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 →
The state visit of the Moroccan King to Tanzania has brought up interesting discussions in the country. Questions raised include Is Tanzania changing its values?, What would Nyerere do? These are legitimate concerns given the founding values of Tanzania’s foreign policy of liberation, dignity, and freedom to all people of Africa and the entire world.
There is a disturbing video clip going around social media in Tanzania showing how a group of men (trainee teachers) are beating a single boy with school uniform (student). A formal police investigation report will reveal the whole truth about it. Hearing bad news relating to education is becoming almost a trend- we have had reports on high failure rates… Read more →
31.8.2016 Dear Mr. President, Greetings Your Excellency! It is with great honor and humbleness that I am writing this letter to you. Thank you for reading it. Thank you for the work that you are doing for our beloved country, Tanzania. It is with great sacrifice that you have wholeheartedly given yourself to help Tanzanians move towards a better place…. Read more →
In his book, Conversation With Myself, Nelson Mandela narrates an interesting story of The Wind and the Sun… brief interpretation of the story is that soft power is often more effective that the hard power, which often manifests with attention and force. Mandela is
In the last general elections in Tanzania (2015), one of the questions that prevailed (to analysts) was whether some of the decisions made by the opposition coalition (UKAWA) were assets or liabilities?
Even before independence, Julius Nyerere envisioned Tanzania as a candle that will send rays of hope, etc across borders. In many ways, such as in Liberation struggles of Southern African states, Tanzania has lived this vision. Tanzania is a central regional player in ensuring security and stability in the region. She plays multiple roles in
In the last few days political drama scenes have been unfolding in British politics. I think it’s a manifestation of incremental societal and political forces that
Museveni has been declared the winner and he is the President elect of Uganda. He has been President for 30 years. While the votes were being counted yesterday, I posted
I am not sure if I’ve much authority (academic) to pose any analysis of the issues in the title. But given my disciplinary background (International Relations), I feel like throwing out some of what is battling in my mind: