By Chambi Chachage, Annar Cassam
Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the 1st president of Tanzania, was once a Pan-Africanist and an internationalist, and this e-book comprises contributions from top commentators—those who labored and fought imperialism along Nyerere, participants of a more youthful iteration, and Nyerere in his personal phrases. The writings contemplate Nyerere and liberation, the Commonwealth, management, financial improvement, land, human rights, and schooling. particularly, they're a testomony to the transforming into reputation of the necessity to re-ignite the fires of African socialism to which Nyerere used to be deeply dedicated.
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This was a ridiculous situation so we had to legalise the one-party system and then have opposition inside it in order to have democracy and debate. This has had extremely good results. It has given this country one of its major strengths – unity. Of course unity is based on many different things but the unity we have built through the one-party system has been a very strong one because it has also allowed the party to articulate the reasonable aspirations of the majority of our people. Philosophically speaking, I am not a believer in the one-party system exclusively; my own inclination is towards a multiparty 12 Nyerere talks to El Mussawar system but I do not regard that system to be the only way to democracy.
This chapter is extracted from the introduction to Seithy Chachage’s forthcoming book Against Historical Amnesia and Collective Imbecility: Essays on Tanzania’s Contemporary Transformations. Notes 1. S. Mill’s name, was actually written by his wife, Harriet Taylor, which is illustrative of the circumstances under which women found themselves when it came to publishing unconventional ideas. 2. False gods of riches. From the false god of riches and avarice, Mammon. Riches regarded as an object of worship and greedy pursuit; wealth as an evil, more or less personified.
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Africa's liberation: the legacy of Nyerere by Chambi Chachage, Annar Cassam