Articles by: Dr. Aikande Kwayu
Dr. Kwayu works as development and management consultant at Bumaco Ltd in Moshi, Tanzania. In addition to consulting, Dr. Kwayu carries out research focusing on the areas of religion and international relations.She blogs on various issues including development, religion and international politics, and book reviews. More information about Dr. Kwayu and her blog is found at www.aikandekwayu.com or follow her on Twitter: @aikande or Facebook: Aikande Kwayu

Party Politics – the worst thing for the Constitutional Review in Tanzania

February 17, 2014 1:11 pm2 comments
Party Politics – the worst thing for the Constitutional Review in Tanzania

As the Constitutional Review Assembly in Tanzania is commencing this week, there are a number of issues that the Assembly and the Tanzanian public need to consider.

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As Tanzanians celebrate our 52nd anniversary of independence and also Mandela’s life,we must remember our values as a nation!

December 10, 2013 4:22 am0 comments

A lot has been said about Mandela this week and if I attempt to put one more word about him, I will only be repeating, at best. Nevertheless, as we are celebrating our 52nd year of independence today, it is inevitable not to relate what the independence of Tanganyika in 1961 meant to freedom fighters in Southern parts of Africa – in this context South Africa’s struggle against apartheid.

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A practical review of: Nyerere Freedom and Unity: A selection from writings and speeches

October 14, 2013 12:17 pm0 comments
A practical review of: Nyerere Freedom and Unity: A selection from writings and speeches

s we mark NyerereDay in Tanzania, there are loads of thing that we remember about Mwalimu Julius Nyerere- the conscious of Africa. The briefness of this article cannot allow us to mention thousands of his praises. In short, Mwalimu worked extremely hard for the freedom and liberation of not only Tanzania but also Africa as a whole. He was unselfish, sacrificial, and realistic.

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East Africa should be borderless

September 18, 2013 6:18 pm0 comments
Rorya District

In my travels around Tanzania, I was privileged to visit bordering villages in border regions of Tanzania. These include Mbeya, Kigoma, Kagera, and Mara. What I have experienced in these villages is overwhelming especially to somebody with more than 10 years of studies in International Relations. My constant feel was that African countries should be borderless. In this brief insight, I will explain my experience for each region and then argue my case.

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Reflections on the HRW Report: ‘Tanzania: Hazardous Life of Child Miners’

August 28, 2013 9:42 am0 comments
tazy

Today the Human Rights Watch is launched a report titled ‘Tanzania: Hazardous Life of Child Miners’ report. In summary, the report boldly underlines the following issues: the sad reality of systematic child labour in mining industry especially in the small scale/artisanal mining; and children exposure to the mercury and other unimaginably worst working conditions that violate everything that has to do with ‘health and safety’. In respect to those, the report analyses both local and international legal instruments that could solve these issues, if enforced. This analysis highlights the weaknesses of legal acts in wealth generation activities that are driven by profit without due considerations to human rights and in this case child rights.

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A Candle on Kilimanjaro: The Case for Keeping ‘Mwenge’- Tanzania’s Freedom Torch!

August 24, 2013 3:34 am0 comments
mwenge

As Tanzania is reviewing its constitution, citizens have been given opportunities to voice out opinions as their contribution to the new constitution. The first draft came out in early June and again there are more opportunities for the citizens to give opinions on the draft new constitutions. The constitutional review commissioners did a great job to critically summarize initial citizens’ opinions and came up with a draft that, by and large, represented the will of the nation.

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Democracy, politics, and international relations

August 9, 2013 9:56 am0 comments
Democracy, politics, and international relations

So Mugabe won the general elections again! And the international election observers (i.e. SADC) declared that the elections were free and peaceful. There might have been some irregularities in the whole process, but conventional wisdom and experience has it that elections are never perfect.

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Thou shall not judge…

July 29, 2013 11:57 pm0 comments
Thou shall not judge…

I spent the first two weeks of July in Ouagadougou attending APSA Africa Workshop on Religion and Politics in Comparative Analysis. This workshop focused on the research and study of religion and politics in Africa. Religion has always been integral to the lives of Africans and it is a force to reckon with in Africa.

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The tragedy in Darfur is a reminder of the ‘peace-loving’ nature of Tanzania

July 18, 2013 12:20 am0 comments
UNAMID Sector South HQ Staff members attending a brief Ceremony to pay tribute to Tanzania fallen soldiers.

This week Tanzania is sadly receiving bodies of 7 soldiers belonging to the Tanzania’s People Defense Force (TPDF) soldiers who were part of peacekeeping forces in Darfur. It is a heartrending moment for the country but also a time to remind us of our ‘peace-loving’ nature and efforts to create peace in the region.

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On Egypt ‘coup’, AU, Islam, Democracy, and things….

July 8, 2013 11:43 pm0 comments
On Egypt ‘coup’, AU, Islam, Democracy, and things….

The ‘coup’ in Egypt that has removed President Morsi out of power this week has taken the world aback. I, for a moment, thought ‘are we going back to the 1970s and 80s where coups were the order of the day in Africa?’. But that is definitely not the case, if anything the events in Egypt this week has highlighted how far Africa has come from those years. The African Union (AU) has demonstrated political maturity and reflected that it is indeed 50 years old.

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