Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: For God's Sake, Don't Blame the Devil!

When it comes to the blaming game, let me tell you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, Tanzanians take the lead, kweli kabisa!

Tanzanians will blame the government for having a big number of children, they will blame the government for being kicked out of a job, and they will even blame the government for being late for a flight, ni kawaida yetu, hamna mpya.

The main problem with Tanzanians, and I have said this time and time again, is that they are plain lazy, and they never like to be responsible for their actions, kama mtachukia mtajiju!

Most Tanzanians are like ostriches, burying their heads in the sand and ignore the big problem, and when finally the repercussions hit the fan, they look for the easiest scapegoat, the government, kama kawa. And then if it becomes too ridiculous to blame the poor government, Tanzanians have come up with another easy route to escape any type of blame, they go for the highest rank, blame the devil.

"Ni kweli nilimchakachua mke wako ndugu yangu, samahani sana, lakini shetani aliniingilia, kweli kabisa"..........does it sound familiar? That is why I like to use that statement made by the assassinated US president, John F. Kennedy, who said that you should ask yourself what you can do for your country, and not what your country can do for you......or something to that effect, kwa watanzania, igeuze, it is vice versa!

We like to do stupid things knowing that we can get away with it, and sometimes we do those stupid things because it has become our way of life, because by the end of the day if things don't go the way we anticipated, tutamlaumu shetani tu! You sit in a bar and drink yourself silly, knowing very well that you are supposed to get back home.

And when finally you decide to leave and vibaka jump on you, automatically you will blame the government, baada ya shetani kukuingilia. A woman wears very provocative outfits, flaunting her goodies to whoever is willing to look and ogle, and if it happens that one day vicious young men jump on you and rape you, we know who you are going to blame....the devil!

Hivi tuseme tu kweli, what if one day the devil, after getting fed up with people who pile all on the blame on him, decides to call a press conference to clear his name, what do you think he will say? He will also blame the blamers.

"Jana nimekunywa mtu wangu!nimekandamiza kreti zima peke yangu aisee, baadae nilitapika kama sina akili nzuri!" someone will be heard saying.....hivi mnaona ni sifa au? A man will convince his house girl into having a sexual relationship with him, and when finally the wife finds out, you know exactly what his line of defense is going to be...... "samahani mke wangu, ni shetani".....mtakua lini nyie?

Why is it that nobody in case they are caught committing mischievous acts, doesn't mention God? I know it is because they know for sure that it will be a lame excuse. Juzi I was sitting somewhere on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, nikijipongeza for getting through Valentine Day without any female species calling me from the blues to remind me of the 'good times' we had together in the past, when I witnessed something very sick, yaani machukizo matupu.

There were three women who by the look of things, they were loaded with dough, because the way they were spending, it would make any bar owner proud, kwa kweli walikua na hela. After downing a good number of the Ilala products, things finally got out of hand, because in their drunken state, they were trying to hook any available man, and it is sad but some men responded in kind.

Ilikua ni aibu tupu, because one of them, after trying several times without success to lift herself from the floor, she peed on herself, while one of them chewed a straight blackout on the lawn and another lefty with another equally drunk man.......mnatafuta nini nyie!?

We all know who they blamed in the morning when they woke up........shetani. do you think in their drunken condition any of them, remembered to use protection?... I hope so! It is high time we stood by our actions and accept responsibility, because they say that for every action there is a reaction, kaeni mlitafakari, shauri yenu!

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