Pambazuka News 452: Sp. Issue: How we wish you were here: the legacy of Mwalimu Nyerere
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Highlights from this issue
How we wish you were here: a tribute to Mwalimu Nyerere - Firoze Manji
PART ONE: MWALIMU NYERERE SPEAKS
Guest edited by Annar Cassam
- Nyerere on Nyerere - Annar Cassam
- El Mussawar interviews President Nyerere - Nawal El Saadawy
- El País interviews President Nyerere - Ana Camacho
- President Nyerere on liberation - Annar Cassam
- Nyerere and the Commonwealth - Chief Emeka Anyaoku with Annar Cassam
- Nyerere, the Organization of African Unity and liberation - Mohamed Sahnoun
PART TWO: NYERERE: CHALLENGES PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Guest edited by Chambi Chachage
- But dear Mwalimu - Neema Ndunguru
- Racial and religious tolerance in Nyerere’s political thought and practice - Salma Maoulidi
- Mwalimu Nyerere’s ideas on land - Ng’wanza Kamata
- Mwalimu Nyerere: The artist - Vicensia Shule
- Reading history backwards with Mwalimu - Seithy Chachage
- Reflecting with Nyerere on people-centered leadership - Marjorie Mbilinyi
- Mwalimu Julius Nyerere: An intellectual in power - Haroub Othman
- The village in Mwalimu Nyerere's thought - Issa G. Shivji
- Nyerere’s vision of economic development - Faustin Kamuzora
- Mwalimu in our popular imagination: The relevance of Nyerere today - Chambi Chachage
- Mwalimu Nyerere and the challenge of human rights - Helen Kijo-Bisimba and Chris Maina Peter
How we wish you were here: a tribute to Mwalimu Nyerere
Nyerere on Nyerere
El Mussawar interviews President Nyerere
Nawal El Saadawi
El País interviews President Nyerere
President Nyerere on liberation
"Tanzania must support the struggle for freedom … regardless of the political philosophy of those who are conducting the struggle. If they are capitalists, we must support them; if they are liberals, we must support them; if they are communists, we must support them; if they are socialists, we must support them. We support them as nationalists. The right of a man to stand upright as a human being in his own country comes before questions of the kind of society he will create once he has that right. Freedom is the only thing that matters until it is won."
President Nyerere, University of Toronto, October 1969
The totality of his commitment to the freedom of others regardless of their political affiliations and the universality of his belief in the unity of Africa and other oppressed people gave Nyerere considerable strength and confidence. From the very beginning of his career, first as a nationalist for Tanganyika's independence and then as an internationalist leader of a Third World country, he led the newly formed international organisations of the day, the OAU (Organization of African Unity) and the Commonwealth in particular, to find their identity and purpose in action. This is evident in the first-hand testimony provided by two eminent international civil servants, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and Mohamed Sahnoun, who were sent to serve at the OAU and the Commonwealth and who collaborated in the strategy for liberation. This week's Pambazuka News features an interview with Chief Emeka Anyaoku entitled 'Nyerere and the Commonwealth' and a memoir from Mohamed Sahnoun entitled 'Nyerere, the Organization of African Unity and liberation'.
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Nyerere and the Commonwealth
Chief Emeka Anyaoku with Annar Cassam
Nyerere, the Organization of African Unity and liberation
But dear Mwalimu
How we wish you were here.
Thank you for your patience and for making us persevere.
But dear Mwalimu, why didn’t you tell us, expose and prepare us
For the turmoil and struggles that have now engulfed us?
Why didn’t we continue to build ourselves, our capacities and our attitudes?
And recognize the potential that is within us?
Appreciate the beauty of our land?
Protect and respect the abundance of our resources?
Why weren’t we encouraged and persuaded to think beyond our limitations?
To serve our country and be duly recognized for our efforts?
We remained suffering as we looked in awe at those outside our borders.
As though their grass was greener than those of our majestic hills.
As though their water was fresher than that of our sparkling rivers.
We invited them in.
And they saw that which we never saw in ourselves.
They’ve come to take it. And here we remain. Still…. having peace.
Thank you for the peace you promoted in this country.
A solid foundation of humanity.
We’ve loved our nation. But we’ve never embraced ourselves.
So where do we go from here? And how do we change our steps?
Dear Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere.
Things may have been a little different if you were here.
How we wish you were here.
Racial and religious tolerance in Nyerere’s political thought and practice
Mwalimu Nyerere’s ideas on land
Mwalimu Nyerere: The artist
Reading history backwards with Mwalimu
Reflecting with Nyerere on people-centered leadership
Mwalimu Julius Nyerere: An intellectual in power
The village in Mwalimu Nyerere's thought
Issa G Shivji
Nyerere’s vision of economic development
Mwalimu in our popular imagination: The relevance of Nyerere today
Mwalimu Nyerere and the challenge of human rights
Helen Kijo-Bisimba and Chris Maina Peter
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