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The week that was

We are now under the mercy of the sun so be advised and if feeling generous, buy a deodorant for your neighbour. Help your neighbour, help you.The Deputy Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Hon Mr Philipo Mulugo caused quite a stir when he said Tanzania is made up of Tanganyika and the Zanzibar Isles.

Which were formed by Zimbabwe and Pemba. He was speaking at the Education for Employment, Developing Skills for Vocation at the Innovation Africa Summit in Cape Town, Africa.This meaning that Tanganyika is actually originally Zimbabwe. This was caught on video so he can't deny and say it wasn't him.

There is a video showing our deputy minister stumbling over words and then giving this information to us. Because really, it was new information to all Tanzanians. The video went viral and if you are one of the few who hasn't seen it, look for me.Blame was thrown to him, then to his speech writer and some even said he should resign. Because if the second in command of our education can not accurately state our history, how do we trust him with educating the Tanzanian youth?

In other news, the ruling party's youth division UVCCM held their elections this week. Now this may not be of interest to you now, but you will be when the chap who was elected becomes your president in 10 years time. Yes, this is where all aspiring candidates for office start their journey. It is always good to get a picture of them when they are young, full of energy and without pot bellies.

In comes Stanley Bendera or as his fellow police officers know him, Stanley Mdoe. This chap was posing as the son of the Dodoma Regional Commissioner Hon Joel Bendera, throwing the name around all in efforts to gain a seat in the council. It back fired and he was quickly apprehended. He will be lucky if he has Christmas with his wife and kids.

And while all these were going on, I stumbled onto some interesting news. News that they don't want you to know about. The government is in debt to National Social Security Fund (NSSF). This is the institution that helps you "save" a portion of your salary every single month and accordingly to a newly signed law, will only give it back when you hit 55 years of age. That's if you make it.

The government owes NSSF 366 billion shillings, an equivalent of approximately 230 million dollars. This money was used to among other things, construct the University of Dodoma (UDOM), resident quarters for police in Kurasini as well as Machinga Complex.

All I'm saying is, when I get to 55 and my money isn't available to me, I will move in to the police resident quarters, declaring myself a policewoman and thus a rightful owner. I will also take up a stall at Machinga Complex and sell whatever I can think of as well as send my whole village to UDOM.

Happy Eid.

Twitter: @AmbyLusek
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