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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Work it Out

Rise up, wake up and work it out
Oh, why should a dream remain deferred?
Or why must a promise remain unfulfilled?
Rise up, stand up and sort this out

Rise up, wake up and talk it out
Oh, why should your dreams be nightmares?
Or why must your aspirations be daydreams?
Rise up, stand up and sort this out

Rise up, wake up and think it out
Oh, why should my vision turn ephemeral?
Or why must my mission turn peripheral?
Rise up, stand up and sort this out

Rise up, wake up and work it out
Oh, why should our roles remain usurped?
Or why must our work remain unfinished?
Rise up, stand up and sort this out

Author: Chambi Chachage, January 2008
Inspiration: Aime Cesaire’s Return to my Native Land, Langston Hughes’ A Dream Deferred, Martin Luther King, Jr’s I Have a Dream & Bob Marley’s Get Up, Stand Up

Friday, January 25, 2008

Maji ya Kumwaga Umeme Kiduchu!

Sijui haya nayo ni maporomoko ya kudumu au la ila hapa ni Rusumo, kwenye mpaka wetu na Rwanda. Huo ni mto Kagera. Naona hayo maji ni ya nguvu na yanaweza kuzalisha umeme. Je, wataalamu wetu wanajua kwa nini hatuyatumii kuongezea umeme kwenye gridi ya taifa ambayo haitoshelezi mahitaji yetu?

Je, maji haya hayatumiki kwa kuwa hatuna uwezo wa kujenga mitambo?Au hayatumiki kwa sababu hayana nguvukasi ya kutosha kutoa kiwango cha kutosha cha umeme? 'Kwa nini?'

Kuna umuhimu wa kuendelea kudadisi maana bei ya umeme inazidi kupanda. Nasikia mwezi huu imepanda kwa zaidi ya 20% japokuwa nishati hii inafikia takribani 10% tu ya wananchi!Umeme ni bidhaa adimu Tanzania, Afrika Kusini, Zambia, Zimbabwe n.k, kwa nini hatuuzalishi kwa wingi?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Is South Africa's Blackout Confirming TIA?

TIA is a stereotypical acronym that is being (re)popularized in the movie 'Blood Diamond.' It stands for 'This is Africa.' It carries a negative connotation because it is used to refer to something that is 'abnormal' in our contintent according to the standards of the West/North. I say it is re-popularized because TIA is part and parcel of the long history of demonizing Africa which reached its peak during slavery and colonialism.

It was TIA that was at play when the champions of 'Orientalism' referred to Africa as the 'Dark Continent'. When Hegel referred to Africa as not being part of history; as being "enveloped in the dark mantle of the night" he was applying TIA. So was Conrad when he penned 'Heart of Darkness.' The argument that Africa cannot govern itself without the enlightened guardianship of Euro-America is all about TIA. Yes, the pro-Apartheid and recolonization theses have to do with TIA!

Now as post-Apartheid South Africa (SA), the so-called economic powerhouse of 'Renaissanced Africa', grapples with its worst power cuts crisis TIA is at play again. No wonder http://www.iol.co.za/ has posted 'Investment gloom as SA enter the dark ages.' The choice of the phrase 'dark ages' is typically TIA. This is particular so given that Apartheid SA was/is seen as a pocket of enlightenment/whiteness in Africa; the so-called bastion of western 'modernity' in a continent rigidly steeped in 'tradition'. Even satellite pictures, of a dark continent at night with pockets of lights in the south especially in the glittering city of Egoli, would be used to confirm this.

This conventional South Africa 'exceptionalism', heavily criticized by Professor Mahmood Mamdani in his texts on African Studies, remains debatable. However, one get the feel that the terms of the debate are still enshrouded in the TIA mantle. That is how I feel when I hear these kind of phrase from SA's emerging crop of great thinkers: "The SA honeymoon is over, after all we are just another African country. How sad, how sad!" (http://pitsotsibs.blogspot.com/). How saddening the TIA discourse is!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Je, Ahadi za JK nazo ni Deni?

Hivi ndivyo hali ya ujenzi wa barabara ya 'central' ilivyokuwa inaendelea mwishoni mwaka 2007 nikiwa safarini Kigali. Hali hii ilinikumbusha ahadi kedekede zilizotolewa na JK wakati wa kampeni za uchaguzi wa urais mwaka 2005. Baadhi ya ahadi hizo, kama hiyo hapo chini, zinapatikana hapa: http://www.hakielimu.org/Government_Promies.pdf

“I will make sure that the project to link Mtwara and Mwanza with a tarmac road is completed by December next year. Rich people driving saloon cars would be able to drive from Mtwara to Mwanza on a smooth road [Tafsiri: Nitahakikisha kuwa mradi wa kujenga barabara ya lami itakayounganisha Mtwara na Mwanza inakamilika Disemba mwaka ujao. Matajiri watakaokuwa wanaendesha magari madogo wataweza kuendesha kutoka Mtwara mpaka Mwanza kwenye barabara nzuri]" - JK

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Lest we Forget!

Above: A mass grave at the Kigali Memorial Centre (For inspirational survivor stories visit http://www.kigalimemorialcentre.org/)

Below: Ruhande Memorial Site at the National University of Rwanda in Butare
(Read
http://www.rwandagateway.org/article.php3?id_article=319)

"Those who forget the past", declared George Santayana, "are condemned to repeat it". It seems Rwanda is applying this 'philosophy of history' for virtually the whole country is full of memorials of the genocide. 'Lest we Forget' seems to be the solemn message. A close examination of the history of the genocide reveals that in a significant way historical amnesia, if not historical apathy, lead to the 1994 genocide. It proves that we cannot triviliaze history even when it provides signs of history repeating itself in a relatively minute scale. What lessons do we learn from Rwanda when dealing with 'historical deadlocks' in Kenya, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe, South Africa and other places in our beloved continent of Africa? Do we simply wish these deadlocks away? Or do we frankly tackle them head on?

Kigali: Tidy City/Jiji Safi!

Hali ya usafi jijini Kigali ilisababisha baadhi ya wabongo tuliozoea kutupa takataka hovyo tujione tuko kifungoni. Sijui nini siri ya usafi huu - je, ni utamaduni wa usafi au hali ya utii wa sheria?

The cleanliness around Kigali caused some of us from Tanzania, who are so used to littering, feel we are in jail. What is Kigali's secret- is it culture or the rule of law?

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