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Darling Arusha

Darling Arusha

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From Tanzanian Corespondent Lute Wa Lutengano… I had wanted to write something about our Arusha’s new status, that of its now being crowned a city, notwithstanding its sickening traffic jams; its garbage heaps and rotten drainage systems; its unreliable power and water supply systems; its foul smelling public markets; and its dilapidated public school structures […]

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Celebration

Celebration

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From Tanzania Corespondent Lute Wa Lutengano… John, a friend of mine came by public transport on Monday this week from Dar es Salaam. He is from the United States of America. Actually he has been on the road all the way from Johannesburg, South Africa beginning mid-March. His, he says, is a journey of discovery. […]

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Leap Year

Leap Year

From Tanzania Corespondent Lute Wa Lutengano… My good friend, Ngoswe, famed by the book he authored ‘Tendehogo’ and of the saying ‘Mambo ya Ngoswe mwachie Ngoswe’ – leave Ngoswe’s affairs to Ngoswe – Edwin Semzaba, was born almost 60 years ago on 29th February 2012. One of those days of his birthday in the mid […]

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Spark of Light

Spark of Light

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From Tanzania Corespondent Lute Wa Lutengano… So we have just celebrated, or rather marked, 50 years of Tanganyika or Tanzania Mainland’s independence. There were several events to mark the occasion in all major towns and cities in the country and in all cities where our embassies are located be it in Asia, Europe, the Americas […]

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Netting Prison

Netting Prison

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From Tanzania Corespondent Lute Wa Lutengano… So there is some distribution of mosquito nets going on in town. Presumably this is a multi-billion project funded by some western donors to alleviate the scourge of malaria in this part of the world. Actually some smart brains have even set up huge factories to manufacture these special […]

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Last Call

Last Call

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From Tanzania Corespondent Lute Wa Lutengano… I was sipping my lager at this joint in downtown Nairobi. It is a famous joint, formerly Kengeles, but has since been taken over by new management. The joint is such that you can easily watch those strolling along Koinange street from the bar counter. This is in view […]

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Origins

Origins

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From Tanzania Corespondent Lute Wa Lutengano… The other day I received a long distance call. It was from New York. Now who would be calling me from that land of Obama at this odd hour of the night? It was 3:00 a.m. Then it occurred to me that at that hour it was early evening […]

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East African To The Bone

East African To The Bone

From Tanzania Corespondent Lute Wa Lutengano… Early this week I was busy reading this news on a former Kampala City mayor’s refusal to vacate his official residence on the pretext that it had been allocated to him and he was now its legal owner. Apparently it is claimed a previous City Council session allocating him […]

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The Miraculous Magic of Khanga

The Miraculous Magic of Khanga

From Tanzania Corespondent Lute Wa Lutengano… So the American Chief diplomat was in the country the other day. I know she has a soft spot for Tanzania . But then come to think of it, it seems the American establishment, be it Republican or Democrat has that loving attitude towards Bongoland. Remember Jimmy Carter? After […]

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Freddie Mercury and Zanzibar Dreams

Freddie Mercury and Zanzibar Dreams

From Tanzania Corespondent Lute Wa Lutengano… I was scheduled to stay with the group at Kichangani Beach resort on the western beaches of Zanzibar. But as you will recall I am not into the beaches and waters business following my nasty experience in the muddy waters of Mtitafu River in Chalowe village, Njombe in the […]

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