AN OPEN LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT MAGUFULI

Posted: August 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

My respectful readers, I beg you to forgive me by writing the longest letter. For the past two years I have never written such long articles as this. It was written for the purpose of reaching our President or his assistants through various instruments especially in the newspapers. I sent the article to editors three weeks ago but most of them when I contacted them, they told me they are still editing, the last thing I saw it would lose real meaning and my goal. I decided to write it here on blog. I urge you to read deeply and see if what I am trying to tell Mr. President is logical.

Your comments are important after reading to improve my next articles. For advice and comments abdulnoor3@gmail.com

Dear President Magufuli,

Permit me to draw your attention to a few pertinent facts.

Mr. President when you took office as President of the United Republic of Tanzania on 5th November, 2015 a huge responsibility fell to you and with it much expectation.

Mr. President, I’m writing this short letter today for reasons some of which you may probably know already from your own personal observations and readings. But before I go further, kindly permit me to set some records straight before some conspiracy specialists step forward to ascribe other people’s opinion because the biggest threat to Tanzania today, is ignorance. It’s a pity we are in this suffocating political union called Tanzania where questions to a leader is considered disrespect.

I shall clearly expose my personal views and state where I belong or stand for any avoidance of doubt.

Hon. President, I have never enrolled as a member of any political party in this country but I admire Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) of Uganda because of its leader, Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye, truly a man among the men of his time. He is fearless, decorous and a real patriotic. Subsequently, I have not heaved a canine into any political brawl anywhere. I have supported and voted for individuals, not political parties. In Tanzania, I have voted for someone in the CCM party and I have voted for another in the UKAWA parties. The easiest way to lose my patronage politically is to say hateful words because I am averse to hatred. I prefer to vote for an ‘evil’ person with a human face, than an ‘angel’ full of hatred.

Mr. President, many of your opponents have not gotten over the thrashing you gave them and would forever seek everything and anything to smear you with. It is therefore not surprising that there has been so much noise about what you’ve done or left undone. Whether they are right or wrong in their assessment, I feel it is right and proper to let you know what people are saying about you including your most ardent fans and supporters.

Mr. President, please let’s not dismiss them as mere rabble-rousers. A groundswell of public opinion can easily metamorphose into an ocean of disenchantment and cataclysmic confusion. In short, I believe your enemies are skillfully setting you up for failure in order to be able to taunt your supporters later by saying “we told you so!” In this regard it is pertinent to always bear in mind the saying “the enemy lurk outside in the backyard but your foe resides inside your house.”

What is the matter this time? Many Tanzanians are lamenting that the change you promised them is fast becoming a mirage. It is certainly not what they are seeing right now. They insist that your style and methodology appear too slow for a nation in dire straits and in need of urgent and miraculous deliverance. They are worried that the mandate of five years they gave you is being unwittingly frittered away and before you know it all the goodwill you garnered would have evaporated and vamoosed. Time, they say, waits for no man!

The economy has become worrisome. There are all manners of rumours that may make matters worse, if true, about the current status of our banks. Though the Central Bank of Tanzania has come out forcefully to dispel the dangerous rumours, I wish you to unleash your economic plan as soon as possible, so that what was once a baseless rumours does not somehow become harsh reality. We are expecting “something” that would guarantee a farewell to poverty.

Mr. President your Government should be telling the world that we are so broke that we are on our knees. The world laughs at us and treats us with derision because we have resources which should make us one of the richest in the world if we properly harness them. We must stop giving the impression that we are so impoverished when it is leadership and lack of focus that has failed us.

The other matter that continues to embarrass Tanzanians is the issue of Coast Region. The matter is made worse by the fact that we have a qualified police force which should know and have what it takes to drastically reduce if not exterminate the killings. But rather the menace has exacerbated. It has snowballed into a seemingly unquenchable conflagration. I had argued repeatedly that the police alone cannot achieve a needful result. Intelligence seems to be the key word here. Also identifying and locating some of the cells and prominent sympathizers is crucial.

The Coast Region saga has defied every effort made so far and it is time to expand the options for the sake of our fellow citizens in the heart of this conundrum. This should tell us that this issue is not a joke and that we need to keep all windows open. Sir, Tanzanians want to see government show a different approach and better compassion than what we had in the past. They are waiting to see how you will do this with minimum collateral damage. Sir, you have a herculean task ahead but it is not a mission impossible. Other nations are experiencing almost similar challenges and they are forging ahead. The first indicator to exhibit our seriousness is when we stop the business as usual syndrome and tighten the belts of government officials and politicians. If the idea is to continue along the path of profligacy then Tanzania is contagiously jinxed.

The biggest problem facing most African leaders is their inability to learn from history. I won’t bother advising you Mr. President to monitor some of your advisers. You have also similarly surrounded yourself with a legion of sycophants. None of them is prepared to tell you face to face that you are dragging this country to the precipice. Those around you are thinking more about their gains; so, they are not prepared to drag you out of your delusion.

Only you and those benefiting from your administration believe you are making progress in the war against corruption, the economy and other countless challenges facing this country. How can you say that you are making progress in the war against insecurity when the situation in the Coast Region has gone from bad to worse? The earlier you face the reality of your failure and change your strategy, the better for this nation. Mr. President, your Minister Hon. Mwigulu has shown without any doubt that he is a qualified economists and he can do nothing with protecting our lives and property.

The last months have been horrendous for residents of Kibiti, Mkuranga and Rufiji in general. Almost 30 leader’s lives have been lost to unknown persons. We have never had it so bad. It is a shame that nobody is telling you Mr. President that you are not doing well in this area. Your Minister of Home Affairs has suddenly become mute. Each time you make your unworkable statement this sycophant hails you through social media.

I am obviously not feeling the impacts of your statements. Mr. President I had spent the last two years agitating for this; those around you are not patriotic to tell you this truth. As normal in this part of the world, those around you are still saluting you. The economy of our nation is sliding and nobody around you Mr. President is prepared to tell you the truth. Several homes across the nation are struggling to survive. Many homes are sliding below poverty line. Inflation hit a 5.4 percent in June. Our currency is battered. Our GDP is sliding. Industrial capacity utilization is plummeting. Companies are throwing out thousands of people into the labour market. Just look around you and you will see thousands of jobless youth.

Mr. President, an army of jobless youth is a time bomb that may consume this country if the government fails to act appropriately. Governance is not just about making noise about anti-corruption. A good government must create an enabling environment for industrial growth and optimum capacity utilization. Promotion of commercial agriculture is also pertinent.

Mr. President nobody is telling you that all economic indices are on the negative side in Tanzania. The market capitalization of the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange depreciated by billion in the third quarter of 2016 as it fell at July. Cautious trading by investors has continued to pervade the market as a lot of them continue to watch from the sidelines, awaiting a clear economic direction from you (President). It is important to note that what an average Tanzanian desire at the moment is for the ‘Change’ they voted for to be translated into a significant positive impact on the real sector and the economy in general but those around you would not allow you to read honest remarks like this one from the real sector.

The economy is now faced with a scenario where there is much pressure to move funds out of the economy than moving funds into the economy. This can be likened to a run on a system. This is a typical scenario which a confidence crisis would create. It has come to a point where they want us to lie like them about growth in economy saying we are spreading bad news when the reality of the hardship is affecting them more than us. Why are we like this? When will we know that our words are our bonds and we should attach values to them because in the end they are our worth?

Mr. President you have always quoted that you are making progress in the war against corruption and those around you are hailing. There are too selfish to tell them that they are just deceiving themselves. None of them is prepared to ask you to point to one high profile conviction you got in the last nearly two years. Anti-corruption is not just about the number of people invited by the TAKUKURU. What we have been witnessing in the last months are mainly media trials and convictions of mainly your opponents. Nobody around you is prepared to tell you that, most people around you have big questions hanging on their necks.

Aside from ministerial appointments, 80% of your political and non-political appointments are lopsided in favour of CCM Elite. You are so happy with this. You do it with so much impunity. Those around are telling you to ride on with your skewed appointments.

Mr. President, I can understand some of us are naive for lacking knowledge of Tanzania’s history and its laws. Sadly, that cannot be said of Mzee Mwinyi and others who between them have ruled this country as President and minister when many of us were youths or toddlers. So each time I see these men calling on a civilian government to “constitution amends to rule for life”, I see only naked attempts at deceiving their countrymen. In short, “#MagufuliAbaki” is an empty slogan, take it or leave it. But we can achieve better governance through other means.

For the avoidance of doubt, I support the corruption war for the betterment of this nation but guys are biting more than they can chew. If we continue with this proposed system by Mzee Ruksa, something tells me that Tanzania will be going in circles. How devolving more responsibilities can be achieved under this democracy with all constitution provision is what I don’t know. We may go around in circles seeking another ‘Magufuli’ to help solve our problems but should we continue with the same approach by the same set of leaders, it wouldn’t be long before we have another operation ‘Makinikia type’.

There is basically nothing wrong with #MagufuliAbaki if it will mean creating an environment that will free enough resources for development, engaging our people to contribute both socially, economically and intellectually. But first we must define what it is. As far as I am concerned though, the cacophony of noise is just to usher in seeking for party political gain knowing well isn’t going to be possible for any rule for life in this country. I doubt if Mzee Ruksa and others give a damn about anything other they signify “I am alive” so that people do forget they are still relevant.

Hon. President, to me it is simply not talking of good governance when you tell me about #MagufuliAbaki that is what is precisely missing. How does staying in power for life can solve our main problem? If staying in power means creation of more solutions to our keen problems, we are subject to failure. If its resource control we fail too, because we (people) never question how our government squander the resources rather it is them (Government) that is our problem.

I have always said that, this RULE FOR LIFE of a thing is another dubious way projected to make the voters of few who don’t have strong terms when it comes on thinking their future and do not understand the brain behind their agitation. We are too big to be dragged along by any person or group of persons. Our people should please differentiate the voice of God from the voice of the devil.

Mzee Mwinyi is making a fool of himself; very soon his paymasters will distance themselves from him. He and his illiterate minions will be dancing alone in the market square naked. To be “Praise Singer” is when you follow a leader who will lead you nowhere, and you are still screaming “MagufuliAbaki” brothers and sisters, it’s time to see you think!

If we don’t hold our leaders accountable now with the resources they are currently collecting will even you (Magufuli) continue be the panacea to the problem. Let the politicians change their ‘heads’ so that they can have better perception about leadership and our surrounding resources.

What we need is to change our behavior and attitude to be keepers and eradicate corruption, sentiments and uphold comment to nation building. In short, it smacks of mischief or extreme naivety for any Tanzania to think that a government runs by politicians can change Tanzania through amending one or two, but multiple items in the 1977 Constitution and get the “proposed one sided national constitution”.

How many constitutional amendments have been attempted by our National Assembly and at what cost? I believe the shouts for #MagufuliAbaki is another avenue for making money; CCM members are always looking for new ways to fleece the country.

I don’t know the Tanzania political meaning of the word #MagufuliAbaki but if we should engage in that debate; the compromise or consensus that will be reached will fall short of most people’s expectations and another cycle of clamor will begin. That’s the nature of constitutionalism.

Am also surprise about the so called “#MagufuliAbaki” from Tanzania by prominent Tanzanians those ruled Tanzania for good solid ten years and during their Era nothing by then did think of the issue of continuity, when does the need for Magufuli continuity arise? Is it yesterday, last month or last year? And what do they mean? They just want to play politics with the issue, thinking maybe it will favor them politically; they are just wasting their time.

As Tanzanian we should build Tanzania where everywhere in the country will have a sense of belonging, where all of us (Tanzanians) will carry our own destiny in our hands and will be able to develop our pace under its our set of beliefs, orientation and natural inclinations.

Rule of Law to us should mean Tanzania that recognizes that unity is a state of consciousness grown through fairness, equity and justice and not political affiliation through force of subjugation.

I wish to remind all those who think you (President Magufuli) are doing great so that you can rule this country for unspecified time that before they speak, let these words pass through two gates for them to have peace. 1. IS IT TRUE? 2. IS IT NECESSARY?

Hon. President, common sense tells us that even if we want to start debating, it’s a process that will take years. However, government makes money every day and spends money every day. Why should we overlook accountability issues of how money is generated and spent in favor of talking about new constitution writing?

Mr. President, the list of alibis has seen for your government keeps increasing. There are those who have started making alibis for the government in the failed corruption fight.

People are wondering whether we are in the right way, they are thinking of the seizure of Masamaki and his colleagues as it is a war of corruption, they have come to the point and wonder if you publicly declared that the Corruption Courts is ready but we wonder Mr. Rugemarila, Seth “Singasinga” and all who are accused of corruption cases why their cases not opened to the Corruption Court instead of these Ordinary courts?

There are those who have made alibis for the failing economy. And now, another one, for the failure of the government to deliver an item which is written in the manifesto, yet to be removed and used as a campaign subject – teen mothers (girls going back to school after birth). But it seems no one cares. Most of teen who get pregnancy are daughters of poor family and mostly they get it from rich family. Teens of the rich family and unlighted manage to go back to private schools. I never heard a stop order to private schools receiving the same. This should be addressed. As Tanzanians we must stand shoulder to shoulder and resist these hegemonist and devils with every fibre of our being.

Hon. It is even in the 2015 CCM Manifesto. It was among many reasons why someone had hope in you. So, if you fail to implement a program you promised, only an alibi would do.

Zanzibar is a part of Tanzania and is not different from Tanzania Mainland. It’s an African country (sovereignty state) who has learned from their past mistakes. Tanzania (Mainland) hasn’t learned; that’s what makes the difference. And the effect shows. As Tanzanians we should transit from “mind poverty” nation to go about the fastest growing economy. We are really fortunate as the past ills are corrected. I believe we can also correct our own mistakes too, if we care, not only Zanzibar but everyone can. Tanzania Mainland can too.

Hon. President your party (CCM) has said if it is elected into the Presidency come 2015, Tanzanians can expect that they will solve the problems of corruption, food security, power (electricity), transportation, education, ensure accelerated economic growth as well as affordable health care. The party made the declaration in their rallies. We have the CCM manifesto as well as your campaign promises and believe it or not, neither promised to curse our country when elected to office.

However, Honourable President accountability and transparency in the management of government businesses, due process in contract award and personnel recruitment; pedantic enforcement of laws, rules and regulations are clamors or agitations that have not for once taken place in this country as a movement but those are actually our problems. They are easily attainable and don’t need constitutional amendments.

These are the fundamental requirements which ought to be the civic responsibility of all Tanzanians. But it is most unfortunate that our thinking capacity of majority of us has been mortgage based on political sentimentality. The earlier we understand and wear back our thinking cap to use our tone in counting our teeth the better for all Tanzanians. Activist still have a lot to do, ensuring that they put the common sense back to us.

Hon. President never deny opinions if you let it out its only normal for others like myself to tell you how different we feel about it so don’t feel bad about owning opinion. You must hear the piece of others minds as long as you speak out unless you want to keep it in your head were no one will see it to counter or oppose.

All we hear these days is war against corruption. Nobody around you is prepared to tell you that in almost five months, you are yet to impact on key areas like security, welfare, the economy, agriculture, housing, etc. They keep massaging your ego that you are doing very well and my dear President you are enjoying all the salutations.

The final and lasting solution to our numerous problems is to complete and put the proposed Warioba’s Constitution to the implementation of what has come to be known as the “Tanzanian solution” where the expectation are at the very best.

My message to you Mr. President is very simple: Wise leaders listen more to their critics than supporters and friends. It’s okay to disagree with the thoughts or opinions expressed by other people. That doesn’t give you the right to deny any sense they might make. Nor does it give you a right to accuse someone of poorly expressing their beliefs just because you don’t like what they are saying. Learn to recognize good things when you hear it, even if it means overcoming your pride and opening your mind beyond what is comfortable 

I wish you well as always Sir.

By Abdul Noor

Twitter: @abdul_noor

A dynamite and dynamic young man, mentally resourceful, intellectually equipped, visionary and responsible sensitive citizen, committed to personal and national development, creative writer and an activist.

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Comments
  1. EMMANUEL MWAKYUSA says:

    Awesome letter the volcano is real boiling in you but I advise the debate of fee people eclosed than open discussion which is a must to come later as it involves some contagious clauses like nationalism (TANZANIA MAINLAND ) ,EMPOWERMENT,DECISION making,CULTURE and POLITICS (teen mothers) ,national IDENTITY,JUSTICE system,cordination and how to accommodate DIVERSE idea (TOLERANCE ) AM PROUD have gone through it ANKAL trust me it needed to be as ORIGINAL concept as it is WONDERFULL to have it I SALOOTE you last but not least you need to understand that this article or letter is with deeper understanding than majority of TANZANIANS even degree holders is the real radar and way to go for our nation and world at large GLOBAL politics is hit with RICH GANG PRESIDENTS who doesn’t care about humanity eg OBAMA CARE dismantling but SHARE of the cake and governmental machination to accumulate wealth trust me JPM is Humour and PATRIOTIC than most of them let’s get the way we can digest this and find the skeleton of building it in best way for our nation consumption

    • abdulnoor says:

      Ankal thank you for your comment. As Tanzanian I have expressed a few of many people say but our leaders are not honest and are not ready to tell the President. All of it results in being betrayal to our nation. The time spent to illustrate the facts on this letter is enough to show how much we are ready for this nation to see it moves. I admire the president and that’s why in my blog post I do explain my ideas to my government. I’m not guided by the party’s feeling and that the idea I try to fight so that the young people have a constrictive mind.

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