Premier  urges clerics to preach unity,  tolerance

13May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Premier  urges clerics to preach unity,  tolerance

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has urged religious leaders in the country to preach unity and tolerance among Tanzanians to promote co-existence which is a catalyst for peace.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa greets Mwanza Catholic Archbishop Renatus Nkwande after at an installation ceremony held in Mwanza yesterday. Photo: PMO.

The PM was speaking in Mwanza at a ceremony to install Bishop Renatus Nkwande of the Roman Catholic Church as the Arch Bishop for Mwanza diocese at a ceremony held at Kawekamo grounds in the city.

PM Majaliwa who was speaking on behalf of President John Magufuli, told congregators who gathered at the ceremony that leading people spiritually and socially was a difficult thing saying the appointment to lead the diocese was a sign that he was doing a great job.

“We leaders and worshipers have confidence in what you are doing, therefore accept this task with hope because you are not alone,” he said. 

The PM used the opportunity to sensitize religious leaders to preach peace and forgiveness.

In his remarks, Bishop Nkwande expressed his sadness over the growing beliefs in the country saying this was a sign of deteriorating values among the society.

“Our people have various beliefs that had engulfed them for a long time and it is the role of the church to create public awareness    that God was the answer,” he said.

Bisho Nkwande hailed president Magufuli for the commendable job that he is doing, saying the church believed it was for the benefit of all Tanzanians.

Earlier, when giving remarks from the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) president Bishop Gervas Nyaisonga called upon catholic worshipers in the Lake zone to offer support to the new bishop.

Bishop Nyaisonga thanked the government for offering support to the church in various sectors such as education and health.

The PM left Mwanza yesterday for Arusha where he was expected to receive about 200 tourists from China.