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Four things you can't recover

The stone........after the throw.        

  The word.........after it's said..

The occasion........after it's missed.   

   The time.........after it's gone.

Just saying


The family
America's Princess


Dr. Steven Ulimboka (Chini pichani) alitekwa nyara Juzi na watu wasiojulikana na kisha kumpiga sana huku wakimtishia kumuua kwa sindano ya sumu. Chanzo cha karibu na Dr. Ulimboka kinasema kwamba, baada kumpiga sana watu hao wasiojulikana walimtupa msitu wa mabwepande wakiwa wamemfunga mikono na miguu ilhali akiwa uchi wa mnyama kabisa.

Alipozinduka mida yaa saa kumi alfajiri Dr. Ulimboka alijikuta akiwa porini huko, akiwa uchi huku akiwa amefungwa mikono na miguu, alijitahidi akafanikiwa kuifungua miguu yake halafu akaanza kutembea na kwa makadirio ayake alitembea kama muda wa saa moja ndipo alipoanza kusikia sauti za magari yakipita akajua kua yuko karibu na barabara. Hatimae akakutana na msamaria mwema mmoja aliemsaidia kumfungua mikono, na kisha akasimamisha lifti ya gari aina ya starlet ambapo mwenye gari hiyo alibidi arudi nyumba kumtafutia Dr. Ulimboka nguo za kuvaa kabla ya kumkimbiza hospitali ya Muhimbili.

Chanzo changu kimenitaarifu kuwa Dr. Ulimboka anapewa Ulinzi wa hali ya juu na madaktari wenzake wakisaidiana na wauguzi wa hospitali ya muhimbili, na kwa sasa ni watu wachache sana wenye ruhusa ya kumuona.

Awali baada ya kupotea kwake taarifa zilisambazwa katika vyombo mbalimbali vya habari, hadi kupelekea kukamatwa kwake.

Hali ya Dr. Ulimboka baada ya kuokotwa

Hivi ninavyoaandika yupo ICU akiwa katika hali mbaya hajitambui.Awali katikamaelezo yake alisema kwamba walikuja watu watatu waliovalia kiraia na kujitambulisha kuwa wao ni askari. Watu hao walimchukua na kumuingiza katika gari lisilokuwa na namba na kuanza kuelekea barabara ya Bagamoyo. Huko walimfunga kitambaa usoni, kamba mikononi na miguuni kisha wakampiga huku wakimwambia amekuwa akiwasumbua kwa muda mrefu na kama wangekuwa na sindano ya sumu wangemmaliza kabisa.

Acquaintanceship and Friendship

Knowing someone, working together, sharing the same office block, or the same parking space or the same canteen does not automatically make you friends. Conversing with someone everyday, sharing jokes and stories about your horrible bosses does not automatically mean that you are friends either. It takes a lot more than sharing same things for people to become friends.

I have had people in my life whom at one point in I considered them to be my friends, but time and distance has taught me otherwise. Time and distance has taught me how to differentiate between "Friends" and "acquittance". Those people you meet, get along, work together and sometimes work together are not always friends. The word friend refers to a more deeper relationship, a bond so strong that it can not be easily broken, no time neither distance can come between the bond of a true friendship.

I have met people throughout my years of school and college and now work, I became acquainted with most of these people, but in twelve years of my life I have made less than five friends. Friends who no matter how far they are and no matter how far they are they always seem to be just a text away or a call away and everything suddenly feels okay. People who knows us, love us despite our shortcomings, will sail through thick and thin with us and will always be there at the end of every race to tell us that we did great even if we did not win, that is what I call friendship

I was moved to write this today because of something that just happened to me. Someone that I have known for a very short period of time but I grew to understand and like, but then It clicked me that she is just a workmate and an acquittance of mine and not a friend. In the end it is important to be able to distinguish between our friends and our acquittance, and always remember....

'.... to never mistake acquaintanceship for friendship" 


Vicky is a friend of mine, a poet by hobby and a good one too, here is some of her recent work, of which I liked

We all need love and we all have people that we love to death. There are things you don't want to hear from those you love and you wish that those unpleasant things said to you can only be sweet words. 

Words to take you through the day and night, words to bring a smile on your gloomy face, words to make you glow even when you have a million pimples/acne.
We are all human, giving and receiving love is inevitable. Whether it's from/ to the people you love or not.

Tell me you love me and I will tell you I love you too
Tell me you hate me and I will tell you I still love you
Tell me I irritate you and I will tell you I'm amused by you
Tell me I get in you nerves and I will tell you I'm made happier by you

Vicky Mwakoyo© 29th May 2012


I am a December baby, and apparently I have three birthstones none of which I like. I am more of Ruby-amethyst-emerald fan other than Blue stones, I guess I was born on the wrong month. I do like turquoise a little bit, but Tanzanite naaah! I'm not a big fan, and the other stone 'Zircon" well I had never even had heard of it till today. So well, enjoy!

I've found a few interesting details about birthstones (good old and was intrigued to learn the 'Modern' birthstone chart actually came to be in 1912 where the (American) National Association of Jewellers sought to standardise the list and officially adopted the stones shown in the 'Modern' column below.

The last change to the list was in 2002 when Tanzanite was added to December (greedy - 3 different stones!!)

serpent stone
amethyst, hyacinth, pearl
bloodstone, jasper
emerald, agate
cat's eye, turquoise, agate
moonstone, pearl (or alexandrite)
turquoise, onyx
sardonyx, carnelian, moonstone, topaz
opal, aquamarine
opal, pink tourmaline
topaz, pearl
topaz, citrine
bloodstone, ruby
turquoise, zircon, tanzanite, blue topaz

And how about this little ditty for remembering birthstones from the Traditional birthstone list.  Umm... and August, September and October babies?  I'd definitely be inclined to make sure I had my birthstone on me at all times if you believe your verse!

By her who in this month (January) is born
No gem save garnets should be worn
They will ensure her constancy,
True friendship, and fidelity.

The February-born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they an amethyst will wear.

Who in this world of ours their eyes
In March first open shall be wise,
In days of peril firm and brave,
And wear a bloodstone to their grave.

She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow; this stone,
Emblem of innocence, is known.

Who first beholds the light of day
In spring's sweet flowery month of May
And wears an emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and happy wife.

Who comes with summer to this earth,
And owes to June her hour of birth,
With ring of agate on her hand
Can health, wealth, and long life command.

The glowing ruby shall adorn,
Those who in July are born;
Then they'll be exempt and free
From love's doubts and anxiety.

Wear a sardonyx or for thee,
No conjugal felicity;
The August-born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved and lone.

A maiden born when September leaves
Are rustling in September's breeze,
A sapphire on her brow should bind
`Twill cure diseases of the mind.

October's child is born for woe,
And life's vicissitudes must know,
But lay an opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.

Who first comes to this world below
In drear November's fog and snow,
Should prize the topaz's amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.

If cold December gave you birth,
The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on your hand a turquoise blue;
Success will bless whate'er you do. 

So tell me - do you own a piece of jewellery or raw piece featuring your birthstone?


So today I am all work. I attended a training a few weeks back on how to develop a classy company. The training was about 20keys developed by one Japanese professor, these keys are most likely to help you develop a very successful business. Enjoy

'20 Keys' were created by Iwao Kobayashi who is a Chairman of PDI (PPORF Development Institute Inc.) in Japan. He describes 20 ‘Keys’ that are crucial to develop a world class company. The keys cover 5S, quick changeover, scheduling, reducing inventory, maintenance, skill building activities, eliminating waste, value analysis, empowering workers, quality, developing supplier, etc. Each key  is further divided into five levels from novice to "world class" status. 

Iwao Kobayashi, in 1988 published a book explaining 20 keys to workplace improvement. They all must be considered in order to achieve continuous improvement. These 20 keys are arranged in a circle  that shows the relations between the keys and their influence on the three main factors explained previously: quality, cost, and lead time.

The arrangement in the circle is not categorical, and some keys offer benefits in more than one factor. There are four keys outside the circle. Three of them (keys 1, 2, and 3) must be implemented before the rest, and key 20 is the result of implementing the other 19 keys.

What does 20 Keys stand for?

20 focus areas that will help your organisation to build a holistic, sustainable continuous improvement culture.
Its main aims are:
  • BETTER – Quality Improvement through defect prevention
  • FASTER – Lead Time Improvement through lean manufacturing and processing
  • CHEAPER – Cost Optimisation through productivity improvement and waste reduction
Prof. Iwao Kobayashi did extensive research on, and personally experienced, the rise to world class of numerous Japanese companies. During this research he discovered 20 critical focus areas for a company ’s sustainable and holistic development. These 20 focus areas became the 20 Keys 



Key 1: Cleaning and Organizing
Key 2: Rationalizing the System/MBOs
Key 3: Improvement Team Activities
Key 4: Reducing Inventory
         (Shortening Lead Times)
Key 5: Quick Changeover Technology
Key 6: Manufacturing Value Analysis
         (Methods Improvement)
Key 7: Zero Monitor Manufacturing
Key 8: Coupled Manufacturing
Key 9: Maintaining Equipment
Key 10: Time Control and Commitment
Key 11: Quality Assurance System
Key 12: Developing Your Suppliers
Key 13: Eliminating Waste (Treasure Map)
Key 14: Empowering Workers to Make Improvements
Key 15: Skill Versatility and Cross Training
Key 16: Production Scheduling
Key 17: Efficiency Control
Key 18: Using Information Systems
Key 19: Conserving Energy and Materials
Key 20: Leading Technology and Site Technology


Kobayashi divided each key into five levels and set some criteria to rise from one level to the next. The first step in the methodology consists of specifying the actual company’s current level and then the required level. After figuring out the current level of the company.

Kobayashi offers the steps the company must use to reach the final level gradually rather than attempting to reach the top directly. On the other hand, to show the evolution of the factory, Kobayashi presents a radar graphic in which the scoring of each key is represented. Kobayashi recommends improving all the keys equally. Because of this recommendation, in the radar graphic, the factory’s scoring will grow concentrically.


This is one cute and handsome baby boy right here. and OMG he is always so so active, His name is Burton, he is eighteen months old. His parents are Danny and Neilla, and they are my good friends.

The Next Will Smith LOL
Busy guy

To My Best Friend

To my Best Friend,

The incredible Mercy,

Thank you for being my friend and showing me that good people still actually exists

 For making my life a happy one and for allowing me to count on you always.

For countless times that you have been my shoulder to cry on and the heart to confide to

 For letting me be your friend even at times when I did not deserve you. 

For loving me at my worst, and being happy for me at my best

For being my encouraging voice, that always tells me I can do it

For being there when I need you the most, even when I do not see it myself

For always telling me the truth, even when you know that it's the truth I may not want to hear

For not letting me down when I need you, and to never despairing when I let you down

For always gently pulling me back to the right path, and for the times when you had to pull me by force to the right path

For  always being happy for me, even when you know that U deserved all I have better than I do

For loving me despite my shortcomings, and for letting me love you always

For always being yourself, and for always being ready to take a bullet for me. 

Always remember this 

If you're alone, I'll be your shadow.  If you want to cry, I'll be your shoulder.  If you want a hug, I'll be your pillow.  If you need to be happy, I'll be your smile.  But any time you need a friend, I'll just be me."
I love you Best friend

With Love,
Wa Eddy

Mange's Kenzo and Miriam Odemba's Iris

So, Isaw these pictures of Kenzo and Iris in Mange's blog and I just had to publish them. These babies are so cute, and someone pliiiiz telll me what they are up to.... someone better show these to them after twelve years. 

All that cuteness and the hair and the poses aaaaaaaaaaaaaaw so adorable 

Message to foreigners living and working in Tanzania

This is to all people who are living and working in foreign countries, particularly the ones who are working in Tanzania.

I know that living and working in a foreign country can be challenging. Different environment and in most cases it is also a different climate. There are also other issues like culture diversity in all aspects of life, food, clothing, customs and other life norms. All this is challenging, and it takes a lot to adjust and at the same time your work still awaits for you, and you will be expected to perform according to the standards.

People from third world countries, who live and work in developed countries face a lot of challenges in getting good jobs, places to stay and affording life in general. Most of them end up working odd jobs like waiting tables and etc. A handful who are lucky enough get professional jobs face a lot of discrimination. I have friends and relatives abroad and as much as they enjoy living abroad, they still face a lot of challenges, and they are honest enough to admit it.

Here in Tanzania, a lot of companies are privately owned, most Industries are owned by either Chinese or Indians. Do not ask me why, but that's how the situation is. These Industries normally prefers hiring al the top managerial people from abroad, and some of them goes as far as employing expatriates even for posts like accountants, and HRs. Do not ask me how they get work permits, because I always wonder myself.

These people employed in Tanzania also face problems, in shops and markets the moment they realise that you are not local the prices goes up, in the offices interacting with the locals is a problem, and so on and so forth. But today, I only want to advice expatriates employed in Tanzania a few things:

First, this country has people, academically capable to do most of the jobs that these expatriates are being employed to do. Just to point this out, most of these people never have sufficient educational back ground anyway, but this country and its people affords them the opportunity of earning their daily bread. It is wrong for these expatriates to look down on the local people. Very wrong in all levels.

I have and still am living this experience first hand, and I am telling you it is horrible. In these companies your education level does not matter as long as you are a local you get treated like a nobody, in most cases you will be treated as if you were nothing.

The salary packages are completely different, you may be having an expatriate in your department who by the way will be placed there as your boss, but you will be teaching him the work anyway because he does not know how (and yet he is the boss) and at the end of the month he gets paid five times your salary and he does not get paid in this local currency, they are paid in US dollars. It feels bad, but since you still need your bread you have got no way but to keep working.

I would also like to remind them (expatriates) that, this country has been kind enough to give them a place to live, work and earn their living. The least you can do is to treat its people fairly. Do not discriminate them, do not look down on them, pay them according to what they deserve, treat them as If you were in your own country with your own people.

It feels very bad being mistreated when you are in your home country, it feels like you are a prisoner in your own home, it feels bad I am telling you. And these people should know, they should. They are minorities here, technically speaking they are taking the best of our jobs and living in best of our streets and yet the are looking down on us. Most of them only have technical educations, the same kind of education that is being offered by VETA, Why then are we employing people from outside and let our own people suffer? and when we employ them why then do we let them mistreat our people like that? 

One thing that people forget is this "If your country were you come from was all that good, why then did you have to leave and work somewhere else?" obviously you could not get a better job in your country, you could not get a job that would have paid you as much as you are being paid here in your own country and that is why you are in our country right now, so instead of looking down on us you are supposed to respect us, because "we are home" we have not gone anywhere because we have chosen to stick to own country.

Mistreating the people of the country where you are earning your leaving is like 'Cutting off the hand that is feeding you" and we all know that is stupid.

Remember what happened in South Africa? how they got tired of being mistreated and started killing foreigners? that is what will happen in this country one day if this trend does not stop. It is about time all foreigners starts realising that this is 21st century, and people's minds and eyes are wide open. They see what is happening but they choose to stay calm and let the day pass. Have they ever thought of what will happen the day people of this country gets tired of this bull shit?

I see people being brought here from India, they can barely speak English let alone write their own names. They are brought here, we teach them work and the next thing we know they have been promoted to become our bosses and they get paid in dollars. They are given places to stay, Cars, and everything else that a local person would only dream of and never get. Do not bite a hand that feeds you, thank God for the opportunities to earn a living that you have been given, and Thank the people of this country for letting you live in our streets, eat our food and work our jobs.

And to our government, especially our immigration department, we know that there is a limited number of expatriates that each and every company is supposed to have, and also a limited number of years that a person is allowed to live and work in this country. But we are witnessing companies with so many expatriates to the extent that we know that the standard limit has been exceeded. 

The immigration officials are famous in asking and receiving bribes in large sums just in order to allow these people to work in our country. We are not against having foreigners in our countries, but all we want is for their number to be limited and their durations of stay also. I know ten or more people who have been in this country for more than ten years, does it mean that no Local person has been able to be trained and assume those responsibilities? Are Tanzanian That dumb?

I ask myself all the above questions, but I never get an answer. But since we work with these people and we know how long they have stayed here may be it is about time we start exposing them, and also expose those immigration officials who are constantly being bribed. It is about time that the children of this country get the jobs that they deserve. Thousands of university graduates are jobless, we surely do not need accountants being employed from abroad, do we? It is about time someone does something. 

Minister for Labour and your people, internal affairs ministry and all those responsible should start doing your jobs.

~ I'm just saying ~ 


Tomorrow 7th June 2012 will be exactly two months since the passing away of Tanzania's jewel and most favourite actor Steven Kanumba. His lifetime work and legacy is a treasure that young and aspiring actors will always look up to, he was someone that most young actors wished to become in the future. Kanumba was among a handful Bongo celebrities whose works as artists changed their lives as well as the lives of a lot other people that he helped morally and professionally in his short life. He passed away too Soon.

Elizabeth Michael "AKA" Lulu
But let us not forget that in any society, whenever a tragedy like this happens people always tries to find "the bad guy" the person who will bear a blame for why what happened actually happened, a place to unburden their sorrows and frustrations. In some cases they get the right bad guy, but in some cases they simply dump everything on the closet person 'to the bad guy" that they get. In Kanumba's case that person is Lulu. 

I know most people would not want to hear this, but Lulu's life also ended the day Kanumba died. From the moment she was arrested for murder, her life as she knows it came to an end. This teenage girl will never again know the freedom of simply being free. It does not matter whether she will be acquitted of the charges or convicted, her life is over. She simply will never be able to live a carefree life that she was used to, this society as I know it will always be pointing fingers at her as the girl who killed Kanumba, it does not matter if she did it or not.
Lulu has not been very "society friendly" for a long time. She is known for scandals in nightclubs, bars, under-age drinking and a lot of other things that any parent will not wish to see on their teenage kids. Society saw this side of Lulu, and they never got a chance of seeing what she would have become when she grew up because of what transpired on that night of 7th April.

 But I have done some research, and you will be shocked to know how many child star's lives have been scandalous. I actually just decided to base on Hollywood, with child starts like Macaulay Culkin, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Olsen Twins, Miley Cyrus, and even Michael Jackson. All these people and there's a lot more in Hollywood itself have lived their lives from childhood as stars. Constantly under tight microscope of the media, and they never have a normal childhood. Never

Lulu at Kisutu magistrate court
Now some of them simply walked through all that to adulthood "scandal free" like Selena Gomez, some of them went down with scandals and later rose above them and made it to adulthood with their careers intact like Britney Spears. Some simply swarm in scandals all their lives to death like Michael Jackson, and some went down and never rose again like Macaulay Cucklin. All these people, if you ask them they will tell you what it feels like to live under public and media's scrutiny. So who knows, may be Lulu would have gotten over all her rebelling behaviours and became a sensible adult some day? or may be she wouldn't have, I guess now we will never get to know.

Lulu, thinking
Back to Lulu now. I say Lulu has had a rebelling teenage. Most of the things she has done is what is being done by 80% of teenage girls nowadays. Yeah yeah yeah, no parent wants to hear that, but that is the truth. We can point fingers because all humans are good at that, but if you are a parent you better be damn sure that you actually know what your kid is capable of before you start pointing fingers at other people's children. Simply because you have not seen your teenage kid on the cover of "udaku paper" it does not mean she is clean, it simply means she is not famous that's all. 

If only she had known!
My heart goes out to Lulu, whether she killed Kanumba or not is irrelevant. Unless enough evidence to change my mind have been discovered, that is my stand. And it will be so until the truth has come to light. Most people will want to believe that Kanumba was a saint and that Lulu is a devil, but I have seen enough people to know nothing is ever that black and white. People are never perfect. 

I have gone through several blogs, most of them owned by women. And the only kind of news that they are reporting about this issue is Lulu's bad side. This girl contacted UTI (urinary infection) in prison, and the next day I saw a paper with a headline which reads that she has contacted a life threatening disease in her female organs. Can you believe it? in this country 80% of women have contacted UTI at one point or the other, and I do not see them appearing as headlines on news papers.After all a person's medical condition is supposed to be "confidential" right? so how did they come to know of this?

And people were buying this paper, and the news paper company get richer and richer on a daily basis. Anyway, its no secret that these publishers are like devils who feasts on other people's misfortunes, especially celebrities(Wema Sepetu, Sinta, Lulu, Kanumba, Wolper and Uwoya are just some of them), but still I personally think that these publishers are  soulless, and I mean all of them, the owner, the editor and his whole team. Since the passing of Kanumba these people have had only one topic "Kanumba" at least if it is not him then it is Lulu then, which is also Kanumba related anyway. You wonder how people forget so easily how it feels to be at the other end of the sword, but as long as we are not yet dead then we are yet to pay for our sins, time will come. 

I believe that everybody has got the right to be heard, and before condemning this girl we should hear her side of the story. Her case is being adjourned on every mention, her bail is being denied, and no body says anything about that, nobody wants to look bad right?Just like how the majority of Tanzanians have chosen to condemn Lulu, I choose to believe in her Innocence until proven otherwise, after all I am a lawyer, at least I understood that part in my "rules of natural justice" classes.

 Truth has a way of coming to light, and I believe in Lulu's case it will come to light eventually. In the mean time the best I can do is wish for her to be strong. It may be be stormy now, but It can not rain forever.

~ I'm Just saying ~

Tanzanites "A blessing or curse"

Have you ever heard of Tanzanites? probably yes, and  If you are rich enough you probably have a bunch of jewels made of it.  I know Tanzanites simply because I am a Tanzanian,  I have never worn them, ever, well partly because I can not afford them anyway, not in this salary.  Hey don't be sad now because I really don't like Blue stones anyway. But incase you have never heard of it read the below paragraph

Miss Tanzania's Crown

 Tanzanite is an extraordinary gemstone. It occurs in only one place worldwide. Its blue, surrounded by a fine hint of purple, is a wonderful colour. Thanks to its unusual aura, it has rapidly become one of the most coveted gemstones in the world. It is named after the East African country of Tanzania, the only place in the world where it has been found. Africa? Does anyone think of gemstones when they hear that name? Well they should, because Africa is a continent which provides the world with a multitude of truly magnificent gemstones, like tanzanite for example. 


On its discovery in 1967, it was enthusiastically celebrated by the specialists as the 'gemstone of the 20th century'. They held their breath in excitement as they caught sight of the first deep-blue crystals which had been found in the Mererani Hills near Arusha in the north of Tanzania. Millions of years ago, metamorphic schists, gneisses and quartzites formed impressive, flat-topped inselbergs on a vast plain in the shadow of Kilimanjaro. The precious crystals grew in deposits on the inside of these unusual elevations. For a long, long time they were hidden from the eye of Man, until one day some passing Masai shepherds noticed some sparkling crystals lying in the sun and took them along with them.

Raw Tanzanite directly from the mine
Manuel de Souza, a Goan tailor and part-time gold prospector living in Arusha (Tanzania), found transparent fragments of vivid blue and blue-purple gem crystals on a ridge near Mererani, some 40 km southeast of Arusha. He decided that the mineral was olivine (peridot) but quickly realized that it was not, so he took to calling it "dumortierite", a blue non-gem mineral. Shortly thereafter, D'Souza showed the stones to John Saul, a Nairobi-based consulting geologist and gemstone wholesaler who was then mining aquamarine in the region around Mount Kenya. 

Saul, with a Ph.D. from M.I.T., who later discovered the famous ruby deposits in the Tsavo area of Kenya, eliminated dumortierite and cordierite as possibilities, and sent samples to his father, Hyman Saul, vice president at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. Hyman Saul brought the samples across the street to the Gemological Institute of America who correctly identified the new gem as a variety of the mineral zoisite. Correct identification was also made by mineralogists at Harvard University, the British Museum, and Heidelberg University, but the very first person to get the identification right was Ian McCloud, a Tanzanian government geologist based in Dodoma

Heat treated Tanzanite (Notice the velvet violet colour)

Tanzanite Engagement Rings
                  Tanzanite Engagement Rings

Displaying the good-looking possessions of polychromaticity, tanzanite exhibits dissimilar colors  at what time viewed  from dissimilar angles. It might come into view purple from one point of view, azure from the next, and yellow brownish from the third point of view. Many Hollywood stars and starlets have  also  adorned  themselves  with tanzanite. Stars like Salma Hayek, Elle Mac Pherson, Natsha McElhone, Cate  Blanchett, Bond girl and golden  globe best actress winner Teri Hatcher, and many others have been spotted wearing tanzanite.

Effects of "Tanzanite" on Tanzanian Economy

To many outsiders who have never been to Tanzania having a precious gemstone named after your country seems like a cool thing, but its not. Having a precious stone named after your country while over 50% of the people in your county still live under poverty line is an insult, so I normally feel insulted whenever I talk or think of Tanzanites. More than 40years later since the discovery of this precious stone, this country is still among the poorest nations in the world, in all social aspects. 

There are still no enough classrooms in schools, when there are enough classrooms there aren't enough desks so kids sit down in class rooms, and when there are   enough desks then its most probable that the school does not have enough teachers. 

A school in Tanzania

No enough medical facilities and hospitals, you do not even wish to visit most government owned district and regional hospitals, they have poor infrastructures, drug shortages, short-staffed and almost without qualified doctors and specialists. Two patients share the same bed in most hospitals here, I went to Ocean Road Cancer Institute this week, a friend of mine is admitted there, and in the female wing all beds were occupied by two patients, each bed. And this is a renowned cancer institute in this country. 

Did you know that this country does not have a functioning  public emergency responders? or functioning emergency rooms in the hospitals?

Maternity ward in Temeke district Hospital ( Naomi Campbell wept because of this ward)

Our Infrastructures are still a joke, the country does not have enough roads, even in major cities like Dar es salaam traffic jams is a way of life. There are no modern railway lines, we are just in the process of building 'an actual airport" our marine services are still a joke, and our Airline "ATCL' has only one crippled plane. 50 Years of Independence and we still do not have a proper functioning infrastructures. 

And yet We have Tanzanite (which by the way is almost running out), we have Gold deposits, Diamond deposits, Rubies, Natural gases and much more.  So If you ask me, if there are any positive effects of discovery of Tanzanites or any other gem stones in This country I will tell no.

What I can tell you though is this; Environmental degradation has accelerated since the discovery of all this. You visit these areas and all you can see is big holes in the ground, and more big abandoned holes where the minerals have run out. The life standard of people living around these areas is still poor, and by the way these foreign investors who have mines in the areas treat local people so poorly, and when these poor citizens complains or decides to strike they are normally arrested or get dispersed by force.

Pic 104. The Mererani mines
This is Mererani Tanzania, a place where all those precious gems are being mined. Get what I have been saying all along now?
 I do not even want to go as far as talking of how much is actually being reported to the government compared to what has been actually dug from these mines. People have been complaining over and over again that most of the minerals mined from this country are never reported, we have seen committees being formed and their reports being read but so far nothing has changed. And if anything has changed then a normal Tanzanian "mlalahoi" is yet to feel the ease.  It is actually being claimed that these foreign companies gets help, a lot of help from the government officials in concealing the actual harvests from their mines. If they do, shame upon you people who help in exploiting your own country

Most probably no one who can actually initiate any change will read this, but if it actually happens that someone like that read this here is my message to you; If you are a leader, a government official, elected or selected, it is your duty to serve the people of this country. 

Stop thinking of yourselves and your families and start thinking of this country as whole and its people. It is okay for you to drive fancy cars, live in big luxurious houses and send your kids to good schools and abroad if necessary because you can afford all that. What is not okay, is for any of you to live that kind of life on the expenses of the lives of Tanzanian people. People are dying everyday because of poor social services, get up and do something, and stop that thing hat you do of asking and receiving bribes from these capitalists. It is your God given duty to serve the people of this country, so get up and do your job. Or else you will not meet God, that's if you believe in God. I have said it once and I will say it again "the blood of all Tanzanians who could have been saved but are dying everyday is in your hands"

So, my opinion is "Tanzanite should have stayed hidden until we had developed enough to have our own companies, and enough technology to dig, process, value and sell these stones elsewhere"

This is my opinion, you are allowed to differ.