Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: What a Year!

With 2012 almost coming to an end it would be nice if we could remember what made it great and what was not so great.

On the international scene, in between the Olympics in the United Kingdom this year to the fact that President Barack Obama of the United States of America hardly survived being voted in for his second term it has been quite a remarkable year. Back home, 2012 was the year we lost two young men in the entertainment business in Bongoland.

The first being Steven Kanumba, a successful actor and producer in the film industry in Tanzania. His death in April came as shock and many people thought it was a hoax and thought it was all an act for yet another movie of his. The circumstances surrounding the death were puzzling.

There is something very final about death so no matter what caused his death alas Kanumba is no more. The second young entertainer who passed on was the comedian Hussein Ramadhan Kieti met death in a morbid car crash on his way to visit his mother on what was believed to be his birthday.

The talented performer had become a brand for the Sharobaro trend as he made fun in his own cheeky way of Sharobaro wannabes. Not only could he act he even sang. May both of their souls rest in peace. In the transport sector 2012 saw Dar es Salaam start its own rail commuter services to the great relief of many Dar es Salaam dwellers. A huge round of applause goes to the Minister of Transport Dr Harrison Mwakyembe who made sure that it happened.

It just goes to show that with determination nothing is impossible. Another memorable feat in the transport sector is the pocket friendly air fares introduced by Fast Jet. Although I have not yet grasped the economics behind the low fares I am happy that now we have an option to either fly or go by bus to Kilimanjaro or Mwanza at competitive pricing. For as long as it lasts I intend to jump on to Fast Jet and believe I can fly.

On a sad note in the transport sector another boat plying between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar went down. A shame really as after the accident it was revealed that all the safety rules and regulations regarding the marine vessel seemed to have been thrown to the wind. It was an accident that was just waiting to happen.

It was this year that we have been reminded that our televisions will all have to go digital. So by this time next year a great many of us would have got used to better viewing, as is promised. Seeing, they say is believing. All in all we may have learnt lessons from the mistakes we made this year or maybe not but let us start 2013 with a bang and a promise to make the world a better place than it was this year.

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