“Don’t shoot the messenger!” we say in English.
The Waswahili have it different: Mjumbe hauawi, the messenger is not killed.
In English, it’s a plea, recognising that in anger we can so easily misplace the blame.
In Swahili, it’s affirmative, expressed as a statement of fact. (But if they’re so confident, why bother saying it?)
Warioba be like >>>>>>>>>
Now, on to those cartoons.
Mwananchi took the bold step of putting a cartoon on their front page a few days ago, filling half the page:
So what’s it all about?
More fundamentally, there’s one big constitutional issue dominating:
But it’s worth remembering that there are other issues at play here as well:
And finally, on a similar note. The Tanzanian cartoonists have been on top form in the past few months – they have had a rich mine of raw materials to work with – but this is my favourite of the lot:
- Public opinion on the union question
- An earlier collection of cartoonists views on the Constitutional Assembly
- Two insightful takes on the preliminary rounds of the 2015 campaign: from Omar Mohammed (@Shurufu) and Jenerali Ulimwengu
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Another cartoon, from the Citizen: