Dar es Salaam has become a laughing stock one more time due to an unexpected rainfall which continues to pour almost everywhere around the city for three consecutive days now.
The city is a commercial hub for Tanzania, and it has a population of approximately 6 million people and the number is exponentially growing.
Posts on social media and WhatsApp groups are circulating with people joking on the floating cars, half-drowned houses, long traffic jams and more enough to be laughed at.
Moreover, the country is currently undergoing the general election, more specifically political campaigns, hence the joke is on those in power – CCM (Chama cha Mapinduzi) and its leaders including the top boss, President John Pombe Magufuli.
Political fanatics and those supporting the opposition have been exposing and publishing pictures and videos which brings ‘the shame’ to light for everybody to see and laugh.
Tragedically, ten people have lost their lives so far, according to reports released by the regional police department. The damages and loss of properties have not been reported until the time of writing this piece.
WHAT DOES THE GOVERNMENT SAY?
The government is set to execute its plans to build a bridge at Jangwani area, improve the Msimbazi river system and create another drainage system at Tegeta. According to Mr. Aboubakar Kunenge, the regional commissioner of Dar es Salaam, these efforts are aimed at solving the flooding problem in the city.
This statement comes as it continues to rain in various parts of the commercial capital.
Over years, the most populated city in Tanzania (approximately 6 million people) has been facing difficulties during the rainy seasons. The heavy rains have been causing damages in infrastructures, loss of properties and sometimes deaths.