This new entrant makes our ancestors proud

DEAR nephew Milambo

Greetings from this dry, dusty city.

My dear nephew, I hope that by the grace of Limatunda you and your family are doing okay, and indeed all the people in my beloved Ukumbisiganga.

Here in the city, there is nothing exciting to write about, because we are still faced with the serious problem of water shortage and constant power cuts. I understand that the government came out and claimed that there is a crisis because of that thing I told you about called climate change, which has drastically disrupted weather patterns.

This thing called climate change my boy is the single biggest health threat facing humanity, and health professionals worldwide are already responding to the health harms caused by this unfolding crisis.

While no one is safe from these risks, the people whose health is being harmed first and worst by the climate crisis are the people who contribute least to its causes, and who are least able to protect themselves and their families against it – people in low-income and disadvantaged countries and communities like ours, including my beloved Ukumbisiganga.

That is why the government warned us that, because the country face with this problem, then we should brace ourselves for tough times, because we will be faced with power and water rationing.

This water rationing thing is understandable, because they claim that the dam which is the source of our water has been affected by the ongoing drought, and the level of water has gone down, affecting provision of water and electricity.

But my fight with these folks who came up with the idea of water rationing is caused by the fact that they do not respect their own timetable, because they can announce that you will get water on a certain day but when that day comes, there is no water in our taps. Just the other day I was forced to call these water people to complain about their lack of respect for a timetable that they drafted themselves.

They told me that there was a technical problem and that they are working on it, and I told the lady on the other end that if they did not release water that day, then I will be forced to go and shower in her house.

Anyway, by now most of us are getting used to buying water from water vendors, and it was just the other day I was telling one of my neighbors that if we are not careful, this city can soon be faced with a serious case of cholera. I told him this because most of us order water from these bodaboda boys and we are happy when they deliver, but most of us are not aware of the source of their water.

Like yesterday after using the last bucket of water, I called our bodaboda boy and told him to bring me tap water at home, and a short time later he came with water which looked as if it was collected from a river.

I asked him where he got the water, and the boy swore on his mother’s skirt that he got the water from a tap near the market place.

Anyway, that is the dilemma we are going through here in the city, but I am glad that in Ukumbisiganga you get reliable water from that old well, but my advice is that even if you trust the water, you should make a point of boiling all your drinking water, just to be on the safe side.

My dear boy, I know you are surprised that I went straight to complaining about the woes that we are going through here in the confused city, as if I am not aware of the massive news from there.

My son, I went down on my knees and thanked Limatunda and all the Nyamwezi ancestors led by Chief Mirambo when your aunt informed me that finally your wife delivered a healthy baby girl. My dear son, that was the greatest news I have received in recent years, and I am happy that another Nyamwezi beauty has entered the scene.

I wish I was there to see the look on your aunt’s face when the doctor informed her that your wife has given birth to a bouncing baby girl. We all know how she has been praying to Liwelelo that you get a baby girl, and I really thank the ancestors for respecting hers and your wish, although in the case of your aunt I might add it is for her own reason, which I can never term as selfish.

She was over herself when she called me in the middle of the night to deliver the good news, and I could feel her excitement as she carried the baby.

Please convey my sincere congratulations to your wife, because I understand she delivered like a veteran, without any fuss or problem, but most Nyamwezi women are known for their prowess in child birth. Take care of that baby my dear boy, and I am sure your son is happy that he now has a sibling, and it is up to you and your wife to create a special bond between them at an early stage.

I told your aunt that I am planning to come over in the second week of December so that I can at the same time celebrate Christmas with you people. We will communicate more my dear son, I know you already have a name for your new daughter, but as our culture directs, I will also give her a name.

Let me pen off by congratulating you once again my dear boy, and may Limatunda take good care of you and your family.

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