Education is going backwards, health services are a mess, Kilimo Kwanza* is too little too late, Dowans is a disgrace. We need a new constitution to suit the times. The current one lets our leaders do what they want. There are no means of keeping a check on them. The Chief Justice is appointed by the President and then is sworn in by the same President. Others are appointed to multiple positions. What’s all that about?
The translated and paraphrased words of the two signwriters who put together the concise overview of Tanzania in 2011 pictured above. It’s pretty succint, and it’s at Kigamboni Market.
So have they read the constitution?
Sure, a mate has a copy – we’ve all been reading it. He’s gone into town to get more. Why aren’t they easily available to everyone? I saw Pius Msekwa on the telly the other night and he was complaining that he didn’t have one. And he’s the Deputy Chairman of CCM!!
Such civic awareness is heartening and commendable. There’s a real debate taking place. But I never asked them why so many signwriters are heart-on-sleeve gooners?
*The government’s Agriculture First programme