who have no record of commitment to what the people consider to be in the interest of the public good, or for the party vision and mission, then the chances are that they, the people, will spend more time advocating for the public good. In Tanzania, today, the fight against corruption is considered by both the government and the people to be the most important task in the transformation of Tanzania to become a peaceful, just, humane, progressive, productive and prosperous nation.
Our President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has frequently identified corruption as the number one enemy of Tanzania. There is nobody in Tanzania that has disagreed or will disagree with our president that corruption is our number one enemy. The people are the ones that feel the pain inflicted by corruption, as corruption prevents them from having basic necessities of life such as, food, good health, sound education, safe drinking water, electricity, communication, good and affordable public transport system, housing, amongst others. In his recent speech in 2012 while addressing CCM youth in Dodoma ahead their election of national leaders, the president assured us that he would lead by example in his effort to change Tanzania for the better, including his fight against corruption.