On a journey to Arusha from Dar es Salaam, one cannot avoid passing through Moshi town. This town is not very big but it has a beautiful scenario. It is very clean. One cannot see a piece of paper lying around. The gardens and pavements are very well-kept. You may think you are in another country, but still in Tanzania.
The question is why does Moshi succeed and Dar es Salaam fails? When we look at Moshi, we see that the town council is very firm on its rules and regulation so all the residents are aware of tidying their town.
Once a man who was on transit bought a voucher and after using it he threw it on the ground. After a few seconds, he was surrounded by two men in uniform and he was charged for the offence. He had to pay 5000/= and he was given a receipt!
In Dar es Salaam such scenario are never seen. A person might have a shop along a road and in front of the shop there is a gutter full of dirty stinking water with flies buzzing along it.
When you look at the residents of Dar es Salaam at a glance, they are well-groomed but when you go to their houses, the surroundings are life threatened! One cannot imagine an officer of a certain firm living in a house full furnished but the environment that surroundings it, it is horrible.
There are aged women sweeping along the city roads and on the highway, but this is not enough! We need clean pavements, well watered gardens; we need urine free walls (as this has become a chronic disease).
Speaking to an officer of the Kinondoni Municipality who did not what his name mentioned, said, “We have good strategies for the municipality, we are working on the mechanism to implement the strategy”. Such statement is very bitter. At first I thought he was trying to show me that he can use words like; strategy, mechanism and implementation, but later on I learned that these are the very same words used by many officials when they avoid answering a question which leads them to negativity of their duties.
I don’t think that Moshi used such theories in keeping their town clean. It is a matter of patriotism and the love of their town. They know that Moshi is theirs and they are proud of being there, so the matter to keep it clean does not base completely on strategies, mechanisms, and implementations. Those will follow after a committed will to beatify what is theirs.
In the rural areas, people have a way to keep their litter. In their villages, soft litter is taken to their domestic gardens and left to turn into manure. There are no so many plastic bottles and the very few that are available are used to keep their domestic products, like milk, and honey like wise with glass bottles. Fallen leaves from trees are put in small growing trees or bushes and left for mulching. So it is very difficult to find litter lying around these areas. Even fruit peals are taken to goat and cattle.
It is a call upon stakeholders of Dar es Salaam to take a glance face of the city and act immediately for its hygiene. Soon the rainy seasons will commence and that means cholera and dysentery are around the corner as many people will lead their sewage into the streets pretending that it is rain water.Now the question is; where on earth rain water smells so badly!