Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

19 August 2012

Tanzania: Here Go Our Excuses Again!

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The Olympics are over, and for the next four years, our Olympic team will be making further preparations for the next games, Aluta Continua!

The United States of America was the overall winner, with 46 gold medals, 29 silver and 29 bronze medals, bagging a total of 104 medals, they went singing all the way home, that one I can assure you.

South Africa and Ethiopia lifted the African flag high by collecting three gold medals each, while our closest neighbor Kenya was not left behind, collecting two gold medals, four silver medals and five bronze medals, even Uganda managed to collect one gold medal!

There is a cartoon I was reading just the other day, and a reporter was interviewing one of the Tanzanian Olympic team officials, who confidently said that the reason the Tanzanian team came empty handed is because they could not understand why they should bother to run for gold, sikiliza alivyosema.

"Sioni sababu gani wanariadha wetu wavunjane miguu Uingereza wakishindania kadhahabu wakati Tanzania tunachimba dhahabu kibao!" don't look at me that way; I am not the one who said that! What this man said in simple terms is that there was no need for Tanzanian athletes to sweat for a single gold medal while the country has a rich reserve of the precious metal, wabongo bwana!

The problem is, when I talk about our attitude, people start thinking that I am a mole who has been paid to demoralize people, lakini ukweli wa mambo unabaki pale pale, we have a strange attitude!

I will not be surprised if you interview the miserable team of Tanzanian Olympians and they all point a finger towards the government, blaming it for their failure to come home even with even a single bronze medal.

After all, it has become our culture to blame the government for all our shortcomings, and I will not be shocked if one of the athletes calls a press conference and says...... "Tunailaumu serikali kwa kuturuhusu tule chips kavu na mishkaki wakati wenzetu wakenya wanakula sausage na matunda kila siku!"

When I said some time back that Tanzanians, most of them are a lazy lot, there are some disgruntled fellows out there who wanted to stone me, kweli kabisa, but nitasema ukweli, wengi wetu ni wavivu wa kufikiria!!

Being neighbors with Kenyans and Ugandans, I believe that our climate patterns are almost the same, our weather is almost identical in most parts, and the food we eat is almost the same, but now is the time for our officials to blame God....... "Amewapendelea na kuwapa pumzi nyingi kuliko sisi!"

If you were lucky to watch the events where our athletes participated, then I know that it was not one of the times when you are proud to be a Tanzanian, it was a pathetic and shameful sight, mambo ya kusikitisha sana!

What is more confusing is that rumor has it that some of our track and field athletes train with Kenyan athletes most of the times, but looking at Zakia Mrisho coming almost at the last of the field, you just realize that she did not feel the need to do better than what she did, nawaambia ukweli, na mkiona mmwambie!

In marathon one of our athletes was in number 30 something while the other was in the 60 something position by the time they were crossing the finishing line, while another one could not compete, eti alikua anaumwa!

Kabisa mnajua taifa zima linawaangalia, and you do not feel the need to put just a little extra effort to lift their spirits, because unajua wazi ukirudi hutakosa sababu..... "viatu vilikua vinanibana!"

For four good years, that is what we managed to accomplish, hivi kuna haja ya kutuma watu tena miaka minne ijayo wakaendelee kutuaibisha? I always say that if we are to deal with this problem we are facing, first and foremost we have to change our attitude, kweli kabisa, because we Tanzanians have a certain attitude whereby we are satisfied with very little, no ambitions in most of us, lazima tubadilike!

Our boxer was the first to be eliminated, yaani raundi za kwanza kabisa, he was walloped and sent home, back to chipsi mayai and vitumbua, while others were fighting for the honor of their countries, kwa kweli inasikitisha sana!

Someone told me that the Cameroonian team did a disappearing act in London soon after completing their particular sports, yani nasema afadhadhali wao, they knew what they were after, sio sisi na visababu vya kila aina...... "mpinzani wangu aliniangalia vibaya ndio maana nilishindwa"...........mnakera nyie!!!

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