They built a boma to house offices – you can still see it today the locals have long forgotten its original use.Like grass growing over a ruin, they have incorporated it into their daily life, some even squat in the sturdy edifice.
Kivinje also bears witness to a grimmer aspect of German colonisation. The Mwembe Kinyonga memorial was built by the town’s inhabitants on the site where Tanzanian participants in the Maji-Maji rebellion were hanged. This uprising took place at the turn of the twentieth- century and sowed the seeds of Independence,a total of 300,000 people killed during the uprising against colonial powers.
Kilwa Kivinje Facts
- The old German administrative capital of the region.
- Old German ruins and quiet but beautiful bay.
- Maji maji rebellion memorial site.