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Dear Chambi: don’t stop blogging, your voice is needed

from Nipashe, Dec 1, 2016

Dear Chambi,

I hope you don’t mind me writing you a public letter like this. But it feels like the most appropriate way of saying what I want to say.

Because your decision to stop blogging has left me dejected. While I don’t always agree with what you say (I usually do), yours has been one of very few voices asking important but difficult questions. Those who find #UhuruWaKujieleza (freedom of speech) to be an annoyance (or, if we are charitable, an unaffordable luxury,) will be celebrating. We are all worse off as a result. Continue reading

Not in front of the servants: the case of the Acerbic Arushan


Fiery background imagery from AcerbicArushan2. The photo is of farm invasions in Zimbabwe.

The “Acerbic Arushan” blog has been shut down. I came across this story in the Daily News, and thought we had another example of the Tanzanian government cracking down on inconvenient media. After all, MwanaHalisi newspaper has been closed down, editors at Mwananchi and Tanzania Daima have been taken to court, and journalist Daud Mwangosi was killed, to name just a few cases among many. I thought perhaps the battle against media freedom had moved back online. It wouldn’t be the first time.

But with just a little online investigating I found evidence that suggests this is a quite different matter. I wasn’t familiar with the Acerbic Arushan blog, or the controversy it has stirred among the expat community of Arusha and the surrounding area.  Continue reading