Asian Countries which developed rapidly were not celebrated in the area of democracy and good governance. We ourselves decided to have a democratic system by our own choice and we must continue on that path as freedom and respect is both an objective and a catalyst for human development.
But Tanzanians know that in our great national achievements, a key lever of success was the political will of our country’s supreme leadership. Everybody recalls Mwalimu J.K. Nyerere’s famous slogan: “we have just one task – to beat him. We have cause. We are capable. And we have the will”. And Tanzania’s youth, Tanzania’s fighters, defeated Idi Amin Dada to the point where he fled his own country.
In the other examples we noted above, the supreme leadership of the country had clear political will which was embraced by other leaders, public servants and the wider public. That is how we were successful. The work ahead of us needs leaders with political will and the discipline that goes with that. Accordingly, we need leaders who can put the country’s interests ahead of their own.
This may indicate a move towards a Beijing consensus as much as anything else. Zhongnanhai meets Chimwaga, maybe. Taken from Mwelekeo wa Sera za CCM katika Miaka 2010 2010 to 2020 (CCM Policy Direction for the Years 2010 to 2020). Get your at the always useful CCM website.