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QUOTES FROM JULIUS NYERERE POPULARLY CALLED – NWALIMU (THE TEACHER) Decisions made in Washington are more important to us than those made here in Tanzania. So, May be. my people should be allowed to vote in American presidential elections” — Nyerere ’ Independence cannot be real if a nation depends upon gifts” — Nyerere ”No nation has the right to make decisions for another nation; no people for another people.” — Nyerere ”Should we really let our people starve so we can pay our debts?” — Nyerere ‘Today there is a call, emanating from the North, for the weakening of the State. In my view, Africa should ignore this call. Our States are so weak and anaemic already that it would almost amount to a crime to weaken them further. We have a duty to strengthen the African States in almost every aspect you can think of; one of the objectives of improving the governance of our countries is to strengthen the African State and thus enable it to serve the people of Africa better. One result of weakening the State can be observed in Somalia” – Julius Nyerere – 1998 One of the prominent African anti-colonial activists, and Pan Africanists, Julius Kambarage Nyerere, a Tanzanian was also a political theorist. He was Prime Minister of Tanganyika, from 1961 to 1962; and later, the country’s president from 1963 to 1964. When Tanganyika broke, Nyerere led its successor state, Tanzania, as President from 1964 to 1985. Nyerere preached African socialism; that believed in sharing economic resources in a traditional African way. In 1998, Julius Nyerere, as Chairman of the South South Commission argued that ‘’Governance in Africa must be improved for the continent’s countries and people to build real freedom and real development. However, his definition of good governance is different from the  used by the rich countries in meting out aid to poor nations. A few ago, I attended a meeting of the Global Coalition for Africa (GCA) in Harare, Zimbabwe. It was chaired by the former President of Botswana, Masire, and attended by a substantial number of African Heads of State. From outside Africa, it was attended by the two Co-Chairmen of the GCA, Robert MacNamara from the United States, and Ian Pronk from the Netherlands, and a large number of officials from the donor community. At a certain point in the course of the discussion, the question of good…

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