Butiama Bed & Breakfast

Butiama Bed & Breakfast

Sunday, 23 October 2011

My version of the year 2010 in review - August

August 5, 2010

As the sun set, I took a photo facing the west and a bush fire revealed itself against the fading
sunlight on Mtuzu Hill, famously known as Vodacom hill. Fires are sometimes intentionally lit to clear farmland, but the fires become uncontrollable and can burn for days.

August 6, 2010
A guest from the United States asked me to take him to a traditional healer before his departure from Butiama. The traditional healer prepared her tools of

trade and changed into special attire before sitting down to hear what ailments my guest was suffering from.

She doubles both as a traditional healer and a soothsayer, and is supposedly able to discern from patterns of finger millet spread out on a wicker container the ills and misfortunes that could be preventing her clients from enjoying good health and happiness.

The healer spoke in the local dialect, Zanaki, to the person who took us to her house; the person translated to me in Kiswahili, and I translated to the American guest in English. While I feared the message could have been lost in the translation, the guest later reported that the healer was correct in her diagnosis.

August 26, 2010
I came across the voting card of Tanzania's founding president, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage

Nyerere dated 24th July 1985, 3 months before he voluntarily stepped down after 23 years in office.

He most likely casted a "yes" vote for Chama cha Mapinduzi's candidate Ali Hassan Mwinyi in that year's elections on 27th October 1985 in which President Mwinyi, the sole candidate in one of the last elections in which CCM was the only political party contesting, won with a 95.68 percent margin. Voter turnout for the presidential elections was 75 percent.

August 28, 2010
Someone brought his domestic chores to "the office". I was locking my car about to walk to a campaign meeting of Chama cha Maendeleo na Demokrasia

(CHADEMA) when this young woman called out: “Uncle!” She is one of my nieces, daughter of one of hundreds of my cousins.

At CHADEMA's meeting, held by its candidate for Musoma Urban constituency and one of my cousins, Vincent Nyerere, all the political parties, except Chama

cha Mapinduzi, were provided space to display their colours.

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