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Title:Prospects for building Ujamaa villages
Author:Kazimoto, A.A.
Periodical:Mbioni: The Monthly Newsletter of Kivukoni College
Geographic term:Tanzania
Abstract:Considers the problems and prospects of building socialist villages in Tanzania. Analyses some aspects of traditional practices which could be utilized and adopted in the building of Ujamaa villages. Stresses the point that those practices are well known to the people and have been tested over the ages. Starting from a known position it might be the best way and perhaps the quickest way of building those villages. Cautions that the practices are not widespread and consequently unless more research is done on them generalisations at this stage are a tricky business. As a case in point the Makonde in Newala District, Southern Tanzania, are taken. These have and are still practising some very good elements of traditional ujamaa, as e.g. the practice of cooperation among the youth, known as 'Majaha', the 'Vyalalo' (sing. Chalalo) which are communal shambas of food reserves also used as sources of money for collective needs, and 'Chikukulu', a practice whereby people in villages help one another in turn.