Two cartoons in Nipashe newspaper offer commentary on the state of Tanzania 14 years after the death of Mwalimu Nyerere:
Fourteen years ago today, my younger self went out for dinner out with my parents in Manchester. It was my birthday. We didn’t linger after finishing our meal, so we could get home in time for the 9 o’clock news. Julius Kambarage Nyerere, Mwalimu, had died that day.
I had not yet set foot in Tanzania, but I was due to go just a few weeks later. I had been reading about Nyerere, devouring everything I could get hold of with a mix of fascination, astonishment, and, most of all, admiration. Here was a visionary, a genuine leader, a true giant on the world stage. Maybe his economics led Tanzania down some blind alleys and his domestic politics occasionally strayed towards the repressive, but his integrity was beyond doubt. Here was the president who left office with no more assets to his name than when he was first elected.
Looking back now, in a small and odd way that day was a key moment for me personally developing a connection with Tanzania. It was, of course, a much more significant day for Tanzania and Tanzanians, as these cartoons make clear.
UPDATE: One more, from the Citizen: