In lieu of challenges raised in recent discussions about both the OAU golden jubilee and Tanzania’s draft constitution, this post will suggest how information is a key driver of cooperation.
From May 24-27, 2013 the Organization of African Unity and African Union celebrated its golden jubilee during a special summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In an attempt to get candid views and sentiments on the state of the AU and what the future holds Ahmed Salim, who was in Addis during the summit and attended some of the proceedings, spoke to various diplomats, current and former officials of the OAU and AU, members of civil society and other stakeholders. This is what he observed.
“As a child character who has yet to be exposed to all the contradictions, politics and desires of Dar-es-Salaam city, [Tambwe] is literally in the buffer zone. He is neither victim nor victor.”
Warioba and his constitutional review commission have presented their draft after collecting the views of the people. They conducted a total of 1,942 meetings, attended by 1,306,500 people, with 395,000 people providing face-to-face interviews, with 160 focus groups providing their views, and 43 current and retired national leaders. If these meetings took on average 2 hours, that constitutes 233,040 minutes or approximately 2,590 soccer matches.
They are setting a new trend of thinking, creating jobs for themselves and for others, and are living proof that we can make it if we try.