Belinda got to the border, updated me and let me know they were now headed to Arusha. I let her know I was half an hour behind. Shortly after we got to Namanga too. I went to the ATM and withdrew enough to last us some days and proceeded to the immigration. I don’t leave my passport behind. I carry it with me in my backpack all the time. There were many people at the immigration and so took a while for the passport to get stamped. I changed my cash inside that bureau at the immigration office. I avoid those other guys who change money at the border like plaque. Though they have good rates, am told you are most likely to fall victim of fake money. I closed to Tanzania side and got cleared. I was hungry and so got to one of those vibandas there and ordered pilau. I love the yummy food there. After eating to the full I boarded an Arusha bound Matatu. I closed my eyes not believing I was doing this when the phone sent that Vodacom message “Karibu Tanzania…..”
The road in Tanzania is smooth compared to our rough road and the policemen are polite.
It was already getting dark. I received a message from Boke , “Vipi ndugu, mrembo amefika. Tuko hapa Via Via. “ I texted back and let him know were fast approaching Arusha town. “ Karibu bro”, he replied.
As fate would have it, as we were approaching Arusha, our Nissan hit a cow as it closed the road. The masai cow owner came fuming drawing his sword. A drama that ensued is a story for another day. But to cut the story short we took almost an hour before the police let us go. My bundles had run out.
At around nine thirty I landed in Arusha. I wanted to surprise Belinda and Boke and so decided to walk straight to Via Via Restaurant unannounced. At Via Via, they were nowhere to be seen. My heart raced. I walked to the shop, bought Voda airtime. , switched to my voda line and loaded. They call airtime scratch card Vocha here.
I called Boke, It rang rang and rang but went unanswered. I tried again. Fuck! It was not picked again.I tried a third time, and no answer.
I whatsapped Belinda. “Hey, where are you?’ Just one tick.
I whatsapped Boke. “mko wapi?!!!!” two grey sticks.
“Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! What’s happening now?” I cursed. Holding my head. A thin sweat forming at the center of the face.
Has fisi just been played?