Thursday, March 5, 2009


Wadau, I got this from the blog of this Danish lady, I thought it gives a picture on something.Please read on.

I got a speeding ticket today. For driving 57 kph in an area where you can only drive 30 kph.
Fair enough. Rules are rules.
First I have to answer what seems now regular questions in a Tanzanian traffic police officers' manual:
'Do you speak Kiswahili?'
'Are you happy with that?'
'Where is the husband?'
'Where are you coming from/going to?'
The second question is the most crucial, I take, and is supposed to give any driver the option of saying 'No, I'm fairly unhappy with that. Can we make a deal?' Here speed tickets are to be paid on the spot, which does make the option of making it go away more attractive, I guess.
I try to stick to few and simple principles. One of them is that I don't make these deals as long as I'm an NGO-worker who drive a car with a logo from a Danish NGO promoting anti-corruption and good governance. However, it doesn't mean that I'm happy with it. And let me just underline, that the Danish NGO I work for, does not refund - as some of the traffic police officers tend to believe (As seen on

1 comment:

  1. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



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