Mbulu

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Mbulu
Imboru
Urban and Rural
Motto: Culture is Treasure
Mbulu is located in Tanzania
Mbulu
Mbulu
Coordinates: 3°51′0″S 35°33′0″E / 3.85000°S 35.55000°E / -3.85000; 35.55000Coordinates: 3°51′0″S 35°33′0″E / 3.85000°S 35.55000°E / -3.85000; 35.55000
Country  TanzaniaTanzania
Region Manyara Region
District Mbulu District
Ward Imboru
Founded by German Colonizers
Government
 • District Chairperson Zakaria Issaäy (CCM)
Time zone East Africa Time (UTC+3)

Mbulu is a town in Tanzania and the capital of the Mbulu District. The town is inhabited by people that identify as Iraqw people. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Mbulu is also located in Mbulu.

Mbulu also (known as Imboru among the Iraqw speakers) is the town in Northern Tanzania. The town is the core of minority cushitic speakers (iraqw people) in Tanzania. The town was founded by Germans in 1907 when they colonizes former German East Africa (Tanganyika, Burundi and Rwanda). Mbulu climate favoured Germans, also the hospitality of the indigenous favoured them. Germans were less harsh to the Iraqw people than the rest Tanganyikans. Thus Iraqw were used by Germans on white collar jobs. Today most Afro-German with Tanzanian ancestry are Iraqw from Mbulu. The main economic activities in Mbulu are Agriculture and Trade. Mbulu area is one of the earliest Wheat growing Plantations. During the British regime, Mbulu peasants were able to form trade union, Particularly Mbulu Wheat Growers association (1923). Most Famous people born in Mbulu are:

  • Herman Sarwatt- The first Non-TANU representative in Independent Tanzania.
  • Dr. Wilbroad Slaa - Chadema's presidential candidate who came the second in 2010 Tanzania General Election.
  • Filbert Bay Sanka - Merlbourne 1971 Gold Medal winner Athlete.
  • Philip Marmo Sanka - Former Tanzania ambassador, in Beijing China.