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Haydom and emotions
Haydom is very much about emotions.
It is about sympathy for people; about charity directed at sick poor and starving people in Africa, so hungry that that “have to eat grass”. Last century’s Christian mission was very much about saving poor Africans in need. The political and social development that leads to independence is about taking responsibility for local institutions; including those caring for people’s health in a holistic context that develops self respect. Hence; ELCT Mbulu Diocese took the responsibility for Haydom Lutheran Hospital more than half a century ago; in close co-operation with friends in Norway and in other countries.
Power in NOK
It is more than five years now since Dr Ole Halgrim Evjen Olsen passed away. Something has gone astray during these years. That is not to say that everything has gone wrong. It is unfair to put the blame on the young generation of the “Haydom Olsen” alone only because they have been given or have taken on roles in developing “Haydom” during the last five years. I have all reasons to believe that whatever they have done has been well intended.
Local or foreign ownership
The core of the conflict between FoH (“Friends of Haydom” in Norway) and Haydom Development Company Ltd is that HDC Ltd respected the laws in Tanzania and ambitions of the founders saying that HDC Ltd is a Tanzanian company and the Norwegian Foundation FoH did not. FoH in Norway has documented their ambitions to own and control the farm and the hospital from Norway in their own documents published in this web page. See documentation about how the Norwegians want to take control of the farm here and documentation about the hospital here. Nobody should be very surprised that HDC Ltd sympathises with ELCT Mbulu Diocese when FoH in Norway is trying to take control over Haydom Lutheran Hospital in the same manners as they took Mulbadaw and CMSC from HDC Ltd. The only difference, judged from the documents they in vain have tried to keep secret from the public, so far seems that they have not taken it by militia armed with “rungu”. What makes me concerned is that I am being told that they are using the same Norwegian paid Tanzanian advisors in the struggle for the hospital as they used in the takeover of Mulbadaw on 12th August 2006.
The Tanzanian touch
Tanzania never stops surprising me and fascinating me. It is a fascination dating back to early sixties when I in “The Observer” and in other non-local newspapers was reading about the young nation and its leader Nyerere.
Comments by web- editor on 24rd June 2010:
Peace and reconciliation
Lutheran Hospital (HLH) experiences turbulent and emotional times and is
at a crossroad. A mother fighting for her son is nothing new under the sun,
but to more than suggest that "sick
women and poor people" will suffer more without the Olsens ruling
at HLH is maybe to become a little too much emotional. Two days ago
“Mama Kari” wrote the following in an e- mail addressed among others
to HDC Ltd: “Next year it will be
50 years since I came to Haydom. I have spent my whole life's work working
for Haydom, never in a manner of self interest, but always for the people.
I am really sad for the way you all are spreading false allegations about
my family and by your current actions. Even though we as a family are
deeply hurt by this, by your actions the people who really will suffer are
the poor people in need of assistance in Haydom and the surrounding
districts. I urge you to think about the consequences of your actions and
be ready to take responsibility for all those sick children, pregnant
women and poor people who need Haydom's assistance.”
Time for change
these lines the Managing Director of HDC Ltd, Havdan Jakobsen gives full
credit to “Mama Kari” and the late Dr. Ole Halgrim Evjen Olsen, but
unfortunately some things have gone terribly wrong the last five years. The
worst example is the illegal occupation of the Mulbadaw farm and CMSC on
the 12th of August 2006 by militia armed with “rungu” by order of the
Norwegian management at HLH in collaboration with the Norwegian foundation
FoH. However, unless something unexpected happens, the Olsen era at HLH
seems to be very close to an end.
Now is the time to end the conflict
is the time for peace and reconciliation at HLH. This means that the
unfortunate ownership conflict concerning the Mulbadaw farm must be put to
an end as soon as possible. In order to achieve peace, some Norwegian
individuals in FoH must understand the colonial days have ended, and the
Tanzanians must be given the opportunity in their own way to establish
peace in their own house. The Tanzanian company HDC Ltd will do all we can
to contribute to this longed peace and reconciliation.