27 November 2012

Tanzania: Clergy Urges Upholding of Peace, Morals

THE Chairman of the Good News for All Ministry, Bishop Charles Gadi, has said that Tanzania stands a chance of becoming major economic power in East Africa and Africa at large if government leaders and its people invest in morals, ethics and practice God's teachings.

Citing an example of fast growing economies of tiger nations in Asia, he said there was no reason Tanzania -- which is endowed with plenty of natural resources such as minerals, gas, fertile soil, plenty of water and tourism attractions like Mount Kilimanjaro and national parks -- could continue legging behind while there was every reason to strategize the nation's economic plans for swift development.

Speaking during special prayers for the nation's peace held in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region, over the weekend, Bishop Gadi said that fast growing economies of countries like China, India, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong did not come over night, rather, it was because such nations invested heavily in moral ethics and adhered to God's teachings which in turn gave them vision and capacitated them in terms of science and technology.

"When you have God at heart, you will always have vision to lead people. Things like corruption, selfishness and other immoral acts will never get chance," he said. He said unless Tanzanians gave God a chance to stay in their hearts, nepotism, corruption, prostitution, selfishness and other immoral acts will continue setting back development agenda of the nation.

Citing an example of Mount Kilimanjaro's melting snow cap, he said lack of ethics to value their environment, people have degraded the environment causing climate change which is currently affecting the highest Mountain in Africa.

"This snow is very important for tourists, if the snow continues melting down, tourism will be affected and affect our economy, so we have to see that the environment around the mountain is well managed," he said.

In another development, Bishop Gadi warned Tanzanians to stay away from few people and leaders who want to divide them through religious lines or political ideologies, saying such people have no good intention for the nation's long cherished peace and unity.

Earlier, Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner Leonidas Gama said that although his region was endowed with plenty of natural resources and tourism attractions, such resources faced with a challenge of degradation as people were felling trees, cultivating along water sources, setting fires and charcoal making.

He said that because of the situation, climate in the region has changed in recent days, sometimes reaching 42 centigrade, snow melting on top of Mount Kilimanjaro, drying rivers, prolonged droughts and reduced rains. He said that his region has banned felling of trees, ferrying timbers and logs and it has embarked on a very comprehensive tree planting programme to restore the environment and its biodiversity in the region.

He congratulated Good News for All Ministry for its initiative to pray for the nation and sensitize the general public to manage well the environment, calling on other religious organizations to emulate them.

The prayers are monthly scheduled progammes for Good News for All Ministry which aimed at praying for the nation's peace, its leaders, environment and other economic activities. Earlier this month, similar prayers were held in Katavi Region, attracting more than 2,000 residents of the region, religious groups and their leaders.

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