Monday, August 14, 2006

Thank You Mr. Speaker

I know this blog for the most part has been dealing with Bongoland issues primarily from a "negative" side. I say "negative" because my reflection has been, for the main part, pointing out things that the government has missed. I am convinced that criticizing is not a bad thing, as long as the spirit behind is to bring some positive change.

Besides my criticism, which "hit" Mr. Speaker on his "kazana" comments, I am always willing to give some praise when praise is deserved. I had a chance to have a conversation with one esteemed gentleman over the weekend and in our conversation one of the issues that came up was the "good news" that Mr. Speaker has finally "educated" MPs on their status as far as the law of the land is concerned. The Speakers message to the members of parliament was very simple, they ain't above the law! [Read here].

It would be ridiculous not to commend Mr. Speaker for his stand. Personally, I was delighted. I was delighted because finally we are starting to see positive signs of change. To be more specific, a philosophical change. See, the central agenda for my blogging (and others who blog or share their ideas through newspaper columns) is not just to shoot some steam for nothing, but to highlight some key ideological, philosophical, and attitudinal problems that have been acting as roadblocks towards meaningful economic and social progress in Tanzania. One of those key problems has been lack of a clear understanding of what the roles and obligations of MPs are. Those roles are stipulated, but is apparent that our MPs have been working blindly, if you will.

It is apparent, from Mr. Speaker's comments, that the majority of our MPs are soooooo ignorant. That has been evidenced through their misunderstanding or misconception of the extent to which the Tanzanian constitution, and thus the law, provides them "immunity". It is also highlights even a more troubling realization, that wabunge do not have a clear understanding of the contitution and the laws that they have passed! (Talking about ukihiyo wa katiba na sheria!!). But why should we be surprised? Some of these fellas are Form IV certificate holders.

I am also delighted about Mr. Speaker's comments because he has set a wonderful precendent. See, given that that human beings are creatures of habit, our MPs (some of which have been in the House almost all their life) were used to old filthy habits. They were used to being rubber stamps, making stupid unsubstantiated comments, or just embracing wrong notions about their position. All of that, without any serious challenge or consequences. As such, our MPs grew into believing that they were some kind of semi-gods to be worshipped. No wonder everybody wanted to get in the House at all costs.

The Speaker's comments has changed all that. He has managed to communite to the MPs that they are nothing more than "servants" of the people, entrusted folks with a duty to fulfill. I love the Speaker's comments because it sent a message to the MPs that they ain't glorious folks to be worshipped. Given the love of accolades that Bongoland leaders have, I am sure that Mr. Speaker's comments have put a serious dent into the MPs' ego. It is a wonderful dent for wananchi, because it has brought the MPs down to earth. Why shouldn't we thank Mr. Speaker for that?

See, I believe societies can only develop as far as their minds can take them. I am convinced that Bongoland is as poor as it is, because we are fulfilling someone's vision. I would be bold enough to say that we are fulfilling CCM's vision, given that they are in power. What we have in Tanzania is as far as CCM has seen (You can urgue otherwise, but you have clothes you have now because that's your vision of how you want folks to see you today). Given that fact, in order for someone to progress, they have change their mind and attitude. Given the role of the Bunge in pushing for economic and social development, it is imperative that the MPs have the right "mind" and attitude. The right "mind" includes that ability to critically think and put issues in their proper context/place.

It is sad that our MPs have failed to raise to the occasion. Nevertheless, I am glad that we have a Speaker, who at least for once, stood his ground and rised above the crowd of incapable MPs. Standing for the right interpretion and application of the constitution and law in Bongoland is a rare thing to see. By doing what is right, the Speaker demonstrated how noble he is. And that, my friend, deserves a standing ovation.

Waa! Waa! Waaa! Waaa!Waaa! Waaa!

17 comments:

mwandani said...

wabunge wamekasirika - wanasema kwenye halmashauri kuu Sitta atakiona. Wao walimpa sapoti sasa hivi anawageuka!
Ati kakalia kuti kavu. Jamaa wa CCM inabidi wajifundishe siasa za kileo - sio mambo ya mabavu.

Jaduong Metty said...

Mwandani,

Asante kwa observation. Kwa uwezo wa wabunge wa CCM kuelewa mambo,haishangazi hata kidogo hivi vimbwanga vyao. Nilijua kwa kukatwa ngebe na spika wangeleta vya kuleta. Lakini stori ya kusikitisha ni jinsi vyama vya upinzani visivyoweza kutumia nafasi ndogo ndogo hizi za "technical mistakes" za CCM kukifanya CCM iwe "obsolete" na "irrelevant" kwa Mtanzania wa 2006. Pengine kwa sababu nao hawana kipya zaidi ya majina tu.

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