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I see your name in lights. We can make you a star.

Zitto Kabwe: young, smart and good looking. The Chadema MP for North Kigoma quickly made a name for himself in this parliament. From being suspended for awkward questions on mining contracts to having the temerity to challenge his own party leader in internal Chadema elections, he’s never been far from the news.

Such a high profile can only lead to one thing: a celebrity Q&A in Dar’s notorious udaku scandal sheets. Sani got the scoop, with Zitto answering questions texted in by readers. Sani doesn’t have a web presence – get yours at Posta.

And don’t be a snob. The questions are insightful and more direct and to the point than most Dar microphone holders can manage.

Selected questions and answers below, in translation. But the question I wanted to ask him was…….. Zitto, are you really in business with Captain John Komba, as the Captain himself once claimed in Dar’s short lived Bongo Sun? Komba of course is the CCM MP for Mbinga and leader of Tanzania One Theatre, who I can assure you puts on a good show.

Honourable Zitto, do you have any plan to leave Chadema or is it just rumours? Zitto: I have never planned to leave Chadema. There are people who want me out for their own personal interest. I just tell them I’m not leaving. I’ve never been a member of any party other than Chadema.

Hey, it’s said that you are known for having affairs with younger MPs and that you’re No. 1 when it comes to breaking up marriages. Is this true? That’s not true at all. It’s just gossip

Big Up, Uncle! So, are you gonna run for president? I’m not old enough. The constitution stipulates that one should be 40 years old at least to qualify to contest the presidency.

That young one Kinyonga – the Bongo Flava singer – is it true that you’re with her and how many kids have you had with her? I’m not with her and have had no children with her.

I congratulate you for your performances in parliament. I need to talk to you if you’re ready. Lizzy in Morogoro. I’m ready to communicate with all Tanzanians in building the nation.

What plan do you have in mind for Mwananchi newspaper which raises so much conflict between you and your party leaders? Mwananchi is the only newspaper in the country  which is not owned by a politician or someone with political influence. I greatly respect Mwananchi.

I was a great fan when you were fighting grand corruption, but now you’ve gone quiet. Why? Have you started eating too? Afraid you’ll be uncovered? A good leader is one who sticks to his agenda to the end. My agenda is mining and I’ll stick with that until the new mining legislation is passed. I’m not the type of politician who will chatter about anything. I’m an educated politician  and I can stand over everything I say.

Is it true that you’ve become a bit of a loose cannon in  the party because of your popularity in the constituency? I don’t have such tendencies and I respect my party.

Further education and writing, OK that’s your choice. But don’t you see that God chose you to be the defender of the downtrodden? Teachers can best defend the rights of the downtrodden by giving them the knowledge they need to get on in life. That’s the work I like more than any other.


Danger Zone: hair dressing salons

Investigative journalism is all the rage in Tanzania at the moment, apparently. For the WTF factor, Dar’s tabloids put their more serious minded counterparts to shame. Names and dates don’t figure too much, but their circulation figures don’t lie. This week’s Ijumaa (from Eric Shigongo’s Global Publishers) is no exception: the inside story on the city’s countless hair dressing salons.

Read the full story by clicking here. Read on for edited highlights. This example illustrates a common tabloid theme – fear of women, particularly if they make or spend their own money.

Our report, completed after a long investigation, found prostitution, gay sex, rumour-mongering, marriage breakdown and the drug trade to be some of the things taking place in hair dressing salons.

Many salon owners are the hub of the lesbian scene and use their position to persuade their staff to join them in this sin.

Monica Jeremiah, who has been around a number of salons in Dar, told our investigators that she first got into gay sex after being persuaded by her former boss.

She said her boss used to tell her how beautiful she was.  ‘One day after closing the salon, she said I should come home with her to give her company. Little did I know what type of company she had in mind……..’

Monica went on to explain that salon owners don’t just target their staff, but customers too. ……..

Mama Jane, a customer of various salons in Kinondoni, said that if she were a man she’d learn how to do hair so the wife wouldn’t have to go anywhere else to get it done. ……

Our investigation also shows that some big drug dealers use the salon owners as they know so many people. ‘Many people from the streets get their stuff at the salons. The community is damaged, but the police know nothing. ‘

This newspaper wants the responsible officials to keep a close eye on the hair salons and to see what is going on behind closed doors. We believe that a Tanzania without such collapsing morals is possible. Action must be taken.