25 Jan 2015

24 Jan 2015

Whatsapp kwa sasa ni chaguo la wengi linapokuja suala la mawasiliano yasiyohitaji malipo. Awali ilikuwa sio tu haiwezekani kutumia app hiyo katika kompyuta yako bali pia haikuwezekana kuitumia katika 'devices' mbili tofauti kwa namba moja ya simu. Kwa upande mmoja app hiyo haikuwezekana kutumika katika kompyuta, kwa upande mwingine, ili kuitumia katika Tablet yako, ililazimu utumia namba tofauti za simu wakati wa kujisajili, kwani ukitumia namba uliyojisajili kwa simu kwenye Tablet, app hiyo haifanyi kazi tena kwenye simu.

Habari njema ni kwamba sasa waweza kutumia Whatsapp sio tu kwenye Kompyuta bali pia kwenye Tablet yako.

Tuanze na Whatsapp kwenye kompyuta:

1. Kwa kutumia browser ya Chrome, fungua tovuti hii https://web.whatsapp.com/
2. Utakutana na QR code hii


3. Nenda kwenye Whatsapp yako kwenye simu
4. Bonyeza 'menu' (duara ya kijani - kutegemea na aina ya simu yako) kisha nenda 'Whatsapp Web' kama ilivyo pichani chini 


5. Ukibonyeza 'Whatsap Web' itafungua QR Scan kama hapa chini (inabidi simu yako iwe na app hiyo ambayo inapatikana Google Play  )


6. Elekeza QR Scanner hiyo kwenye ukurasa huu https://web.whatsapp.com/
7. Kazi imekwisha. Browser yako sasa itakuwa imeunganishwa na Whatsapp yako ya kwenye simu

Kwenye Tablet.

Hatua zote ni kama hapo juu ila tofauti tu badala ya Kompyuta, utakuwa unatumia Tablet. Kumbuka kuwa kwa sasa browser pekee inayoweza kutumika ni Chrome. Pia waweza kutumia.

Ukikwama, nifahamishe kwa comment katika post hii. Karibuni sana.

ANGALIZO: Maelezo haya ni kwa Android devices ambazo ndo nazitumia. Sijafanya uchunguzi kuhusu iOS devices kama iPad au Mac computers.

Share is caring, ukishasoma na kuelewa, mfahamishe na mwenzako


Siku ya mwaka mpya nilitangaza huko Twitter kuhusu dhamira yangu ya #ProBono yaani kuwahamasisha watu wenye uwezo, vipaji au nafasi mbalimbali kuisadia jamii bure. Kimsingi, huku nchi za Magharibi, sekta ya kujitolea pasi malipo imekuwa na msaada sana kwa jamii. Ninaamini kwamba nasi tukijaribu, itakuwa na msaada mkubwa sana hasa tukizingatia jinsi umasikini unavyowakwaza wanajamii wengi.

 So far, mwitikio umekuwa wa kuridhisha. Tayari, mwanasheria mmoja mahiri huko nyumbani anashughulikia bure kesi ya mwanajamii mmoja huku akiridhia kupelekewa kesi nyingine inayohusu mirathi. Pia gwiji mmoja wa fani ya PR na Marketing amekubali kumsaidia mwanajamii mmoja kuingia kwenye fani hiyo. Vilevile, designer mmoja wa kimataifa huko nyumbani amekubali kumsaidia desgner mchanga aliyekuwa anahitaji mwongozo katika fani hiyo.Kadhalika, dada mmoja mtaalam wa mambo ya fedha amekubali kutoa msaada wa ushauri wa kifedha bure, sambamba na wasanii wawili maarufu wa huko nyumbani, mmoja wa Bongoflava na mwingine wa Bongo Movies.


Lengo la makala hii sio kuzungumzia kuhusu #ProBono bali muda mfupi uliopita, nilikutana na habari ambayo kwa namna flani inahusiana na suala hilo la #ProBono. Hivi unawakumbuka TLC? Ni kikundi cha akinadada watatu wa Marekani ambao walivuma sana miaka ya nyuma katika fani ya R&B.

Labda kabla ya kwenda mbali, niamshe kumbukumbu yako kwa mmoja wa nyimbo zao maarufu, Red Light Special (TAHADHARI: Hii ni 'dirty version.')




Kwa bahati mbaya, Aprili 25, 2002 kundi hili la akinadada watatu lilipatwa na mkosi wa kuondokea na mwenzao aliyekuwa maarufu zaidi, Lisa Lopez au maarufu kama 'Left Eye, (pichani chini) aliyefariki kwa ajali ya gari akiwa mapumzikoni nchini  Honduras.


Kifo cha mwenzao huyo kililiathiri sana kundi hilo, kwa sababu zilizo wazi.

Hata hivyo, katika jitihada zake za kurejea tena katika anga za muziki, wasanii wawili waliobaki katika kundi hilo, Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas na Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins, waligeukia wazo la ujasiriamali linalotamba sasa katika nchi za Magharibi hasa Marekani, linalofahamika kama 'crowdfunding' (kuomba jamii ikuchangie fedha) kupitia jukwaa la kufanya hivyo linalojulikana kama KICKSTARTER

T-Boz (kushoto) na Chilli

Habari njema ni kwamba siku nne tu baada ya kuanzisha kampeni yao ya Kickstarter kuwapatia dola za kimarekani 150000 kwa ajili ya kutengeneza albamu yao mpya, na ya kwanza baada ya miaka 10 ya ukimya, wamefanikiwa kupata michango zaidi ya kiwango walichokusudia.Hadi kufikia juzi, walikuwa wameshachangiwa Dola za kimarekani 180000, ikiwa ni Dola 30000 zaidi ya kiwango walichokusudia.

Kilichowapa moyo zaidi ni pale walipotembelea ukurasa wao wa Kickstarter


na kubaini kuwa msanii mahiri wa Pop, Katy Perry (pichani chini), ameahidi kuwachangia dola 5000. Kadhalika, kundi maarufu la zamani la New Kids on the Block limeahidi kuwachangia wanadada hao dola 20,000

Baada ya kusoma habari hiyo nikakumbuka wazo langu la #ProBono na kujiuliza, hivi haiwezekani kuwasaidia wanajamii mbalimbali, kwa mfano wasanii wetu, katika namna hiyo kundi la TLC linasaidiwa na jamii kutimiza lengo lao la kutengeneza album mpya?

Jibu ni kwamba inawezekana, japo si rahisi sana kuwashawishi watu wachangie fedha kwa ajili ya mafanikio ya mtu mwingine. Hata hivyo, cha muhimu hapa ni moyo wa kujitolea. Kwahiyo basi, ushauri wangu, hasa kwa kuanzia na wasanii, mfanye moja kati ya haya mawili:

Kwanza, aidha mjaribu bahati zenu huko Kickstarter, kama wanavyofanya TLC japo yaweza kuwa vigumu kwa msanii asiye maarufu

Au pili, tumieni mpango wa #ProBono kama nilivyoueleza ambapo kwa pamoja tutahamasisha upatikanaji wa mahitaji mbalimbali kwa ajili ya utengenezaji na uzinduzi wa kazi ya msanii husika. 

Sharing is always caring!



15 Jan 2015



 

30 Dec 2014



Nesi mmoja aliyekwenda Sierra Leone kusaidia harakati za kukabiliana na janga la ugonjwa wa Ebola, amerudi Uingereza akiwa ameambukizwa ugonjwa huo, na hivi sasa amelazwa kwenye kituo cha maradhi ya kuambukiza cha Browlee katika Hospitali Kuu ya Gartnavel, hapa Glasgow.

Nesi huyo anatarajiwa kuhamishiwa London kwenye hospitali maalum ya Royal Free Hospital.

Wakati huohuo, Waziri Mkuu wa Uskochi, Nicola Sturgeon, amewahakikishia wakazi wa Glasgow na Uskochi kwa ujumla kuwa uwezekano wa kusambaa kwa ugonjwa huo kutokana na maambukizi ya nesi huyo ni 'sawa na sifuri.'

Hata hivyo, bado kuna maswali ilikuwaje nesi huyo aliyepimwa katika Uwanja wa Ndege wa Kimataifa wa Heathrow, London, kabla ya kuunganisha ndege na kuja Glasgow, hakugundulika kuwa na maambukizi ya ugonjwa huo hatari usio na kinga wala tiba.

Profesa Jonathan Ball, mtaalam wa 'molecular virology' katika Chuo Kikuu cha Nottingham, ameeleza kuwa kesi hiyo inaashiria ugumu wa mkakati wa kupima wasafiri kutoka nchi zilzoathirika na Ebola wanapoingia Uingereza.

Chini ni baadhi ya picha zinazohusiana na habari hii ambayo waweza kuisoma kwa kirefu HAPA

A female health worker who returned from Sierra Leone last night is being treated for Ebola at Glasgow's Gartnavel Hospital (pictured), the Scottish Government confirmed
Hospitali ya Gartnavel

Safari ya nesi aliyeambukizwa Ebola, kutoka Sieera Leone hadi Glasgow.



The health worker was admitted to hospital early yesterday morning after feeling unwell and was placed in isolation 

The ebola patient is being treated at the specialist Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases at Gartnavel Hospital
Kituo cha maradhi ya kuambukiza cha Brownlee

24 Dec 2014

Awali,kupitia akaunti yake ya Twitter, Idhaa ya Kiswahili ya Shirika la Utangazaji la Uingereza (BBC Swahili) iliripoti ifuatavyo



Hata hivyo, baada ya kuzongwa na baadhi ya WANAHARAKATI huko Twitter walioonyesha kukerwa na hatua hiyo ya nchi wahisani, Mwenyekiti wa nchi wahisani, Balozi wa Finland nchini Tanzania Sinikka Antila (@SinikkaAntila) alifafanua kwa tweet ifuatayo 


Kwa lugha ya taifa, Balozi huyo anaeleza kwamba "vyombo vya habari havipo sahihi. Asilimia 15 ya msaada ulioahidiwa kwa bajeti ya mwaka 2014/15 ilitolewa kabla ya hotuba ya Rais (Kikwete)."

Hata hivyo, licha ya kauli hiyo ya Balozi Antila kutanabaisha kuwa BBC Swahili waliripoti ndivyo sivyo kuwa wafadhili wameamua kutofa fedha hizo baada ya kuridhishwa na hotuba ya Rais Kikwete, bado kuna swali gumu kuhusu suala hilo, nalo ni JE NCHI WAFADHILI ZILITUHADAA ZILIPODAI KUWA ZIMESITISHA MISAADA HADI HATUA ZITAKAPOCHUKULIWA KUHUSU SUALA LA ESCROW?

Swali hilo linatokana na kauli ya Balozi huyo wa Finland kuwa fedha hizo zilishatolewa hata kabla ya hotuba ya Rais Kikwete, ikimaanisha aidha nchi hizo wahisani zilikuwa zina hakika kuwa Rais Kikwete angechukua 'hatua hizo za kuwaridhisha wafadhili' au 'walituzuga tu' kuhusu kusitishwa misaada hiyo.

Kadhalika, kauli ya Balozi Antila haikanushi kuridhishwa kwa wafadhili na hotuba ya Rais Kikwete, ambayo Watanzania wengi wanaamini kuwa imewalinda mafisadi hasa ikizingatiwa mzigo mkubwa wanaoubeba kutokana na sakata la muda mrefu la IPTL. Kwa Rais Kikwete kushindwa kumaliza sakata hilo, na kuridhia kuwa pesa za Tegeta Escrow ni za IPTL/ PAP, ina maana Watanzania wataendelea kulipa mamilioni ya shilingi kila siku kwa huduma ya umeme ambayo kimsingi ni hewa.

Binafsi ninaguswa na uamuzi wa nchi wahisani kwa sababu kama mkazi wa Uingereza, ninalipa kodi mbalimbali, ambazo sehemu ya kodi hiyo ipo katika misaada inayotolewa na nchi hii kwa Tanzania. Wakati sina kipingamizi kwa nchi hizo kuisaidia Tanzania, siungi mkono kabisa kuendelea kutoa fedha zinazoishia kuwaneemesha mafisadi kwa kunenepesha akaunti zao, kuongeza idadi za mahekalu na magari yao ya thamani na kukuza idadi ya nyumba zao ndogo.

Ufadhili usiozingatia maslahi ya nchi fadhiliwa sio tu ni upuuzi bali pia ni ku-abuse fedha za walipakodi katika nchi wafadhili.

19 Dec 2014

A PERSONAL JOURNEY: FROM PARASITE IMMUNOLOGY TO DISEASE CONTROL.

MWELECELE MALECELA

My career at NIMR is a true story of serendipity rather than design. I joined NIMR in 1987 after graduating form the University of Dar-es-Salaam with a B.Sc. in Zoology in 1986. After an extremely rigorous interview process I was assigned to work at the Amani Center and to specifically focus on a disease they called Bancroftian Filariasis. Now I had heard of this disease in my classes at UDSM and the great tutelage of Dr Parkin but I had know idea what I was going to do. In my mind I wanted to work on malaria which at the time I thought was  more interesting area of research. So I must say I was quite depressed as at the time Malaria research had the most resources in terms of funding and equipment. I was told explicitly that I was to work to revive the Bancroftian filariasis work at Amani.
As one who always thrives on a challenge I set off for my long trip up the Eastern Usambara Mountains to this place they called Amani. The trip was up a series of undulating hills until we got to a point where I did not see houses or people. My fear was supressed by the breathtaking beauty of the drive, the beautiful forest, and the air getting clearer as we drove up the hill. On arrival at Amani my fears attacked me again, could I do it how was I expected to live here almost in the middle of nowhere. I consoled myself by reminding myself that there were several scientists here and that if they could live here so could I. My dad had a favourite saying that “its up to you to manage your circumstances” and that is exactly what I decided to do.
After several weeks of orientation I was finally designated to work in the helminthology laboratory where I learnt all about this parasite Wuchereria Bancrofti, the parasite that spreads bancroftian filariasis. I learnt to identify microfilariae of Wuchereria Bancrofti and Onchocerca volvulus. I learnt to dissect mosquitoes for infective larvae and the lab diagnosis of several parasites including schistosomes, hookworms, Trichuris etc. At the time mine was a predominantly wormy world and the people who truly initiated me into the wonderful world of worms were some great lab technicians and lab assistants who gave me the best hands on training I ever had. I treasure this training because it has played a great role in making me who I am today. One lab assistant liked to remind me that he started working on the month I was born. It didn’t affect me that they treated me like a kid I just soaked up all the information that was being given to me and enjoyed every moment. My family sometimes worried about how i was doing I would phone them from our old handle phones connected through the tiny exchange to tell them that I was doing fine and that I actually liked it there.






My early work included examining the relationship between eosinophilia and helminth parasites, I also looked at the impact of the trials for vector control for malaria on the transmission of Bancroftian Filariasis. I also worked with the late Prof Chris Curtis to control culicines in Muheza town using polystyrene beads.

I then went on to do my Msc and PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of the University of London, where I worked on filarial infection in cats. The cats was an experimental animal model that provided a lot of current knowledge in the understanding of the pathogenesis of filarial infection. The work I did focused on understanding how parasites evaded the hosts immune system and my findings indicated that there were surface immunoglobulins of the host that actually protected the parasite. This added to the body of knowledge on asymptomatic microfilaraemics people who have microfilariae but have no overt symptoms of the disease.

On my return I was involved in developing a study to understand immunoepidemiology of Lymphatic Filariasis Transmission, a study that took place in sites in Kenya(Kingwende) and Tanzania (Masaika). Several papers came out of this study which allowed us to getter a better understanding of the spatial dynamics of LF transmission which would be very useful in developing effective control programmes.

At the same time I was involved with developing a strategic plan for the Elimination of the Lymphatic Filariasis Program of Tanzania. This followed the WHA resolution in May 1997 that called for the Elimination of Filariasis as a public health problem. The development of the comprehensive plan was followed by appointment to be the Director of the LF programme in 2000. In the year 2000 the LF program was launched on the island of Mafia and my legacy from the lab to the field to control came full circle. There is a swahili saying that says “safari moja huanzisha nyingine” literally translated means the end of one journey is the beginning of another! In my case however there has been no end to this journey just different points where I have paused but moved on in the same direction.


The LF programme has moved from strength to strength and is now functional in 53 districts and has reached 13 million people. With the focus now on neglected tropical diseases the approach has been integrated to include treatment for schistosomiasis, Soil Transmitted Helminths and Trachoma. In many ways my interview at the NIMR Headquarters prepared me for a career in Lymphatic Filariasis Research and Control but like all things in life I did not know it then. It gave me great pride when President Kikwete announced that he was going to start an LF Fund to support the people with the debilitating manifestations of the disease. H.E the President announced this at the Global Alliance Meeting in Arusha and this has raised the profile of the patients both in Tanzania and other countries in Africa. Results from our sentinel site in Tandahima show that the programme may have succeeded in interrupting transmission in the district charting it our to be the first district to have attained interruption of transmission of LF on  Tanzania mainland

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So is this a success story? Its a story about a young girl who dreamed about being a researcher, about a young woman who climbed the hills of Amani in search of that dream, and the woman who is living that dream doing research and contributing to the control of a disease she has worked on all her life! I would say that’s success wouldn’t you!

I am indebted to so many people who made this journey possible but most of all my parents Dr John Malecela and the late Mrs. Ezerina Malecela who told me in no uncertain terms that “yes I could”.



Relevant publications
Malecela M.N. Baldwin C.I and Denham D.A (1994) Hosts antigen on the surface of microfilariae of Wuchereria bancrofti and Brugia pahangi.
Transactions
Awarded prize for best presentation

Baldwin C.I., Medieros F, Malecela M.N. and Denham D.A (1994) Humoral responses in cats repeatedly infected with Brugia pahangi. Parasite 1,1S

Malecela (1995): Microfilariae and the immune response in cats repeatedly infected with Brugia pahangi. Ph.D. thesis, University of London.

P.E.Simonsen, D.W Meyrowitsch, W.G.Jaoko,M.N.Malecela, D.Mukoko, E.M.Pedersen, J.H. Ouma, R.T.Rwegoshora, N.Masese, P.Magnussen, B.B.A Estambale and E.Michael (2001) Bancroftian Filariasis infection,Diseaese and Specific Antibody Response Patterns in a high and a low endemicity community in East Africa. Parasite Immunology 23: 373-388

Michael E., Simonsen P.E., Malecela M., Mukoko D., Pedersen E.M., Rwegoshora R.T., Meyrowitsch D.W, Jaoko W.G., (2001)Transmission intensity and immunoepidemiology of bancroftian filariasis in East Africa. Parasite Immunology No 23. Pp 373-388

Paul Simonsen,Peter Bernhard, Walter Jaoko, Dan Meyerowitsch, Mwele N.Malecela-Lazaro, Pascal Magnussen and Edwin Michael (2002) Filaria Dance sign and subclinical hydrocele in two East African communities with Bancroftian filariasis. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Simonsen,P.E, Meyerowitsch, D.W, Jaoko W.G., Malecela, M.N., Mukoko, D., Pedersen, E.M., Ouma,J.H., Rwegoshora, R.T., Masese.N Magnussen, P., Estambale, B.B.A & Michael E. (2002) Bancroftian filariasis infection disease and specific antibody responses patterns in a high and low endemicity community in East Africa. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Vol 66(5) pp550-559

Simonsen P.E Meyrowitsch D.W., Mukoko D, Pedersen E.M., Malecela-Lazaro M.N., Rwegoshora R.T., Ouma J.H., Masese, N. , Jaoko W.G., Michael E., (2004) The effect of repeated half-yearly mass treatment on Wuchereria bancrofti infection and transmission in two East African communities with different levels of endemicity. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene No 70 pp. 63-71

Paul E. Simonsen, Stephen M. Magesa, Samuel K. Dunyo, Mwele N. Malecela-Lazaro, Edwin Michael (2004) The effect of single dose ivermectin alone or in combination with albendazole on Wuchereria bancrofti infection in primary school children in Tanzania. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 98,462-472

Simonsen,P.E., Meyerowistch D.W., Mukoko,D., Rwegoshora,R.T., Pedersen,E.M., Malecela Lazaro M.N., Jaoko W.G., and Michael E.(2005) The effect of eight half-yearly single-doses treatments with DEC on Wuchereria bancrofti circulating antigenaemia. Transactions 99,541-547




18 Dec 2014

Desemba 9, ilikuwa siku yangu ya kuzaliwa. Niliadhimisha sikukuu hiyo kwa sala, kumshukuru Mungu kwa kunijaalia kuongeza mwaka mwingine katika umri wangu sambamba na kuomba baraka zaidi.
Kadhalika, kama zilivyokuwa sikukuu zangu za kuzaliwa huko nyuma, niliadhimisha siku hiyo kwa kufanya tafakuri ya nilipotoka, nilipo na niendako.
Siku ya kuzaliwa ina pande mbili, moja ya furaha kwa maana ya kutimiza mwaka mwingine katika maisha, na ya pili ni kutambua kwamba umri unakwenda mbele, na hivyo kupitia malengo mbalimbali kuona kama yametimia, na kwa kiwango gani, na wapi panahitaji jitihada zaidi, sambamba na kuweka malengo mapya inapobidi.
Kadhalika, wakati kwa vijana wenye umri mdogo, sikukuu ya siku ya kuzaliwa ni furaha tupu, ambapo kwa mfano, sheria mbalimbali zinatoa ruhusa fulani kwa kutimiza umri fulani, kwa wenye umri mkubwa, sikukuu hiyo huambatana na ukweli mchungu kuwa ‘dakika zinayoyoma.’
Kwa kijana wa miaka 17, kutimiza miaka 18 kunamaanisha fursa ya kupiga kura, kwa mfano. Kwa hapa Uingereza, kutimiza miaka 18 kunamaanisha ruhusa kisheria kutumia kilevi.
Lengo la makala hii si kuzungumzia sikukuu yangu ya kuzaliwa. Ukweli kwamba sikukuu yangu ya kuzaliwa inalingana na sikukuu ya kusherehekea uhuru wa Tanganyika huzua tafakuri nyingine mpya kuhusu nchi yetu.
Wakati sikukuu ya kuzaliwa kwangu ni suala langu binafsi, sikukuu ya uhuru wa Tanganyika ni suala linalomgusa kila mmoja wetu.
Japo hujiskia fahari kuchangia sikukuu ya kuzaliwa na Tanganyika, ukweli mchungu ni kwamba ninalazimika pia kujiuliza nchi yangu imetoka wapi, ipo wapi, na inaelekea wapi, na mara nyingi tafakuri hiyo huvuruga kabisa sikukuu yangu ya kuzaliwa.
Kama nilivyotimiza miaka kadhaa tangu nizaliwe, jana Tanganyika yetu imetimiza miaka 53 tangu ipate Uhuru. Wakati binafsi ninaweza kuhitimisha kuwa angalau nimepiga hatua fulani kimaisha, huku malengo kadhaa niliyojiwekea huko nyuma yakitimia au yakielekea kutimia, kwa mwenzangu Tanganyika hali si nzuri.
Tumefika mahala, baadhi ya Watanganyika wamefikia hatua ya kutamani mkoloni asingeondoka.
Nitakuwa mwenye roho mbaya iwapo nitazungumzia mabaya tu yaliyoiandama na yanayoendelea kuiandama nchi. Lakini kwa vile tafakuri katika siku muhimu kama hiyo inalenga zaidi kuangalia maeneo yanayoifanya isiwe timilifu, basi inakuwa vigumu kutoyapa uzito matatizo badala ya mafanikio.
Kadhalika, siku hiyo ni ya kupima mzani wa mafanikio na kufeli, na pindi mzani ukielemea upande wa kufeli, basi lazima taa ya tahadhari iwashwe kwani hali hiyo yaweza kuashiria matatizo zaidi huko mbele.
Kati ya sababu za kudai Uhuru kutoka kwa mkoloni ni kutaka kujitawala wenyewe, sambamba na kuondokana na mfumo wa kibaguzi uliotufanya tuwe mithili ya wageni katika nchi yetu wenyewe.
Miaka kadhaa baada ya Uhuru, jitihada zilizoongozwa na Baba wa Taifa, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, zilionyesha matunda ya uhuru na si tu tulifanikiwa kwa kiasi kikubwa kujenga jamii yenye usawa lakini pia tulimudu kujitegemea wenyewe.
Matatizo yalianza kujichomoza baada ya Mwalimu kuondoka madarakani na hatimaye kufariki kwake. Kimsingi, nchi yetu ilikuwa kama ipo mikononi mwa Nyerere, na ilikuwa inasubiri aondoke tu ili irejee mahala pabaya pengine zaidi ya ilivyokuwa kabla ya Uhuru.
Ieleweke kwamba wakati mkoloni alikuwa na ‘excuse’ (japo isiyokubalika) ya kuiba raslimali zetu kwa ajili ya matumizi ya viwanda vyao huku Ulaya, wakoloni weusi kwa maana ya Watanganyika wenzetu waliosomeshwa na Watanganyika wenzao waliojinyima ili wapate viongozi, hawana sababu moja hata ya kutusaliti.
Yaani angalau mkoloni angeweza kujitetea kwamba acha niibe kwa sababu hii nchi si yangu. Lakini kwa wakoloni weusi, Watangayika wenzetu wanaoendekeza ufisadi hawawezi kudiriki kujitetea kwa namna yoyote ile, hasa ikizingatiwa kwamba kihistoria, takriban sote ni ndugu kwa kuzingatia asili yetu.
Kwa maana hiyo, kiongozi anayekabidhiwa dhamana kisha akafanya ufisadi, anajiathiri yeye mwenyewe pia kwa sababu mahala fulani, kuna mtu wake wa karibu atakayekuwa mhanga wa ufisadi huo.
Tusiende mbali. Angalia skandali ya ufisadi wa hivi karibuni wa Tegeta Escrow. Baadhi ya wabunge walikuwa wakitokwa na mapovu kutetea kuwa fedha fedha hizo si za umma ilhali nao ni sehemu ya umma wanaoukana. Takriban wote waliojivika kilemba cha itikadi, mdudu anayeiangamiza Tanganyika yetu kwa kasi kubwa.
Si kwamba watu hawa wamekunywa maji ya bendera kiasi cha kutoelewa kitu kingine chochote zaidi ya maslahi ya chama chao bali itikadi yatumika tu kama kilemba cha kufika nia zao mbaya.
Lakini pia suala la Tegeta Escrow limeibua tena tatizo moja linalotukwaza kama Taifa. Hili ni utegemezi wetu kwa wanasiasa na taasisi kama vyama vya siasa na watu, kwa maana ya wanasiasa.
Ukiweka kando kelele ndogo kwenye mitandao ya kijamii kudai wananchi watendewe haki kwa kurejeshewa fedha zilizokwapuliwa katika akaunti ya Tegeta Escrow na wahusika wawajibishwe, kwa kiasi kikubwa suala hilo liliachwa mikononi mwa wanasiasa.
Katika hili, ninaweza kumlaumu Mwalimu Nyerere kidogo. Pengine kwa vile tulikuwa tukihangaika kujenga Taifa lenye kujali usawa wa binadamu, na hivyo kuleta umuhimu wa wateule wachache wa kusimamia mambo, zama hizo zilikuwa za viongozi kama miungu-watu.
Mfumo wa siasa enzi hizo uliwapa madaraka wateule wachache ambao kila walichosema kilikuwa sahihi hata kama si sahihi, na ukaribu wao na watawaliwa ulikuwa mdogo mno.
Miongoni mwa madhara ya mfumo huo ndio hii hali tuliyonayo sasa ambapo wananchi wamekuwa wategemezi wa kupindukia kwa taasisi kama serikali au vyama vya siasa, na watu, hususan, wanasiasa.
Sasa angalau katika zama hizo za Mwalimu, kwa kiasi kikubwa sote tulikuwa na maslahi yanayolingana, yaani ujenzi wa Taifa kwa faida ya wote. Hivi sasa tuna wahuni wengi tu waliojiingiza kwenye siasa kwa maslahi yao binafsi. Na kama nilivyotanabahisha awali, maslahi ya chama yamekuwa kama kitu cha kuficha tu maslahi binafsi.
Ni muhimu kutambua udhaifu wa taasisi zetu na wanasiasa wetu. Lakini hata taasisi hizo zingekuwa timilifu na wanasiasa wetu kuwa imara, ukweli unabaki kuwa wao ni sehemu ya tabaka tawala, na kwa kiasi kikubwa wanatetea maslahi ya tabaka hilo, ilhali wananchi wengi wapo tabaka la chini.
Na kwa vile hatuna tabaka la kati la kueleweka, utegemezi kwa vyama vya siasa/ serikali au wanasiasa utaendelea kuwa kikwazo kikubwa kwa wananchi.
Wakati jana Tanganyika yetu imetimiza miaka 53, hivi kuna anayeweza angalau kubashiri hali itakuwaje miaka 20 kutoka sasa?
Kwa kasi hii ya mafisadi kushindana kuifilisi nchi, Tanganyika ya mwaka 2050, kwa mfano, itakuwa na tembo hata mmoja? Je, madini tuliyonayo ambayo yanawanufaisha zaidi wawekezaji na watawala wetu yatadumu kwa muda gani? Na hata hayo mafuta na gesi ambayo tunanyimwa haki ya kuona mikataba yake, yatakuwa neema au laana  kwetu?
Hadi wakati ninaandika makala hii, maazimio ya Bunge kuhusu skandali ya Tegeta Escrow hayajajibiwa. Ukimya wa Rais Jakaya Kikwete unaanza kuwafanya baadhi ya wananchi kuhisi kuwa tumeliwa.
Wananchi wanaishia kuonyesha masikitiko tu pasipo dalili ya kushinikiza wapatiwe haki yao kwa njia za amani.
Tumeona nguvu ya umma inavyoweza kuzaa matunda. Watanzania walihamasishana hadi msanii Diamond akashinda tuzo tatu kwenye Tuzo za Video za Kituo cha Televisheni cha Channel O (CHOAMVA). Tumeshuhudia pia nguvu ya umma ilivyomwezesha mwakilishi wa Tanzania katika Big Brother 2014 kuwa mshindi na kujinyakulia dola za Kimarekani 300,000. Kwanini basi nguvu hiyohiyo isitumike kushinikiza sio tu maazimio ya bunge kuhusu Tegeta Escrow yafanyiwe kazi bali pia kudai mabilioni yetu yaliyoibiwa na kufichwa katika mabenki nchi Uswisi yarejeshwe?
Nihitimishe makala hii kwa kumtakia mwenzangu Tanganyika heri na baraka ya kutimiza miaka 53. Lakini ninaomba pia kutumia fursa hiyo kumkumbusha (kwa maana ya wananchi wenzangu) kuwa tulipotoka kulikuwa na matumaini, tulipo si kuzuri na tuendako hakueleweki.
Ni wajibu wetu kubadili mwelekeo huu. Hili si suala la hiari bali la lazima iwapo twataka kuiona Tanganyika yetu ikiishi maisha marefu ya furaha na amani.


16 Dec 2014

Heri ya siku yako ya kuzaliwa dadangu mpendwa, mwanaharakati, mpambanaji, sauti ya wasio na sauti, mtetezi wa wanyonge, na uthibitisho kamili kuwa utetezi wa mema katika jamii hauna jinsia. Ukiskia "wanawake tunaweza," basi Dadangu huyu ndio kama kamusi ya tafsiri halisi ya msemo huo.

Nimejifunza mengi kwa Maria, na ninaendelea kujifunza mengi. Pamoja na uwezo wake mkubwa katika kila analofanya au analoamini, dadangu huyu si mjivuni, ana heshima kwa kila mtu, na mstahimilivu sana.

Asante Maria kwa kila kitu, Tanzania yetu ina deni kubwa kwako kwa jitihada zako.

Mungu akujalie kila la kheri na mafanikio katika maisha yako.

Happy birthday Maria Sarungi

9 Dec 2014


Nadhani mnakumbuka jinsi kikundi cha WANAHARAKATI kilivyoshikilia bango kuhusu kilichoitwa mradi wa treni za kisasa kati ya Uwanja wa Ndege wa Kimataifa wa Mwalimu Nyerere na Mjini Kati Dar, ambapo aliyeitwa 'mwekezaji, ROBERT SHUMAKE, alidai yupo tayari kuuanza hata siku hiyohiyo uliposainiwa mkataba wa awali. Bonyeza  HAPA kusoma zaidi kuhusu suala hilo na ufuatiliaji wetu.

Hata hivyo, nadhani haitoshi tu kumtilia mashaka SHUMAKE Pasi kuchukua hatua dhidi ya wahusika. Ikumbukwe SHUMAKE bado ni Balozi wetu wa heshimu huko Marekani. Je kama anatiliwa mashaka katika suala hili haitoshi kumvua wadhifa huo aliopewa katika mazingira yasiyoeleweka? Kadhalika, je kwanini waliokurupuka kusaini mkataba wa awali na mbabaishaji huyo wasiwajibishwe? 

Tusipokuwa makini, mtu huyo 'mjanja mjanja' anaweza kuzua IPTL nyingine kwa kusaini mkataba kwa huduma isiyopatikana kisha kudai malipo asiyostahili.


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