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Revealed: How `Men of God` traffic drugs

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Kizibao, Jun 19, 2011.

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    Kizibao JF-Expert Member

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    Kumbe JK alikuwa anajua nini anakiongea. na Maaskofu kumbe walikuja juu baada ya kuona source yao kubwa sana ya hela inapotea, bila ya kujali ya kuwa wanaliangamiza Taifa..

    By Rodgers Luhwago
    19th June 2011

    They are well dressed, casting the demons, denouncing the devil and claiming to heal the sick in Jesus’ name. Their numbers have been growing rapidly as schools are changed into churches, discotheque halls become worship houses in a bid to spread the gospel according to Jesus Christ, the author and the finisher of the Christian faith.
    To their congregation, they are more than worshipped thanks to their preaching techniques that have inspired many to abandon their traditional churches to join the new revival movement.
    Their gospel is a gospel of prosperity and divine healing. In most of these churches, poverty is a curse, and getting sick is the work of the devil. Economic prosperity, no matter how one acquired that wealth, is commanded blessing, and millions have joined them in Tanzania.
    Some of these preachers drive highly expensive cars, own mansions and their bank accounts grow fat everyday, sending a message that gone are the days when men of God used to live a humbled life, the very same way Jesus Christ did about 2000 years ago.
    From Lagos, Nigeria, a country believed to be the mother of newly and rapidly spreading gospel of material prosperity, to Dar es Salaam, the church has been growing rapidly.
    But behind the scenes, some men of God have been using this opportunity to traffic drugs into the country for years, before some of them were busted a few days ago.
    Currently, according to a report which was also confirmed by the Police, three bishops are in custody after they were found with drugs worth millions of shillings.
    But since the investigation is still going on, The Guardian on Sunday can’t name the three bishops arrested by the Anti-Drug Force Unit recently in Dar es Salaam.
    According to details gathered by The Guardian on Sunday, some religious leaders (not all of them) have made quick fortunes that don’t match with earnings through offerings, tithes and donations, a situation that raised an alarm within the law enforcers.
    After selling drugs to various suppliers outside and inside the country, the billions are paid through bank accounts as religious donations or charity funding from abroad.
    But when the source of funds is traced by the law enforcers, the alleged charities or religious donors are nowhere to be found or those found deny funding or wiring millions of dollars to Tanzania.
    A few years ago, the Bank of Tanzania froze about $10 million, which was money wired from Cyprus to a religious organization in Tanzania, but when the recipient was requested to provide supporting documents, he disappeared.
    How they trade
    The journey starts with a bishop or evangelist writing to a foreign country’s denomination, requesting to conduct an evangelical crusade or seminar. After being given a nod to organize the crusade or seminar, the evangelist or bishop, uses his invitation letter for Visa application, according to disclosures by those arrested to the Police.
    After obtaining a visa, he or she then travels to a host country, conducts a crusade or seminar, but at the end, the evangelist returns to Tanzania with drugs using diplomatic bags.
    According to the Police, in some cases, the evangelist would claim that during his or her trip abroad he was given a donation of religious books and other related items, and finally acquires a container for ferrying in one’s donation.
    But, inside the container, the very same evangelists are alleged to hide cocaine and heroine worth millions of shillings. It’s understood that religious items are not taxable.
    For instance one of those arrested is allegedly to have used the statues of the Virgin Mary to smuggle cocaine into the country early this year.
    “Imagine someone who claims to be a Man of God using the statue of virgin Mary to smuggle cocaine…where are we heading as a nation?” a source close to the investigators currently interrogating the arrested God’s servants told The Guardian on Sunday.
    The source who spoke under conditions of strict anonymity citing the sensitivity of the matter added, “Some of them have wealth which they can’t justify but if you look at the conditions of their churches, they are still using discotheques or hired halls to preach while they have billions.”
    Taking the advantage of the respect they command within the circle of society as well as government, previously nobody could suspect some ‘men of God’ to be involved in drug trafficking.
    Reached for comment, Head of the Anti-Drugs Unit, Godfrey Nzowa, said as far as his memory was concerned, were two religious leaders being arrested by his squad for drug trafficking.
    “I am not in the office but my memory tells me that two spiritual leaders have been arrested in connection with drug trafficking, including a Nigerian religious leader who recently admitted to be conducting services at Biafra area in Kinondoni,” he said.
    According to Nzowa, the spiritual leaders normally ask the source countries for permission to attend seminars or certain training on their own expenses. He said such a strategy enables them to get invitation letters from the source countries, which they then use to apply for visas from the respective countries’ embassies in Dar es Salaam.
    Giving an example, Nzowa said one of the arrested spiritual leaders used the same strategy to travel to a source country with a delegation of ten people and upon coming back they were arrested with 81 kilogrammes of cocaine. The religious leader, according to Nzowa, paid Sh 1 million for each of the ten visas.
    So far none of those arrested have been charged before the court of law. Police say they are still investigating more suspects believed to be using similar methods to traffic into the country.
    The arrest comes just a few days after top Christian religious leaders gave a 48-hour ultimatum to President Kikwete to name those he accused of drug trafficking or else they would name all corrupt leaders within his government.
    According to well placed sources within the Tanzania Police, the Anti-Drug Force Unit is currently investigating more religious leaders suspected to be dealing with drug trafficking business in Dar es Salaam and elsewhere around the country.
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    Mutambukamalogo JF-Expert Member

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    Do religious leaders have a VIP clearance at any airport in this world?. As far as i know May be pope and Vatican ambassadors. Then how all of the so calling themselves bishops,evangelists etc.. Pass with drugs at those entrances. Something fishy is going around......
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    eedoh05 JF-Expert Member

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    What about a list given to JK about 5 years ago? The list includes several religious leaders, government and CCM leaders! Also, there are several retired police officers who are good drug dealers. Tanzanians recall the scandal of one of Alli Mwinyi 's ministers checked by German airways crews on the same issue.
    Drug dealers from islands are key figures in the isle government and CCM. The same applies to the mainland. The police force cannot do anything to them. CCM leaders and the government have blessed the business. No one can stop it.
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    emalau JF-Expert Member

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    There are so many drug dealers even at kariakoo and mchikichini whom police force particularly at msimbazi use them as their sources of income.
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    Rocket Senior Member

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    Hawa wau wamevuna hela za kufa mtu!!!!!anayewakamata huwa anapewa mlungula haraka na kushangaa tuu,ni mradi wa mapato makubwa kwa wanaowakamata...
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    Silas A.K JF-Expert Member

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    Mhh hii attack kwa makanisa ya kiroho siyo sahihi kabisa kwasababu kiongozi wa kanisa la kiroho hawezi kuja statue ya virgin mary labda kama huyo ni Bishop wa kanisa katoliki.Ikumbukwe kwamba kuna ulaghai kwa watumishi wengi wanaojifanya wanamtumikia Mungu kumbe wanajenga himaya zao and this cuts accross all religions siyo wanaojiita walokole tu pia hata wakatoliki,waanglikana,walutheri na waislamu.Si vyema kwa mwandishi wa Guardian kutumia fursa hii kulikashifu kanisa la Mungu ni vyema atambue kwamba uovu upo kila mahali hivyo aache wale wanaokemea pepo kwa kumaanisha waendelee kutenda kazi ambayo bwana amewaita kuifanya.
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    Lunyungu JF-Expert Member

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    Well mimi nitaona kurushiana maneno kunaisha kama watawakamata kwa uwazi na kuwafikisha mahakamani lakini serikali haitafanya hilo basi najua ni chuki na siasa za kipuuzi . Wakamateni tuwaone tuache mambo ya kuwaonya na kuzusha kuvunja amani .Siasa hizi za kijinga zina madhara .
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    Tikerra JF-Expert Member

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    We knew their evil deeds would one day would be revealed.However they have cheated many and continue to cheat many unsuspecting minds.People should be careful of any Nigerian who calls himself a pastor.They are actually conmen.
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    This is the story according to devil worshippers,and their survivor demons. You can't be silly that much to attack christianity based on drug smuggling. Two to three churchmen can't be called in the name of christian leaders. The story would be felt worthy if at all looked into all sects of religions but not such that way. Should you mean organising seminars,fund rising or the like is related to drugs. You can't be that drunkerd to utter uncouth words on people's religious leaders. If people are cought in drugs should be surenderred to court as drug dealers but never as religious drug dealers. Last week BarackObama announced Tanzanian islamic dirty women as supersonic terror drug dealer residing in mbezi and yet islamic member of parliament in kenya. Did you hear anyone relating their religion? Or you think opponents should be illiterary adamant as our goverment leaders try to be. I wish you all the best throughout your failed techniques!
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    Mbopo JF-Expert Member

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    At long last JK has been vindicated and off the hooks. People holding an unjustified phobia against him were all up in arms for relevealing what was hitherto unheard of. The men in cloth have really ashamed themselves and the rest of their worshippers. The full force of law should not spare them and we should also shame them!
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    Mrdash1 JF-Expert Member

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    A country cannot operate on allegations and hearsay, a senior police officer with evidence of how a crime is committed without taking proper action is ignorant, incompetent and not worthy of a public trust. A person with a half brain if given Nzowa's job would have at least announced the day, time, place and names of the arrested citizens/bishops and the circumstances of their arrest.
    Jamani bongo imeoza inatia aibu aibu aibu, nyie wenzetu mlioko huko nje tafadhali acheni kujitambulisha kama watanzania, aibu aibu aibu aibuuuu!
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    still no name of the priest has been made public as far as drug traficking is concerned since that jk stupid speech...this is what i call hypocrisy,do you call it religionism?abso-fu**ing-lutely..
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    Hassan J. Mosoka JF-Expert Member

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    Which country is that a person has to pay one million Tsh for Visa? I have been in Asian (Indonesia) I paid only $50 for Visa, Europe for shengeni Visan is not $75. USA including the sevis payment is not more than $400 how comes they paid one million each??? Again Nzowa must tell Mangi's allegation towards police about drug how it went?? I think they must stop this nonsense and deal with drug dealers appropriately
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    Ninyi akina Mokiwa si mlitaka ya maaskofu wauza unga? Chezeni na hiyo kwanza ili siku nyingine mjue kuwa rais wa nchi hii sio askofu mwenzenu
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    Ngekewa JF-Expert Member

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    Usishangae iwapo serikali inaingia mkataba na makanisa, wabunge wananyamaza kimya kwa kodi zinazopotea kwa misamaha ya kidini, makanisa yanatowa nyaraka kuiongoza serikali na hata Rais anapewa masaa 48 kujieleza kwa makanisa, hayo yote hayakuonyeshi walivyo VIP hapa Tanzania?
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    story ni zile zile uzushi mtupu!
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    Ngekewa JF-Expert Member

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    Do you want us to believe that you travel more than Nzowa?
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    Umekaa chini na kuiona hii ni topic leo? Good for you. Tunajua wale mafisadi na entrourage ya kikwete mnatafuta evidences kila mahali kuonyesha kikwete alikuwa na point, so far sijaona evidences zozote bali ni citations from Nigeria and other countries what about Tanzania? Kwani lazima utafute evidence kwenye uvungu wa kitanda si kikwete atume ffu kuwakamata na kuwaweka jela kama mbowe na Dr Slaa wanavyofanyiwa kila siku. Sioni sababu ya kuendelea kuzungumzia oh viongozi wa dini wanafanya uhaini oh hatutaki kuwakamata sasa hivi kwa sababu tunaendelea na upepelezi. Unajua hapa ndipo trust ya justice sysem ya Tanzania imepotea na kumebaki injustice to the people. Malengo ya ccm katika kueneza sera zao za kifisadi zimeshaingia katika government na hizi ndizo evidences zenyewe na kwa upande wa wengi nchini kikwete ni mwongo mtupu hakuna kitu anafanya kwa manufaa ya wananchi na kuonekana cha ukweli. Ngoja twende kwenye kipindi tangu kikwete aingie madarakani, wamekufa wananchi wangapi, Mbagala, Gongo la Mboto, wizi wa richmond na dowans, madini, EPA na wizi unaoendelea katika idara nyingi serikalini na vyombo vyote vya usalama vipo chini yake. Je kikwete alisharipoti kwa wananchi chochote kile au alipeleka ripoti ikasomwa katika bunge? Maybe I touch your nerve sio. Sasa leo mnataka tuwaamini na kushika mikono na nyie wachafu katika swala la viongozi wa dini. Wengi we don't care kama wapo wafanyakazi makanisani hata viongozi wenyewe katika hizi institutions waende mahakamani na wakikutwa na makosa wapewe adhabu zao, the word say this "we all have sins na Bible is full of unrighteous people and for the inform the Word of God is for all sinners like me and you no exceptions here' Romans 10:3. One thing we as Tanzanians we will never again tolerate anymore propagandas za udini zinazotambazwa na kikwete na mafisadi wa ccm kwamba viongozi wa dini wanausika katika uuzaji wa madawa inchini ili kuwa-discredit viongozi wengi tunaowaheshimu.

    Njama na propagandas za kikwete kwa viongozi wa dini inchini hazitafika kokote pale na kwa taarifa yake zinawafanya wananchi kuwa more united behind them. Kikwete anajua kabisa wakristo wengi wanaupeo mkubwa wa siasa na tunajua wazi kikwete apendwi na wakisto asilimia kubwa sio kwa sababu ya dini yake ni kwasababu they found him very incompetent and arrogant. Sijui waislamu wanamwonaje ila analysis hii inaoneka wazi na ndio sababu zina energize propagandas zake katika viongozi wa dini. Tunajua wengine wakina Nape humu JF tutawasikia oh kikwete hakutaja jina, well we can read between the line and we aren't that stupid like .... The facts that most Muslims leaders either defend kikwete or stay num all along that say a lot about the state of muslims community in Tanzania.

    Kikwete we are calling you out again like in the past, prove us wrong or perceptions will persist and grow.

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    Hassan J. Mosoka JF-Expert Member

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    Whether I have traveled more than Nzowa or not is not important, but the question is! which country in this planet that a person has to pay one million Tsh for visa should be answered before we discuss those so called Pastors allegations brother/sister