TANZANIA celebrated 50 years of its union yesterday. Happy Union Day Tanzania! I should actually say, Happy Union Day to those who still believe and love Tanzania as a United Republic.
Because really, even as the nation united to celebrate with the media in tow, you could feel the air seething from the non believers.
They were forced to take part of all the activities but you could see on their faces that they would rather be anywhere else than celebrating their country’s union.
They would rather be somewhere doing anything at all-including perhaps, drawing up documents for the practically new state of Tanganyika.
Like a vampire, they want to resurrect Tanganyika to the world after a slumber of 50 years. ‘Down with the Union!’ you could hear their hearts chanting although their mouths were barred and faces restricted to blank expressions.
Mouths barred and forced to be polite because they were in the presence of the President. Yes, they can act like deranged orangutans, hooting and hollering for serekali tatu everywhere and anywhere except in front of el Presedante.
Like bad school children, they cause chaos in class, organically terrorizing the other children but resemble St. Peter in behaviour in the presence of their parents. There were people convinced that the world was flat.
I’m sure they were raging, ranting and raving to anyone who doubted that the earth was indeed, flat.
Then there were those other chaps who laughed at a fellow named Alexander Bell at even the thought of making a device that would allow people to communicate via wires and call it a telephone.
In his book, Steve Jobs talks about how many times he was told it is impossible to make a phone without buttons (touch screen). What all these misconceptions have in common is that they were proved wrong without the lives of approx 50 million people on the line.
The Katiba people have all debated with the strength of all Greek Gods to anyone and everyone to make them believe that there point of view was the most logical and thus the best.
But how do they know? Union verses non union and what is actually best for Tanzanian people who have built their lives all over Tanzania.
They have been raging, ranting and raving as they attempt to convince anyone who would listen that their point is most logical and thus the best.
And most of the time I feel it isn’t what’s best for the people. Anyone born before April 26, 1964 can justly claim to be Tanganyikan however, everyone else born after that (which is a lot of us) is Tanzanian.
Tanzanian! Zanzibari, Mnyakyusa, Mpemba, Mchagga, Mhehe- go out there and give your fellow Tanzanian a hug. Happy Union Day Tanzania!