On November 4, 1985, at Diamond Jubilee Hall, Mwalimu Nyerere addressed Tanzanians for the last time as President of the United Republic. He had been at the helm for 24 years, first as President of Tanganyika and 18 months later, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Maybe I got this from my parents who have been – throughout my life – committed to service to others. My father as a teacher, civil servant and politician. My mother even more so. The core of her being is giving. Giving her time, giving her resources and everything she owns to those less fortunate than herself.
The above seem prophetic in light of the Covid 19 pandemic that has engulfed the world. The flu like virus that came to light in December 2019 in Wuhan, China has taken us by storm unlike any event I have witnessed my life time.
On the 30 March Mr. Salum Shamte, the former chairman of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) whilst in remand passed away. Mr. Shamte’s condition deteriorated whilst at Maweni Prison in Tanga and was rushed to Muhimbili Orthorpaedic Institute (MOI) where he spent a week before passing away, may his soul rest in peace. He was detained on charges of economic sabotage, money laundering and a conspiracy to commit a crime which caused a loss of 1.14 billion to Amcos of the sisal sub-sector.
The term Diaspora comes from the Greek word meaning “to scatter about”. That is exactly what a people of a Diaspora do – they scatter from their homeland to places across the globe, spreading their culture as they go. There are a multitude of reasons for movements of these people, ranging from genocide, wars, famine in their countries of origin to trade and sometimes just simply the desire to earn a decent living abroad.