A quiet Friday afternoon in Camara’s Dublin workshop was broken by the sound of 8 motorcycle police escorts leading a convoy of cars to the back entrance of the Digital Exchange (the building beside our back gate). An inquiry revealed that the Tanzania Prime Minister, Mizengo P. Pinda (MP) was doing a local community interview in the Digital Hub.
Inexplicably Camara had not got on his schedule but undeterred I headed across the road to see what we could do. I spotted Anne Barrington the Irish Ambassador to Tanzania and asked her if the Prime Minister could take a quick tour of our workshop. Anne then approached his Foreign Affairs minders, the Tanzanian Ambassador and the Special Branch officers and within 10 minutes a quick tour was arranged. Thank god for Irish protocol – this would never have happened in the UK or US!!
While waiting for for the PM to finish his interview I had a good chat with Hon. Prof. Peter Msolla (MP), ex-Dean of the University of Dar Es Salem and now the Minister in charge of the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology in Tanzania. He invited Camara to Tanzania to visit him and suggested we establish our next Hub in Dodoma a large city in the centre of his country. I think a trip to Tanzania around December sounds just right!
When the Prime Minister arrived Philip Flynn (CEO of the Digital Hub) and myself escorted him to the workshop where he spent around 10 minutes meeting some of the people and understanding better what we did. He gave me his card and invited Camara to his country. It was a real pleasure for us all, including several volunteers who were in the workshop to meet PM Mizengo.P Pinda and his delegation.