I am Nnala K. Mwakanyamale currently residing in Iringa town. I got an opportunity to read your article published in DAILY NEWS Wednesday, April 22, 2009 page 4. The heading of your short article goes this way,"When Imagination Run High".
I think reps from Tanzania Island have something in their minds far too than imaginations. When you talk about oil rich countries, it comes to mind that you are talkining about wealth. This is to say, you simply talk about rich countries. Crude oil is liquid, this is to say it is easily converted into monies given the importance attached to it. Besides, crude oil cannot be compred to food stuffs like mchicha, and social practices like marriege. Ofcourse, you can get married to a nigerian woman without benefiting from their crude oil reserves present in their country.
Actually, I have not ready the Muungano treaty and I do not know what it includes and excludes when it comes to the use of resources discovered or present from the other side. What I see, read and here is that there are potential problems regarding Muungano and there are no deliberate efforts to solve them. This can be one of the reason why, some Island reps start pulling out the Muungano pot when valuable assets like crude oil is being discovered on their side. I think they are trying to use loopholes present in the Muungano treaty, this is just my opinion.
Another reason from my own perspective is; Muungano was set to carter for joint benefit, I mean both Tanganyika and Zanzibar to win from it. This is to say, people from Tanganyika and Zanzibar had such expectation at the time their leaders signed the treaty. Mind you, planned course of action is not necessarily what is implemented. I think, especially people from Tanzania island are fade up by the Muungano implimentation given they are not opportunists and greedy.