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Corruption in literature – some great reads

The great MG Vassanji, author of many of the best East African novels, was in Tanzania recently, and has shared his thoughts on Tanzania in a fascinating piece published in the Canadian magazine Macleans – “Tanzania: land of constant complaints.”

I’m not sure he has it quite right with the headline, since apathy, low expectations and just getting on with things are more my experience. An SNV study, for example, elicited a very different thought from a respondent: “What do we expect from our government? It is like the rain: if it does not rain we try to survive, when it rains we are grateful.” Continue reading