3 May 2014

Tanzania: NGO Calls for Ban of Uamsho

A NON-governmental organisation (NGO), Muslims and Christians Brotherhood Society (UNDUGU), has likened a religious group UAMSHO to a terrorist organisation and called for its ban, saying it incites chaos in society.

Speaking to journalists, Chairman of UNDUGU, Mr Hamad Rajabu said that UAMSHO can be compared with some radical groups which have caused damages to different nations in the world.

"From what they advocate for, they are not different from Al Shabaab, Boko Haram and Al Qaeda," he said.

He said the government should take measures against UAMSHO, noting that the group does not benefit society in any way and instead may cause conflict between Muslims and Christians.

"The government should take measures to ban UAMSHO because it may lead to religious conflicts.

It should be understood that such conflicts have no winner as seen in other countries such as Lebanon," he added.

He also said that there have been changes over the years in the country with people now inciting the public to act against various religious groups.

"Of late we have witnessed pastors and bishops killed, burning of churches and pouring of acid on religious leaders," he said.

Mr Rajabu added that the peace of the nation should be preserved by all means as Christians and Muslims have been living together happily in the country for many years.

"We should be careful, if we won't be careful our nation will be like Nigeria and other nations where thousands of people are killing each other due to different religious views," he noted.

One of the active members of UNDUGU, Ms Aweza Myinga noted that Tanzanians have worked so hard for the peace that the country enjoys and thus we should cherish the same.

"We should do whatever it takes to preserve the peace we have, even the members of the Constituent Assembly (CA) who walked out should return when it resumes," she said.

She further said that the country cannot get a good constitution by neglecting the process of making it.


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