Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Facts about Tubu village

Historically, Tubu was formed mostly by people from the present day Gwekachumo and Kandalangoti. Originally Tubu was a cattle post, located at the present day Gwekachumo(1). In the early 1970s, people migrated from the present day Gwekachumo and settled at Kandalangoti., which is the present day Tubu (2). When the settlement was finally declared a recognized settlement, it became known as Tubu. The name Kandalangoti was changed to Tubu. (3) Kandalangoti now is a cattle post, about a kilometre from Tubu.
Tubu Village and its associated areas has a population of 754 people, according to the 2001 population census exercise. Its surrounding areas are Samotshoka, Ngocho, Xanaga, Xara Gwekachumo, Chaa and Xowa.

Residents of Tubu area are mostly Bayei. There are a few Hambukushu and Basarwa. Their main economic source of livelihood is subsistence agriculture,that is, the growing of crops and the rearing of animals. Other sources of livelihood include fishing, basket weaving, craft making, collection of veld products etc, which are done on a temporary basis. The staple food is tswii ( waterlily) as well as palm tree fruits. Tswii is common in almost all the rivers in the country and all over the world.

The modes of transport are donkey carts, donkey and horse riding and canoes (mokoro riding).

There is a high rate of unemployment in the area and most of the people, especially the youth depend on the drought relief programme as a source of employment. This has resulted in people migrating to the nearby village of Gumare, in search of jobs. This has hampered the development of the village as some residents now permanently reside in Gumare thus hindering population growth. Tubu is just about 13 km east of Gumare and this makes it easier for people to move from Tubu to Gumare as it is a bigger village as compared to Tubu.

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