April 26 marked the 46th anniversary of the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar. In other words, the 46th birthday of the state of Tanzania. As you might expect with such a national holiday, the army and the politicians were out in force, and all the offices in Tanzania were closed.
This meant that despite our desire to work and spread the word, Monday also turned into a national holiday for us. I think it is fair to say that the downtrodden Biafra suburb of Dar es Salaam is not the most exciting place to spend your holidays, but there again it is probably memorable at least. Sunset was a beer with the locals on a cliff overlooking Coco Beach, five kilometres away. Thankfully, we didn’t run into any of the 3,101 prisoners that had been pardoned and released from jail on Monday as part of the national holiday celebrations.