We finally ended the year 2011, which was the year of so many dramas as well as natural disasters. Think about the drama that took place in our Parliament during the year, but without forgetting the ruling party’s dramatic move to suspend corruption tainted leaders.
Think about the ruling party’s most powerful leader and kingmaker Rostam Aziz’s dramatic downfall at the political level, which finally produced an election marred by guns, choppers and corruption in Igunga constituency.
What about CCM lawmakers’ move to crucify their government in Parliament when they vehemently rejected the budget of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, before turning the heat of the suspended Permanent Secretary, David Jairo.
Think about the dramatic u-turn by the government and the ruling party in Constitutional review process, when the two hijacked Chadema’s agenda and owned it suddenly even at the time when some of the top leaders had earlier rejected in a move to change the current document.
What about the Loliondo drama when we suddenly witnessed thousands of people including top politicians, men of God and foreigners flocking to Samunge village in order to get herbal concoction dose served in plastic cup by a retired Pastor, Ambakile Mwakisye.
It was indeed dramatic year not only at the local level but also at the international level. Who knew that powerful Dictator, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, would have been captured hiding in unlikely place, before being brutally killed by his captors? When we started the year 2011 it was just another wishful thinking to believe that powerful men like Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak and long term serving dictator of Tunisia would have been kicked out in a humiliating and painful manner by their own people.
Think about the dramatic moment of capturing and killing of the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, which stunned many around the globe.
After being hunted for nearly a decade, finally, Barack Obama fulfilled his promise of hunting and capturing of Osama Bin Laden, ending the cash-cow for Pakistanis for eight years.
These are some of the events that made the year 2011 a dramatic one that will be remembered for many years to come.
We finally ended it yesterday, and today, we have welcomed the 2012 with lots of wishes. We at The Guardian on Sunday would like to join millions of Tanzanians to say welcome 2012. We strongly wish that the 2012 will remain a peaceful year in our beloved country, and expect all key players especially our politicians to play their role by preaching peace, love, unity and harmony.
It takes many years to build a peaceful nation, but, it takes just a blink of an eye to destroy it especially when those tasked with responsibilities of safeguarding it become puppets of greedy, wicked and corrupt individuals.
We know that there will be many challenges in 2012 economically, politically and socially, but still, we should ensure that Tanzania remains a peaceful nation and safe heaven to all Tanzanians.
At the global level, we also hope that wisdom will prevail above military powers, and let key players use dialogue to end the current looming crisis in the Middle East especially in Syria, Israel, Palestine and Iran.