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After 50 Years: The Promised Land is Still Too Far! 1961 - 2011

Ibrahim Werrema John

Publication Year: 2012

The late Julius Kambarage Nyerere was nicknamed ìMusaî (Moses) during the later, post-independence years for leading his people from slavery and guiding them toward a free land of prosperity ñ the Promised Land. The Tanzanian odyssey chronicled in this book, which first appeared ten years ago as Tanzanians to the Promised Land, has been updated with new research. The author- also an engineer and a journalist- offers an enlightened and unbiased discussion of the journey and both sides of the contributions - successes and failures - made by former presidents and their systems of administration: the late Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere, Alhajj Ali H. Mwinyi, and Mr. Benjamin W. Mkapa. Tanzaniansí hopes and expectations of the incumbent president, H.E. Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, are also discussed. It is not intended as a political campaign of any kind, for any party or any individual. As a brief, yet comprehensive guide to the understanding of our nationís political and economic history, it puts forward suggestions concerning important areas of the country's economic development. Nyerere unfortunately didnít live to see his people arrive at the hoped-for destination, and I. J. Werremaís original inspiration to write, at forty years of independence, is sustained because after fifty years The Promised Land is Still Too Far.

Published by: African Books Collective

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Title page

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pp. v

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pp. vii-viii

A book is usually the final stage of a long process. I am not an island. I did not do it all alone. Many things were done on my behalf by my friends and relatives. Therefore, a great magnitude of gratitude is owed to the great team I had on board with me in my earlier work, and again...

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pp. ix-x

Fifty years after independence, this book takes stock of how the economy has been managed under different leaders. It also evaluates ways to manage the consequences of colonization and the state of poverty of the majority of the Tanzanian people. The author recognizes...

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pp. xi-xvi

It was, most probably, thought that there was similarity between Nyerere’s role to Tanzanians and that of Moses to Israelites - delivering their peoples from slavery and leading them to a free land of prosperity – the Promised Land. Additionally, there was much similarity in the...

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1. The Country

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pp. 1-6

Tanzania has everything that nature can bestow on its 343,317 square miles (858,292.5 km2) of land. Situated in the east coast of Africa, Tanzania is a beautiful and well-endowed country with abundant riches in terms of very fertile land, water sources from rivers and lakes as well as...

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2. Former Presidents

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pp. 7-38

No attempt is made in this book to criticize our presidents as individuals, but a few things are reviewed to measure the performance of their governments and the systems of administration under their leadership in order to help us understand where we are coming from and where we...

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3. Social Services

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pp. 39-87

The Ministry of Health is responsible for health administration and all health-related issues. Many changes have been recorded in this sector since 1961. Like other sectors, the health sector has made significant improvement in administrative matters and in growth in terms of...

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4. Economy

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pp. 88-111

While attending school in the USA, in one of my class projects, I happened to participate in what was known as the X-prize competition. This was a competition for promoting private aircraft tours in outer space. Until that time space shuttles were organized exclusively under...

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5. Culture and Religion

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pp. 112-120

I once read in one of the numerous discussion forums present in the internet today that Tanzania has no culture as a nation! Initially the claim sounded so shallow to me, but the writer was good in intensifying his argument by providing facts that almost caught me....

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6. Political Situation

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pp. 121-143

"As I, and most other writers and speakers have said numerous times," "Tanzania is peaceful and stable socially and politically. However, that does not mean complete absence of chaos or instability. Neither should it mean Tanzanians should rest on this success and do nothing in this"...

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7. The New Era

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pp. 144-162

With the foregoing analysis, one thing is obvious at this point, and that is: we are no longer going to The Promised Land. Fifty years have gone by - there is no sign of getting the fruits of socialism. Instead, recent years have been characterized by an increased gulf between the lower...


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pp. 163-164

Back cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789987082070
Print-ISBN-13: 9789987081707

Page Count: 182
Publication Year: 2012