By Al Noor Kassum
The Sixties have been a tumultuous interval within the historical past of Africa as one state after one other received independence from the colonial powers. This used to be fairly actual of Tanzania because it sought to carve out a task for itself among conflicting ecu and inter-African pursuits. It used to be in those impressive instances that Al Noor Kassum rose to develop into a well-known political determine in newly autonomous Tanzania. Hand-picked via Julius Nyerere - later to turn into the country's first President - to run for elections on a Tanganyika African nationwide Union price tag, he launched into a occupation that introduced him to prominence nationally and internationally.Africa's Winds of swap files the adjustments that experience taken position in Tanzania from the center of the 20 th century to the current day, throughout the prism of an East African Asian adventure. the writer sheds new mild at the personality and legacy of Julius Nyerere, who emerges as extensively diverse from the stereotypical anti-Western firebrand which grew to become his photograph within the West.Africa's Winds of swap deals a desirable own background of a distinct African state at a serious level in its improvement.
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There is nothing we can lose in taking a long time explaining it to the people. ’ 30 AFRICA’S WINDS OF CHANGE However, he urged the government to ‘consider whether there are not other means of securing the same effect without in effect giving land to individuals. ’ In view of this statement, his policies after independence were not surprising. Among the speakers that day was Mrs. Sofia Mustafa (Northern Province), who described the proposed increase in education facilities for Africans, announced by the Governor, as ‘a wise move’.
Kidaha Makwaia [Assistant Minister, Lands]. My speech had an unexpected consequence. At the end of the day’s sitting, Mwalimu Nyerere ran across the Chamber to me and said, ‘What on earth are you doing on that side of the House? ’ However, later, when the leaders of the Asian Association were told of his proposal, they objected to my invited to become a politician. Labelling me a capitalist, they said I had no interest in political activity and, since I was not a member of the Association, should not be given TANU’s support.
You believe in everything we are doing. ’ He then asked me if I would like to run for the Dodoma seat, with TANU’s full support, and I said yes. So I stood for elections in Dodoma, alongside the African candidate, Malim Malum Kihere, who was from Tanga, and the European candidate, a Dr Hana, who was from one of the Christian missions. An Asian lawyer named Keeka stood against me. Bibi Titi Mohammad was chosen by TANU to speak at my rallies on the party’s behalf. As I did not speak Kiswahili fluently, I delivered my speeches in English and they were translated sentence by sentence.