In a guest post Leonard Wanyama of the Society for International Development stresses the importance of honesty and integrity from public intellectuals and analysts as Kenyans head to the polls on March 4, 2013.
I am hopeful as this New Year trudges on. I am not always a fan of nationalistic sentiment, as it often results in dangerous rhetoric, however, I cannot help but be nationalistic this year. Let us work hard to continue to build our economy.
The questions we are asking ourselves moving forward are: How do we organize ourselves such that we can produce offline content as well? With what means can we support content collection and creation for the longer term? And, most importantly, what kind of discussion do young people want to get involved with in Tanzania and greater East Africa?
In preparation for the first East Africa Future Day to be held in Nairobi on November 12, Ahmed Salim and Aidan Eyakuze of the Society for International Development preview what is at stake for East Africa’s future.
Most respondents felt that Tanzania should join the East African common currency (if and when there is one). Up for discussion now is the question of why she should join, and how a common currency would affect the economy.
I was honored to travel with the Tanzanian Presidential Delegation to Addis Ababa for the state funeral of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Quotes from this piece are from a variety of people including diplomats, politicians and long-time followers of Ethiopian politics. I purposely did not include the names of those quoted in this piece, except for when I asked for permission.