A tour guide has landed himself in hot water after falsely translating a cheerful visitor’s comments to make it sound as if she was being rude about Tanzanians.
A mobile phone video shows a female tourist enthusing about the country and the Tanzanian people, calling them ‘fabulously wonderful’.
But the guide then speaks into the camera and claims she the locals are always complaining about being hungry.
The country’s tourism minister, Jumanne Mshembe, took exception to his mischief-making, and ordered that the guide was arrested.
East African website eDaily reports he said: ‘I issued an order for his arrest on Tuesday.
‘I can confirm that he was apprehended today (Thursday) at the main gate of Nabi Serengeti reserve.’
The guide, who has not been named, worked at the Serengeti National Park when the undated clip was filmed.
It has gone viral among Tanzanians who see the funny side.
It is thought the guide may have been mocking Tanzanian president John Magufuli, who last month called on people to stop complaining of hunger, the BBC reports.
LOST IN TRANSLATION: WHAT THE TOURIST SAYS AND WHAT THE MISCHIEVOUS GUIDE CLAIMS
Tourist: ‘Hi. My visit to Tanzania has been beautiful, gorgeous. The people are fabulously wonderful and friendly. Greetings are always jambo [the Swahili equivalent of Hello]. Happy to be here. The land is beautiful, beautiful. The animals are wonderful.’
Guide: ‘You Tanzanians complain/cry a lot about hunger. Everyday you cry about hunger when you have flowers at home. Why don’t you boil the flowers and drink [them]. It is not good to cry/complain about hunger.’
Tourist: ‘The variety of animals and people you see is incredible, unlike anywhere else. It is just fabulous.’
Guide: ‘You are asking your president to cook for you. Do you think your president is a cook? Can you get busy, even boil your clothing and eat.’
Tourist: ‘It will be an experience to savour for all of your life. It is fantastic and beautiful and incredible and just unremarkable.’
Guide: ‘Get busy in every corner of the country. The president can’t leave State House to cook for you. You have to cook for yourselves.’