Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

1 November 2012

Tanzania: Premier Pinda Decries Religious Demos

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Zanzibar First Vice-President Seif Shariff Hamad

Dodoma — Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda has declared that the government will not hesitate to use alternatives means including force against those spearheading chaos and strikes in the country.

He said that the recent chaos staged by a section of youth believed to be Muslim supporters placed the country's harmony at stake. He said it was high time everyone recognized that peace was to be maintained at any cost.

In an impromptu question and answer to the Prime Minister in the National Assembly early on Thursday, Mr Pinda appealed for religious leaders in the country to ensure that they preached peace and harmony.

Premier Pinda was responding Dr Hamis Kingwangala (Nzega-CCM) who wanted to know what the government was doing to ensure that country's harmony is defended, citing the recent religious strikes, demos and property destruction.

Premier Pinda said that the incidents were disturbing and were likely to paint bad picture that the country's peace and harmony was in danger. He warned that that the government was not ready to see such things happening insisting that it was only a tiny part of Muslims with hidden agendas who were spearheading the strikes. He said that it was everyone's duty to ensure that peace is maintained as for if it is lost it was difficult to be regained.

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