In recent years Tanzania has experienced the tsunami of vijana joining different political organizations. We also witnessed the mushroomed of CCM branches across the global from Bangalore to Helsinki. The interesting part is majority of individuals from generation Y and Z believed they do have the skills necessary to overturn Tanzania into prosperity land. On the other side of the coin, most of them undermined the challenges ahead of them when it comes to a country which has chronic poverty, corruptions, and economic imbalance.
The movement of this generation motivates me to write this article. There are many legitimate questions that we should ask our self before jumping into a conclusion and say that generation Y and Z have the medicine for our problem.
First, what will make this generation different compare to the previous generations, and how will it develop intellectuals leaders that the previous generations failed to do? To my understand Leaders are individuals who establish direction for a working group of individuals, who gain commitment from these group members to this direction, and who then motivate these members to achieve the direction's outcomes. So, leadership is an apprentice trade. Most of the leaders develop leadership skills over period of time. The challenge part is majority of the leaders of this generation develop most their leadership skills under the watch of the so called corrupted leaders. So, how can someone convince the society that this few individuals have necessary leadership skills which will revamp Tanzania for good, despite the facts that most of their skill developed under the watch of the so called corrupted leaders?
Second, to my understand education plays the big role to shape the mind of individual. Tanzania education system hasn’t change for quite sometime, we all know in Tanzania teachers at primary and secondary level are the one who failed or receive lower grade at one point of their life. So, what role do these individuals play to shape the minds of the leaders of this generation? When it comes to university majority attended local college where most of the teachers come from the generation which disappoints us in the first place. How will these instructors shape the minds of our generations different from their generations?
Third, the few individuals who received their tertiary education in the West believe they have what Tanzania need. In addition, majority in this group believe that the strategic plan which Western applied in the early ages can be also be applied in Tanzania, which is not necessary true. Apart from that, most of Tanzania looks at these individuals as traitors or the kids who were born with the silver spoon on their mouth. How will this group incorporated their leadership skills to the group which doesn’t trust them in the first place?
Lastly, President Kikwete appointed several individuals from this generation to become leaders on several sectors. For instance Hon. Masha and Ngeleja are from our generation, are they succession stories or disappointments? If they’re disappointments then can someone convince the society that why should they believe on us? How about those few young managers at different private sectors are they non corrupted and accountable individuals?
Make no mistakes; majority of Tanzanian are hungry for change. Tanzanian wants more transparency government, more accountable government and responsible government. However, can the leaders of this generation meet those needs? Or we’re joining CCM in numbers because that is the only way we can stay in comfort zone? What make this generation believe they can deliver, while the generation of their father failed?
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