February 2008


Mambo yanaendelea. Sasa, kwa url ya http://www.jamboforums.com, utafika kwa jambonetwork.com/jamboforums, lakini ‘not found’.

Jambo Blog Network pia imerudi. Na bado wanaendelea kuiba makala za wanablogu na kuzitangaza kwa JBN. Nimeshalalimikia tabia hiyo. Hamna cha kusema tena.

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Once again, Michuzi was first with the news. The popular discussion board, jamboforums, has apparently been closed down and two individuals arrested. Read more on KLH News here. According to that report, they have been arrested for libel.

But as ever with jamboforums, separating truth from fiction is not easy. As far as one can tell, KLH News and jamboforums are controlled by the same people, who have just set up a blog on the issue, Wazalendo wa Tanzania. They tell us that those arrested have been accused of hacking government computer systems, insulting government leaders, running porn sites and leaking government secrets. That is a lot to be busy with, especially with the quality of internet connections in Tanzania.

I’ve never been a fan of jamboforums (nor a fan of the related Jambo Blog Network, as I have explained). Anonymous discussion boards have ambiguous agendas. And weighing up anonymous, inflammatory posts is a tiresome pastime, so I hardly ever visit.

A scroll through the comments on Michuzi is not terribly illuminating, but good fun. “Jamboforums is a CHADEMA project!” “It’s all because jamboforums broke the news of attacks on the opposition in Kiteto!”. And my personal favourite: “It’s all Jack Pemba’s fault! He got a court injunction against them in England!”

So, given that two out of three reports come from sites that are likely to be connected to jamboforums, we can but wait for more reliable sources, before we reflect on issues such as the appropriateness of old media legislation for new media, anonymity on the net and freedom of expression.

Leo mchana, sote tulisikiliza redio kusikia Rais kutangaza Baraza mpya. “Nani atabaki?” “Nani atafukuzwa?”. Basi, ilitangazwa. Maswali tena. “Unamwonaje Mkulo?” “Jamani Andrew Chenge alikuwa Mwanasheria Mkuu wakati wa IPTL, si ndiyo?!”

Leo jioni, nilianza kusoma By the Sea, kitabu kimechoandikwa na Abdulrazak Gurnah. Niliguswa na yafuatayo…..

The upper air is always full of agitation because God and his angels live there and debate high policy, and flush out treachery and rebellion. They do not welcome casual listeners or informers or self-servers and have the fate of the universe to darken their brows and whiten their hair. As a precaution, the angels release a corrosive shower every now and then to deter mischievous eavesdroppers with a threat of deforming wounds. The middle air is the arena for contention, where the clerks and the ante-room afreets and the wordy jinns and flabby serpents writhe and flap and fume as they strain for the counsels of their betters. Ack ack, did you hear what he said? What can it mean? In the murk of the lower is where you’ll find the venomless time-servers and the fantasists who’ll believe anything and defer to everything, the gullible and the spiritless throngs that crowd and pollute the narrowing spaces where they congregate, and that’s where you’ll find me.

Je, umeshasoma ripoti ya Mwakyembe? Si unajua jinsi viongozi walivyokula? Dakika arobaini zilizopita, wabunge walikubali uteuzi wa Mizengo Pinda, Mbunge wa Mpanda Mashariki, kama Waziri Mkuu. Walimsifia. Walimpa moyo. Aliwashukuruu. Sitta alifunga kikao kwa mtindo wake. Lakini kumbe, alipewa karatasi kutoka kwa mmoja wao. Mbunge huyo alikuwa na swali….. “je, sherehe ya kumpongeza Waziri Mkuu itafanyika lini?”

Kashfa ya siku hizi ilielekea kuvunja siasa yetu. Mbunge huyo anafikiria nini? Chakula tu!

Tumefaidi vizuri jana. Tuliwawajibisha kwa kweli. Soma zaidi hapa. Lakini kwa sababu mbalimbali, ilibidi nikae upande wa Simba. Ni ngumu kunyamaza…..