I picked up the last copy at the news stand at Posta yesterday, on my way to lunch with a fellow blogger, so I guess these are selling. It’s Kainerugaba Msemakweli’s list of Members of Parliament and Ministers who he claims hold shoddy degrees. And by ‘shoddy’ he doesn’t mean a 2.2. He means they’re lying.
There’s an initial prurient interest. Who is in and who is out? Next you want to check his sources, but in most cases he’s trying to prove a negative, so that’s frustrating.
So you look to his style. Forthright:
Naudhibitishia umma wa Tanzania kuwa nitapambana nao mpaka mwisho / I swear to all the Tanzanian community that I will struggle with them to the end.
Ninaudhibitishia umma wa Watanzania kuwa kuna siku moja nitafanya mapinduzi katika nchi hii / I swear to all Tanzanians that there will come a day that I’ll make a revolution in this country
I AM READY FOR ANY CHALLENGE
Language is interesting. The only English is the final statement above and the sub-title, pictured. So it’s more of a badge of…. learning, I guess, than a means of communication.
And finally, the medium. Kainerugaba Msemakweli, writer and publisher, is nothing less than a pamphleteer.
I recall once studying 16th century German reformation pamphlets (their illustrations in particular). Designed to be read aloud and handed around, they were well illustrated for the illiterate. Mine has certainly been handed around and last night I read aloud from it – just a short extract. And if you don’t have 3,000/= in your pocket at Posta the mug shots on the cover give you Msemakweli’s story.
It’s good to bear in mind that ‘old’ media can still be a valid choice at getting your message across.