Well, once again the world got hit with pleasant news of discoveries.
Start with the kinyonga discovery
In one of the protected areas of Tanzania, the Magombera Forest (Lushoto, Tanga, Tanzania), a team of scientists have discovered a new species of Chameleon which they named Kinyonga magomberae (the Magombera chameleon). Dr Andrew Marshall, from the Environment Department at the University of York, first spotted the animal while surveying monkeys in the Magombera Forest when he disturbed a twig snake eating one. The specimen was collected, tested and compared to two others found by scientists in the same area and has now been named Kinyongia magomberae (the Magombera chameleon) in research published in the African Journal of Herpetology. Read more about this discovery on the ScienceNewsDaily.org
Now, how many countless times you (Tanzanian) have came across this kinyonga? How many times has the 'mkulima' came across this kinyonga when going or working in their "shamba"s? I am pretty sure even many 'watalii's have come across this kinyonga, but they, just like us have failed to report them scientifically, reason being, the lengthy process one has to undergo to have it documented or ignorance (the former to the educated Tanzanian and the later to the Tanzanian majority).
End with the glittering 'goodies' discovery
Not so news new, except for the location, that could be new.
We sleep, wake and walk on gold until somebody comes with their equipment and shouts 'gold discovery!!' then declares, 'no more you mwananchi in here', sorry, we found you here but we don't want you here anymore. Pack and leave.
But sir, where to? where are we supposed to go.
I don't know. Go anywhere, we just want you to leave. Go. Go. We care less of where you should go.
You think I am joking, right? No I am not. If you think I am, then you may want to watch the video documentary I posted here last week, in order to understand how sorry I feel. You may also want to watch the movie, 'Blood Diamonds' (that's if you haven't). Better still, read the UN's 'Conflict Diamonds'.
AllAfrica news reports that: Tanzania could become the biggest gold producing country in Africa following new discoveries of gold in the most unlikely areas of Lindi and Nachingwea districts in the south of the country. This will be the first gold mining venture (Mkuvia Gold Project) to be located in southern Tanzania. Most gold mining is happening in the Lake Victoria zone, Mbeya and Rukwa region, but the south wasn't until now regarded as a potentially gold bearing zone. Tanzania has become one of the fastest-emerging gold producers in Africa, and is now the continent's third-largest gold-producing country after South Africa and Ghana. Annual production of gold has increased from around 43.2 tonnes in 2002 to about 48.0 tonnes in 2003. Based on ongoing projects and developing mines, Tanzania's estimated gold reserves have been calculated at a conservative total that is in excess of 36 M oz (1000 t). Read more about this discovery on AllAfrica.com
Will it be different for us? Why and How? The histories in Ogoniland and Upper Delta (Nigeria), Katanga (Congo DRC), Angola, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast, all have me worried.
Not that I am being blunt skeptical about the whole thing, but then again, why wouldn't I? All that we are used of hearing is 'good promises', those 'empty words' from the 'greedy' in the name of business. Prove me otherwise then that 'mining is a cursed business'?. You may want to convince me of a number of aid given and taxes paid to aid government's budget, but could you cite to me exactly how the lives of the local people have improved before the beginning of mining construction and production?
Probably, you may argue that, by not drilling the mines, the common 'mwananchi' would still be floating in poverty, and I would ask you, wouldn't it be just fine had they have not to worry about them being evicted from their ancestral land in order to give way to the majority 'greedy investors'? And where is the government in all this? just standing-by. Standing there like a 'rotten king' who is ready to sell his own people for a short time profit? Toothless and corrupt governments, who needs those? better not have one at all.
You may also argue that mining companies pay their dues as directed by the government, oh, you know that's a rotten bull's crap! Don't lie to yourself now.
PS: are there any words you couldn't understand? find their meanings from the "Kiswahili translation" engines.