Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

5 February 2013

Tanzania: Handeni Elders Tout Peace, Unity Maintenance

Handeni — ELDERS in Handeni District have urged Tanzanians to uphold peace, tranquility and national unity to bring about development, for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Speaking on Monday, during a meeting with the Tanga Regional Commissioner, Ms Chiku Gallawa, the chairman of the elders, Mr George Mwabelo, said that they struggled for independence before establishing a good foundation of peace and national unity, Tanzanians are enjoying today.

He said that it is against this background that the present generation has an obligation to maintain these principles. He cited the recent religious clashes and the Mtwara gas disturbances as vivid examples showing that there are some people who wanted to reverse the gains of the country.

Mwabelo went on to say that this is only going to be avoided by wananchi through respecting what their elders did for the country. He said the elders in Handeni District should always strive to maintain peace and tranquility because they see it as their main responsibility, to lead the younger generation which is seemingly not aware of the importance of harmony.

He said they will continue to address the community whenever they get the opportunity, to help erase wrong perspective which has been planted by unscrupulous politicians who want to fulfil their ill motives. He, however, praised the government for the manner it handled disturbances that rocked various parts of the country, before asking the State to continue taking stern measures against those disrupting the country's peace.

Addressing the same gathering, Ms Gallawa promised the elders that the government will always make sure that the nation will remain solid and united through preserving peace and tranquility. The regional commissioner is in Handeni District for a five-day tour.

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