IN an effort to make us forget about the censoring of the ever entertaining Bunge sessions and the newly released Form Four exam results showing a 60 per cent failure rate, somebody devised a plan to rename Old Bagamoyo Road as Mwai Kibaki Road.
Change the name of one of Dar’s major roads? They could have certainly done better. I believe the last time we had the Brazilian national football team around and that diverted attention from last year’s results taking us to business as usual rather quickly.
The business being, the East African connection. The guys in the big office that focus on disaster diversion are becoming lazy and less creative — 60 per cent of the students failed and some schools which have grades one would think the candidates themselves didn’t even sit for the exams. When was the last time Kibaki was in Dar, let alone Tanzania? How does he now have a road in Dar?
What are the chances of him actually going down that road and somehow saying, heyguys- I’m-in-my-road-overhere- in-Dar. Check me out! I mean, what is going on? Leave alone Mwalimu, would a Tanzanian Head of State be accorded same courtesy in Kenya?
Even if you failed math like most of the Form Fours, you somehow see that this equation does not balance. So the move was made; the decree was signed, or whatever they do these days. Welcome to Babu Mwai’s road. What a slap it must be to Mzee Ruksa, who has a lovely mansion along that road.
Not to forget Babu Warioba or the very many senior Tanzanians who have dedicated their lives to Tanzanians and spent a lot of time rolling over Old Bagamoyo Road. Excuse me, I mean Babu Mwai’s road. Actually, on second thoughts, it is Old Bagamoyo Road.
I’m not saying Babu Mwai doesn’t deserve to get a road in Tanzania, however, wouldn’t it make sense to have it for a major road leading into Kenya? And it could be via any route, be it Arusha, Tanga or even Mbeya if they were to make a bridge into Kenya.
That would be something. A Mwai Kibaki bridge from Mbeya straight to Mwai Kibaki’s house in Nairobi? More than half of the total number of Tanzanian students who sat national O-Level exams failed and we go ahead and rename a major road. Some of the more cheeky Form Four students drew pictures and wrote insults on their exam papers.
One could only imagine what was going through their heads as they sat there looking at the exam papers and not having a clue of what to write. So they drew. Pictures of all shapes and sizes. Why weren’t they prepared? Were they taught and prepared well by their teachers?
Or were they given too many house chores by their parents and thus couldn’t get time to study? Or maybe, they spent more time in corners with friends listening to Bongo Flava and singing word for word their favourite songs instead of studying? Who knows? Maybe someone could find out for sure as they make their way along Old Bagamoyo Road.