• Having Friends in Power

    Having Friends in Power0

    Why aren’t you writing about it, a former colleague asked. She/He was referring to my practice of analyzing political appointments in Tanzania. In this case, it was in reference to her/his appointment. Her/His appointment, like those of a couple of my other colleagues,  has left me contemplating about what does it mean to have friends in echelons of

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  • Peaceful Tanzania: Back to the Future?

    Peaceful Tanzania: Back to the Future?0

    “In this great future, you can’t forget your past” – Bob Marley We are told historians cannot predict the future. They can only review the past. And they do so to illuminate the present. So, here I am reading those who can unpack the present and peek at the future of my beloved country. ‘Tanzania: Everyone is scared’ reads

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  • Beyond Advocating for Change

    Beyond Advocating for Change0

    “Decades ago, as President of my country, I told Tanzanians that the choice before them was to change or be changed. I was wrong. There was no choice. They had to change, and would still BE changed” – Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Change is the only constant. A change is gonna come. The times they are a-changin’. These

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  • Can Being Bayesian Save Tanzanians From Internal Inconsistency?

    Can Being Bayesian Save Tanzanians From Internal Inconsistency?0

    I read with great interest Constantine Manda’s (@msisiri) response to my blog post on the recent results from the Pew Surveys. Thanks to the ABCs of Bayesian Analysis that I picked up from Casper Troskie at the University of Cape Town (UCT), I managed to follow the argument and model. And I agree that we need to be Bayesian. What

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  • The Majority of Tanzanians are Satisfied with the Way Democracy is Working in our Country But…

    The Majority of Tanzanians are Satisfied with the Way Democracy is Working in our Country But…0

    “Democracy is not a bottle of Coca-Cola which you can import” – Mwalimu Julius Nyerere I have been particularly annoyed with the ways some of our compatriots have been using the corporate Western media to portray the purported decay of democracy in Tanzania. “Upheaval in Kenyan, Ugandan politics as Tanzania cracks down,” one such outlet

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  • The Costs and Casualties of Magufuli’s Mineral War

    The Costs and Casualties of Magufuli’s Mineral War0

    “This economic warfare requires enough sacrifice” – President John Magufuli President Magufuli has declared that Tanzania is in economic warfare. This is a protracted struggle to protect our natural resources from plunder. Minerals are at the heart of this battle. Of course, we have not yet experienced a ‘mineral war’ like the one in the

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  • Fires Around Mineral Rich Great Lakes Region

    Fires Around Mineral Rich Great Lakes Region1

    Natural resources are the main cause of internal conflict in many countries in the Great Lake Region. The Democratic Republic of Congo is an example of a country where natural resources have fueled internal conflict as an array of actors fight for control of DR Congo’s mineral rich eastern provinces. In addition, this fighting has

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  • Magufuli and The Politics Of Information Sharing

    Magufuli and The Politics Of Information Sharing0

    On November 20, 2016 the President of Tanzania, Dr. John Magufuli, sacked the chair of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Board, Bernard Mchomvu. According to The Citizen, the “sacking was announced through a State House statement, which, however, did not specify the reasons for his removal.” The ‘rumor mills’ in a city that was once

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  • Obama’s sour story on governance in Africa

    Obama’s sour story on governance in Africa0

    Barack Obama famously said “Africans must build Africa for Africa!”. A nice message, but what do you do, when Africans themselves fight each other while building the same house? In Africa, those on the roof of the house under construction are receiving building stones from the ground, but they choose which people on the ground

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  • Bright or Bleak Future for the Opposition in Tanzania?

    Bright or Bleak Future for the Opposition in Tanzania?0

    “Indeed all dictatorships are basically weak; because the means they apply in governance make them inherently unstable” – Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Tanzanians appear united about the positive outcomes of the postponement of nationwide marches that were slated for September 1st. It diffused the political tension that reached its peak with arrests of some politicians. However,

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Lots of interesting ideas to ponder here, on when (if ever) one should publish potentially self-exculpatory pieces by people accused of sexual misconduct/abuse, or even simply impropriety. twitter.com/conor64/…