Translation Challenge #8…(swa-eng)

Mvua za Bongo:

Miaka saba imepita tangu niondoke nyumbani, nimerudi hivi majuzi tu. Loh! Niliyoyaona yameniacha kinywa wazi! Wahenga walisema ukishangaa ya Musa utayaona ya Firauni, ama kweli nimeyaona.

Hivi karibuni msimu wa mvua za masika ulianza. Basi kero tunazozipata wakazi wa Dar ni kubwa sana. Matope kila unapokwenda, foleni za magari zisizoisha, maji machafu kujaa barabarani, madaraja kuvunjika na mito kufurika na kusababisha wanaoishi bondeni kulazimika kuhama kwani mali zao zote aidha zimesombwa au kuharibiwa na maji.

Kibaya zaidi hali hii haibadiliki kila mwaka ni yale yale. Viongozi wetu wanazidi kutuangusha kwa hili. Miundombinu ni mibovu na haifai kwa karne hii ya ishirini na moja. Tunaomba tu Mola uchaguzi mkuu ukifika mwakani wananchi wawapigie kura viongozi watakaotuokoa na haya majanga yanayosababishwa na mvua. Mungu ibariki Tanzania.

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2 Responses to Translation Challenge #8…(swa-eng)

  1. kshuck2 says:

    Rains of (bunches? cats and dogs? brains??)

    Seven years have passed since I left home, I only returned recently. Oh! When I saw it it left me with my mouth open! Wise men said if you surprise Moses you will see the Pharaoh, and truly I have seen it. (I think I am forgetting a saying??)

    Around here the season of long rains has begun. Well the trouble we inhabitants of Dar are getting is very big. Mud everywhere you go, lines of cars, dirty water filling the streets, bridges breaking and rivers flooding and causing those who live in the valleys to have to move all their belongings, otherwise they will be swept away or ruined by the water.

    Even worse about this situation, it hasn’t changed and every year is the same. Our leaders continue to disappoint about this. The infrastructure is bad and isn’t suitable for the 21st century. We only ask Lord in the big elections next year that the citizens vote for leaders who will save us from these disasters caused by rain. God bless Tanzania.

  2. fun~lugha says:

    Hey,
    Nice try! The title is Rains of Bongo (bongo being Dar’s nickname). U pretty much got the general idea though a couple of things were a bit off:
    -the saying pretty much means if you are surprised at one thing then you haven’t seen nothing yet as in you are going to see even more shocking things (hence if you are shocked at Moses’ deeds wait till you see what Pharaoh did-or something close to that)
    -about the people in the valley moving its because their things have been destroyed already not because they are trying to prevent that from happening

    All in all 2 thumbs up!

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