Hapa sina la kusema lakini kama ulishawahi kwenda kwenye hizi hoteli zinazoitwa za kitalii na ngozi yako nyeusi basi bila shaka utakuwa umeshakumbana na haya mambo ya ubaguzi - kwa viwango tofauti tofauti. Nilikwenda pale Kempsink na nilichunguzwa kuanzia nilichovaa na jamaa waliudhika niliposema kwamba sifahamu Kiingereza. Walitulia tu kidogo pale nilipowaambia kwamba nilikuwa nalipa dola keshi. Kwa nini tubaguliwe katika nchi yetu wenyewe?
Racism within TZ as Arusha hotel denies access to Blacks
The man, a Tanzanian national employed by Lake Manyara National Park, took his family to the legendary Lake Manyara Hotel for a leisurely outing that turned out to be an nightmarish anti-climax.
Upon approaching the main gate of the prestigious lodge, watchmen relayed a piece of information to him which didn`t register immediately as being factual - that the facility was a no-go zone for natives, but the preserve of foreigners and members of the power elite.
The hotel is located nearly 6 km west-south of Manyara National Park.
On Thursday this last week, the conservationist disclosed the experience to Natural Resources and Tourism Minister, Shamsa Mwangunga.
``Honourable Minister, as domestic tourists, Tanzanians are facing discrimination at the hotel.
We are not allowed to approach the facility, let alone getting in and being served,`` he lamented.
An irritated Minister Mwangunga paid a surprise visit to the hotel immediately, to establish the authenticity or otherwise, of the allegations.
On his part, Juma told her that the restriction policy was imposed by the hotel management following attacks on some hotels in the East African region and elsewhere in the world.
``Since terrorists have no labels, the management decided to restrict an influx of local people into the lodge,`` the hotel boss noted.
Responding, the shocked minister said the move was not only frustrating her ministry`s efforts to promote domestic tourism, but also contravened the laws of the land.
The minister then issued a one week ultimatum for the management to revoke the policy and to give her a feedback.
A panicky Tenga apologized and said the policy was being withdrawn with immediate effect.
Constructed about 38 years ago, Lake Manyara Hotel, Seronera, Ngorongoro and Lobo lodges formerly belonged to the Tanzania Tourist Corporation (TTC) and were later handed over to Tanzania Hotels Investment when TTC was disbanded in 1992.
Some years back hotel and lodges were acquired by a local private firm, Hotels and Lodges Limited.
- SOURCE: Sunday Observer