By Chambi Chachage, Annar Cassam
Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the 1st president of Tanzania, used to be a Pan-Africanist and an internationalist, and this publication contains contributions from major commentators—those who labored and fought imperialism along Nyerere, contributors of a more youthful new release, and Nyerere in his personal phrases. The writings give some thought to Nyerere and liberation, the Commonwealth, management, monetary improvement, land, human rights, and schooling. especially, they're a testomony to the becoming reputation of the necessity to re-light the fires of African socialism to which Nyerere was once deeply dedicated.
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Admittedly, a few individu30 An intellectual in power als were to be found in the universities who went against the general mould, but the pattern was for the universities to be replicas of their western peers. As Mwalimu Nyerere stated, ‘Our universities have aimed at understanding western society, and being understood by western society, apparently assuming that by this means they were preparing their students to be – and themselves being – of service to African society’. The University of Dar es Salaam was the first in the region to break out of this mould.
What have we actually learnt from the past experience of attempts to build a free and egalitarian society, which is self-reliant? Does the past still stand as a model for the present and the future? Is there anything like wisdom that was represented by Mwalimu Nyerere, which can be considered to be part of a collective memory of how things were and should be done and therefore ought to be done? In sum what have we learnt from the past in the course of adopting neoliberal policies since the late 1980s apart from feeling proud or celebrating some arbitrary choice of landmarks such as ‘unity and togetherness’ or what we consider to be the ‘good’ heritage left by the Father of the Nation?
In sum, economic growth has taken precedence over everything else, the degeneration of the population and the misery of the working people, as a result of exploitation, slave wages, exploitative terms of trade for rural produce, the alienation of land and the expropriation of natural and mineral resources, which has increased over the years notwithstanding. It is claimed that it is economics and not politics which determines everything in the contemporary world, since the cold war is over and the world has become one.