In my second journal post, if class members still remember, I gave a partial outline of what my paper should be like. I’ll take off from there today, now that the outline is fully developed. I’ll definitely add three more sections to the existing conceptualization.
Departing from the survey of multi-party politics and its orientation since 1992, I’ll now examine the inter- and intra- workings and relationships among political parties. In brief, this section will include the accusations of regional concentration and religious bias that the ruling party has been trading on the country’s opposition, plus the reality on the ground. A speculation on reasons for such accusations and the impact thereof will be looked into.
Next section will be about popular support and identity for parties and the country’s numerous agenda. The resource question will be implicitly mainstreamed here – I’ll argue that the politics of profit and loss, for lack of a better expression, is the major reason for identity formation and agenda support.
A section before conclusion will survey some instances in which empirical evidence regarding the several cases I would make in the foregoing sections of the paper. I’ll tentatively call this section: incentives for election misconducts and recurring violence. It will cover some major happenings from the first multiparty election in 1995 until the last one held in the year 2010.
Lastly, I’ll discuss Tanzania’s complex future. While the possibilities of national reconfigurations are quite meager as of now –the time when the country’s incumbent party remains highly influential – with piling grievances in both Zanzibar and Tanganyika, there’s one day when the party shall go, and an excruciating political restructuring will likely haunt the country and its revered Union.