I have hardly ever seen television during my African Adventures. Usually a news junkie, i have not heard any World News since being in the centre of it all in South Africa for the World Cup.
Nonetheless, during my stay in Moshi at Buffalo's i find the Tanzanian elections making the headlines. Voting for the elections begins tomorrow. There has been a bit of frenzy this week with political parties involved in last minute canvasing with political rallies, marching bands, dance troupes and vans driving through the streets almost continually blaring distorted messages political messages and music.
Whilst not expecting any change of government, BBC World point to the uniqueness of Tanzania. Despite being home to over 100 separate tribes, unlike nearby neighbours, Rwanda, Kenya and Somalia, voting is not controlled by tribalism. Indeed those interviewed for the News Bulletin were quick to point out, whether Maasai, Haya, Chagga, Bantu et. al. there is a very strong sense of Tanzanian identity.
Fortunately violence has not played a part this year, unlike elections held in 2000 and 2005, although i am told that tourist numbers have been particularly down this month with fear of trouble. Next month marks the high tourist season and it is hoped by the tourist industry that the slump is over.