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Jakaya Kikwete


Fourth and current President of Tanzania.
Jakaya Kikwete
I donít know how to get the money but if [the radar] is overpriced, definitely we deserve to be paid ... They cannot take money from a poor country.
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I gazed at that small boat and said to myself, mhh, I am a Mkwere without swimming skills. Better for Membe because he has married in Mbamba Bay. He can swim.
Kikwete
They discuss no strings. There, the people, they donít discuss anything. You canít beat the British, youíve got to sit with them for hours. They talk about this, they talk about that.




Kikwete Jakaya quotes
I would have been surprised if you had not asked that question, because everywhere I am, I am asked how about the Chinese. Thereís a lot of sudden interest on the Chinese and Africa. You know, what is it that we are trying to do in Africa? Africa as a continent in pursuit of development.
Kikwete Jakaya
Roads are the blood vessels of the economy.
Jakaya Kikwete quotes
This is senseless cruelty. It must stop forthwith... I am told that people kill albinos and chop their body parts, including fingers, believing they can get rich when mining or fishing.
Jakaya Kikwete
Normally, foreign media organizations and others from the developed countries do not see anything good on the African continent. Those of us, who are well-traveled, know better. In their countries, the only news you get or hear about Africa is negative news... However, due to the good work done by our electoral bodies, the exemplary conduct of our defence and security organs, and your calmness and patience, we denied them the bad things they wanted to write about.
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I told them (TFF) that I will pay the salary of a foreign coach but to date nobody has come to me with any plans concerning the hiring of a coach. I have only heard them saying that Tanzania has been drawn in a tough group. They are just complaining instead of starting preparations. They are waiting to make excuses when the team fails to qualify.
Kikwete
Why China suddenly is a question? Of course, there has been the concern that they may not be giving loans that are concessional, and the danger is that these countries might go back into the debt, some of the countries that they have been forgiven their debts. This I found to be a valid point, maybe not with Tanzania, because we donít have much in terms of this huge Chinese development assistance.
Kikwete Jakaya
This is our kind of politics-to involve the people in staging protest marches, but not in matters that concern their very lives.
Jakaya Kikwete
It's very sad that Tanzania is a poor football country. If elected, I promise to put this country on the world football map. I will make sure we produce our own Okochas, El Hadji Dioufs and Zinedine Zidanes here.




Jakaya Kikwete quotes
Dar es Salaam is trimming its membership in the number of regional economic groupings because of conflicting interests. Hence the government found no reason why it should have much multiple memberships to many oganizations while they were aimed at achieving the same goals. It is alreasy a member of SADC, EAC and hence there is no necessity of being a member of COMESA.
Jakaya Kikwete
The presidency is not an office job. If I only sit in the office in Dar es Salaam Iím not running the country. I visit the country to inspect development programmes, to inspect activities, to see how things are going, how the government agenda is being implemented, what are the teething issues. And some of these problems simply need my simple word. My simple word of do it, then it is done.
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Those who expect radical changes in policy and direction are mistaken and lost. The government of the fourth republic will build on what was undertaken by previous governments and will continue with all good things.
Kikwete Jakaya
Iím not sure. Iím not sure if you talk to the opposition, they would consider that to be an insult. They think they are doing a tremendous job.
Kikwete Jakaya quotes
This year alone, total world cereal production was estimated to be 2,114 million tones, while total cereal demand was projected at around 1007 million tones, less than half of the cereal production. Ideally, no one should starve or die of hunger in the world we live. Strangely and sadly enough, they do. This is not fair. This is not right.
Jakaya Kikwete
Youíre negotiating all these problems for several years, they will talk about that, about a newspaper, they will talk about an underage boy in prison (for example). Heís 17 and he raped a nine-year-old, and they ask: ďWhy do you lock him up?Ē And so I say, what do you do, this is a rape case, and they want to discuss, I spend so many hours discussing whatever it is this boy... So what do they want us to do? Release him? So that he can go and rape another one?
Jakaya Kikwete quotes
That day may come. But Iím not seeing it coming soon. We are still strong enough; weíre still popular; I think we are doing the right things.
Jakaya Kikwete
There are no demands - undue demands... There are many questions we get? why China? why now and the answer is why not?... There is no any hidden agenda in our cooperation with China, it is a relationship based on mutual understanding and equality; they understand our situation.
Kikwete Jakaya
I donít think they (the Chinese) have better friends in Africa than us. But when we compare to how much money we get, if we succeed, if the MCA is funded by the US Congress for Tanzania, itís going to be $700 Million. Itís going to be huge, it may be a total of all the Chinese have been giving us all these years.


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