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. . . they say it’s pinga

. . . brisk business of rats in Chitown

Tatenda Chipungudzanye, News Editor

SEVERAL people have resorted to have big rats popularly known as matanzania as a delicacy around the country.

The rats are mostly common in Tanzania where there are many banana plantations.

With the frenzy of the new meal that was even featured on sungura musician Alick Macheso’s latest single Zuro Ndizuro, H-Metro spent a day with some people who consume the rats which they heavily defended as pinga which they say is not a rat.

In Zuro Ndizuro, Macheso clarifies that there is a pinga and rat but the men who include Marufu Nhachi, Munetsi Wellington Masomera, Givemore Mupundu and James (Jimmy) Nyozani have vowed to continue consuming the animals as they while up their day at Zengeza 4 Shopping Centre, Pagomba.

The men call themselves Pinga Boys and have several recipes for their delicacy.

“These are not rats. It is an animal called pinga which stays where there are banana plants, sugar can plants or in swamps.

“Macheso akaimba wani kuti pnga ipinga, iri harisi gonzo,” argue Nhachi while slaughtering the animal he had bought for US$1 from boys who hunt for the rats at a wetland near Chitungwiza Town Centre.

“Some time we stew the pinga after a bit of roasting.

“On another day we just braai and in some cases we cook the meat and add peanut butter.

“We have our own pots we keep here at the shopping centre and we cook our own pinga as we do out hustles,” said Nhachi.

Marufu said even Prophet Passion said igore regonzo and there was nothing sinister that they had also resorted to consuming the big rats.

“Prophet Passion vakati igore regonzo saka tongotenderera doing our hustles mudhuze imomo.

“But ipinga not rats as many might want to believe.

“We are not even ashamed of the delicacy,” said Marufu who added that he wanted to take the recipes on national radio.

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