Reclamation and development of Darajani Creek Zanzibar, 1915- 1960

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University of Dar es Salaam
This study aims at identifying various historical factors, which led the British colonial authorities in Zanzibar to reclaim and develop the Darajani Creek between 1915 and 1960. The research employed various methods including, interviews and critical analysis of archival sources. The data was collected at various localities in urban Unguja. In this study it has been revealed that the economic opportunity offered by Zanzibar town during the early twentieth century attracted many people to immigrate to Zanzibar. Consequently, there was a high population pressure in the area under study. It has been so far evident that both human settlements and economic activities contributed a lot to the further deterioration of sanitary conditions of the Creek and its banks. This was because of the encroachment of the banks of the Creek and sewerage system where most houses from nearby areas discharged its untreated contents into the Creek. All these factors led to the deterioration of the sanitary conditions of Darajani Creek. In this study I have integrated a political-economy theoretical framework with a biological theoretical framework to understand various historical factors which contributed to the poor sanitary conditions of the Creek and the motives of the British to reclaim and develop the Darajani Creek, and its consequences on the people of Zanzibar. This dissertation has revealed that apart from the health point of view, which was strongly alleged by British colonial officials in Zanzibar, there were other motives which were very much related to the political economic interests.
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History, Darajani creek, Zanzibar
Salum, S. S (2013) Reclamation and development of Darajani Creek Zanzibar, 1915- 1960, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salam.