They're back! It's business as usual for Dar beggars

21Apr 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
They're back! It's business as usual for Dar beggars

AFTER disappearing from the streets of Dar es Salaam for a few days, beggars are back in business as city authorities prepare the logistics for their removal from the nation's commercial capital.


In a typical cat-and-mouse manner, the beggars had done into hiding after Dar es Salaam city authorities announced that there would be a police operation on Monday this week to kick them out of the city.

But as soon as city authorities announced that there would be a temporary halt to the crackdown, street beggars returned to business as usual.

A survey by The Guardian has established that beggars are back on city corners and intersections in many parts of Dar es Salaam's central business district.

Instead of heeding the government's orders to leave the city, beggars are now demanding talks with authorities to negotiate a settlement.

some of the beggars in Dar es Salaam commercial city yesterday requested the authorities to stop the clean-up campaign mainly to meet with them for thorough discussion upon their challenges.

In an interview with The Guardian Hamza Amidu said the step taken by Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda to remove from their begging areas will not stop them from begging instead they will opt to engage in criminal acts to get money for their surviving.

“None of us is interested in this business, but we are obliged to do so as we have no other alternative of getting job,” adding that in several companies and industries were we went to apply for job we were told to give a bribe to get job,” said Hamza Amidu who founded in the hiding place.

“We are facing with a lot of healthy and family problem, noting that since Monday to date we are starving as we decided to hide to escape the clean-up exercise that was announced by regional commissioner recently,” he added the beggar who is also a physical challenged person.

According to him, most of them are youth while few are having their family, hence if they lack other method of obtaining money they will engage in robbery in order to earn money for surviving.

Amidu appealed to Dar es Salaam regional commissioner to meet with them for a single day in order to hear their problems and recommendations best to help them.

For his part, Oscar Omari a beggar and a physical challenged said that the government has not yet initiate a tangible plan to resolve the challenges that still exist to us.

The exercise is not new for beggars because it was also conducted in few years back, where we see some of our relatives were taken back home, it is however that to date still the beggars are plenty at several areas.

“Most of the beggars are the main source for the existing of criminal evils who illegally decided to do to earn money for surviving, indeed it accelerates evils instead of reducing it,” he lamented.

Hence, we call upon the concerned authority to explore a new method for helping us to overcome with the challenges.

"Wealso argue the goverment under the health ministry to help us as they are currently having a special department for disabled," he added.

“We are ready to work effectively and diligently if we will be provided with chance for job opportunities specifically in the agriculture,” said Omari.

On his part, Abdallah Said commented that, the government is supposed to consider the side of humanity to mothers who mostly faces hard ship in their daily survives.

"Since Monday to date mothers who are beggars has not obtained anything to feed up their little children as they keep on hiding to escape the government action," said Saidi.

"The best way to end the presence of beggars in urban areas specifically mothers is to create empowerment mechanism for beggars society to have chance of generating their income," he insisted.

He said that, there are a lot of opportunities in the agriculture but the government has not yet engaged youth effectively to take part in the sector.

"If the government is able to allocate us to the agriculture sector we will be active in working as we will be sure of getting money legally, adding that we have nothing to invest as a capital hence we need huge support," he explained.

For his part, Alfred Muya said that, currently we are in dilemma as we don’t know for how long we will be hiding our selves from escaping the government step.

“We also don’t have access to health services as due to lack of money, hence we request the government to carefully consider our situation and to initiate an immediate meeting with beggars to discuss on how they can help us,” she said.

Authorities have been urged to leave disabled groups to beg on the streets and remove all 'lazy' able-people men, women and children holding begging bowls.

Abdalah Mtulia, a resident of Chanika in Ilala Municipal told the Guardian that the authority should first identify the disabled group from the lazy one.

He said after identifying them it must remove those who are holding begging bowl while they are psychically fit.

Mtulia, who is a disabled and a father of five children, disclosed that he had begging for over forty years.
Giving detail of his life, he said through begging he has been able to construct his own house at Chanika, Ilala Municipal in the outskirt of the city

“I call on the authority to reconsider the disabled group and leave it because they have no any other alternative to get their daily bread for their family. All those who are psychically fit yet racing in the city holding begging bowl should immediately removed,” he said

Elaborating more, he said since he cannot travel longer distance to his home area, he used to sleep in the nearby mosque at Kariakoo.

“Thank to the good Samaritan who provided a tri-cycle bicycle to support movement with the city. I call on the authority to support me with bajaji to boost my income,” he called

Mtulia said in order to be free from begging, he want to meet the Dar es salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda to ask his office to provide a bajaji so that he can be free from begging

Echoing similar points, Fatma Mohamed a disabled used to beg at Mnazi Mmoja said the authority should identify them from lazy people.

Mohamed, mother of two children, admitted that all lazy people whether men, women and others related to them should be removed in the city.

He however reminded the authority to reconsider the disabled and leave them because they have no alternative way to get their daily bread.

“Actually I hate all lazy people pretending to hold begging bowls along the streets. Stern measure should be take to them including repatriate them,” she said

On Monday this week, it was reported that all begging hotspot were virtually empty, thanks to threat by city authority to remove them from the streets.

A survey by the Guardian at Ally Hassan Mwinyi-Morrocco roads junction in Kinondoni,Mnazi mmoja,Kisutu cwmwtary,fire,Buguruni and others areas found no race of men, women and children holding begging bowls.

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda announced recently that the beggers, most of whom were from upcountry, need to go back to wherever they came from and engage in production.