Monday, January 18, 2010


Baada ya muda mrefu nimerejea na nimependa ujumbe aliotoa mtanganyika mwenzetu kuhusu WEWE......
YOU say that our government is inefficient.
YOU say that our laws are too old.
YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.
YOU say that the phones don't work, the railways are a joke. Theairline is the worst in the world, mails never reach theirdestination.
YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolutepits.
YOU say, say and say. What do YOU do about it?
Take a person on his way to Singapore . Give him a name - 'YOURS'.
Give him a face - 'YOURS'.
YOU walk out of the airport and you are atyour International best. In Singapore you don't throw cigarette buttson the roads or eat in the stores.
YOU are as proud of theirUnderground links as they are..
You pay $5 to drive through Orchardbetween 5 PM and 8 PM.
YOU come back to the parking lot to punch yourparking ticket if you have over stayed in a restaurant or a shoppingmall irrespective of your status identity… In Singapore you don't sayanything, DO YOU?
YOU wouldn't dare to eat in public during Ramadan,in Dubai ..
YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered inJeddah.
YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the telephone exchange inLondon at 10 pounds a month to, 'see to it that my STD and ISD callsare billed to someone else.'
YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph(88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop, Do you know whoI am?. I am so and so's son. Take your two bucks and get lost.' YOUwouldn't chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the garbagepail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand ..Why don't YOU spit on the streets of Tokyo ?
Why don't YOU useexamination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston ???
We arestill talking of the same YOU.
YOU who can respect and conform to aforeign system in other countries but cannot in your own. You who willthrow papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Tanzanian ground. If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an aliencountry, why cannot you be the same here in Tanzania ?
In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done thejob. Same in Japan ..Will the Tanzanian citizen do that here?' He's right.
We go to thepolls to choose a government and after that forfeit allresponsibility.We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the government to doeverything for us whilst our contribution is totally negative.
We expect the government to clean up but we are not going to stopchucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick aup a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin.
We expect therailways to provide clean bathrooms but we are not going to learn theproper use of bathrooms.We want Tanzanian Airlines and Air Tanzania to provide the best offood and toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at theleast opportunity.This applies even to the staff who is known not to pass on the serviceto the public.
When it comes to burning social issues like those related to women,dowry, girl child! and others, we make loud drawing room protestationsand continue to do the reverse at home. Our excuse? 'It's the wholesystem which has to change, how will it matter if I alone forego mysons' rights to a dowry.' So who's going to change the system?
Whatdoes a system consist of? Very conveniently for us it consists of ourneighbours , other households, other cities, other communities and thegovernment.
But definitely not me and YOU.
When it comes to us actually making a positive contribution to the system we lockourselves along with our families into a safe cocoon and look into thedistance at countries far away and wait for a Mr.Clean to come along &work miracles for us with a majestic sweep of his hand or we leave the country and run away.
Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask intheir glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure werun to England . When England experiences unemployment, we take thenext flight out to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand tobe rescued and brought home by the Tanzanian government.
Everybody isout to abuse and rape the country. Nobody thinks of feeding thesystem. Our conscience is mortgaged to money.
Dear Tanzanians, The article is highly thought inductive, calls for agreat deal of introspection and pricks one's conscience too…. I amechoing J. F. Kennedy's words to his fellow Americans to relate toTanzanians…..'ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR TANZANIA AND DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO MAKE TANZANIA WHAT AMERICA AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE TODAY'
Lets do what Tanzania needs from us.

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