ASK any ‘mwananchi’ what is the most celebrated part of any movie and they will say, ‘stelin hauwawi’” meaning the “hero isn’t killed.”
This was the ever so true when the President of the United Republic walked in the Constituent Assembly and sprayed water on all raging fires that make up the Katiba Movie.
We know that one scene in the movie when after much chaos; the hero either walks in or resurrects in whatever dramatic manner and comes to save the day by saving our world.
That is exactly what Uncle Jack did. I like to display my connections so I repeatedly refer to the big chief as Uncle Jack.
He is my uncle and right about now he is my favourite uncle; the one who growing up would save the house from the wrath of Dad and Mom’s eternal condemnation.
And that is exactly what Uncle Jack did yesterday as he brought light to a whole range of serious issues that the Katiba people are quite literally, making a whole lot of noise about but not really saying anything.
I feel he spoke for the people when he reprimanded them for their silly behaviour- trying to fight in Parliament and whatnot. However, I feel he should have made them think and say W.W.N.D- What Would Nyerere Do, every time they felt the urge to speak nonsense.
It was a great patriotic speech and I’m not joking when I say, after I heard him speak, I felt like singing the national anthem, going out to hug my neighbours and eat their ‘ugali’ as we reminisce of the Tanzania of yesteryear and all the endless potential it has.
That we as a people, are making slow but steady advancement and we will be what we envision our country to be. I like the fact that he kept quoting what was said in the Bunge.
Sort of a subtle reminder to everyone involved that the TV he has in his office is turned all the way up and he is watching and listening to every word they say. Sort of like Big Brother, only he is Big Uncle.
So as much as they behave like no one is watching their silly antics, they should note, Big Uncle is in fact watching and taking notes. The Katiba people’s fantastic work at airing all their filthy linen is not going unnoticed.
My dad used to always say, you can say anything as long as you say it in a funny way. And Uncle Jack did just that displaying high levels of humour as he subtly told them to stop clowning around and think of what is actually written down.
There was that part of the speech where he (accidentally) dropped a Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) greeting card and caused a uproar but in true ‘Stelin’ fashion, he manoeuvred his way around it.
‘Stelin hauwawi’, he only emerges at the end to save the day. Now, can we get this fantastic, revolutionary Katiba? Your move, Katiba people.