Arusha Times


Book ID 659

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Arusha Times, 2001
Extract Author: K. P. Robinson
Extract Date: 2001 Jan 13

Baba kaleta panya song taking the tunes

With its intriguing tunes and constantly freaking sounds, the song has currently taken higher positions on radio air plays around, and gets nearly everyone to their toes every minute it rings.

Off the groups debut cassette, the song maybe Olduvai Band's best and most loved. It is on their current album entitled 'The competitive spirit of Olduvai Band" and "Baba kaleta panya" is a chapter about hyprocrisy on families nowadays. Olduvai Band begun their group in 1996 in Dar es Salaam and has since been playing at Sheraton hotel. It is made up of four members and these are: Noel Minja who is the head, and plays drums with vocals Amri Hingi, a keyboard dist and vocalist, Alex Sinkamba a guitarist and Issa Mwenzemo also a base-guitarist.

They have recently moved to Arusha and are currently under a contract playing at Ricks club everyday. Despite their band being new, on the music scene, they are allegedly not scared of the competition from other bands in the country because "that's the way the society will develop," says Amri, and besides that, they deliver a different type of music, with a hint of fund and message of good family relationships in the society.

They finally give thanks to all their fans and do ask for more of their support; by purchasing their debut cassette freshly produced by Master J and MJ productions in Dar and selling in stores around.

Extract ID: 2900

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Arusha Times, 2001
Extract Author: lute wa lutengano
Extract Date: 7 March 2001

That Lonely Bulb

The lonely naked bulb along Old Moshi road was switched on again this week. It must have felt very insecure because the other bulbs, which used to hang precariously along that road, are long gone. Only some loose electric wires can bee seen hanging loose in their place.

Initially I was surprised to see the lonely bulb, just next to Dr. Andrew's Hospital, struggling to outshine the noon sun. There must be a reason, I reasoned. No street light is ever switched on unless there are visitors to Arusha. It was then that I remembered that a number of heads of state from several African countries were in Arusha for the Burundi peace talks.

It seems that the authorities that may be are worried about the eyesight of VIPs visiting Arusha that they resort to switching on the street lights even during the day to improve light in the

municipality. I am tired of reminding them we all need light in our dangerous streets and we need it at night not during the day.

Still on the same topic, that stretch between New Arusha Hotel and Roasters Garden is increasingly becoming dangerous. Several people have been mugged during the night and sometimes during the day by thugs who hide under the bridge. I am sure the police do not need some imported ingenuity to nab the thugs who have turned the place into their heaven. Funny that there are no street lights on that patch of road.

I note with encouragement that serious work has begun on the roundabout near New Arusha Hotel. A new signpost showing directions to various parts of the world is in place and a new clock seems to be in the pipeline. The Clock Tower will now have a clock. Let us wait and see.

The same is not the case with the roundabout near the famous Barracuda pub. A few weeks ago I used to see a mzungu lady supervising the improvement on that place. She was quite enthusiastic and she could be seen there even when it was raining cats and dogs. I wonder what has become of her. She has suddenly vanished and the place has been left with logs lying around and it is in a mess. I am sure that is not an avant garde artistic presentation of nature.

The stretch of garden in front of the Regional Commissioner's office is still wanting. The flowerbeds are in shambles and the grass in unkempt. It is interesting to know that the eyes of the Regional Commissioner and those of his Regional Administrative Officer never fail to see that patch of garden. I would love know what they think of the place.

Nothing yet has been done by the authorities at the imposing Uhuru Torch monument near the stadium. I hope we may in the near future see some development on that site.

One development, which I have slowly come to notice, is the greening of Arusha. Actually it took a friend of mine from Dar es Salaam to wake me up to this fact. Slowly Arusha valleys and roadsides are turning into beautiful green forests. This can visibly be noticed along the Nairobi road and the river valleys passing through the town.

The same, however, is not the case with places like Makao Mapya, Kaloleni and some parts of Ngarenaro. Are there no local leaders in the name of ward councilors and ward executives who can initiate a similar development in the suburbs mentioned? Let us take action and make Arusha even greener.

Lastly it is about that Njiro road. Oh sorry! I already wrote in detail about that horrible road. Thank you!

Extract ID: 3112

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Arusha Times, 2001
Extract Author: Arusha Times Reporters
Extract Date: March 10, 2001

Deadly insects plagued Crater

Misfortunes never come single handed. While echoes of the mysterious killer disease that has been terrorizing Ngorongoro Crater for ten months are still ringing, a fresh epidemic has just erupted and is reported to be causing more grievous harm to the wildlife.

Huge swarms of deadly biting flies known as "Stomoxys" are currently infesting the Crater, inflicting bad wounds and painful sores to the animals.

Explaining the sudden epidemic, the Principal Conservator with the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA), Emmanuel Cheusi said the flies were the result of the aftermath of the drought spell of 2000 and heavy rains of late last year and early this year.

So far the fierce Stomoxys flies are reported to have caused the deaths of six lions in the Crater, while the remaining 62 are in very bad conditions suffering from serious wounds.

Cheusi pointed out that, a similar epidemic occurred in 1962 when the extensive drought of 1961, followed by heavy rains of 1962 brought the first outbreak of Stomoxys flies whose attacks on the animals resulted into the death of over 67 lions.

From then, Ngorongoro had to do with only 8 lions a number which slowly increased to 68 by the year 1999.

Another outbreak of Stomoxys came with the aftermath of El-Nino/La-nina weather spells, when heavy rains and dry spells in the Simanjiro district brought forth the deadly insects which claimed the lives of both livestock and wildlife in the area.

While NCAA in conjunction with various experts are currently making efforts to save the ailing lions, fresh reports from the area has told this paper that, lions - the most affected species of wildlife - have mysteriously disappeared from the Crater, probably hiding from the deadly insect bites.

Ngorongoro Crater has also been experiencing mass deaths of animals whereby for the past ten months begin May 2000. A total of 604 animals have died under mysterious causes.

The dead animals includes 323 buffaloes, 193 wildebeests, 69 zebras, three hippopotamus, five rhinoceros and six lions.

The animals were first suspected to have died from either Theileria or Babesiosis disease but blood samples taken for laboratory tests have proved otherwise.

More blood samples have been sent for further tests in Holland and South Africa, but until going to press, results were yet to be announced.

Extract ID: 3123

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Arusha Times, 2001
Extract Author: Mussa Rajab and Said Njuki
Extract Date: March 17, 2001

Hunger force bushmen to pose for tourists

The forest may no longer be as paradise for the bush men of Hadzabe tribe in the Mang'ola division of Karatu district, because a recent strike of famine is reported to have driven the hard core forest dwellers into a new trade of posing for the tourists who nowadays visit the area frequently.

The Hadzabe bush men, who throughout their lives have been surviving on hunting wild animals, fruits and plant roots have finally found the going getting tougher with each passing day since the animals have disappeared from Mang'ola forests while the vegetation are also drying up.

Again, it is reported that civilization has also had a hand in their plight because "their' forest has also been invaded by people who chops down trees for commercial purpose.

It's due to this therefore, that most of them are now being subjected to pose for tourists who give them some money before taking their pictures.

The Chairman of Karatu District Council, Lazaro Massay confirmed the presence of such activities, saying that hunger has forced the Hadzabe people to find means of providing for themselves, and that they use the money to buy food.

Previously, the bush men had even started feeding on animal skins once used for their clothing.

However, it is also reported that the tourists don't exactly pay the bush men directly, since a team of self appointed "middle men", acts as "talent agents" for the gullible Hadzabe people.

The middle men, are also reported to rip-off the bush men on their earnings since they only pay them between Tsh.300 and Tsh.500 per single shooting while they are said to charge the tourists thousands of money.

There have also been allegations that, the bush men are forced to pose naked or performing sexual acts but efforts to contact the district council chairman by phone to verify whether these claims were true failed since he was always out of his office when ever we called.

Last week, the Karatu Member of Parliament, Wilbroad Slaa also visited the Qanded area where these bush men live and managed to witness for himself how bad the situation was.

Meanwhile, the priest of Mang'ola Catholic Parish, Padre Miguel has given out a total of 8 sacks of maize to the suffering bush men.

Padre Miguel is also reported to have adopted about 20 Hadzabe young girls in a bid to try and assist them for their plight.

Karatu district is one of the country's 33 districts which have been very much affected by drought.

The World Food Programme recently distributed over 1,000 tons of food to Karatu, Hanang and Mbulu districts in Arusha region.

Also, the CARITAS office in the Mbulu Catholic Diocese distributed over 20 tons of cereal seeds worth Tsh.37 million, to the 19 villages in the Karatu district.

Extract ID: 3124

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Arusha Times, 2001
Extract Author: Said Njuki
Extract Date: 14 April 2001

Serengeti attracts over 300,000 visitors

The Serengeti National Park has handled a total of 310,550 visitors in the last three years.

According to the Serengeti Chief Conservator, Eunice Msangi between 1998 and 2000 a total of 198,206 foreign visitors and 112,238 local ones have visited the park.

Ms Msangi revealed that between 1997 and 1998, a total of 91,763 tourists visited Serengeti, 60,806 of whom being foreigners. Between 1998 and 1999, the park received 103,168 visitors and only 37,522 of them were local tourists.

In the period between 1999 and 2000, a total of 115,624 visitors toured Serengeti, and 71,754 of them were foreign tourists.

She remarked that the number of tourists visiting the park has been increasing with each passing year and called upon the hotel owners and campsites operators operating in the park to improve the quality of their services in order to attract more visitors.

The Serengeti National Park boasts over 70camp sites and some hotels such as Sopa Lodges and Serena Hotels.

The conservator also expressed her concern to the fact that, local residents never seem to have much interest in their national parks and wildlife as whole. She however noted that, local companies have never tried to promote these tourists attractions locally adding that staggering costs of visiting national parks also serve to scare local visitors away.

Serengeti is one of the national reserves with many attractive features such as the great animal migration.

Extract ID: 3129

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Arusha Times, 2001
Extract Author: Valentine Marc Nkwame
Extract Date: 13/08/2001

That place between Cape Town and Cairo!

In the section of the Arusha Times called Dark Side

Some where between Cape Town and Cairo, there is this little town that has unpredictable weather, brown tarmac roads and a municipal council.

The town is extremely dusty at the moment, but that�s because the rains have stopped, otherwise it could have been extremely muddy.

The town is also very dirty at the moment, but it is not always like that..... sometimes it gets even worse!

However, there are no diseases in that town, that is apart from: Malaria, Tuberculosis, Typhoid fever, Cholera, Skin diseases, Measles, Worms, Rashes, Boils, Hypertension, Influenza, gout, Rabies, Jiggers, Constipation.....!

But the town still has a number of hospitals, all of which, are fully stocked with enough medicine, capable of curing any disease except, those mentioned above.

Hospital services are also very, very good, in that town. Both doctors and nurses are very �patient� with �patients�. They never insult them..... Well, not at midnight any way!

No criminal can ever be spotted in this little, utopian town maybe that�s why local police men keep on arresting innocent citizens.....After all, they surely must do some work.

As I told you, the town is the world�s most safest haven, though there is yet another part of it which is even safer.

That very safe area, of an even safer town, situated between Cape and Cairo, is known as..... Njiro! Good gracious.

At Njiro you can even sleep outside your house and no harm will ever come your way. The trouble comes when you try to sleep INSIDE!!

Between Cape and Cairo, there is also a timber factory, which instead of producing timber, it produces a river of dark water that flows freely into areas where people normally live.

The generous timber factory, never charge these people for this unique liquid.....See ? I told you, the town is a good example of an utopian state. Never mind that the liquid is being offered against the people's wishes.

It is believed that; a few centuries ago, three aliens landed in that town which is situated between Cape town and Cairo. In fact, their immortalized figures, can clearly be seen at one of the town�s round about.

Meanwhile, the unidentified flying saucer (UFO), by which the aliens flew into the town, can also be viewed at.....Well, yet another round about in town (to be precise, the largest round about in that town).

For some reason, the alien�s flying saucer keeps on sprouting water.....Water is a rare commodity in this town, by the way!

As I told you, the town has a municipal council, made up of very sane (not) people, whose sole purpose is ensure that the town is kept very clean (not) and undergoes fast Devil elopement (They pronounce it as: Development).

As for the town�s brown roads, it�s because the company that was hired to construct them, used treacle and molasses, instead of tar and gravel.

The craters carved in those roads, are actually the result of people scooping the sweet tasting molasses from the roads then using it as sugar, for their teas.....Come to think of it, treacle is also reported to be very handy in brewing that illegal gin known as Gong-gong!

Anyway, just for the records, sugar happens to be a very rare and expensive commodity in that town, mainly because of a certain guy known as Simba (not from the Lion King Movie), who apparently.....Okay! Let�s face it, I don�t know exactly what did this Simba guy do, but everybody seem to be blaming him, so I am also following suit.

Some where in the middle of Cape and Cairo, there are fleets of blue labeled vehicles with blue number plates, that move at speeds of light and the vehicle drivers are all �licensed to kill,� just like James Bond.

Speaking of light, thick clouds normally make this town dark, during the day, while another epitome known as TANESCO or something, makes it dark during the night.

In other words, the only place where people can�t tell the difference between Day and Night, is in this town which is..... situated between Cape and Cairo!

By the way, the town normally goes to sleep a few minutes before six in the evening!

Extract ID: 3168

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Arusha Times, 2001
Page Number: No.00153
Extract Date: 2001 Jan 13

Arusha's Top 10 Hits Radio 5 FM

Sundays 2:05pm - 3.00pm

1. It wasn't me - Shaggy

2. Feelme in - Craig David

3. El Wauwo - Magic System

4. Kachili - Kilimanjaro Band

5. Gozi Gozi - Mr. Paul

6. Usione Vyaelea - ChuChu Sound

7. Imagine That - LL Cool J

8. I wish - R. Kelly

9. Independent Woman - Destiney's Child

10. Baba Kaleta Panya - Olduvai Band

Extract ID: 2901

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Arusha Times, 2001
Extract Author: Said Njuki
Page Number: No.00153
Extract Date: 2001 Jan 13

Floods threaten township

Babati Township in Arusha region is in danger of being flooded following over flooding of Lake Babati caused by the current short rains.

The lake, which over the last ten years had over flooded on two separate occasions, has recently burst its shores and is encroaching into the township.

The residents of the eastern parts of the town have started cleaning up storm water drains and channels to ensure unobstructed water flow. Other inhabitants of this part of the town known as Old Majengo with some 70 families have started looking for rental premises in Majengo Mapya, an area believed to be safer from floods.

Martin Tesa, a resident of Babati, while accepting that the ongoing rains are a threat to their residential premises, has nevertheless admitted that they were ordered to vacate the area as early as 1989 by the retired president Ali Hassan Mwinyi.

Babati town with an estimated 35,000 residents has been experiencing frequent floods, the most serious being those from 'el Nino' rains of 1997/1998 where some buildings were destroyed.

It is claimed that agricultural activities around the lake are the cause of siltation in the lake.

Extract ID: 2898

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Arusha Times, 2001
Extract Author: Mohamedi Isimbula, Babati
Page Number: No.00153
Extract Date: 2001 Jan 13

Maasai bitter after flogging

The Maasai community in Ngorongoro has vowed to take legal action against the Ngorongoro Chief Conservator, Emmanuel Cheusi, for protecting Asataeli Melita, a park warden who is accused of having whipped naked Maasai tribesmen.

This is according to reports of Maasai people living within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

When the Maasai were informed that the accused was not in Ngorongoro, they said that those are measures devised by the Chief Conservator, to protect the accused from not being taken to task. It is claimed that the warden is outside of the country.

They further alleged that the Conservator, Emmanuel Cheusi, being fully aware of the inhuman actions of the park warden to the Maasai community, yet he is avoiding them for a dialogue. They further claimed that after Melita had whipped the naked community members, the Conservator promised to look into the issue, but instead he allowed the culprit to leave the country without informing them. This implies that the conservator had not all along intended to resolve the issue.

Meanwhile one of the leaders of the 10 representatives of the community has said that their efforts to contact the district top officials including the district commissioner and their member of parliament, and their plea for legal resolution of the matter seems to have been ignored so far. As a result, their next move is to contact the Arusha Regional Commissioner, Daniel ole Njoolay, on the issue.

Extract ID: 2899