Letter from Pemba: On Sheha Mpemba from Pemba

On August 2, 2021, CCM publicity secretariat announced that the MP elect of Konde Constituency, Sheha Mpemba, had resigned. According to the press release, the incumbent “resigned due to family pressure”. Mpemba’s resignation surprised CCM and opposition members alike because he abandoned the seat he had won through blood and sweat. 

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The Roots, The Stem and The Branches: In Search of Myself

By the time I was growing up in the late 1990s, it was no longer fashionable for a young person to have creamed his family tree. Seemingly, the tradition was discouraged some decades ago during the climax of liberation movements and informally banned after the shock waves of the 1964 violence. Continue reading “The Roots, The Stem and The Branches: In Search of Myself”


On Trying to Understand My Sister’s Sacrifice

On one fateful day in July 1996, I packed my few belongings and some books – most of which handwritten – and took an MV Serengeti from Mkoani heading to Unguja, where I was admitted to the then Institute of Kiswahili and Foreign Languages to pursue my diploma on Teaching Languages.

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