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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Hope Is A Good Thing...

"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies" The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

For some very weird reasons, that movie is on my favorite list. It ain't something to do with Morgan   Freeman.  Nonetheless, my brief reflection today has nothing to do with The Shawshank Redemption, but on the current political climate in Tanzania.

If you have been a follower of this blog you will definitely know that I have not been a fan of the incumbent. I had hope, just like many Tanzanians when JK took the keys to Ikulu. Remember the Kasi Mpya, Ari Mpya stuff? We all know that none of that stuff materialized. I think I was bold enough to predict on here that JK will go down in history as the worst president Tanzania has ever seen.

But that was just a little blah blah. So let's get to the point about hope.

I know I live miles and miles away from Bongoland, but I have to say that I like what I'm seeing. The biggest change, if you ask me, is that there is hope. And hope my friend, is a very good thing.

We can not marginalize the coming of Dr. Slaa into the scene as a  main contributing factor to the change in political landscape. However, we have to give credit to CCM, they messed up.  Folks are tired. Not only that, abundance of information has also helped to shed light on some of the "old" CCM blah blah.

Just look at the yelling CCM members in this other photo.

That is a sure sign that Tanzania is changing. Folks are changing. My people have come to the point of not accepting the status quo. And that is good thing. Will everyone change? Absolutely not. We ain't created equal. Some are just used to the old ways of thinking and doing things.

I know disappointments will come following October 31, 2010, particularly if Dr. Slaa will not be declared a winner of the presidential election. That is because emotions (and not hope) are riding high. Despite the possibility of a heartbreak, something has definitely happened to Tanzanians.

They have found hope. And to me, hope will take my fellow Tanzanians a long way.
Photo credit:  1) Chadema - http://www.wavuti.com/ 2) CCM - jiwe-thedj.blogspot.com