Should we have to change from Tanzanian to Tanzanise?
The photo above was taken on 4th May 1926 during the second day of the General Strike, British working-class mostly are the coal miners (then the largest working group in British) matching the streets of Newcastle Upon Tyne with their signs carrying their demands. Do you saw any board sign demanding a salary raise? No, you didn’t, now you are asking your self why no salary raise sign?
Logically the cost of raising salaries in a free economy is vicious than not, Politicians are playing dumber games to themselves and the working class decided to join up. Literally, the prices of necessities are set according to the purchasing power of consumers, not to production costs, any positive shift in salary, Purchasing power curve goes positive, prices respond so, the national currency gets an internal heat just like a dog 🐕, panting to adjust the room temperature, do you think the impact is only a weak currency?
That isn’t painful enough, the real pain comes when that panted air 💨 is from a dog residing in poor countries like Tanzania that depends on the importation of almost every consumer goods, It will push the balance of payments to the left and that will disturb foreign trade specifically import prices to direction that is not in our favours, meaning it will give an upper trajectory to the price of imported goods and raw materials that in turn pushes upward prices for all goods in an economy, the services sector will have no option than rising theirs too.
BOOM! the inflation on your doorstep waiting for your Take-home, heavily your wallet is breathing, whispering to tell you that
“you are living on capital and your salary will not be able to pay for the kids’ next term school fees”
That’s a deficit and it will push you to microfinance, more debts, and debts, just the shock-wave that will crush you to your knees.
The working-class have to wake up and demand things that matter, not temporary reliefs, they have to ask the government to control prices, ask for low tax and tax holidays, ask for better health services in public hospitals, ask for better education in public schools so you don’t have to send your kids to a private one, ask for the regulations to control real estate market, ask for a reduction of working hours, ask for transport services from and to your working place, ask for better health insurance, ask for lower interest rates on the loans you snatch and ask for a better working environment.
Keeping going on demanding things that makes no sense soon will bring us to Zimbabwean syndrome where we will have to carry with a bag full of money to Agrey Street in Kariakoo just to buy a smartphone. I repeat Working-class have to wake up and see the living example to Japanese or our neighbours Rwandese, what is the problem with us, selfishness? Or we have to remove that “AN” and add “SE” so TANZANIAN can be called TANZANISE? I think that will make us smart enough to know what is good for us as how the Japanese used to be and demand things that matter.