Profile of KHS (Kilimanjaro Heritage Society) and the Heritage of Old Moshi

 KHS – Kilimanjaro Heritage Society

The Kilimanjaro Heritage Society (KHS) serves as a custodian of the rich historical and cultural heritage of Old Moshi, Tanzania. Established with the primary objective of honoring and safeguarding the legacy of this historically significant region, KHS commemorates the Chiefs who played pivotal roles in Old Moshi and the broader Kilimanjaro Region, notably including Mangi Meli, a distinguished Chagga leader who gallantly resisted colonialism and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Mangi Meli symbolizes the leadership and resilience of the Chagga people during a tumultuous period of history. The lineage of Mangi leadership in Old Moshi began with Mangi Rindi Kiusa Bin Makindara, also known as the “Father of Meli,” followed by Mangi Meli himself. Subsequently, Mangi Sudi, the son of Meli, though unable to pursue leadership due to witnessing his father’s demise, nominated Salema as Mangi. This succession was later succeeded by Mangi Abraham Mandara and, finally, Mangi Thomas Mandara. Notably, all these leaders trace their roots to the renowned clans of Moshi, Mandara, Meli, Salema, and Makindara.

KHS engages in collaborative efforts with the Moshi District and the Cultural Ministry of Tanzania, extending its activities beyond Old Moshi to encompass broader heritage conservation initiatives. These efforts include the transition of heritage conservation into the digital realm. One notable collaboration is with Tubingen Moshi from Germany, focused on the translation of books as part of the Wachagga Project, specifically, “The Writings of Rev. Dr. Bruno Gutmann – The Gift to Wachagga, the People of Kilimanjaro.” Additionally, KHS is actively involved in educational endeavors, aiming to empower society by instilling an appreciation for their heritage and enabling them to utilize it as a source of income.

Read more about Wachagga Project – The Writings of Rev. Dr. Bruno Gutmann – “The gift to wachagga, the people of Kilimanjaro”