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Of Chagga tribes and triblets, the myths and the legends…

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by Geza Ulole, May 24, 2010.

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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    I am increasingly feel uneasy with plenty of sentiments towards minority groups, the culture our country is fast embracing nowadays through our media that is specifically left unguided and has all the freedom to decide on who to victimize even if is to instigate hate! to be specific here i talk on a Chagga tribe that is mainly the recipient of the now used attacks, Here is a reply of a well distinguished columinist Karl Lyimo to an individual who for some reasons has chosen to execute his constitutional rights on pen to define Chagga people under triblets! Apart from this article from Mwananchi, the likes of Rai and his sister tabloids i.e. Mtanzania, The African under the New Habari Corporation and the significant number of private media houses are practicing a nearly hatred journalism! Is Tanzania going the anti-semitism way Europe had early on 1900 to the mid 1950s that led to massive repatriation of Jews to the Middle east that was culminated with genocide at its peak that the history wont forget? Should we not open our eyes to see there is more than the normal jokes our over 120 tribes tof Tanzania hat lived in harmony for nearly 50 years are accustomed for? Why the media has specifically chosen a one dimension approach knowing there are over 120 tribes in Tanzania and Chagga is even not in the top 3 in numberwise? why balkanizing the country now? suprizingly this is tribe that is party of Tanzania society and has never been party and parcel of any decisions that affects the wellbeing of a common Tanzania, i.e. politically! who doesnt know that these buddies are either in private sector or specialists on various fields that are far away from daily governing that is our misery? why don't we see articles on other tribes lets say Ziguas, Sukumas or Waha on the same magnitude on those papers? What benefits do we get from a columinist using his time to describe certain people, a minority group! for whose benefits are we serving we the people of Wadanganyika land by vindicating a certain minority group that is Tanzanian? why branding those individuals to be nephotic while we practice the same on implicating them and we know that it is impossible under the sun to have institution like parties without roots from a certain place and the institutions guiding the institutions are fairly to any Tanzanian individual whether politically or economically institutions! Please fellow Wadanganyikas be adviced to weigh out this nephotism syndrome that is catching up on our social wellbeing before we get burned to ashes

    Good week people

    Of Chagga tribes and triblets, the myths and the legends…

    By Karl Lyimo
    Last week, the Chagga tribal fraternity – known to amateur anthroposophysts as the ‘Jews of Tanzania' – were nailed to the rafters by an unnamed columnist in a weekend Kiswahili publication. (Page 5 of the ‘Johari' Section, ‘Mwananchi:' May 16, 2010).

    The pen-pusher painted in fairly lurid terms some segments ('triblets') of 'wa-Chagga,' a people whom – compliments of Mother Nature and Father Time – has geodesic links with the world's highest stand-alone mountain, the Kilimanjaro.

    For instance, the writer claimed that the wa-Machame (for some reason known as ‘Palestinians' in certain quarters) are obsessed with refrigerators (Kabati-ya-Mbeho). However, he forgot to mention that, if they can help it, their womenfolk won't marry a man who doesn't own a fridge... And a pick-up truck for dealing with the exigencies of zero-grazing!

    The writer also complimented the wa-Uru as God-fearing bookworms who attach undue importance to book-learning and church bells. When the latter ring – even if only to 'tell' the time of day – Uru folk ('Men and Women of Kishumundu') will instantly drop whatever they're doing, offer a silent prayer and cross themselves in genuine or feigned supplication to their personal deity!

    Then he went completely off the beam, painting the wa-Kiwoso (often referred to in awe by their enemies, real and imagined, as ‘Russians') in blasphemous colours. He described them as former pickpockets who elevated themselves to incorrigible ‘specialised bandits!' The writer couldn't have been ‘wronger' on these God-fearing fellows...

    ‘Kaiboshos' are infamous for insisting in a sharply practical way upon timely repayment of moneys borrowed from them. This is on pain of having a knife melodramatically stuck in one's buttock on first default… A sort of First Reminder within High Street banking circles!

    There're rarely Third Time Defaults on repayment, as a Second Default will almost certainly attract the rather irreversible and final penalty of having the knife plunged in somewhere around the solar plexus. Death from this is slow and agonizing.... And, more often than not, this has proved a formidable deterrent against loan defaulting the way the 'Kaibosho Russians' know it!

    On the other hand, the 'Mwananchi' writer was slavishly generous when describing Old Moshians. These are the medians between the True Chaggas – the wa-Vunjo, who're spread from Kirua to Mwika – and the ‘Others' to the Far East (wa-Rombo), the West (a motley of 'triblets' including the wa-Machame, wa-Old Moshi, wa-Uru, wa-Kibong'oto, etc).

    And then you have the wa-Pare to the South-East. These were perforce assimilated into Kilimanjaro by a sentimental stroke of the presidential pen during the Mwalimu Nyerere Regime (1961-85).

    Someone powerful in Government – whose identity shall remain under wraps here – felt that the Pare Tribe would fare better in Kilimanjaro rather than in Tanga Region – and so be it! But that's a story for another day...

    According to 'Mwananchi,' Old Moshians are hard-working artisans/technicians in such areas as motor mechanics, masonry, carpentry etc. But they are by far not the most morphologically attractive or photogenic... Nor are they as a community drunk all the time on 'gongo/chang'aa/moshi/machozi-ya-simba/Cristapen/bush gin...' Or whacking away, fornicatingly-speaking!

    But, no matter...

    For some unstated reason, the writer omitted one of the most powerful triblets in the Chagga spectrum today: the wa-Rombo. Up to the 1950s, Rombians were mere hobos, the minions of Kilimanjaro, working as farmhands and domestic servants for the other triblets. Then they struck out hard and fast – much like the Vietnamese, the Singaporeans, etc – and are today perhaps the richest folk in Kilimanjaro. Why were they omitted from the treatise? Cheers!

    Of Chagga tribes and triblets, the myths and the legends…
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    By Karl Lyimo
    Last week, the Chagga tribal fraternity – known to amateur anthroposophysts as the ‘Jews of Tanzania' – were nailed to the rafters by an unnamed columnist in a weekend Kiswahili publication. (Page 5 of the ‘Johari' Section, ‘Mwananchi:' May 16, 2010).


    The pen-pusher painted in fairly lurid terms some segments ('triblets') of 'wa-Chagga,' a people whom – compliments of Mother Nature and Father Time – has geodesic links with the world's highest stand-alone mountain, the Kilimanjaro.


    For instance, the writer claimed that the wa-Machame (for some reason known as ‘Palestinians' in certain quarters) are obsessed with refrigerators (Kabati-ya-Mbeho). However, he forgot to mention that, if they can help it, their womenfolk won't marry a man who doesn't own a fridge... And a pick-up truck for dealing with the exigencies of zero-grazing!


    The writer also complimented the wa-Uru as God-fearing bookworms who attach undue importance to book-learning and church bells. When the latter ring – even if only to 'tell' the time of day – Uru folk ('Men and Women of Kishumundu') will instantly drop whatever they're doing, offer a silent prayer and cross themselves in genuine or feigned supplication to their personal deity!


    Then he went completely off the beam, painting the wa-Kiwoso (often referred to in awe by their enemies, real and imagined, as ‘Russians') in blasphemous colours. He described them as former pickpockets who elevated themselves to incorrigible ‘specialised bandits!' The writer couldn't have been ‘wronger' on these God-fearing fellows...


    ‘Kaiboshos' are infamous for insisting in a sharply practical way upon timely repayment of moneys borrowed from them. This is on pain of having a knife melodramatically stuck in one's buttock on first default… A sort of First Reminder within High Street banking circles!


    There're rarely Third Time Defaults on repayment, as a Second Default will almost certainly attract the rather irreversible and final penalty of having the knife plunged in somewhere around the solar plexus. Death from this is slow and agonizing.... And, more often than not, this has proved a formidable deterrent against loan defaulting the way the 'Kaibosho Russians' know it!


    On the other hand, the 'Mwananchi' writer was slavishly generous when describing Old Moshians. These are the medians between the True Chaggas – the wa-Vunjo, who're spread from Kirua to Mwika – and the ‘Others' to the Far East (wa-Rombo), the West (a motley of 'triblets' including the wa-Machame, wa-Old Moshi, wa-Uru, wa-Kibong'oto, etc).


    And then you have the wa-Pare to the South-East. These were perforce assimilated into Kilimanjaro by a sentimental stroke of the presidential pen during the Mwalimu Nyerere Regime (1961-85).


    Someone powerful in Government – whose identity shall remain under wraps here – felt that the Pare Tribe would fare better in Kilimanjaro rather than in Tanga Region – and so be it! But that's a story for another day...


    According to 'Mwananchi,' Old Moshians are hard-working artisans/technicians in such areas as motor mechanics, masonry, carpentry etc. But they are by far not the most morphologically attractive or photogenic... Nor are they as a community drunk all the time on 'gongo/chang'aa/moshi/machozi-ya-simba/Cristapen/bush gin...' Or whacking away, fornicatingly-speaking!


    But, no matter...


    For some unstated reason, the writer omitted one of the most powerful triblets in the Chagga spectrum today: the wa-Rombo. Up to the 1950s, Rombians were mere hobos, the minions of Kilimanjaro, working as farmhands and domestic servants for the other triblets. Then they struck out hard and fast – much like the Vietnamese, the Singaporeans, etc – and are today perhaps the richest folk in Kilimanjaro. Why were they omitted from the treatise? Cheers!




    Of Chagga tribes and triblets, the myths and the legends
     
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    Geza Ulole,
    Don't let hard jokes bother You..
    To my understanding - If Nothing is true, shouldn't bother one making monkey out of U..as to say Causality can't be true if nothing actually exists(Determinism) .
     
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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    sio hard jokes mkuu bali ni distorted facts with hidden agenda Mkuu! nikuulize kama leo watafanya research with events kuangalia lets say kabila gani ni wezi na wauwaji! tuna uhakika wachagga watakuwa wanaongoza? how about wizi wa mifugo huko mara? je ujambazi huko Ngara? uko Mbeya? na wizi wa Waheshimiwa madarakani? na je huko Mwanza mauaji ya vikongwe, albino na sasa wanasiasa? kuna kitu mkuu kinaendelea ambacho kiko spearheaded by politicians to discredit those individuals who seem a threat, people open your eyes there is no need to finger point the individuals within certain tribes to be accountable for the evil we face today!
     
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    Puuliiz, thats not anthropological research, that just what the headline described it to be as myth and legends. I'd go as far as to say the article or even if there is a book in pipeline is fuelled by fear and misrepresentation of the tribe.

    Scientific research looks at interpretition of meanings to justify actions or ways of life and not outside observer interpretition of actions or attitudes. These things today may take atleast two years, just to conclude one side of the mountain interpretition of their meanings for anyone to produce solid evidence. And trust me thats not how you'd present it, i say chaggas need to sue this 'gizza' for misreprentation and his agenda on misleading the public about Masawe and co.

    ps dont call this bozzo an anthropologist.
     
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    The problem is that, especially in a country like ours, people believe in those "hard jokes".
     
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    Did Mwalimu beleieve it too?too sad,mchagga ni mtanzania na atapigania maslahi ya tanzania,marekani ina makabila karibu yote duniani,wasingeaminiana wasingelipata maendeleo waliyonayo sasa,kwa mfano bothe jews and arabs have their place in US economy etc.
     
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    Interesting. Sijaiona hiyo article ambayo Bw. Lyimo anajaribu kuichambua. Nadhani I was forwarded something similar to that in my email sometimes ago, lakini it is more of utani wa jadi than serious - joking aliyofanya Lyimo...it is simply out of context.
     
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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    the issue here is those jokes are taken to another level now! And how comes only this specific tribe is always highlighted knowing the fact they are not the majority, are not running the government but simply doing business and work in other professions! kuna walakini
     
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    hili jambo limeenezwa sana, na nafikiri inabidi ifike kipindi watu waeleweshwe. mtu yeyote anaweza kuwa mbaya, toka kwenye kabila lolote lile. mimi sio mchaga, lakini wachaga wamekuwa targeted sana miaka mingi, kuanzia kuitwa wakabila hadi kuishia kuitwa wapenda pesa wanaoolewa (kwa wanawake) ili wawaue wanaume wao wakishapata pesa.

    mwalimu Nyerere pia kipindi anasambaratisha ukabilia, wanafunzi waliosoma shule za kilimanjaro hawakuwa wanachaguliwa kuendelea secondary kwa muda fulani, hii ni dhahiri na ilifanyika kisirisiri.. hii ilisababisha wachaga wengi waliokuwa wanatamani watoto wao wasome shule secondary wawahamishe watoto wao toka kilimanjaro hadi mikoa mingine wakamalizie shule hizo....from there ndo waliweza kuchaguliwa. kuna wachaga wengi walienda kusoma secondary mikoa ya kusini kwasababu concentration ya kuchagua wanafunzi watakaoendelea kipindi kile ilihamishiwa huko...ni sawa tu na upendeleo wa sasa unapoona wanafunzi wanawake wanapewa ufadhili chuo kikuu wakiwa na division two, wakati mwanaume akiwa na division two hapati hadi awe na one.

    kwa upande wangu, nadhani mambo ya kizamani kwasasa yameisha sana.
     
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    When did they start to believe those 'hard jokes'? As far as I know, these jokes or 'utani' are the ones that ease tensions among ethnic groups. To name a few of these is the joke/stereotype that the Pare are mean, coastal people are lazy, Chagas are thiefs, Sukuma hardworking and docile etc. or jokes between the Zaramo and Sukuma, Pare and Chaga etc etc.
     
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