Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: 'Father Christmas' Fails to Turn Up

A HIGHLY touted 'Father Christmas' of sorts who was supposed to play with snakes here on Christmas Day failed to make it into town due to transport problems.

Mr Freddy Ng'ang'a, the coordinator of the 'Christmas Acrobatic Show and Dance,' that was to be staged at Via-Via Gardens, said members of the 'Flamingo Ensemble' reside in Dar es Salaam and failed to secure seats to travel to Arusha in time.

"They were supposed to travel on the Christmas Eve but only managed to catch the bus on the following day (Christmas Day) which was the day of the show and the group reached Arusha late in the evening," explained Mr Ng'ang'a.

The organisers are now trying to re-schedule the event for the 1st of January for the New Year. "It is too late to even stage the show on Boxing Day (December 26) as a boxing match was expected to take place at Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium," he explained.

Flamingo Group was to feature a Father Christmas who instead of dishing out sweets and toys, would be playing with snakes. The show includes flame eaters. Arusha kicked off the Christmas holidays with torrential downpour in the morning of Tuesday.

Buses travelling to the capital City from Arusha were forced to park due to the lack of passengers. Metro buses for instance, had only six travellers going to Dar es Salaam and the company opted that the passengers go by Dar Express which had less than twenty passengers travelling that day.

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