Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Arusha Urban MP Slams Religious Leaders

Arusha — ARUSHA Urban MP Mr Godbless Lema has criticized religious leaders for embracing corrupt people.

Speaking at a rally held at Ngarenaro Primary School grounds over the weekend, Mr Lema said there were some evidences that show that religious leaders have lost ethical direction.

The meeting was held to remember people who were shot down by police during the January 5, 2011 mishaps between Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) followers and the local police force.

"At the moment there are a number of politicians who are known for grand corruption and some have even been impeached for such vices, yet they are going around dishing out huge sums of money to churches and mosques as a way of 'cleansing themselves', retorted Mr Lema.

As far as the Arusha MP is concerned, religious leaders in the country have just proved that theirs are not ways of God but self-benefiting schemes targeting to rake in as much money as possible even from people that have been stealing from public funds.

"To make matters worse, the politicians are using the same trick in getting churches and mosques to support them while paving their ways to the presidential and other top positions in the forthcoming 2015 General Elections," maintained the outspoken legislator who vowed to cause uproar in the next National Assembly sessions to be held in Dodoma within a few weeks from now.

He also took time to descend on Kigoma North MP Mr Zitto Kabwe calling upon him to name government leaders that have stashed huge sums of money in overseas accounts. "Zitto seems to be dillydallying with the matter, so he either mentions them or avails their names to some of us who are fearless so that we may read them aloud before both the parliament and public as whole," stated Mr Lema.

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