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Uhuru na Kazi – Independence and Work

Citizen cartoon 091215

It’s Tanzanian Independence Day, with a difference. President Magufuli has cancelled the usual official celebrations, to save money and focus on a national clean-up exercise instead.

From various sources, all on 9 December 2015, with President Magufuli leading from the front:

And now the cartoons:

And finally, another image seen today on social media, which may or may not be relevant:


Nyerere Day, big boots and celebrations

Two cartoons in Nipashe newspaper offer commentary on the state of Tanzania 14 years after the death of Mwalimu Nyerere:

A celebration or a memorial? A celebration, says Mr Fisadi.

“A celebration or a memorial?” “A celebration, my brother,” says Mr Fisadi. From Nipashe 13/10/13.

Fourteen years ago today, my younger self went out for dinner out with my parents in Manchester. It was my birthday. We didn’t linger after finishing our meal, so we could get home in time for the 9 o’clock news. Julius Kambarage Nyerere, Mwalimu, had died that day.  Continue reading

Preparing for spontaneity: Kissinger and Nyerere in the Wikileaks cables

The folks at Wikileaks have just released another huge batch of US diplomatic cables, this time dating from 1972-1976. They’re calling them the Kissinger Cables, after the controversial US Secretary of State at that time.

With nearly two million cables, this is a vast resource for historians with an interest in US diplomacy at the height of the cold war.

There are over 4,000 cables sent from Tanzania, as well as nearly 11,000 cables sent to the country, making it rather more than an afternoon’s work to look through. But skimming through, there’s clearly a wealth of information here, most particularly on Tanzania-Uganda relations during this difficult period, and on President Nyerere’s views (privately expressed to various US diplomats) on African politics.

But as with the previous release of US diplomatic cables, it’s the little details that are most intriguing. Continue reading