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Kaka Michu, nisiseme kuwa mimi ni mshabiki wa blogu yako. Lakini ukweli, nimeitembelea mara nyingi. Labda unajua kuwa nimeandika makala kuhusu blogu yako mara moja au mbili. Kama umesahau, bonyeza hapa.

Mimi hutembelea kwako kwa sababu naona unavutia watu wengi sana duniani. Na kweli, nakupongeza kwa kazi yako nzuri ya kuunganisha waswahili duniani. Hamna mwingine ubloguni kwetu kama wewe. Hongera.

Lakini kila mtu ana mapungufu yake. Hata mimi, na wewe pia, anko. Jana, nilisoma makala moja kwako ambayo imenisikitisha sana. Ilihusiana na mwanablogu moja hapa Tanzania anayeitwa Pernille. Wengine wabonyeze hapa wakitaka kuisoma (hata wewe kama umesahau). Kwenye makala hiyo, mtu fulani, kwa jina la ‘Suby’ amelalamika kuhusa makala ya Pernille. Pernille alikuwa akielezea mambo ya foleni za magari hapa Dar es Salaam. Alimtaja trafik wa kike kuwa na “legs like small tree trunks”.

Sawa. Lakini, jana pia, umetangaza makala nyingine. Kama umesahau (najua upo bize sana), bonyeza hapa. Ulitangaza barua au tangazo kutoka kwa mtu asiyejulikana ambaye alitaka kutangaza kundi ya facebook ya kugomea blogu ya Pernille. Kwenye picha iliandikwa “Apologise or Leave!!”. Ametukaribisha sote tuungane naye.

Lakini, Michuzi, hujatuambia kwanini tuungane naye. Hujatuambia kwanini a-“apologise or leave!!”. Wewe umekaa kimya. Hakuna ya kuangalia ila tabasamu lako kwenye picha yako nzuri kwenye tovuti. Kwa ukimya wako, umeunga mkono asili mia kwa mia na muundaji wa kundi. Wewe uliweka bango lao kwenye blogu yako. Wewe umemwambia Pernille “Apologise or Leave!!”

Nadhani wewe uombe msamaha kwa Pernille. Pia napendekeza uondoe makala ya pili, ulivyoondoa makala kuhusu Global Scouting Bureau mwaka uliopita.

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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.

Sasa nakala yangu inaonekana kwenye tovuti ya JBN. Soma hapa. Matangazo mawili yapo, kwa International School Moshi na Kili Treks Safari. Nasubiri kipato changu……..

Je, mwanablogu akiweka nakala kwenye blogu yake, nakala ni mali ya nani?

Namna moja ya kuboresha mtandao wa wanablogu ni huduma ya ‘aggregators’. Mimi mwenyewe nimeungana na Afrigator. Nikiweka nakala, kichwa chake kitawekwa kwenye tovuti ya Afrigator. Kichwa chake kikivutia, ukibonyeza tu, utapelekwa hapa hapa kwa kifimbocheza. Karibu sana.

Jumuwata wanaandaa aggregator kwa wanablogu wa Tanzania, lakini bado tunasubiri matokeo ya kazi zao.

Kwa sasa, Jambo Blog Network imeanza. Ukiwatembelea akina-JBN, utaona vichwa vya nakala nyingi ambazo zimeandaliwa na wanablogu mbalimbali hapa Tanzania. Kwa mfano, leo kwenya JBN nimeona ‘Demokrasia Ya Kijambazi Kenya‘. Ukibonyeza utapelekwa kwenye ukarasa mwingine wa JBN. Utaona matangazo manane (ya magari kutoka Japan, viwanja, hata Mungu).

Ukibonyeza Demokrasia Ya Kijambazi Kenya hapa, utapelekwa kwenye nakala halisi ya Ndesanjo Macha. Hamna matangazo – utasoma mawazo ya Ndesanjo tu.  Kama wanablogu wengi, ameyatangaza bure kwenye blogu yake. Lakini kwenye JBN, nakala yake ni chanzo cha kupata kipato.

Nisiwe mkali sana kwa akina JBN. Lakini naomba wafikirie zaidi namna wanavyounganisha blogu za Tanzania.

Nikisoma nakala hii kwenye JBN, nitaona matangazo mangapi? Pia, je, mimi nitapata asilimia kumi ya kipato cha matangazo?

Is a housegirl a victim of trafficking? What is the nature of her exploitation? Is her situation an acceptable norm in Tanzania? These are a couple of questions that the International Organisation for Migration seems to have failed to ask when designing its just launched campaign against people trafficking in Tanzania. 

So what is trafficking? To the IOM it is: 

the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of threat, use of force or other means of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the receiving or giving of payment… to a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.

Now that’s bad, and it should stop. So what is their campaign in Tanzania about? Jean-Philippe Chauzy, an IOM spokesman in Geneva was reported in today’s Citizen newspaper in Dar es Salaam:

most of the victims are young boys and girls that are trafficked from rural to urban areas. “They are routinely abused and exploited either as domestic workers or working in commercial agriculture, in some cases, in fishing and mining industries,” he said.“We also know that trafficking occurs internationally and we know that Tanzanian women and children are usually trafficked for sexual exploitation, for labour exploitation into the broad southern African region, mostly South Africa, but also as far field as the Middle East and Europe.”

Let’s focus on the internal aspect. The exploitation of children, particularly girls working as servants, is one of Tanzania’s dirty little secrets – underpaid (if at all), sexually exploited (at times) and overworked.  But, as is the way with secrets, we know little about it. And neither does the IOM. Again, in The Citizen’s report Chauzy tells us that “little is known about how the trafficking network operates in Tanzania…..[trafficking] tends to be under-reported”. Needless to say, the then goes on to tell us how the trafficking network operates.

The campaign website, has what it professes to be true testimonies (hadithi za kweli) from victims of trafficking. Read them here. Unfortunately, they don’t have the ring of truth about them. “Stella” tells us of being taken to Dar es Salaam by her relative “Decorata” with promises of work and education, only to be an unpaid housemaid, forbidden to leave the house. And according to the story, that remains the case. So how did the IOM get the story? If true, why have the names not been changed? And if true, why hasn’t the IOM been able to do anything for her?

So, we have a massively expensive campaign with the usual plethora of caps, t-shirts, calendars, brochures, TV and radio spots and a concert in Dar’s swish Ubungo Plaza.  But there is no attempt to understand and respond to inequality, vulnerability and exploitation in Tanzania.

Baada ya kununua kiwanja cha mtu, inabidi ubadalishe jina kwenye hati. Hatua ya kwanza ni afisa wa serikali akadirie thamani ya ardhi. Kodi ya mauzo inategemea na thamani hiyo. Bila taarifa ya thamani ya ardhi, haiwezekani kubadalisha majina kwenye hati. Bila kubadalisha majina, haiwezekani kupata kibali cha ujenzi. Bila ujenzi, hamna nyumba. Safari ni ndefu.

Kiasi gani kinahitajika kukadiria ardhi? Maelewano yapo……. tulitoa TZS100,000, risiti iliandikwa kwa TZS2,000.

Hii ni hatua ya kwanza. Mambo yataendelea.