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Tanzanians defend 'beautiful' fake nails and lashes

Munira Hussein

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

Fake nails being attached in Dar es Salaam

Fake nails and fake eyelashes are the topic of debate here in Tanzania after the parliamentary speaker banned female MPs from wearing them earlier this week.

He cited health risks as the reason for the ban.

Fredrick Mashini, a lecturer at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, said the glue used for fake nails and lashes might cause allergies for some people.

Hygiene was also key concern.

“Fake lashes are thick and long so they may carry bacteria to the eyes,” he said.

But Amina Juma, a Dar es Salaam resident who uses fake nails and eyelashes, told the BBC she had never experienced any adverse side-effects:

I have been using them for years and I have never seen any effect and I won’t stop using them.

I feel more beautiful and confident when I have fake nails and lashes and eyes become more attractive with fake lashes."

Some women who admitted to using fake nails, said they were more concerned about using fake eyelashes.

A woman having false eyelashes attached

Monica Shayo told me:

I have been putting fake nails but I will never put fake lashes, I love my eyes too much! I can’t risk to put such stuff in my eyes, you can’t compare nails with my eyes."

Female MP Upendo Peneza said the ban – which also applies to women visiting parliament – is going be hard to implement.

Are they going to check us like when we pass on security check? It doesn’t make sense - he [the speaker] could just advise us not to use it for the sake of diplomacy.

And he can’t take you out of the building simply because you have fake nail or fake eyelashes’’

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Tanzania arresting entire village over broken pipes

Aboubakar Famau

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

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The villages affected are in the Mbeya region in Tanzania's southern highlands

Police in south-western Tanzania have started arresting the residents of a village for vandalising some water pipes.

The arrest of the entire village of Ngola was ordered by the area's regional commissioner Albert Chalamila on Wednesday.

The residents are suspected of destroying a water facility worth about $20,000 (£16,000) in Masheye village, which is in a valley in Mbeya region.

Ngola is situated on a slope and does not have access to the water supply, which is thought to have angered the estimated 1,600 inhabitants.

Mr Chalamila told the BBC's Maximiliana Mtenga that the entire village should bear responsibility. A village councillor is among those arrested so far.

"I felt it was important for police to go there and make the arrests. In future they will protect public infrastructure."

He also said some of culpability lay with Masheye village.

"When we set up projects, we let the citizens protect them.

"Water committees in the villages are also responsible for protecting the project."

The police have permission to keep those arrested in detention for 48 hours before taking them to court.