Datum: 28.01.10 16:59
Kategorie: Diaspora-Afrika, Österreich-Politik

Von: Lena Hörnlein/simon INOU

Darwin´s Nightmare was a fake - Part 2 - Richard Mgamba speaks

Richard Mgamba, Journalist: 

"There is no connection between fish business and arms trafficking"

I didn´t claim in my story that there's connection between fish business and arms trafficking. My story blamed local officials in Tanzania for failing to curb the arms trafficking which was done by using the same flights that carry fish from East Africa. And during my interview with Sauper, I said that "If Africans were selling goods like fish, gold, diamond an others to the EU countries, but the latter was exporting arms to Africa that caused civil wars and deaths of millions people, then this kind of globalization was very unfair and it should be stopped."

Where and when have you watched the film? Did Mr. Sauper send you a copy?

I have got the copy from the illegal market and managed to watch it three times.

How did Darwin's Nightmare change your life?

Darwin Nightmare caused two things in my life-causing a great humiliation from some members of the ruling party and the government of Tanzania especially when thousands of hooligans arranged a demonstration to condemn me and Sauper. My family suffered a lot. My mother who is now 62 years old was shocked to hear that I am not a Tanzanian though the allegations were baseless and unfounded. My friends and colleagues got a mental and psychological tortures following the hostile situation.

The second thing was that most western journalists tell only one side of the African story which is the dark side and ignoring the good things that are taking place in Africa.

Tell us about your job. Do you still work for "The citizen"?

I am still the Bureau Chief for The Citizen Newspapers in Lake Victoria regions and my employer stood firmly to defend my position during the Darwin Nightmare Crisis.

Yes it is good to tell us the impact of globalization to the poor countries in Africa but at the sametime you should also tell people that this is a not a zero sum game, and it has its positive impacts too.

Darwin Nightmare potrayed Mwanza and the entire community of Lake Victoria regions as hopeless where people are facing acute food shortage, something which is not true. there thousands of people who are benefited in fishing industry with their number increasing from only 10,000 in 1992 to nearly 200,000 in 2005.

Overall the sector is currently supporting the livelihood of another 3 million people across the region through multiplier effects. Export has been booming and the economy is doing well but to Darwin Nightmare, this was nothing.

Did you ever say or write that there is a link between the export of nile perch and the import of weapons?

I didn´t claim in my story that there's connection between fish business and arms trafficking. My story blamed local officials in Tanzania for failing to curb the arms trafficking which was done by using the same flights that carry fish from East Africa. And during my interview with Sauper, I said that " If Africans were selling goods like fish, gold, diamond an others to the EU countries, but the latter was exporting arms to Africa that caused civil wars and deaths of millions people, then this kind of globalization was very unfair and it should be stopped.

You said that you asked Hubert Sauper not to reveal your identity. Has there been any written contract between you and him regarding what he will publish about you? If not, how and on what did you agree then?

About disclosing my identity, this is a journalism principle that should be nurtured by all journalists and it doesnt need a special agreement or contract to obey it. Since I had already requested Sauper to do so, there was no any need to have written agreements.

Do you feel like Sauper deceived you? Why?

Yes that is obvious just refer to my stand about this and you will know what's the facts behind.

When did you last hear from him?

I don't remember because there's no any business between me and him.

Thank you for the Interview

Thanks

 

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Darwin´s Nightmare was a fake - Part 1


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