Aikande Kwayu

…another opportunity for Critical Reflection- why didn’t Jack Ma choose to visit Tanzania among the East African countries?

In March 2017, when the World Bank President visited Tanzania and Rwanda I was made sleepless by his tweets. They displayed serious different conceptualization of development strategy between Tanzania and Rwanda. My previous read on Alec Ross’ Industries of the Future had further exacerbated the insomnia. Well, this end week, Jack Ma,

…we are matching – as #Tanzania faces the establishment

“…each of the persons…believed they were acting appropriately, but, taken together, their acts produced misfortune on a continental scale” – Yanis Varoufakis, Adults in the Room (2017), p.2 After reading Udadisi critical article amidst my measured reading of “Adults in the Room” by Yanis Varoufakis, I feel obliged to contribute

A simplified framework to understand Dictators’ strategies: lessons from Greitens S. C. (2016). Dictators and Their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp.324

Title: Dictators and their Secret Police Author: Sheena Chestnut Greitens Genre: Political Science Publisher: Cambridge University Press Release Date: 16/08/2016 Pages: 240 Context: Increasingly, there is substantial mentioning and complaints on social media and in the streets of Tanzania, wondering whether we are walking towards a dictatorial regime or not. There has been analysis that Tanzania has always been under… Read more →

#EAC – Reflections on the Community…

Interesting manifestations have happened this week regarding the East African Community. On Monday, 13th, I was lucky to attend a hearing on application of a case against members of EAC on EU/EPA negotiations and signing. The case was heard in the East African Court of Justice by three judges. The table was composed of respondents who were the representatives from all… Read more →

50 years after the #ArushaDeclaration…reflections and an advice to CCM Members of Parliament #Tanzania

In 1967 Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere, the first President of Tanzania, announced the Arusha Declaration, a socio-political-economy ideology to guide the country. The Declaration was an independent and critical well thought ideology for a poor, relatively young independent state. It was consistent, coherent, and robust in its argument on self-reliance. Of course, like many ideologies, the Arusha Declaration faced major… Read more →

Your view is not my view: Reflections on Shetler J.B (2007). Imagining Serengeti: A History of Landscape Memory in Tanzania from Earliest Times to the Present

Your view is not my view: Reflections on Shetler J.B (2007). Imagining Serengeti: A History of Landscape Memory in Tanzania from Earliest Times to the Present

Title: Imagining Serengeti Author: Jan Bender Shetler Genre: Academic: Anthropology; History Publisher: Ohio University Press Release Date: 2007 Format: Paperback Pages: 378 If someone wants to teach about the theory of Construction, I think the best book to start with would be “Imagining Serengeti”. This may not be

Politics of Image in Tanzania: CCM Rebranding Strategy for Survival

Below is the Abstract of the Paper that I am presenting at the African Studies Association (ASA)  Annual Conference (2016) in Washington DC. Title: Politics of Image in Tanzania: CCM Rebranding Strategy for Survival Abstract: Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) is the ruling political party in Tanzania. The party has been in power since independence in 1961. There have been various… Read more →