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TANZANIA: Clerics deplore political violence and corruption

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    By The Citizen Reporters

    Dar es Salaam. As Christians in Tanzania yesterday joined their brethren across the world to celebrate Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, church leaders have used the day to denounce political violence, corruption and bad governance practices.
    The clerics, who made the calls during Easter Mass sermons at various churches in the country, called for authorities and the public to address lack of integrity among government officials, which has been undermining the government's performance.


    The Head of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT), Bishop Alex Malasusa, condemned politicians who have been spreading divisive politics, threatening the country's peace and stability.


    Presiding over the Easter Service at Azania Front Cathedral in Dar es Salaam, Bishop Malasusa said the situation is worsening as even those who were not engaged in political violence have now joined the bandwagon.
    "We have reached a point where we think we can't conduct our politics without violence or insulting one another…we have seen dirty politics in the recent concluded parliamentary by-election in Arumeru East," said Bishop Malasusa.

    For his part, the Christian Council of Tanzania secretary general, Dr Leonard Mtaita, spoke bitterly against government officials who embezzle public funds.


    Dr Mtaita said many of public officials, especially leaders, have been embezzling public funds and got away without being punished due to lack of proper mechanism to deal with them.
    Dr Mtaita said the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) should be tasked with reclaiming public property stolen by government officials and prosecutes those involved.

    "Misuse of public properties has become a bigger problem than even corruption. I urge the government to take stern measures against the culprits and ensure that the problem is addressed," he said during the Easter Mass sermon in Morogoro.
    He also called for Tanzanians to turn out in big numbers to express their views on how they want the new Constitution to be. "It is important for everyone to get involved as the new Constitution is about Tanzania's future," he said.
    Dar es Salaam auxiliary Bishop Eusebius Nzigirwa called for the government to abolish the death penalty as it was against religious beliefs. Bishop Nzigirwa urged the public to put pressure on the government to abolish capital punishment.

    "Christ has resurrected to save us, we should use this to defeat death and it should also be a symbol for our triumph against the death penalty," he said. The Morogoro Anglican Diocese Bishop Godfrey Sehaba urged Tanzanians to stop dreaming of becoming rich at the blink of an eye by using superstitious beliefs. Bishop Sehaba said instead, people should work hard by becoming enterprising.

    He said the tendency by some people to use superstition to become rich has led to the spate of albino killings.
    ‘' Witchdoctors have been deceiving people that they can make them rich by using limbs of human beings…but I want to assure you that the only way for someone to become rich is by working hard," Bishop Sehaba said, adding that most of Tanzanians are not succeeding because they haven't been trying in fear of failure.

    In Arusha, church leaders lashed out at corrupt public officials, urging the government to firmly deal with the culprits. Speaking during Easter congregations, they described corruption as a major obstacle towards development that has denied the ordinary citizens of their basic rights.
    Bishop Thomas Laizer of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) said despite anti-graft efforts by the government in recent years, the malpractice continues to be a menace to the society.
    He said the ordinary people have been the victim of corrupt practices by some dishonest public officials through denial of their basic rights such as access to essential services like healthcare in public hospitals.
    He added that it was because of corruption that some parents failed to enrol their children in public schools and other people denied their rights before the courts or law enforcement agencies such as the police.
    "Some public officials are selfish and they do not care about the welfare of others," Bishop Laizer said.
    He said the recent by-election in Arumeru East constituency was an indication on the gravity of corruption and wondered how effective the state organs in containing graft in such situations are.

    "We have learnt some lessons from the Arumeru East by-election. Corruption reigned in the open yet the PCCB and the Intelligence Department were there," he stated.
    He called for alternative ways to fight graft because of the apparent failure of some state organs to act decisively to arrest the situation while election-related corruption was still on the rise.
    Bishop Laizer, who is the head of the North-Central Diocese of the Lutheran Church, said the church was disturbed by the defamatory remarks and abusive language used by politicians during campaigns.
    He challenged those who diving the people along gender lines to stop, saying pastoralist communities have traditionally accommodated women as leaders and not otherwise as propagated by some politicians. On the political crisis in Arusha, the church leader urged the residents to respect the verdict of the High Court that annull the election of Mr Godbless Lema (Chadema) as Arusha Urban MP.
    "The ruling was made by the High Court and not President Jakaya Kikwete or January Makamba," he said, stressing that people should stop linking court decisions with the national leadership.
    Reported Frank Kimboy in Dar es Salaam, Filbert Rweyemamu in Arusha, Lillian Lucas and Venance George in Morogoro, Godfrey Kahango in Mbeya and Israel Mgussi in Dodoma

    Archbishop Josephat Lebulu of the Catholic Church, for his part, said the church leaders would not keep quiet against acts of inhumanity committed by those in power, especially excessive use of force by the law enforcement organs.
    He also criticised leaders amassing wealth at the expense of the poor who needs support to make their lives better.
    Speaking at the Easter Mass, the Arusha District Commissioner, Mr Raymond Mushi, admitted that some public officials do not ethically and judiciously perform their responsibilities. However, he said the government was committed to reverse the trend.
    Bishop Telesphol Mkude of the Morogoro Roman Catholic Church Diocese appealed to women to be at the frontline in grooming families.
    Speaking at St Patrick Cathedral, Bishop Mkude said women could play major role in grooming God-fearing families.
    In Mbeya, the Roman Catholic Bishop Evarist Chengula appealed to leaders to desist from corrupt practices and serve the people.
    He said there have been complaints by people that government leaders were bent on corrupt practices instead of serving people.
    He gave as an example of public hospitals where patients were not attended to if they did not bribe medical personnel.
    In Dodoma, Bishop Godfrey Mhogolo of the Anglican Church Central Diocese lashed out at politicians who engaged in using abusive language during public rallies.

    Bishop Mhogolo said such politicians should instead tell the people about policies aimed at extricating them from the prevailing economic quagmire.
    He said politicians who engaged in abusive language were doing a disservice to the people who voted them in power.
    Reported Frank Kimboy in Dar es Salaam, Filbert Rweyemamu in Arusha, Lillian Lucas and Venance George in Morogoro, Godfrey Kahango in Mbeya and Israel Mgussi in Dodoma.

    Source http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/component/content/article/37-tanzania-top-news-story/21315-clerics-deplore-political-violence-and-corruption.html
     
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    Ndugu zangu wapendwa watanzania, kenya huwa tuna shitakiwa vikali kwa ukabila na ufisadi.:ballchain:
     
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    Ndugu Mzalendo452,
    You will be glad to know that hao waliomua kutumia siasa za kifisadi waliangukia pua. Wananchi rejected them with a cleat voice. I told you we are cleaning our house one step at a time!
     
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    FJM your nation has only started to open its eyes. Let me give a possible chronology of events that Tanzania is likely to experience;
    At first the whole populace will have favour in one party after one too many years under virtually one party system. This will be a great joy to everyone but here is where everything changes and dynamics of politics change to a completely new face, am not sure if Tz is ready for that.
    Moi knew the need of having one TV station, he could easily decieve the public, likewise to radio stations. With a new govt and related installations, all media outlets will open up. a new generation of know everything people will sprout, corruption wont be silenced, dirty politics will take theater, division on subclans will start shaping....lemmie say alot is there for Tz to learn. In a nutcase; the nationalism of your nation is about to be tested in the next general election after CCM if they win. What the clergy are hinting is a tip on the iceberg, hope ul do it well if not better than Kenyans.
     
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    I dont know how closely you have been watching Tanzania, but let me tell you that Tanzania has more than 50 radio stations and more than 16 TV and I am being very conservative here with the figures plus countless newspapers. And some of these media outlets are openly critical of the govenment. However, the regulations governing media in TZ is what is holding things together. You can not for example use a local language. I believe in Kenya you have i.e Kisii FM, Kikuyu etc etc.

    As for party politics, Tanzania has had a 'W' curve since 1995. Lots of ups and down when it comes to popular political party and what you see now is a result of a very long process full trials and errors. At one time NCCR Mageuzi was very popular but CCM were still alive and kicking! In all probability CCM is dying a natural death, the oxygen machine has been heading south for some years now. They are simply beyond the resuscitation point.

    I do take your point that there are things to learn from Kenya and I see no harm kuchukuwa tahadhari toka kwa jirani.

    NB: Nationalisation died with Mwinyi. a veeeery long time ago!
     
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    hahaha, FJM u just made my day, ati ''Nationalism died a long time ago''....that is a first one, i never thought a tanzanian will ever say that. Still learn from Kenya and avoid the loopholes, the next elections after CHADEMA is what worries even your state machinery. You can never know how the general public will be divided.
     
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    Ndugu yangu livefire, ndiyo sababu nasema inawezekana jirani hamjafuatilia kwa karibu sana mambo ya TZ. Huku mambo yanabadilika sana. Tungekuwa kwenye nationalisation hata maziwa ya brookside yasingekuwa kwenye maduka yetu. CHADEMA kimekuwepo hata kabla Nyerere hajafa. Tumechukuwa babe steps kwenye multi-party system arguably there are good and bad sides za babe steps but we are almost there, and so far 'pamoja'.
     
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    Getting to where we were 20 years ago! Wish you well guys
     
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    Kwani KANU ilikufa lini? (i.e ilisambaratika 20 yrs ago?)
     
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    I was not wrong check your history¬Ö..The first multi-party elections in Kenya was held on 29 December 1992, which is 20 years now!
     
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    Tanzania was 1995. By that time CCM was full of tricks na 'umoja sana'.
     
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    I am glad to hear that, but let us not forget the unsuspecting and vulnerable political novices and the "fukaras" who have the vote, that can be misguided by crafty politicians.However, I Know Tanzania is good in fast-tracking their political objectives with one voice, and since 1995 there has been over 20 parties in tanzania non of which is challenging CCM dominance.
     
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    Mzalendo452,

    ..umesema kweli kabisa.

    ..huku kwetu CCM inashinda kwa kura za watu masikini wa vijijini.

    ..pia huku Tanzania vyama vingi came without any "serious fight", tofauti na huko Kenya ambako kina Koigi na Raila walipambana kweli kweli. Disadvantage yake ni kwamba vyama vya upinzani huku Tanzania took a longer time kueleweka na kukubalika.


     
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    LOL! how can anybody take you seriously after this?
     
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    Where you see a rift or intense rivalry, there is always something valuable hidden underneath. As a Kenyan, why would I deny the problems we are facing, be they land clashes or tribal clashes? But the goodness is we have always almost managed to survive its claws. Now we can also attribute our freedom to conduct our democratic right to challenge anything that is not democratic from the struggles that have happened since independence. I bet the problem we are facing is that unlike other countries in EA that received independence on a platter and smoothly, the independence of Kenya came with a high price tag. FJM once said Kenya has adopted a cut-throat capitalism and Tanzania socialism. And Kenya like any capitalist society will fall into modes of survival for the fittest.

    Can you dig into European history or American history, how Britain and France had supremacy wars in North America, before they could establish their presence. Now I have a question, before the world war which was dominant between the British rum and the French gin? The european war did curve out the current Europe we normally talk about. Since those events are strikingly vivid, we can say that Europe then was being born. What will be your reaction when I say this?!!! future Kenya is already born and Tanzania is still yet to be born.
     
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    Kiongozi, as a Kenyan you know what kind of challenges you face as a nation and what has been done to overcome those challenges. And that's exactly the same for Tanzanians. There is a degree of excitment in the air, people feel optimistic despite the challenges. So, I dont agree with your suggestion that Tanzania is not yet born becuase I feel you dont have all the ingridients to fully describe Tanzanian status.

    NB: I will hold my comment about Kenya until after April 2013.
     
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    by being born I mean getting a standing point. Ama let me say you have not yet written down true history, and which ingridients don't we have. beause I know There are numerous challenges that you may have as well.
     
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