Friday, September 30, 2011

Watanzania Wajizatiti/Wajidhatiti Twitter!

Watanzania wanazidi kujumuika katika Twitter kujadili masuala mbalimbali!

Mijadala hiyo ina mvuto sana hasa ukizingatia kuwa viongozi wa kijamii, kibiashara na hata kisiasa wanajumuika. Wapo Wabunge (mf. @DocFaustine na @zittokabwe), Wakurugenzi wa Makampuni (mf. @iMashibe na @beyakuze), Wanazuoni (mf. @Mwanasosholojia na @Mwanafalsafa) , Wanamuziki (mf. @mwasitiJ na @Profesa_Jay), Waandishi wa Habari (mf. @kabsjourno na @salvarweyemamu), Watangazaji (mf. @barbarahassan na @nyangorojs)Wanaharakati (mf. @Irenei2011 na @rakeshrajani), Asasi za Kiraia (mf. @Darajatz na @HakiElimu) Mawaziri (mf. @AnnaTibaijuka na @Mnyambi ) - na hata Rais wa Nchi na Mama wa Kwanza (@jmkikwete na @salmakikwete)!

Kwa sasa mijadala mikali inayoendelea ni pamoja na wa #udinitz na #mashoga. Jana kulikuwa na mjadala mkali sana kuhusu #DowansAward ambao bado unaendelea. Hivi karibuni pia kulikuwa na mjadala mkali kuhusu ajali ya meli Zanzibar #ZanzibarBoatAccident . Udadisi ilijiunga rasmi mwaka jana baada ya kusitasita kwa muda mrefu (rejea!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Introducing Neighbours Without Borders (NWB)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Mdadisi anauliza: I wapi ripoti ya Baraza la Taifa la Hifadhi na Usimamizi wa Mazingira (NEMC) Tanzania kuhusu matatizo ya kimazingira na kijamii katika mgodi wa dhahabu wa North Mara uliowekezwa na Barrick? Inasemekana kuwa ripoti hiyo ilikamilika toka mwezi Julai 2011! Pia inasemekana kampuni hiyo ya kiwekezaji imeshalishughulikia ipasavyo suala la kimazingira na kuwa kilichobaki ni kutatua kikamilifu tatizo la kijamii. Wadadisi wa mambo na wananchi kwa ujumla wana haki ya kujua utekelezaji wa matatizo hayo ambayo, kimsingi, yanaendeana umefikia wapi na nini hasa chanzo chake kwa ujumla ili kuzuia yaliyowahi kuripotiwa kupitia CALL FOR ACTION IN NORTH MARA GOLDMINE na WHEN BARRICK GOLD'S CAPITAL COMES DRIPPING WITH BLOOD AND DIRT! yasijitokeze tena. Kinga ni bora kuliko tiba.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Debating Gender and Sexuality in Tanzania

Sexuality and gender identity debate in Tanzania

Marjorie Mbilinyi

We want to share with you the latest developments in TGNP’s efforts to ‘break the silence’ around issues pertaining to sexuality and gender identity. The ‘question’ of sexuality has provoked major debate during and after this year’s Gender Festival, and attracted a lot more media coverage than the issue of land grabbing by global agribusiness, for example, or the growing movement for a new Constitution, or the demand for sustainable livelihoods and employment for all.

During this year’s Gender Festival 2011 which focused on ‘land, labour and livelihoods’, there was a separate workshop 3 on ‘sex, sexuality, bodily integrity, politics of choice and struggles against GBV and HIV/AIDS in the workplace: public and private’. The topic of sexuality and gender identity also came up in workshops on health and on the new Constitution. This followed Gender Festival 2009’s ground-breaking keynote paper on sexuality that was presented by Sylvia Tamale, and followed up later by plenary and workshop presentations by young gay men. Many more LGBTs participated in this year’s Festival, and several chose to flaunt their gay identity openly by style of dress, walk, talk, etc. Lesbians have been present throughout but not as visible nor audible.

The subject of sexuality and gender identity has now become the major focus of several of Tanzanian email lists and blogs, including

Reading the ideas circulating thus far, a sizable number of people assume that heterosexuality is the ‘norm’ in Africa, and have expressed alarm at the breakdown of traditional African values, the importation of Western ideas and behaviour, and moral decadence. Several argue that NGOs are following ‘the money’ of donors by opening up to LGBT people; that the very idea of homosexuality in whatever form is a Western imposition funded by donors!

Many other people have argued that this is a question of human rights and democracy; that activists are expected to welcome diversity in all aspects of our lives. Some have asked why there is so much concern about who people choose to sleep with at this moment of high level state corruption and land-grabbing?

Another line of argument is to say that people should condemn the practice of same sex, but not those who practice it; they are victims of childhood abuse. Many of the LGBT voices who chose to speak aloud during this and 2009’s Festivals emphasised their personal experience of childhood abuse, and/or of being punished and eventually expelled from their families and communities because of their identity.

Others, albeit few in number thus far, have argued that human beings have the ‘natural’ potential to act in a variety of ways, sexually, but have been shaped by the dominant patriarchal heterosexual ideology to silence and repress alternative ways of being. That there are many men and women with same sex identities who have chosen to hide their preferences; they marry, bear children and often lead very unhappy lives because they are not free to be themselves openly.That it is necessary to unlearn, as Sylvia Tamale explained back in 2009, the enormous baggage of patriarchal and bourgeois thought and ideology about sexuality, including imperial and racist views about the sexuality of African women.

We welcome more contributions from members of the African feminist movement to help broaden the scope and depth of the conversation about sexuality and gender identity.


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Airing New Television Documentary on Tanzania


Will a plan to build massive farms in Africa help to feed the continent – or is it just a “land grab?” Tuesday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET

DALLAS (September 26, 2011) –Tomorrow night, “Dan Rather Reports” travels to Tanzania to investigate a plan underway that would see more than a hundred thousand refugees moved from their homes and replaced by a massive commercial farm to be owned and operated by American investors.

With global population set to rise by two billion by mid-century and an estimated 90 percent of the world’s arable land already being cultivated, scientists worry that we could be on the brink of a global food crisis. And with the land going for pennies on the dollar, big U.S. investors have started putting money into agriculture in Africa. But, they are not just buying commodities or stock – investors are buying the farmland directly.

One of these U.S. investors is AgriSol Energy - and some are skeptical that their investment in Tanzania is anything more than a “land grab.”

AgriSol Energy is headed by Bruce Rastetter, an large-scale agricultural operator and major player in Iowa business and politics. Now Rastetter and his colleagues are hoping to export their Iowa agribusiness know-how to approximately 800,000 acres of land in western Tanzania. But why might one of the world's most respected agricultural universities - Iowa State - be helping to seal the deal? And what will happen to the over 125,000 refugees who currently call that very land their home?

“We walk with no peace in our hearts,” says refugee and farmer Sembuli Masasa, “We are miserable to know that we will be moving.”

But, the project has the blessing of the Tanzanian government with one of the biggest proponents being Tanzania’s own Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda.“Surely one would not be naïve to that, to accept an investor into an area at this kind, provided it’s well balanced, provided it has a effect on people around [and] enable [them] to have access to a better market. Definitely it would be a very good idea,” Pinda tells “Dan Rather Reports.”

Africa is now a hot spot for foreign investors in everything from agriculture to precious metals. And according to world-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs, if the investment is handled properly, it could make a huge difference in that part of the world. But if the investments are given away, these people in one of the poorest parts of the planet get little or nothing in return.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Mkapa anaweza Kugombea Urais tena kama Putin?

Kwa ufahamu wangu hili haliwezekani kwa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania ingawa linawezekana kwa Serikali ya Mapinduzi Zanzibar. Katiba ya Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania iliacha lile neno muhimu "Consecutive" vipindi vya uraisi mtu anavyoruhusiwa kutawala.

Kuhusu uraisi katiba ya Jamhuri inasema a person cannot run for more than two terms wakati ile ya Serikali ya Mapinduzi Zanzibar, kama zilivyo ya Urusi na nchi kadhaa nyingine inasema a person cannot run for more than two 'consecutive' terms. Na hapo ndipo tofauti ilipo. Kwa Zanzibar, kama ilivyo Urusi, waweza kugombea zaidi ya vipindi viwili mradi tu umpumzike kwa angalau kipindi kimoja hapo katikati. Lakini kwa Jamhuri hakuna namna unayoweza kugombea zaidi ya vipindi viwili, iwe mfululizo au vinginevyo.

Kwa hiyo jibu ni Hapana, Mkapa hawezi kugombea tena uraisi kama Putin kwa katiba ilivyo sasa, kama mchakato wa mabadiliko ya katika hautalibadili hilo.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

President Kikwete "no prophet is accepted in his own country"!

"...This extensive - and expensive! - commitment to Africa was now going to be rewarded with a visit by the President of one of the continent’s credible, performing, and responsible states...A sombre email from Professor Rutherford announced that President Kikwete had had to cancel his scheduled trip to Canada due to the ferry mishap that claimed about 200 lives in the Zanzibar region of Tanzania...The ties that bind set in. The ties that bind us to a common backcloth of humanity set in. The ties that reduce us and diminish our collective humanity with every life meaninglessly lost set in. Your heart contracts under the weight of empathy and sorrow. You feel for Tanzania. You feel for Tanzanians. Another 200 lives lost in Africa. Oho, the tableau of bad news from Africa! Your sorrow ultimately gives way to the instinct for details. The urge to comb the internet, to comb Tanzanian newspapers online, suggests itself as a natural course but a deep, dark suspicion inhibits you. Suspicion? No, make that fear. Fear inhibits you from scouring the internet for details. Fear of the truth that you suspect you will discover. You freeze in front of your computer screen, unwilling to happen on how the Tanzanian authorities are handling that national disaster. It will only lead you to the tyranny of comparison. No! You dare not dig too deep into how the Tanzanian authorities are handling the tragedy [...] The tyranny of comparison? You try to escape it but it is too late. It is the eternal damnation of the Nigerian. Because our country, Nigeria, is an old [...], we are afraid to let people mention dry bones in our presence. Blair Rutherford’s email announcing the cancellation of President Kikwete’s visit to Canada and Carleton because he just lost two hundred citizens is already a preliminary pointer to how the Tanzanian authorities are handling the crisis. And Blair’s email, unknown to him, inevitably points you to Nigeria. To how the Nigerian authorities would have handled that national tragedy. Or how they would not have handled it"- Pius Adesanmi on
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Mjadala Mkali wa Ushoga na Tamasha la Jinsia

Mjadala mkali unaendelea katika mtandao wa wazi wa kuhusu uwepo na uwazi wa mashoga katika Tamasha la Jinsia lililofanyika katika viwanja vya Mtandao wa Jinsia Tanzania (TGNP) wiki iliyopita. Hiyo hapo chini ni dondoo kutoka kwa mwanamjadala Leila Sheikh alipokuwa akijibu hoja za baadhi ya Wanazuoni waliokasirishwa na kitendo kinachoonekana kuwa ni cha kutetea haki ya ushoga na kuvunja maadili. Unaweza kufuatilia zaidi mjadala huo katika uzi huu: Picha hiyo hapo juu ya baadhi ya washiriki wa tamasha hilo ni kwa hisani ya blogu ya

Mimi ni Mwanachama wa TGNP na ndiye niliyefanya Mapping ya HIV Intervention among Men who have Sex with Men kwa ajili ya Center for Human Rights Promotion (CHRP) asasi ya kitanzania; TACAIDS na UNAIDS.
Kaka Poa wapo kwenye jamii yetu na tukifumbia macho uwepo wao, huduma ya ujumbe juu ya kijikinga na maambukizi ya [Virusi vya Ukimwi] VVU miongoni mwao haitakuwepo.
Ilikuwa muhimu kufanya Mapping hiyo ili kama taifa tutayarishe mkakati wa kuwafikia hao akina Kaka Poa ambao ninyi mnawaita mashoga; wasenge; kuchu; samaki; n.k. Aidha, wale Kaka Poa wanaoishi na VVU hawatapata huduma ya ARV au ushauri nasaha.
Nilifanya utafiti kwenye mikoa 3 kabla ya Desk Review halafu nikatayarisha ramani itakayoongoza National Strategic Plan on Most at Risk Populations (MARPs).
Kaka Poa ni kundi moja la MARPs.
Hiyo ramani ni mali ya watanzania na TACAIDS ndiyo custodian [...]
Cha muhimu nataka kusema kuwa rasimu ya Marekebisho ya Sera ya Taifa ya VVU/UKIMWI 2001/2010 imeweka kipengele kinachojadili hayo makundi ambayo yamo kwenye mazingira hatarishi (MARPs), wakiwemo Kaka Poa na Dada Poa ambao jamii inawaita makahaba; changudoa; dala dala n.k.
Wakati wa utafiti niligundua kuwa hao Kaka Poa wapo wengi zaidi kuliko tunavyofahamu. Takwimu sahihi hazipo kwa sababu wengi wapo kwenye kificho wengine hata kufikia kuoa kwa kukhofu unyanyapaa kutoka kwa jamii na mara nyingi kupigwa; kutukanwa na kutengwa.
Huyo Zungu ni rafiki yangu. Niliunga urafiki nae wakati nafanya utafiti.
Nataka kuwaambia wanazuoni kuwa Kaka Poa ni binadamu kama sisi.
Wana huruma. Wana haki ya kupata huduma ya afya; elimu; upigaji kura; vyeti vya kusafiri; pango kwenye nyumba; akaunti za benki n.k.
Kwenye utafiti niligundua kuwa iwapo hiyo rasimu ya kupeleka ujumbe na huduma juu ya VVU/UKIMWI kwa Kaka Poa itapita kuwa Marekebisho ya Sera, haitaweza kutekelezeka kwa sababu itakosa uwiano na Sheria ya Makosa ya Kujamiiana (1998) na Penal Code Amendments 2002 kwa sababu kitendo hicho kimehramishwa kisheria.
Hapo hapo, Kaka Poa watakataa kufikiwa na Mipango ya Taifa ya Udhibiti wa UKIMWI kwa kukhofu wanaweza kufunguliwa mashtaka ya jinai.
Nawaomba wanazuoni tuwe na upendo kwa makundi yote.
Nimeshuhudia unyanyapaa; vipigo; matusi ambayo wanayopata Kaka Poa na sisi kama watetezi wa Haki wa kutokomeza ukatili na unyanyapaa inabidi tuwe na compassion.
Kwenye mipango na mikakati ya kudhibiti VVU/UKIMWI hakuna kundi ambalo lipo insignificant kwa sababu sote sisi tuna haki ya kupata huduma ya afya.
Na hayo mashirika yaliyonituma kufanya mapping hayakufanya hivyo kwa sababu ya fedha za wazungu bali mazingira ambayo tunamoishi kwa sasa yamewapelekea kufanya hizo mapping ili kupata mikakati ya kupeleka ujumbe wa udhibiti wa maambukizi ya VVU na huduma kwa wanaoishi na VVU kwa makundi yote nchini.
Kwenye ulimwengu wa ndoto tungependa kuona familia ina baba; mama; watoto; wajukuu wote wakiishi pamoja kwa amani bila ya bughudha au umasikini.
Kwenye ulimwengu wa ukweli, single parents; divorce; break up of family structures; lack of respect to our elders (wengine kufikia kuua wazee kwa tuhuma za uchawi) ndivyo vilivyotawala.
Tunatakiwa tuangalie upya kitu gani hasa kimeleta mfumo huu.
Taifa/Mipango ya kudhibiti UKIMWI imeweza kutambua makundi ambayo yamo kwenye mazingira hatarishi yakiwepo- wanaojidunga sindano za dawa za kulevya; makahaba; wanaume wanaofanya ngono na wanaume wenzao; waliopo kwenye migodi; wanaoendesha malori kwenye misafara mirefu na wanaoishi kwenye transport corridors.
Makundi haya yanaitwa Most at Risk Populations (MARPs).
Ili taifa liwe na Mpango wa Udhibiti UKIMWI wenye kuwafikia wanachi wote, hao MARPs imebidi wawekewe mikakati maalum kupitia mitandao yao.
Mbali ya Kaka Poa, mimi ndiye niliyefanya Mapping ya HIV Intervention among Sex Workers/Dada Poa kwa kuongoza timu ya Strategy Mappers wa Afrika Mashariki.
Kamwe sioni aibu kuwa nimefanya Mapping hizo mbili kwa sababu UKIMWI umegusa kila familia; kaya; mtaa; n.k. nchini.
Na huwa tunaita magonjwa yatokanayo na ngono isiyosalama siyo magonjwa ya zinaa kwa sababu wapo wanaoambukizwa ndani ya ndoa.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Haiti - A Prototype of Africa's Underdevelopment?

For a week or so Haiti has been looming large in my mind. Here there are so many public academic/intellectual events focusing on 'things Haitian'. The other day I attended an open lecture whereby it was mentioned over and over again. One participant even queried why is Haiti so important in the history of capitalism and industrialization in the United States of America - 'can't we just leave it?'. Did the US need Haitian commodities, such as cotton and coffee, to industrialize or it had enough of its own from the then 'deep South'? Wouldn't it industrialize anyway? The discussion was centered on Robin Blackburn's (2011) new book on 'The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights'. To the author, Haiti is very important even if one can still argue it is not the 'cause and effect' of industrialization. As an advert from its publisher notes, the "exotic commodities produced by the plantations of the Americas" indeed "also powered a 'market revolution'". This week there will be another public lecture, its title: 'Haiti, Anti-Slavery, and Blackness in the Atlantic Age of Revolution'.

As I digest whatever I am hearing about Haiti I can't help but wonder how little I know of what had been paternalistic dubbed 'This American Africa'. Even though I once read, from cover to cover, CLR James' The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution - a book the famous novelist Ngugi wa Thiong'o asserted somewhere that is important for every African student to read - for me making sense of Haiti remains elusive. The relatively recent tragic earthquake that seriously devastated Haitians also opened a big debate on why Haiti is so poor has only managed to confuse me more about the country which the great poet, Aime Cesaire, claimed is "where negritude stood up for the first" time, alluding to what has been referred to as "the only successful revolution in the Atlantic world". To add to this confusion is the ongoing debate on why countries run by Africans or people of Africa's origin are undeveloped/underdeveloped. Luckily enough, I am taking a course that also looks at Haiti. One of its required readings is quite an eyeopener to me. As I read the passages cited below I couldn't help but also resort to the 'iffy' history, that is, what if they could have just left Haiti, and for that matter other African countries, alone in dignity?

"For over 12 years, men and women who began the [Haitian] Revolution as slaves fought with and against the Spanish, the English, and the French to secure their freedom and, eventually, their national independence...From the founding of the [Haiti] nation in 1804 to its occupation by the United States 111 years later, Haitians struggled to establish viable communities at local and national levels and to maintain the security of their freedom and independence. To appreciate the difficulty of these struggles, we must view them in the dual context of internal social divisions and international hostility to domination...Haitians experienced international hostility in several forms, including, most notably, political isolation and the threat of a French attempt to retake the island nation. Economic disadvantages related to the absence of diplomatic representation with trading partners and to the withholding of missionary assistance by the Vatican also raised problems for Haiti...Haiti's political isolation resulted, most directly, from its nonrecognition by France in the wake of Dessalines' ouster of French planters from the new nation. As we have seen U.S president Thomas Jefferson considered his nation's relations with Napoleon when he decided to sever diplomatic relations with Haiti and impose an embargo in 1806, despite the significance of the West Indian trade to American merchants...The new Latin American nations, in turn, acted out of concern for the relations with the United states when they also refused to recognize Haiti until France agreed to do so. As a nation of freed slave in a world dominated by slaveholding nations, Haiti effectively held pariah status...Haiti finally secured French recognition, and the promise of peaceful intercourse with France, in 1825...It came at a cost of 150 million francs, in the form of indemnity to be paid to the former planters of Saint Domingue...Forced to accept French assistance to pay their former masters, Haitian found themselves operating under French domination for the next half century...Economic instability, peasants revolts, factional elite coups, and government corruption increasingly provided the practical basis for foreign domination in Haiti. France maintained control through the manipulation of the indemnity and later the debt that replaced it; Britain exerted control in the guise of protecting British citizens and their property; German merchants financed revolutions and penetrated the Haitian economy, circumventing the prohibition on foreign property ownership through intermarriage with Haitian women; and, with increasing rapidity after the turn of the century, Americans became entrenched in Haitian economic affairs. Throughout the century, Haitian political leaders debated the relative benefits and dangers of using foreign capital to finance Haitian development and increasingly allowed for its introduction, laying the grounds for future interventions. Among the most important economic and political developments leading up to the U.S occupation were those events marking increased foreign investments in Haiti" - Mary A. Render (2001) on 'Taking Haiti: Military Occupation & the Culture of U.S Imperialism 1915 - 1940'

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Tanzania: land of constant complaints"?

"But for how long? There is a new official opposition in the country; it is urban and has youthful support, even in the high schools. It is called Chadema (Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo). It baits the government in parliament, asking awkward questions, and is brazen enough to be distasteful to many people. It is always in the news, especially in Swahili. Some even call it “activist.” And the word is that the official party, the CCM (Chama Cha Mapinduzi), which has ruled the country since independence, is nervous but cautious" - M.G. Vassanji on Tanzania: land of constant complaints

Monday, September 12, 2011



Inasikitisha na kutisha,
hata tukiififisha
kamwe haiwezi kwisha;
yarabi atupe motisha,
moto tuweze washa;
Tuli hatuwezi pisha,
Hata wakitutapisha;

Katu haya si maisha,
Bora yalotutamanisha;
Kwanini haya yasoisha,
Japo miongo yatupisha?

Si Juma wala Aisha,
Wote kiyoro haitoisha;
Kibaya isotosha, kipi
Kwa haya maisha?

Pole walo mnazi,
Masahibu si zizi;
Tukiamua ni wazi,
Kutushinda hayawezi,
Muhimu kuweka wazi!

Walituambia juzi,
Ajali hawatoenzi;
Ahadi kama juzi,
Ajali kama enzi;

Bukoba walituasi,
Tukajua wako nasi;
Nungwi tena hasi,
Tena hamtuasi?

Si nzuri hali,
Kilio kila pahali;
Ahadi bado kali,
Si bado hatuna hali?

Ah, wacha tulie,
Wetu tujalie;
Hata tutulie,
Pemba itulie!

Majaribu yapo,
Siye pia tuwepo;
Wakuu watukerapo,
Hasira iwepo!

DBW, Leo.

And the Winner of the Best Project Award is...

Hungry for More? A Satirical Film on Land Grabs!

Thanks to @DarajaTz for alerting me about this interesting youtube by Grow:

And from the news in Tanzania this week:

"Gender activists to discuss land grabbing at festival" -

Sunday, September 11, 2011






(15th September 2002)

The Pan African Movement-Tanzania Branch wishes to announce with grief and profound sadness the death on the 11th September 2002 in a car accident near Voi en route to Mombasa in Kenya of the militant young Pan Africanist Philippe Enoc Wamba. He met his death while undertaking research on the Situation of the Youth in Africa. This research had taken him to South Africa, Nigeria, Cameron and Tanzania. He was travelling from Nairobi to Mombasa on the Kenya-leg of his work.

Philippe Wamba was born on 3rd June 1971. His father is Professor Ernest Wamba dia Wamba and his mother is Elaine Wamba. Both are well known Pan Africanists. He grew up in Boston (USA) as well as Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). He received his early education at Mlimani Primary School in Dar es Salaam and later on joined the International School of Tanganyika, also in Dar es Salaam. He went on to join the Armand Hammer United World College for his International Baccalaureate Diploma. He then studied at Harvard University for his BA degree before going on to Columbia School of Journalism for his MA.

After his studies Philippe Wamba returned to Harvard University where he worked with Professor Kwame Appiah and Professor Henry Louis Gates of the African American Studies Department as one of the editors on the Encyclopaedia Africana Project. Philippe Wamba was also the first Editor-in-Chief of the web-site. During his editorship, he sought to give the web-site a global Pan Africanist orientation.

Among Philippe Wamba’s world-renowned publications is an insightful book titled Kinship: A Family’s Journey in Africa and America published by Dutton Books in 1999. In this book, Philippe Wamba explores the meaning of the dream of Pan-African consciousness into which he was born and seeks to answer the profound question asked by all Africans both on the continent and in the Diaspora of: Who are we?

Philippe Wamba had undertaken the current research on the Situation of the Youth in Africa under the fellowship of the Alicia Patterson Foundation. He expected to visit Uganda and one or two African French speaking countries. He had already published some articles based on his previous research visits. The Pan African Movement will be saying more about this young vibrant Pan African militant in the course of the week leading up to his burial here in Dar es Salaam on either Friday 20th or Saturday 21st September 2002.

Philippe Wamba’s death is an occasion for sadness and grief but also an occasion for critical reflection on the situation of the youth and the marginalized people in Africa. It should inspire all of us to carry on with the struggle for the emancipation of the people of Africa.

Dr. Azaveli Feza Lwaitama

Ag. Secretary

Pan African Movement-Tanzania Branch


Philipe Wamba Fund for Road Safety in Africa:

Philippe Wamba Summer Research Travel Grant:

Taifa Msibani, Umoja wetu na Utu wetu shakani

(Nimeandika makala haya nikiwa katika Benchi la Hospitali ya Mnazi Mmoja hapa Zanzibar. Mniwie radhi kama kuna spelling mistakes kwani nilitaka hisia zangu ziwe as raw as possible -Zitto Zitto and not Zitto a politician).Jana asubuhi tarehe 10 Septemba 2011 Taifa liligubikwa na habari za kushtusha za maafa. Mwanzoni taarifa zilisambaa kwamba zaidi ya watu 2000 walikuwa kwenye Boti MV Spice Islander lililopinduka na kuzama mbele kidogo ya Nungwi likielekea kisiwani Pemba.Habari hazikuwa za uhakika sana kwani vyombo vyetu vya habari na hasa Televeshini ya Taifa havikuwa vikitoa habari juu ya ajali hii.

Habari zilisambaa kupitia mitandao ya intaneti na kufuatia uchu wa habari nilianzisha #ZanzibarBoatAccident katika mtandao wa twitter ili tuweze kufuatilia kwa karibu habari zote za ajali hii.Habari zilisambaa kuwa Televisheni ya Taifa ilikuwa inaonyesha muziki wa Taarab na Baadaye vipindi vingine vya kawaida bila kutoa habari kwa Umma kuhusu msiba huu.

Watanzania waliokoa wakiwasiliana kupitia twitter na facebook walikuwa na hasira sana na kituo cha TBC1 kutoonyesha au kupasha habari juu ya ajali hii. Mpaka saa moja jioni kituo hiki cha Televisheni ya Taifa kilikuwa kinaonyesha watu wakicheza muziki wa Kongo, wanawake wakikatika viuno na hata ngoma za asili. 'Hallo, washa TBC1 uone Televisheni yenu inachoonyesha' yalikuwa ni maneno ya Mwakilishi Ismael Jussa Ladhu aliponipigia kuonyesha kusikitishwa kwake na kituo hiki.Mpaka jioni tulikuwa tumepata taarifa kuwa Watanzania wenzetu 198 walikuwa wamepoteza maisha. 570 hivi walikuwa wameokolewa. Binafsi nilipotembelea Hospitali ya Mnazi Mmoja niliweza kumwona Binti aliyeitwa Leyla, akisoma darasa la Nne huko kisiwani Pemba. Leyla alipona, aliokolewa. Nilimwambia leyla atapona na kurudi Shuleni. Mpaka ninapoandika tumeambiwa kuwa Watanzania 240 wamegundulika kupoteza maisha na zaidi ya 600 wameokolewa. Napenda kuwapongeza sana waokoaji wetu, wavuvi wa kijiji cha Nungwi na vijiji jirani, wamiliki wa mahoteli waliojitolea vifaa vyao kwenda kuokoa watu na wanajeshi wetu wa majeshi ya ulinzi na usalama kwa kazi hii kubwa ya kuokoa. Kwa kweli tumeokoa watu wengi kuliko ilivyotarajiwa. Serikali ya Mapinduzi Zanzibar imejitahidi sana, ilitulia na kuonyesha uongozi dhabiti katika juhudi za uokoaji.

Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania akafuta ziara yake huko Canada, ziara iliyokuwa imeandaliwa muda mrefu na kwa gharama. Lakini Rais aliona ni vema kupata hasara kuliko kuwa nje ya Nchi kipindi hiki. Hakutaka hata kumtuma Makamu wa Rais au Waziri Mkuu. Alifuta. Akatangaza siku 3 za kuomboleza. Hata hivyo waandaaji wa Miss Tanzania waliona hasara kubwa kuahirisha shindano la Urembo usiku huo. Wangepata hasara! Hata wafadhili wao Kampuni ya simu za mkononi ya vodacom ambao miongoni mwa waliofariki wamo wateja wa vodacom, waliendelea na shindano hili. Jumatatu, tarehe 12 Septemba 2011 ni siku ya khitma ya kuwaombea marehemu wetu. Nimeamua kutotumia simu ya ngu ya Voda kwa siku nzima, sina njia ya kuiadhibu Kampuni hii isipokuwa kugoma kutumia simu yao japo kwa siku moja kuonyesha kutoridhishwa kwangu na uamuzi wao wa kutojali msiba huu kwa Taifa.

Misiba huweka jamii pamoja. Msiba huu uliotokea Zanzibar ni jaribio kubwa kwa Umoja wa Taifa letu. Shirika la Utangazaji la Taifa limeshindwa jaribio hili la kudhihirisha Umoja wetu katika kipindi hiki. Nataraji wakubwa wa Shirika hili linaloendeshwa kwa kodi watawajibika au kuwajibishwa!

Jumla ya Majeruhi na marehemu sasa inafikia zaidi ya Abiria 800! Asubuhi ya jana 10 Septemba 2011 tuliambiwa na Serikali kwamba uwezo wa Boti la MV Spice Islander ilikuwa ni abiria 500 na wafanyakazi 12. Pia tumejulishwa kuwa boti hili lilikuwa la Mizigo na sio la Abiria. Natumai mara baada ya kumaliza maombolezo haya ya siku tatu Wakuu wa Mamlaka zinazohusika na usafiri wa Majini wa Serikali ya Mapinduzi Zanzibar watawajibika au kuwajibishwa. Mkuu wa Bandari ya Zanzibar Mustafa Aboud Jumbe na Waziri wa Miundombinu Hamad Masoud wanapaswa kufukuzwa kazi mara moja kama hawatawajibika wenyewe kwa kujiuzulu.

Kufukuzwa kwao kazi hakutarudisha ndugu zetu duniani bali itakuwa ni somo kuwa hatutarudia tena kufanya makosa yaliyoleteleza ajali kama hii.

Mwenyezimungu atupe subira wakati huu wa msiba mkubwa katika Taifa letu. Alaze roho za marehemu wetu mahala pema peponi na awape unafuu wa haraka majeruhi wetu.

Zitto Kabwe, Mb
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"Huyu aliyelala ndio Leyla. Alikuwa na dada yake wanarudi shuleni Pemba (Wete) baada ya kula Idi Unguja. Watoto wengi sana na wanawake ndio sehemu kubwa ya waliopoteza maisha" - Zitto Kabwe



Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tracking Real-time Information on MV Spice Islander Tragedy via Ushahidi Crowdmapping

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Sudi ya Ajali Mbili za Meli Tanzania/Zanzibar



Friday, September 9, 2011

Profiling Tanzania's Scholars in the Diaspora - 6

Full Name:
Fredrick Mtenzi

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Electronic Healthcare Information Security

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