Magu­fuli de­sires vic­tory, must be ready to fight for it

The African - - POLITICS LOCAL - BY ERNEST AMBALI

Dur­ing the first six months of his pres­i­dency, Dr. John Pombe Magu­fuli has proved that he is the right and true leader the coun­try has been wait­ing for. Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli has also proved that he has the rare power of in­flu­enc­ing peo­ple to move to­wards new, pos­i­tive di­rec­tions for their ben­e­fit.

Here I am tempted to quote what John C. Maxwell says in his book, “The 21 ir­refutable laws of lead­er­ship.” Maxwell says: “Peo­ple have so many misconceptions about lead­er­ship.

“When they hear that some­one has an im­pres­sive ti­tle or an as­signed lead­er­ship po­si­tion, they as­sume that he is a leader.

“Some­times that is true. But tit­tles don’t have much value when it comes to lead­ing. True lead­er­ship can­not be awarded, ap­pointed, or as­signed.

“It comes only from in­flu­ence, and that can­not be man­dated. It must be earned. To move peo­ple in a new di­rec­tion, you need in­flu­ence.”

And in­deed, Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli has cre­atively moved Tan­za­ni­ans to­wards a new di­rec­tion – to have a vi­sion show­ing that this coun­try is not poor—but sim­ply poorly man­aged.

For ex­am­ple, poor man­age­ment that leaves a lot to be de­sired is vividly seen in the col­lec­tion of taxes. Pres­i­dent Dr. Magu­fuli and his team com­pris­ing cabi­net min­is­ters that in­clude Pre­mier Kas­sim Ma­jaliwa, has ex­posed tril­lions of tax rev­enue within 100 days in of­fice, which must have been slot­ted into the Trea­sury. But in­stead it was tucked in the loins of evaders!

This means the evaders re­cy­cled the tax dur­ing the num­ber of years it re­mained un­paid to fat­ten their prof­its.

Un­der the “no-non­sense” Pres­i­dent John Pombe Magu­fuli there­fore, the sit­u­a­tion is be­ing re-jigged to yield in­creased col­lec­tion to fi­nance the di­lap­i­dated in­fra­struc­ture and the needy so­cial and security ser­vices.

To move peo­ple to­wards a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion Tan­za­nia needs not only proac­tive lead­er­ships but also the kind of lead­er­ship that makes things hap­pen by pos­i­tively in­flu­enc­ing the cit­i­zenry, cre­atively.

The kind of lead­er­ship that qual­i­fies un­der this de­scrip­tion is that of John Pombe Magu­fuli.

He may not be con­scious of the fact that he has these pre­cious qual­i­ties of in­flu­ence, cre­ativ­ity, re­ac­tiv­ity. Yet we see him ex­ud­ing them as he ad­dresses the peo­ple at pub­lic ral­lies.

When he speaks–as a true leader – peo­ple lis­ten be­cause he does not only hold the po­si­tion as Pres­i­dent, but more so, the power of in­flu­enc­ing the peo­ple to move to­wards the in­tended vi­sion as a per­son with a cre­at­ing mind.

Ac­cord­ing to Howard Gard­ner, the Cre­at­ing mind breaks new ground. It puts forth new ideas, poses un­fa­mil­iar ques­tions, con­jures up fresh ways of think­ing, and ar­rives at un­ex­pected an­swers.”

“Ul­ti­mately, these cre­ations must find ac­cep­tance among knowl­edge­able con­sumers,” he says in his book,”5 minds for the fu­ture”.

Maxwell also dis­cusses the knowl­edge myth, with ref­er­ence to Sir Fran­cis Ba­con who said knowl­edge is power.”

“Most peo­ple who be­lieve that power is the essence of lead­er­ship, nat­u­rally as­sume that those who posses knowl­edge and in­tel­li­gence are lead­ers. But that is not au­to­mat­i­cally true”, Maxwell ar­gues.

This ar­gu­ment knocks off that of big­ots or those en­gulfed in the Jeremiah Com­plex – those who see noth­ing good in a per­son who, among other qual­i­ties, have lesser ed­u­ca­tion than them­selves.

In­deed, we have in our univer­si­ties bril­liant re­search sci­en­tists, philoso­phers, who possess im­mense knowl­edge in var­i­ous fields of learn­ing, yet do not have lead­er­ship qual­i­ties.

Sure and it is true that as a hu­man be­ing, he has his weak­ness. Yet the weak­ness can­not rob him the fact that he is a man of in­flu­ence.

“The true mea­sure of lead­er­ship is in­flu­ence – noth­ing more, noth­ing less,” ar­gues Maxwell un­der the chap­ter that dis­cusses what he calls “The law of in­flu­ence.”

“If you don’t have in­flu­ence, you will never be able to lead oth­ers,” he says. He gives the ex­am­ple of Princess Diana, late wife of Prince Charles. She was worldly known as a leader.

Diana’s lead­er­ship qual­i­ties were ex­hib­ited when she in­volved her­self in ac­tiv­i­ties of help­ing the needy in many coun­tries.

She started by ral­ly­ing peo­ple to causes such as AIDS re­search, care for peo­ple with lep­rosy, and a ban on land mines. She was quite in­flu­en­tial in bring­ing the ban on land mines to the at­ten­tion of world lead­ers…

“Diana has been char­ac­ter­ized in many ways. But one word that I have never heard used to de­scribe her is leader.

“Yet that’s what she was. Ul­ti­mately, she made things hap­pen be­cause she was an in­flu­ence,” Maxwell says in his book on “the ques­tion of lead­er­ship”.

Sim­i­larly, Pres­i­dent Dr. John Pombe Magu­fuli has turned out to be a leader par ex­cel­lence.

Here, I am tempted to quote what one of Africa’s great prophet, of Nige­rian TB Joshua, who re­cently said in his Sun­day preaching in Nige­ria, that “he, who de­sires vic­tory, must be ready to fight”.

Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli has openly de­clared war against cor­rupt peo­ple in Tan­za­nia. The cor­rupt peo­ple in­clude em­bez­zlers of pub­lic funds, fraud­sters, grab­bers of pub­lic plots, drug traf­fick­ers.

He is quite aware of the con­se­quence of his pub­lic dec­la­ra­tion to fight these ma­raud­ing hu­man wolves. He is ready for them.

Yet again, I am quot­ing Prophet T.B Joshua, who at the same cer­e­mony said the Bi­b­li­cal Joseph who was thrown into a dark pit by his broth­ers who later lifted him out and sold him to pass­ing Egyp­tian traders, did not look at the tragedy he had fallen into.

Since Joseph dreamed he was be­ing wor­shipped by his broth­ers, he en­vi­sioned the “crown”–which he would be­come what he would be in the dream. And, in­deed, he be­came governor in Egypt. “From a jack to a king” to be wor­shipped by his rel­a­tives.

Pres­i­dent Dr. John Pombe Magu­fuli does not see the dan­gers that threaten him. He sim­ply en­vi­sions the suc­cess, the “crown” or light at the other end of the tun­nel as he sol­diers on to where he be­longs!

• Ernest Ambali is a free lance vet­eran jour­nal­ist.

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