By Frederick Fussi, May 17 Dar es Salaam.
I’m of an opinion that Tanzanian’s political co-existence is characterized by autocracy of the ruling Party CCM. This autocracy emanated from few people’s interest into the system whose political power appears legitimately granted to them through elections.
The Current debate of the Constituency Assembly has proven my opinion. Before even approached the house, the ruling party had already issued a party standing regarding the CRC second draft of the new constitution.
The issue I address here is neither the goodness nor the badness of the CRC second draft of the new constitution but the political will of the ruling party on the issue. The ruling party expressed the political will for the land to device its new constitution but the will remain too autocratic.
The ruling party standing on the issue of number of governments is a clear autocratic decision ever made in Tanzanian democracy where there is co-existence of other political parties. The issue of number of governments as originally presented into CRC second draft of the new constitution was an opinion of citizen and not politicians.
Could the CRC decide to take a side from political parties opinions over the number of governments, without doubt the ruling party with 5 million national membership coverage could have succeed to have in place the existing system of two tier government, whilst more than 30 million people in the land would have been ignored and denied their rights by the CRC to participate in constitution making.
This existing political autocracy denies marginalized voices to be heard, and to effectively participate in decision-making process. Taking an example of each financial year budget planning. Constructive criticism offered by the opposition camp through parliamentary debates gives a narrow room for their recommendations to be taken aboard for improvement of existing national priorities.
Therefore in aggregate, this tendency of unnecessary political autocracy impedes our development, due to inadequate accommodation of alternative views into national plans annual, and budget being one of them.
The political autocracy has become a culture that slows down the development pace, differences in political ideologies should not be a reason of not accommodating constructive criticism. Changing the culture of political autocracy requires a generational attitude change initiative. Changing a culture cannot be an overnight initiative, it requires time and more learning. The ruling party needs to be open to learning, young people into the ruling party have a role of changing the game to bring that change. More than half of adults and old people in the ruling party today shall not be alive in the next 50 years, what shall be our situation then, if we are not learning to change right now? This is exactly the right time to begin our generational change. And learning shall obvious remain an act of sowing a seed that the next generation must reap.