Arusha Times (Arusha)

23 February 2013

Tanzania: Where timing is important

For example, timing separates life from death for a male insects called praying mantis. Apparently, a hungry female mantis eats the male during mating particularly in laboratory situations. It suggests that the men in Arusha who cannot feed their female partners would not be around if human beings were mantis. Alternatively, many men in the city would consider mating to be a luxury rather than a necessity.

Also consider the importance of timing when animals hunt in the wilderness. A cheetah which depends on speed to hunt may approach the prey or rather the animal it selects to hunt at a walk or slow run. Then, the cheetah bursts into full speed after its prey. It uses its front foot to strike timely at the hind legs of its prey, tripping and knocking it down. The cheetah kills the prey by suffocation quickly. It takes hold of the throat, closing off the windpipe. Its strong jaws lock around the throat of the prey in what is called a "strangulation hold", which can last up to 20 minutes.

Like cheetah, a lion also selects a prey and may approach it slowly. Then, the lion attacks the prey quickly and powerfully. It attempts to catch the prey with a fast rush and final leap. Like cheetah, a lion usually kills its prey by strangulation.

On its part, a leopard tries to ambush or approach prey to within three to 10 meters before pouncing timely. After a successful pounce, the leopard paralyses its prey with a bite through the back of the neck that damages the spinal cord, and then strangles the victim with its powerful jaws.

On a different note, the timing to start paving roads in Arusha City in the absence of the opposition Member of Parliament for the City has been convenient for the ruling party which takes credit for the project. Otherwise, the opposition would have claimed the credits. Admittedly, such timing could be a mere coincidence.

Julius Nyerere, the former president of Tanzania, used to urge farmers to sow or plant sooner rather than later during the rain seasons. It means that he urged farmers to plow timely before rain seasons. But timing for sowing or planting is complicated because rain seasons are extremely unpredictable in Tanzania these days.

It is important for non-state actors to determine the right time to establish mechanisms to ensure that their organizations become financially sustainable. Otherwise, such organizations will close down. That is because donors in Europe have reduced financial support to developing countries substantially. Thanks in part to the current economic slow down in Europe.

The economic crisis in Europe also calls for officials working for government in Tanzania to determine appropriate time to establish mechanisms to ensure that the government's 2013 / 2014 budget depends less on borrowing. Incidentally, 42.36 percent of the total budget for 2012 / 2013 was from borrowing.

Timing for exercises and eating health foods is important, needless to emphasize. The best timing is to exercise and eat good foods before a doctor's advice. The doctor's advice often comes too late.

Time to stop evil deeds is immediately as preachers would advise. It means that there is no room for trying to stop evil deeds gradually.

Timing for reading particularly news is also important. It would be strange to develop a habit of reading old newspapers. Nobody can argue with that.

Prominent beggars along the streets in Arusha City arrive at their begging locations timely and consistently before people in the low class who walk to work have passed. People in the rich and middle classes ride city buses or drive to work and back to their homes. They do not get opportunities to serve beggars along the streets.

By the way, the beggars in Arusha speak of going to work when they go to beg. They make you feel that going to work is not so prestigious after all. In any case, it can be said that timing is an important strategic act in life, in many ways.

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