Tanzanian singer turned politician Joseph Haule popularly known as Professor Jay is counting losses after his home was demolished.
The Mikumi Constituency member of parliament was among Dar es Salaam residents whose houses were demolished last Friday. The houses had been marked for demolition in August after Tanzanian road authority( Tanroads) determined that they were constructed on a road reserve.
Despite moving to court in an attempt to stop the demolition, the house was brought down at around 6 pm Friday while Prof Jay was attending to his legislative duties.
The ‘Zali la Mentali’ hitmaker took to social media to lament what he termed as unlawful demolition.
He claimed that he was not informed about the demolition and as a result, could not salvage anything from the house.
He added that he has never suffered such a loss in his life and he is going to follow up the matter and ensure justice is served to all who lost their property in the demolitions.
“Mimi ni mmoja wa wahanga wa hili zoezi la kubomolewa nyumba zetu huku Mbezi Kimara Tarehe 29/9/ 2017.
Jana nikiwa katika majukumu jimboni Mikumi Majira ya saa kumi mbili hivi jioni, nilitaarifiwa kwamba, watu wa Tanroads wakiwa wameambatana na grader mbili na magari mawili ya polisi (defenders) yenye askari waliokuwa na silaha mbalimbali za moto walikuwa wanabomoa nyumba yangu. (sijawahi kuumia kiasi hiki ?) Nimesikitishwa sana jinsi Tanroads wanavyoweza kujichukulia maamuzi bila ya kujali mhimili muhimu wa Mahakama wametoa maagizo gani. ?Na taratibu zilizotumiwa kubomoa nyumba yangu bila ya mimi na Tanesco kupewa taarifa saa kumi na mbili jioni (haukuwa muda wa kazi) na kubomoa huku Umeme ukiwa unawaka ni kitendo ambacho kwanza kina hatarisha maisha ya wabomoaji wenyewe, maisha ya familia yangu pamoja na majirani zangu , LIMENISIKITISHA zaidi. Nasema hivi kwasababu Tanesco wamenipigia simu baada ya masaa 24 au zaidi baada ya zoezi la kubomoa nyumba kufanyika kunitaarifu kuja kukata Umeme kabla ya ubomoaji huo, pindi nilipo waambia kwamba mbona nyumba IMESHABOMOLEWA kabisa na sijaweza kuokoa kitu chochote na hata hiyo meter yenu mnayoiulizia mkaitafute kwenye kile kifusi cha nyumba yangu kilichokusanywa kwa pamoja na watu wa Tanroads. Tanesco walishangazwa sana kuvunjwa nyumba yangu kwa taratibu hizo.
Lakini naamini kila kitu kinatokea kwa sababu maalum. Nimejifunza kumtegemea Na kumshukuru Mungu kwa kila jambo. Na hili ni moja ya mitihani ya hapa duniani. Nimepokea na kumsikiliza Mungu ana mipango gani juu yetu katika familia yangu mbeleni. Tumelipokea na Naamini tutashinda ??,” Professor Jay wrote on Instagram.