Tanzania: Academics Call for Introduction of Lessons in Integrity

AS moral decay continues to tear apart the Tanzanian social fabric, voices of decent are now being raised on the importance of introducing lessons of integrity and ethics for the country’s young generation.

This call emerged as part of the discussions at the Mwalimu Nyerere Commemorative Conference held at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) recently.

At that gathering, participants maintained that the matter should be treated in urgency as a national agenda.

Some participants said that during the Mwalimu Nyerere era, integrity was handled as a societal issue and not as something involving a single person like it is now.

“The society should go back to the good old days where issues of integrity would begin from parenting and the community at large,” a participant said.

A UDSM lecturer at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Dr Audax Kweyamba, pointed out that integrity is a broader subject encompassing a wider area from the family level, in business, school and others.

He said some of the indicators of a person with integrity include respect and caring for others, living up to some moral principles, must be driven to serve the people, humble, community building andmaking informed decisions.

Dr Kweyamba described Mwalimu Nyerere as a person who always wanted to see equality and justice being served among the people.

He further referred to Mwalimu as a person who advocated for integrity and he himself was an individual with integrity.