FROM my very humble and personal observation, I have recently come to a conclusion that my country Tanzania is now experiencing a new growth of unquestionable integrity and patriotism among wananchi.
I do not know about you, but as for me, from mineral sand saga, to common and supportive language across the divide in the ongoing Parliament and so on, surely a vigorous support among citizens for their mother Tanzania is on the rise.
You may wish to ask how? And, you may even add another critical remark and say; where are the indications, signs, and evidences of this growth? Further to this, some of my readers may say; my opinion is erroneous.
You have the right to do so. Your annotations are not only significant and vital but imperative as well. I shall pursue to unveil some supportive arguments as my pen rolls further.
Here we go. Yes, there is a sense of growing patriotism in this country. Unlike so many years past, the public voice is coming quite clearly with a tone that proposes the logic of citizens feeling proud of the privilege to be Tanzanians, citizens with discipline, selfrespect, pride in their country, and a high sense of duty and obligation to their government, fellow citizens and of course the confidence in their president, Mr JPM and his team.
The public cannot ignore the current growth of self-confidence born of demonstrated ability and response to, for example, a nationwide cry for protection of our country and its resources.
Affirmatively, I personally cannot dilly-dally on what I see and hear. I know patriotism is a thing of the heart and one cannot see it quite easily, but what I hear across the streets, in the coffee shops, and so on is evidence that wananchi’s hearts are now beating true, accurate and real to their country.
This is not a pretentious claim. As you would know well the essence of patriotism is something one cannot play with simply because whenever one speaks of the shoots of patriotism in our country today, it means citizens are now ready to sacrifice personal interest for public welfare.
Take for example last week’s long queues in Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Dodoma and other regions. Citizens flocked to Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) offices so as to pay their property tax.
Upliftingly, JPM himself admitted that the assembling has never happened in the history of Tanzania. I do not want to think even at dot level, that these gatherings are a result of fear, panic and terror, I want to believe that these are the outcome of a belief in a leader and his lineup.
JPM and his team have shown that they understand they are nowhere else except in a position of trusting and organising resources for their country, in effect, even without command.
This is true because they are constantly and timely reacting more strongly to issues which are likely to have immediate effects, as well as those that will impact in the future. Without a doubt, we are witnessing a sense of direction and the power to instill patriotism under the 5th government is clear.
Committed as the leadership is, it has strongly stood against everyone who violates the legitimate interest of our country by undermining and/or sabotaging the country’s goal, tasks, resources and effectiveness.
Excitingly, the said spirit of patriotism has led TRA to extend time for property tax payments to July 15, this year. With the idea that they are doing so before they institute penalties to defaulters, is a normal thing, this country has laws and every patriotic citizen should abide to them.
Finally, I wish to reiterate by saying, my humble opinion that this is the time for Tanzanians to cherish the new growth of unquestionable integrity and patriotism is factual. Or let’s say if one cannot see it now, at least there is hope that it is growing.
Let’s join our hands and encourage fellow citizens using Theodore Roosevelt’s wisdom when he says- “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children.
Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance”. For sure, I pick up patriotic sentiment whenever I go. I have heard it on the bus and other places.
There is a growing spirit of allegiance and loyalty among the people and for their country. And, I think it is a good thing to support the country all the time and our government when it deserves it.
Likewise, it is fair to say people should not stop to tell our country and leaders when it is behaving dishonourably, foolishly, and viciously. Because this is also another side of patriotism.
And, Barak Obama was right when he once indicated that, “In the face of impossible odds, people who love [their] country can change it.” I personally am optimistic that as the sun shines upon Tanzania, so also the shoots of unquestionable integrity and patriotism, can no longer be at a standstill.
Let’s revere this certainty that Tanzanians in near unanimity are now feeling much more patriotic. Let us also hope that these shoots of patriotism will be rooted in basic underlying wananchi’s national interests and dispositions which would eventually prove difficult to change. Viva Tanzania.