Friday, March 7


Kumbe jiji la Dar-es-salaam halina mpango unaoeleweka wa ujenzi, 
hali inayopelekea jiji kuendelea kukua bila mpangilio maalum, ambao unaendena
na mahitaji ya watu kwa maana ya Idadi pamoja na uwezo wa Miundombinu yake..

Na kweli mitaa yetu angalia hapa parking barabarani watu wanapita humo humo yaani kila kitu kipo kipo tuu

Kariakoo nako hakufai vurugu mechi hujui wapi pa kupita waendao kwa miguu wapi pa magari wapi pa biashara wote wamo humo humo 

Na hii ndio upanga 

Hapa sijui huu ni mtaa wa biashara au ila wamo humo humo

Sehemu zenye nafasi mimi nadhani ni kama hizi tuu keepleft au sijui round about ila majina hayo kwa kiswahili usiniulize 

Cheki jinsi majengo yalivyoumana 

Na umeme umo humo humo well usifikirie hizi nyaya zikianguka juu ya umati huo w watu itakuwaje

Vichochoroni nako tumo tumo tuu biashara madampo kama kawa

Ila ukichoka sehemu za kupumzika ndio kama hizi humo humo zipo

Foleni unatamani gari lingekuwa na mabawa upae humo barabarani ni cheni mtindo mmoja

Wale wa kigamboni wao hubanana humo humo kwenye pantoni

Sijui hata hewa ya oxigen inapita ila tumo humo humo wengi ila hatuna jinsi

Mtaa wa kisutu napo wanajenga humo humo na fikiria sasa zamani zileeee kulikuwa na stendi ya mabasi ya mikoani hapo hapo

Biashara hapo hapo kwa kitaa

Ndio masoko yetu tena humo humo

Wateja hawaji kiivyo ila ndio kutafuta tena masoko

Ila wakija wanatukuta humo humo tunawauzia tuu

Hata Obama alipopitia alitukuta humo humo twajeuka kumpungia halafu tunaendelea na yetu

Mungu awalaze mahala pema wale wote waliotutoka maana na lile lililoanguka lilikuwa humo humo kwa kitaa

Hii ndi Dar Es Salaam

Wednesday, March 5


Mvua inayoendelea kunyesha jijini Dar imeanza kuathiri baadhi ya maeneo ambapo kamera yetu imewanasa wakazi wa mtaa wa Mwananyamala B kwa Msisiri wakijaza kifusi katika moja ya barabara zilizojaa maji kiasi cha kuifanya ishindwe  kutopitika kama picha zinavyoonyesha.

Dereva wa bodaboda na abiria wake wakipita katika njia iliyojaa maji.

Maji yakitiririka kwa kasi katika katika mfereji mmoja uliopo Kijitonyama.

Wananchi wakijitahidi kuuondoa uchafu uliokwama maeneo yao.


Monday, March 3

Letter from Africa: Miniskirts and morals

In our series of letters from African journalists, film maker and columnist Farai Sevenzo considers plans to ban miniskirts in Uganda.

April has given us a clutch of anniversaries and the usual mix of anxieties dressed as news.

South Africa turned 19, Zimbabwe turned 33 and we wondered what would become of Mali as it was decided a UN peacekeeping force would take over from the French, while the French themselves had an embassy bombed in Libya and Somalia's al-Shabab showed signs of a pulse still beating in its violent heart.
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If a woman wears a miniskirt, we will arrest her”
Simon Lokodo
Uganda's ethics and integrity minister

African athletes won a couple of international marathons and Kenya's new cabinet had a woman defence minister for the first time and more was said by financial analysts about the rapid economic growth on the continent.

You would think, then, as an Africa watcher that the usual mix of information filled the newspapers and cyberspace with the political and financial.

But a quick glimpse of the press in Uganda showed us that the month of April was also about "integrity and ethics" because Simon Lokodo, Uganda's ethics and integrity minister, was railing against the miniskirt in his preparation of a proposed anti-pornography bill.

"Any attire which exposes intimate parts of the human body, especially areas that are of erotic function, is outlawed. Anything above the knee is outlawed. If a woman wears a miniskirt, we will arrest her," pronounced the minister in a confusing bid to preserve the nation's modesty.

In truth Mr Lokodo has joined a long list of men - for it is usually men - who have taken offence at what women wear throughout independent Africa for decades.

Hastings Banda, Malawi's independence leader, was a stickler for conservative dress
Cultural colonialism

Hastings Kamuzu Banda's Malawi banned the same skirt and frowned at women wearing trousers back in the days when dictatorship was hip and fashionable - Uganda's Idi Amin did not much like that particular skirt either.

An explosion of cultural colonialism in the form of hip-hop, pop, belly dancing, pole dancing, satellite television - which beams the dramas of other lives into African homes and the fashions of a recklessly cool world youth into African minds - has had the likes of Mr Lokodo scrambling to hold back the waves of moral corruption he imagines are coming his way.

Mr Lokodo's Anti-Pornography Bill has not defined "pornography" as we may or may not encounter it on the streets of Kampala, nor does it tell us what his ministry intends to do about the very real pornography available at the touch of a cursor on the World Wide Web of which Uganda is a part.
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This line of argument fails to acknowledge that people who rape or are driven to drooling uncontrollably at the sight of a female thigh with which they are not well acquainted are provoked only by the demons in their own heads”

Yet to be fair to the minister of ethics and integrity, a far more insidious vice than women's summer wear has been arriving in African cities, and by chance, in 2012, Kampala police arrested a foreigner who had been recording pictures of himself engaging in sexual acts with Ugandan children.

No law existed to give him more than the two years in prison or a 6m Ugandan shilling ($2,318, £1492) fine on offer under the Computer Misuse Act, and the criminal simply paid the fine and was released - only to be hauled back to jail because of the public outcry which ensued. He is to now face a new trial, including charges of indecent exposure.

The huge net of globalisation that has given us Chinese architecture and mobile phone companies of every persuasion that have opened up our capitals, has not been discriminating about who or what comes in to shred our traditional values and corrupt our young.

Some argue pornography leads to increased sexual violence - although others say it does not.
'Objects of attraction'

The Anti-Pornography Bill up for discussion in Uganda says there has been "an increase in pornographic material in the Ugandan mass media and an increase in nude dancing in the entertainment world… One of the dangers pornography poses is that it fuels sexual crimes against women…" and the bill seeks to slap a 10m shilling fine and/or 10 years in jail on anyone who engages in pornography, dirty dancing and minimalist attire.

Last year, South Africans marched in protest against attacks on women in miniskirts

Yet while Minister Lokodo's intentions may have been to protect Ugandans from the morally degenerate, he has taken his very broad assegai (spear) to personal freedoms and ignited the long-running debate about where sexual crimes begin - with the criminals or with victims because of what they are wearing?

Women, he alleged, should not wear provocative clothing and men, he says, are not usually the "object of attraction and can go shirtless" on the beach.

This line of argument gets us all nowhere very fast and fails to acknowledge that people who rape or are driven to drooling uncontrollably at the sight of a female thigh with which they are not well acquainted are provoked only by the demons in their own heads and pander to their basest natures.

As a former Catholic priest, Minister Lokodo would know a thing or two about demons, and know too that the best place to get rid of them is through the church, not via government statutes.

Should prayer fail, there will always be a Ugandan jail. And the miniskirt has very little to do with it.

Thursday, February 13

10 Most Powerful Nelson Mandela Tributes

The news of Nelson Mandela’s death reverberated across the globe, eliciting numerous heartfelt tributes from admiring citizens, politicians, and more. It seems that nearly everyone, whether they agreed with Mandela’s policies or not, recognized the enormous impact he had on South Africa and the world. 

The Soweto Gospel Choir’s Woolworths Flashmob One of the more recent and surprising tributes came in a Pretoria Woolworths department store. The Soweto Gospel Choir surprised shoppers with a moving rendition of Johnny Clegg’s “Asimbonanga.” (Translation: We have not see him.) Originally, the choir was going to sing James Brown’s “I Feel Good” as a marketing pitch for the store, but changed its tune after Mandela died.

Bill Keller’s New York Times obituary Bill Keller wrote an extensive obituary that provided a comprehensive look at Mandela’s life and influence. Keller was well equipped for the piece, having served as the newspaper’s former Johannesburg bureau chief in the 1990s and interviewed Mandela in 2007. The obituary includes unpublished comments from the interview, including reproaches of his successors, as well as this powerful line, “Hating clouds the mind. It gets in the way of strategy. Leaders cannot afford to hate.”
Maya Angelou’s “His Day is Done” At the request of the U.S. State Department, Maya Angelou penned “His Day is Done” as a tribute poem on behalf of the American people to Mandela. Circulated in 15 languages, the poem praises Mandela’s endurance and commitment to freedom, and compares him to David slaying the mighty Goliath.

Jacob Zuma leading “Thina Sizwe” It’s well known that Jacob Zuma received more boos than cheers when he took the stage in Johannesburg at Mandela’s memorial service, but he struck a different tone at the funeral in Mandela’s home town in Qunu. After stepping up to the microphone, he began to sing “Thina Sizwe,” a song from the apartheid era representing the struggle and determination for freedom. Hundreds joined in, and many even continued after it ended with “Nelson Mandela,” another moving struggle-era song.

Tony Leon’s Tribute, 15 Years Ago Tony Leon, a member of the opposition party to the ANC, refused to join Mandela’s cabinet when asked. But when Mandela’s presidency was drawing to a close, Leon stood in front of parliament to praise the country’s first black president. He said, “People might think it is difficult for a politician to give tribute to a man of an opposing party. In fact this is the easiest speech I have ever delivered to this house…My respect and admiration for him is unconditional. He graces this house. He graces this country. He graces humanity.”

The Eiffel Tower Following Mandela’s death,  the Eiffel Tower in Paris was lit up for six nights in commemoration thanks to the Institut Français and the National Arts Council of South Africa, along with the City of Paris and Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel. The inscription, “Nelson Mandela 1918-2013″ was lit in enormous letters, and sky projectors flashed the colors of the South African flag. The tribute was especially touching on Dec. 16, South Africa’s Day of Reconciliation. 

Botlhale Boikanyo’s poem on “South Africa’s Got Talent”

The year before Mandela died, 11-year-old Botlahle Boikanyo performed on “South Africa’s Got Talent” with a moving poem that paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, or Tata. Naturally, she won, and it’s definitely worth a listen. When she pulled a South African flag from the pocket of her orange prison jumpsuit at the end, there may not have been a dry eye in the house.

The Johannesburg Shul and the story of Joseph Nelson Mandela was dubbed by many as the “Joseph of South Africa” for his commitment to reconciliation and rejection of violence after the end of apartheid. Remarkably, the story of Joseph was the Torah portion the weekend after Mandela’s death. Rabbi Warren Goldstein recounted to a crowd of thousands in Johannesburg Joseph’s — and Mandela’s — story of overcoming years of imprisonment to lead his nation.

Joyce Banda’s eulogy At the final memorial service in Qunu, Joyce Banda, the first female and current president of Malawi, delivered a eulogy that brought hundreds to their feet. From the beginning, she strayed from her prepared speech and said this instead, “After three years of isolation, humiliation and name calling, I found myself in a situation where I had to work with those who had desired to prevent me from becoming president of my country. I had to forgive, but I had to forgive them without any effort, because my Madiba had prepared me.”

Desmond Tutu’s call for unification Archbishop Desmond Tutu has long been considered one of Mandela’s closest friends and confidants, and indeed their combined commitment to a free and equal South Africa has had enormous influence on the country today. So Tutu’s words following Mandela’s death were especially poignant. “The sun will rise tomorrow. It will not be as bright as yesterday. But life will carry on…God is asking South Africans, please become what you are, show the world we are members of one family. We belong together.” 

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe, 89, is undoubtedly a controversial figure, but many are familiar only with the details of his most public life. Both his childhood and adult life are filled with surprises, many of which influenced decisions during his numerous terms as Zimbabwe’s president.

Mugabe is the product of a religious upbringing Both of Robert Mugabe’s parents were extremely religious, and strict with their son. Throughout his childhood, he attended Jesuit school, and credits an Irish priest as one of his most influential mentors in his youth. 

Two of his brothers died when he was young Sadly, Mugabe lost both of his older brothers by the age of 10. One died from poisoning, while the other passed away not long after their father abandoned the family.

Mugabe has a strong background in education Many are aware that Mugabe has always been a strong proponent of education. Zimbabwe’s literacy rate reached the highest of any African country during his presidency. This is in large part due to the fact that Mugabe worked as a school teacher prior to beginning his political career, first teaching in Ghana and then returning to Zimbabwe to join the revolution against the white government of Rhodesia.

He has seven university degrees

Six of Mugabe’s university degrees were actually earned while he was doing distance learning in prison. They cover a broad range of topics including education, economics, administration, and law. Degrees include a Bachelor of Laws and Master’s of Laws from the University of London’s external program, earned during his stint in a Salisbury prison.

After his release from prison, he escaped Zimbabwe with the help of a white nun

Though the Rhodesians did release Mugabe from prison, he was not supposed to leave the country. A white nun helped him to cross into Mozambique, where he was able to rejoin the revolutionary armies.

He was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee In 1981, Mugabe was on the short list for the Nobel Peace Prize for his initial stance about reconciliation following Zimbabwe’s independence and his election as the country’s first president. He said, “Our people, young and old, men and women, black and white, living and dead, are, on this occasion, being brought together in a new form of national unity that makes them all Zimbabweans.” 

He had an extramarital affair while his wife was dying from cancer While his first wife was struggling with her cancer, Mugabe started up with his private secretary, Grace. When it came out that she was pregnant with his child, he ignored popular opinion and married her in 1996. 

Many honors he received from various institutions have been revoked As the number of human rights violations perpetrated by Mugabe have increased, many of his honors have been revoked. For instance, Queen Elizabeth II rescinded his knighthood in 2008, the Hunger Project took back his 1988 award of the Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger, and numerous universities have revoked honorary degrees, including Michigan State University, University of Massachusetts, and the University of Edinburgh.

He plans to run for president again in 2018 Mugabe won the most recent election in Zimbabwe in 2013 with 61 percent of the vote, but it is widely believed that voter fraud occurred. Despite this, and despite his advanced age, Mugabe has announced his intention to run again for election in 2018 for the office that he has held since 1987.