28 April 2014

Tanzania: Cleric Blames Love Starvation Over Divisions

Dodoma — LOVE starvation is the major problem facing Tanzanians, according to Father Diyammi Paul of the Order of Saint Augustine (OSA).

Preaching at the Cathedral of Saint Paul of the Cross, Diocese of Dodoma, Fr Paul compared the lives of Tanzanians today and how the followers of Jesus Christ sat together in love and shared whatever they had together.

The priest, who is also a lecturer at the University of Dodoma, said it was high time Tanzanians prayed to God to give back to them the spirit of love and enable them to live together as one community and cooperate in using the country's resources wisely.

"The major problem that Tanzanians currently face is neither wealth, food nor education poverty but hunger for love," he said.

The cleric acknowledged "the fact that Tanzanians are facing hunger for love", which, he said has manifested itself in their mistrust for each other in addition to fuelling their belief that their leaders failed to manage public resources well while concentrating on private wealth.

Fr Paul also said that Tanzanians lacked love at family level, which he observed has led to corruption.

Expounding further, he pointed out that a father or mother can use their money to help children pass exams, or send them to high school without the required qualifications.

"When this same child finally acquires employment, he could also get involved in corruption and misuse of public resources for his personal benefit as a result of his corrupt upbringing," he added.

Fr Paul also gave the example of how in 1974 the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere interacted with other leaders, including Mr Pius Msekwa, the late Mzee Rashidi Kawawa, to develop policies to live in Ujamaa villages based on the spirit of communal living, love and equal sharing of national resources.

He further gave the example of the Arusha Declaration of 1967, saying it was the best action to follow in implementing God's directions, which require mankind to live together in love and harmony.

The priest's comments have come amid controversies that have engulfed the writing of the country's constitution that has seen major cracks among members of the Constituent Assembly (CA) over what some analysts have blamed on personal and group interests.

The assembly which was adjourned last Friday to August 5, was held for a week in the absence of some members subscribing to Umoja wa Katiba ya Wananchi (UKAWA) who boycotted the session over claims of unfair conduct in the debating chamber.

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