NYERERE SET MORAL AND LEADERSHIP STANDARDS; MIGIRO


Tanzania would record more progress if people decided to live Mwalimu Julius Nyerere’s legacy. The former United Nations deputy secretary general , Dr Asha-Rose Migiro, said Mwalimu Nyerere set moral and leadership standards, which if emulated, Tanzania would not experience a lot of problems it is facing today.

Speaking at Mzumbe University recently during the marking of Mwalimu Nyerere Day, Dr Migiro urged Tanzanians to stop advocating the late Father on the Nation’s attributes without action.

“As we celebrate the life and works of Mwalimu Nyerere the question we should ask ourselves is, are we his good students?” she said during a workshop with the theme: “Mwalimu Nyerere’s Perspectives on Unity: Focusing on East African Region.”

Dr Migiro noted that Mwalimu Nyerere was a good advocate for freedom, human dignity, social justice and equal rights for all, but some of these issues have become a problem in the country.

“I don’t believe that Mwalimu wanted to be worshipped as a hero as much as he is.

He was openly disdainful of personal glorification,” she said, noting that to show that he was against popularity, Mwalimu detested the use of such words as his highness (Mtukufu) and chose to be addressed as comrade (Ndugu). Dr Migiro noted that in order to lead by example, Mwalimu’s life was far from the opulent indulgence of some of his peers in the continent.  

“It is unfortunate that today we have leaders who preach Mwalimu Nyerere’s values without trying to live them,” she noted, adding: “He set a high moral standard whereby leadership and honour were measured not in the amount of accumulated wealth but in selfless and distinguished public service to the people.”

Presenting a paper on Nyerere’s idea on the African Unity and its implications on the establishment of the East African Federation, Prof Gaudens Mpangala from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, said Africa needs unity now than ever before.

Another presenter, from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Dodoma, Prof Peter Kopoka, said it is important that Tanzanians now focus on making internal unity stronger. The chairman of Mzumbe University Council, Prof Daniel Mkude, said the ideals of unity should be introduced early from primary schools up to higher learning institutions.

“Instilling the sense of unity right from the lower level of education is the secret that others use and lead them to development…we should emulate others on this,” Prof Mkude said.

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