12 Dec 2019

 

Rainmaker Lugala On Stroll In Dar es Salaam

"I'm told government hospitals are well stocked with medicines because workers don't steal medicines anymore for fear of being dismissed from work and locked up."

From Victor Lugala in Dar es Salaam

The Indian Ocean is grey this morning. Ships moored in the distance look like toy tanks.

It is drizzling and people on foot are running to take shelter in shop verandas. The roaring thunder is intimidating.

The paved roads look darker when wet. Some cars are moving with lights on as it gets foggy. When it rains African motorists become irritatingly impatient, causing traffic snarls and even accidents. Thank God, downtown Dar es Salaam is sanitized of bodaboda rogues.

Sheets of rain slush the air like little spears. Thunder rolls intermittently. Windows shake and temperatures drop. It was warm and bright yesterday.

Kigamboni district, which is a ferry away, is almost invisible in her sleepiness. When I meet an old friend today I'll confidently say I travel with rain, therefore I'm a rainmaker.

Superstitious Africans will believe in mystic associated with rain, sun, moon, stars, cowrie shells.

I can hear a siren wailing continuously on the other side of the city. Could it be a VIP going to work late at tenish? I doubt. Magufuli has chased the big wigs to Dodoma.

Then the siren could be an ambulance rushing an ill person to hospital. Tanzanian hospitality is legendary. Where on earth do you hear hospital staff telling a sick person leaving a hospital gate, "karibu tena"? Karibu tena in Kiswahili means you are welcome back again.

I'm told government hospitals are well stocked with medicines because workers don't steal medicines anymore for fear of being dismissed from work and locked up. Magufuli's shadow looms large like an elephant, and Tanzanian civil servants and politicians alike are on their toes to keep their jobs.

Ali Hassan Mwinyi's laissez faire "ruksa" is now considered an anathema of national development.

In the horizon now I can see a ship dragging its heavy chest in the grey ocean - either it is going to dock or sailing away to Mozambique.

Rain coats and umbrellas out! It is raining more. Street vendors are cashing in on this God-send opportunity. 

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20/11/2019, 9:23 PM
 - Posted by Jacob Akol
Be careful Victor Lugala when you return to South Sudan. I hear rainmakers in Eastern Equatoria can be in serious trouble in time of droughts! They may look you up; and they are less merciful than both the White and Blue House - so I hear.
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