Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Salamu Kutoka Bongo!
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Imeadikwa na Prof. Akwanza
Pokeni salamu kutoka Tanzania. Najua LGF alishawapelekea picha ikinionyesha nikishuhulikiwa na joto la Dar.
Nataka kuwaarifu kuwa niweza kusalimika hapa Bongo kwa zaidi ya mwezi sasa.
There is a story I read (I do not remember where) some time ago. In summary it went like this: One experimentalist took a frog and put it in a cooking pot with cold water. The frog was comfortable there.
Slowly the water temperature was raised and the frog kept on adjusting to the new environment. It continued like this up to when the water reached boiling point and the frog was turned to a frog-stew. On the second
experiment the water was first brought to boiling point and then the frog was dropped in.
It immediately jumped out and it survived though with some injuries.
Why am I telling this story? Many of those I know from before are at times > at a loss when I lament at the situation I see. Wanasema macho yatazoea tu na nitaona kila kitu sawa. Yaani nitakuwa frog-stew.
My arrival in TZ after about 5-years of absence was like that frog that was dropped in boiling water. I wanted to jump from every situation I found myself. These include
1. To be told to teach a class of 208 students in a room with only 98 chairs (A108 for those familiar with FoE now CoET). Wengine wanachungulia> dirishani. I am told this is quit common in some classes.
2. Really run down of the University of Dar-es-Salaam. For example: my favorite walkway "Havard" cafeteria through Hall 2 to my Hall 5 residence (ili ukutane na Warembo wa Hall 3) is barely passable.
3. The traffic mess all over Dar. BTW I am NOT PROUD of what I have become, i.e. driving in Dar like the rest of them.
4. The change in the people's values, very materialistic, selfish, uncaring. This is my conclusion based on how people drive, the way they built security walls without taking into consideration those down stream they need a road too, Furthermore, the lack of care for the environment (mabonde yote yamejengwa) no wonder few hours of rain pour as we had the last two days there are no wetlands to slow down the waters and many many more.
On the other hand there are some real improvements:1. Since my arrival I have no real memorable power outage yet.
Though nlishakatikiwa maji halfway by shower thus end-up finishing the operation with a small Kilimanjaro water I had in the house.
2. LGF amenisahau kabisa, baada ya kupata safari ya hafla siku ambayo tulikuwa tukutane ( touge-in-chic. the HAVES have to working overtime to maintain their position at the top.
3. Lot of new constructions, thou I do not like the structural system they are using: heavy concrete frame with solid block for partitioning walls. Two things: either we need to stop paying Architects by the parcentage of the cost of the building or file mulpractice to structural engineers or both.
1. In my opinion, some people have more money than the government, thus they can literally do what they want, including things such as to pay to have a road closed at peak-hour to off-load your truck. I witnessed this with my own eyes.
2. The widening gap between the HAVES and the HAVE-NOTS is a ticking bomb.
3. The weak goverment is making it possible for the HAVES to accelerate 2) above.
Concerning the "mafuriko" you heard in the news, If you believe those who say that it was heavy rains that caused the flooding you can well start raising funds for I have a bridge I will like to sell to you. The operative phrase should be "Environmental Degradation Caused Flooding and Loss of Bridges " With the wetlands all dessimeted there is no where for the water to be held and percolated slowlly throughout the catchment area and thus have river floww throughout the year and thus no excuse for
TANESCO to cry falling Dam levels.
Allow me to stop my rambling here. I am going to try to locate the missing LGF. Kama ukimwona mwambie namtafuta !!!!!!!!!!!!.
On Sabbatical at UDSM