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If truth be told, this lot should go

OKAY, there are a lot of things Tanzanians can learn from other countries, but one thing other countries can never learn from Tanzania is laziness, najua wengine mtachukia, lakini nasema kweli.

I have been labelled with so many unpalatable names for telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, but this, I can assure you, will not deter me from carrying on, kwa kweli nimetukanwa, lakini nasema hivii, wanaochukia wameze wembe!

I know that there are some people who don’t agree with my opinion sometimes, which is a normal thing under any circumstance, but I hope you will agree with me this time that most Tanzanians are a lazy lot who lack creativity, uvivu, uzembe, ubunifu ziro kabisa!

You see, the funny thing is that Tanzanians are easily satisfied, yaani kumridhisha ni ishu ndogo tu, and most of them lack ambitions, that is why they will end up gathering in groups in what we call ‘vijiwe’ and complain their hearts out, but they will do nothing, absolutely nothing, when it really matters.

Yaani you find very healthy young men sitting idly the whole day, and apart from arguing about Simba and Yanga, they talk a lot about nothing, yaani wapo wapo tu, the whole day…wapo tu! It is because of this that a certain group of people have decided to take advantage of the whole situation and make a living out of the laziness of Tanzanians.

These people are called ‘dalalis’, madalali wa nyumba na viwanja, they are all over, that is why nowadays you can even hire the services of dalalis to get a wife, why? Because most Tanzanians are too lazy to look for one, that is why.

Hivi tuseme ukweli, on a serious note, do we really need these people? If you ask me, I will give you a straight answer; no we do not, yaani hatuwahitaji kabisa!

For those of you who have been able to visit neighboring countries, then you will know for sure that the services of the so called dalalis is for specific reasons only, and not to help one to look for a house….they are called agents.

Our neighbors use their own time and money to search for a suitable house, look for the land lord/lady, pay for the house, and shift as soon as possible, because they know what they want, they know how they will get what they want, and at what time.....Tanzanians don’t have that time! Nitasema tu hata mkiniangalia vibaya.

We all complain that life has become too tough, and we don’t know what to do about it, crying to the government to rescue us from imminent poverty...hivi hamjui madalali wanachangia kwa kuwepo maisha magumu?

These people are agents of poverty, kama nadanganya Mungu ananiona. I am telling you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, because these people we call dalalis have a reputation of hiking rent for their own benefit, while salaries remain constant, sit down and think about it, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist, haihitaji utaalam kiviile!

A landlord might be ready for a tenant, with a house of let’s say 70,000/- per month, and by the time the dalalis get wind of it, the rent skyrockets to 150,000/- overnight, why? Kaeni chini mjiulize maswali!

They will use all sort of language to convince the landlord that the house is worth more than he is asking for, and if he allows them, they will bring a ready customer who will pay double……I hope you get my drift.

“Mzee hii nyumba mimi nitakuletea mpangaji atakupa hata laki moja, kweli kabisa!” one dalali will tell the owner of the house, and not to be outdone, another dalali will hike the rent, and when eventually a tenant is found, hajui hili wala lile, atalipa tu.

If the land lord had opted to advertise his house, a prospective tenant who is struggling to make ends meet will end up paying for the 70,000/-, and life goes on, but because we opt for very dangerous short cuts, we end paying double in almost everything, kisa uvivu tu.

Because this particular group has vowed to take advantage of every available opportunity, they will even appear to be normal people who are trying to earn an honest living, while in actual fact they are crooks who belong in prison, wezi na matapeli!

That is why you will come across them in bus stands, karibia kila kituo, telling you which bus to board, and I think this is because most Tanzanians finish class seven and they are still illiterate, nawaambieni kweli kabisa. We call them wapiga debe.

This is another group of ‘dalalis’ who are there to earn an easy buck on the back of hard working Tanzanians, hawa ndio kabsaaa wanatakiwa kupigwa marufuku, I am telling you.

Hivi hata kama hatujui kusoma na kuandika, do we really need the wapiga debe to tell us which bus to board? Do we need them to tell us that this bus is full and the other one has space?

Kutokufikiria tu, nawaambieni! When someone comes from his or her own house, they know exactly where they are going, they don’t need to be urged by the wapiga debe that they are supposed to go somewhere.

And then after doing this, they turn to the conductor and demand to be paid, and because Tanzanians are a strange lot, the poor conductor coughs up the money, and the exercise is repeated at the following bus stand…. Mimi huwa naangali tu.

It is high time we as Tanzanians should know the truth about ourselves, and it is only this truth which shall set us free, nawaambieni kweli!

HER Excellency, President Samia Suluhu Hassan has ...


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