I can write a book on Issa’s contributions in various fields he has undertaken. For now, I need to remind all movements that seek to liberate Africa of two of his. Issa G. Shivji is one of Africa’s leading experts on law and development issues. Shivji has served as advocate of the high court and the Court of Appeal of. 3 days ago Issa Shivji is one of the great public intellectuals of postcolonial Africa. He was a law student () at the University of Dar es Salaam.

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The Tanzanian State clearly resisted the recommendation that land ownership should be divested from the President. Then a minority tendency saw the struggle for democracy as a school for independent class actions; they called for revolutionary reforms.

How, then, did the recommendations from the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters in Tanzania, which carried out its work from todiffer from what ultimately became the new Land Laws? Towards a New East African Community. Land Tenure Reform in Tanzania.

Hundreds of thousands of acres of land are being earmarked for alienation to agro-chemical and oil multinationals. The idea of individualizing and titling land shivmi typical World Bank trajectory is sold to the peasantry in the language of being able to borrow money for development. What does this imply for the peasantry?

Issa G. Shivji

Issa Shivji is one of the great public intellectuals of postcolonial Africa. The Introduction is a succinct summary of how Tanzania moved from radicalism nationalism under Mwalimu Nyerere to a typical neo-liberal economy under his successors.


We had a sharp and profoundly intellectual lecturer from Hungary, for example, who analysed the law of torts and its feudal origins. Eventually, this approach to the teaching of law shivi part of the University prospectus for the faculty.

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In he was awarded the Julius Nyerere Chair in Pan-African Studies with the express purpose of restoring the university as a center of public debate. Skip to main content.

That is precisely the dilemma of a peripheral African economy. But some stuck it out, including many young radical scholars who had imbibed progressive ideas sgivji the first two decades of revolutionary nationalist fervor. But the crisis brought out factions within the party and opened up the space for neoliberalism, started under President Mwinyi, but subsequently becoming fully established under President Mkapa. Superimposed on this process are new forms of primitive accumulation—financially based—spurned by liberalizing capital and the operation of currency accounts.

We became the consultants and the counterparts of consultants on poverty alleviation!

What happened to intellectual debate in Tanzania? The land question thus expressed itself as a land tenure question and land tenure is primarily structured by law and legal rules.

But Nyerere had absolutely no idea of the political economy of imperialism and of the role and character of accumulation in the process of development.

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Yash Ghai also paying tribute to my teachers from Primary trough seconda I have never regretted spending the whole of my working life at the Hill. Published in the book of essays by the author called ‘Let the People Speak. Develops the thesis that a small peasant under monopoly capitalism is exploited by capital cuttin Thus the donor factor has become pretty dominant.

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Yes, indeed, I think one begins to appreciate the nature of the leadership with hindsight. Yet, his pro-people stance was consistent; his anti-imperialist position supportable and his nationalism progressive.

A Life of Critical Engagement: An Interview with Issa Shivji

Towards the first Russia-Africa summit? He is a prolific writer and researcher, producing books, monographs and articles, shivj well as a weekly column printed in national newspapers. In other words, did more broad-based accumulation from below under Mwinyi shift towards more centralized accumulation from above under Mkapa? Hopefully, the Centre will contribute towards reviving the culture of holistic, long-term thinking.

Most recently, he has been working on the political economy of economic reforms in Tanzania. Tasks of a lawyer-intellectual During this early period he wrote such celebrated and widely-debated works as The Silent Class Struggle that drew attention to the social forces that were politically un represented in the new postcolonies of Africa. This page was last edited on 27 Octoberat The Zanzibar Question African Women’s Shivui in Trade Agreements.

In Tanzania, we still have pockets of people and even elites who are raising questions, looking for alternatives, making critical interventions. The basic contours of the land tenure established by the British in under which the radical title in land was vested in the State, making the State a superior landlord, survived for some seventy-five years.

Second, Kigoda would avoid taking money from foreign donors.