The curious case of Tanzania’s international accolades. They praise the Tanzanian government for the implementation of an allegedly successful anti-corruption strategy in spite of the fact that such strategy may not have been as successful as the government would like us to believe. The report tabled by the General Auditor highlighted that millions, possibly billions of taxpayers’ moneys have disappeared, have been spent and are unaccounted for.

But worse, Tanzania’s international accolades fail to criticize a government that harasses the opposition, silences the media, and by doing so erodes the already fragile Tanzanian democracy.

International accolades praise fictional successes and do not criticize real problems. It’s a rather curious approach–which may work well for some, possibly many foreign powers, but which cannot possibly work well for the people of Tanzania.