• Angel Investors and Demons of Venture Capital

    Angel Investors and Demons of Venture Capital0

    “Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est La Même Chose” – Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr The old Swahili adage, “vijana ni taifa la kesho” (youth are the nation of tomorrow), seems outdated. Even the use of the phrase, “Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Future”, is apparently waning. What appears to be trending now is Africa as “the young continent.” It is thus not surprising that

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Attempted Assassination of Lissu as Terrorism

    The Attempted Assassination of Lissu as Terrorism0

    “We will be quiet when we are dead….” – Tundu Lissu Tanzania is in a state of shock. Unknown assailants have shot the maverick politician and advocate, Tundu Lissu, multiple times. As he battles for his life, the nation is hoping and praying for him. Conspiracy theories abound about this attempted on his life. Such speculations

  • Tanzania at the T-Junction

    Tanzania at the T-Junction0

    The protagonists of the recently premiered film, T-Junction, are a marvel to watch. Although dubbed “An Amil Shivji’s film”, it is a collaborative work that brings Tanzanian talents as they attempt to make sense of our society. What is particularly impressive is the way the scriptwriter who also happens to be the director has juxtaposed

  • What is Magufuli hiding about Acacia?

    What is Magufuli hiding about Acacia?0

    “Currently no one knows the secrets of this country than I do” –President John Magufuli The government of Tanzania is about to start negotiations with Barrick Gold Corporation. With a stake of 63.9 per cent in Acacia Mining PLC, the stakes are high for the Canadian multinational. In March 2017 President Magufuli suspended the shipping

  • 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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Shawn Mubiru

Monday July 01-03, 1996: Teachers had gone on strike and they were threatened to be replaced by Soldiers. The narrative of replacing professionals with soldiers seems to be a Bush war strategy. pic.twitter.com/pQvZ…