The name Iringa, comes from the word Lilinga which in Kihehe language means the Fort.The Wahehe is the tribe that owned this area had put a fort here so as to monitor enemies before they would reach the chief's palace in Kalenga. The Germans also came to build their fort on top of this hill, after they managed to conquer the Wahehe in the second battle between them.In he first encounter the Germans were truly beaten, their commander Von Zelewiski was killed and a few of his men were spared and sent back to warn their masters never to come back to the Wahehe land. Zelewiski's grave still exists at Lugalo a few kilometers from Iringa town. This blog is about this great town Iringa. And I was lucky to have been born here.
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Jina Iringa ilitokana na neno la Kihehe Lilinga ambalo tafsiri yake kwa Kiingereza ni Observation Post. Wahehe walianzisha lilinga sehemu hii ilipo Iringa ya sasa, ilikuweza kuwaona maadui kwa urahisi na kuweza kutoa taarifa za kulinda Ikulu iliyokuweko Kalenga. Wajerumani walijenga Boma juu ya kilima hicho hicho baada ya ushindi uliopatikana baada ya kupigana na Wahehe kwa mara ya pili. Katika pambano la kwanza Wajerumani chini ya Von Zelewiski waliuwawa wote akabakizwa mmoja akatoe taarifa kuwa Uheheni kuna wanaume. Vita hiyo ilipigwa eneo la Lugalo mpaka Lundamatwe Kaburi la Zelewiski liko pale Lugalo. Kuboma ni jina walilotumia Wahehe kupaita pale ambapo Wajerumani walijenga Boma lao. Blog hii ni sehemu ya kukutania kuelezana matamu na machungu ya Iringa kwa wakazi wa Iringa walioko na ambao waliwahi kuweko hapa. Blog hii itatupa nafasi ya kukutana kuelezana na kukumbushana yaliyotukuta katika kukutana na mji huu uliopo juu ya kilima . Karibuni.