Tanzania: Cleric Mobilises Support for Magufuli’s Leadership

A church leader has urged Tanzanians to support government's determination to improve the economy in the next five years.

Bishop Dr David Mabushi of the International Evangelical Assemblies of God said here that his church values government development initiatives on free education for all children without discrimination.

Dr Mabushi led special prayers for President John Magufuli for his dedicated leadership and the fight against corruption. He said in response to President Magufuli's efforts his church set aside funds for rehabilitation of a primary school as well as donating desks to create a better learning environment for pupils.

"We have renovated Jomo Primary School latrines at a cost of 200,000/- and have handed over 20 desks worth 1.5m/- as our contribution to support government initiatives in improving the learning atmosphere," he said.

He told his audience that the country's peace and unity is the outcome of good leadership by past governments under Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Mzee Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Benjamin Mkapa and Jakaya Kikwete. Shinyanga District Commissioner Josephine Matiro told the congregation to support government initiatives of eradicating poverty and other social vices facing the Tanzanian society.

She said community support to government development agenda will help end problems contributing to underdevelopment. Problems facing Sinyanga district include killings of the elderly, rape, schoolgirl pregnancies and killings of people with albinism.

"Support of religious leaders is crucial because they have tremendous influence over their followers," Matiro said.

Shinyanga Municipal Council Mayor, Gulam Hafidh, who is also the Chairman of the Association of Local Authorities of Tanzania, said he felt privileged to attend the church prayers to President Magufuli, urging other religious denominations to emulate the example.

Source: Tanzania Daily News