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Political Paranoia? Tanzania’s Ruling Party threatens online social media

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The following is the statement issued earlier today by JamiiForums – the most prominent Tanzanian online social gathering. The popular political forum played a crucial role in a lead up to the General Elections in October 2010 by being the most authoritative source of political news, discussion and debate. However, few days ago  JamiiForums came under a well calculated and targeted attack by the ruling party – Chama cha Mapinduzi – which accused the forum for being “anti-CCM” and “anti-government”.

The statement was distributed to a variety of media outlets in the country and abroad as well as to a number of interested parties.

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Contact:  Mr. Maxence Melo

Plot 1258, Mibega Street

| Box 4203, Dar es Salaam

| Tel: 0222843510

| Email: info@jamiimedia.com

 

 

JamiiForums social network refutes categorically allegations leveled by CCM’s Vice Chairman Mr. Pius Msekwa concerning its ownership, administration and its place in the political discourse in Tanzania

 

APRIL 19th, 2011Dar-Es-Salaam, TANZANIA

JamiiForums is a social network which started in early 2006. It was known then as JamboForums.com but since 2008 it has been known as JamiiForums.com. It is part of Jamii Media Company portfolio of services. On average, over 20,000 people visit the forum daily and spend at least 17 minutes browsing at least 11 pages per person. The membership registration increases at the rate of 25% every month. Currently there are about 40,000 registered members.

This makes JamiiForums one of the most popular, vibrant and visited website that is owned and operated by Tanzanians. Its sphere of influence permeates all levels of Tanzanian society wherever the internet is available, including mobile internet.

We would like to inform the Tanzanian public and our members that the allegation leveled against JamiiForums on April 14th, 2011 by the mainland Vice Chairman of the ruling Revolutionary Party – Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Mr. Pius Msekwa  when introducing his party’s new leadership lineup in Dodoma are without merit and defamatory. We believe they were intended to threaten all independent minded Tanzanians from airing their opinions through various online media outlets such as JamiiForums and other global social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. This is very unfortunate especially in this Digital age.

The same allegations were reported by a number of Tanzanian Dailies on two different days. On April 12th, 2011 Nipashe and Mtanzania newspapers reported on CCM’s Task Force report which according to the newspapers detailed factors that contributed to massive electoral loss of the ruling party in the general elections October last year. On April 14th, 2011 government owned newspaper Daily News reported on Mr. Msekwa’s speech.  Part of his speech was aired the same day on TBC – a government owned and operated national television station.

Mr. Msekwa’s allegations against JamiiForums seem to have been based on a report which we gotten hold of. Part of the report states:

Online social networks such as blogs, facebook, YouTube and twitter have made it easier to mobilize  people. The increased number of educated Tanzanians as a result of expansion of secondary schools and higher learning institutions in the country has led to emergence of knowledge society and entrenched use of social networks to share information. A vivid example is Jamii Forums (one of local online forums) which has been established by youth belonging to CHADEMA that works to undermine CCM and the government.

The allegation that JamiiForums is working “to undermine” the ruling party and the government are purposely tailored to defame this forum and challenge its credibility which we have built painstakingly and at a very heavy price in the past few years. They’re aiming to threaten our members and Tanzanian members of other online communities such as Facebook and Twitter from exercising their right of free speech and association and make them feel as if they are doing something illegal.

This is a weak and mediocre attempt by the ruling party to try to lay blame on JamiiForums and other social media for its poor showing in the last year’s election. By not focusing on its own political wrangling within the party CCM is shifting the blame to innocent bystanders such as our forum.

We would like to assure our fellow Tanzanians and especially our loyal members and guests who visit our forum for news, discussion, and friendship that this forum was not created by “Chadema youth”, has never been financed by Chadema or any other political party for that matter and continues to be the most free and undiluted media source in Tanzania and about Tanzania. Any Tanzanian and other people regardless of their gender, religion, place of origin or location can register freely for membership.

From its inception and onward JamiiForums has relied mostly on the contribution of its members and the support of respectable organizations in the country such as Tanzania Media Fund. As part of Jamii Media Company we have also relied on providing premium advertising space on website to respectable Tanzanian commercial enterprises without compromising our mission to be a place where Tanzanians “dare to speak openly”.

We believe our forum was targeted by the ruling party simply because we have played an enviable role in exposing major corruption scandals that have reflected negatively on the party and its government. As a matter of fact we believe even the recent attempts by the ruling party to renew itself have a basis in what we do. Instead of blaming us, CCM should have tried to find some truths in what we do before labeling us “anti-CCM” or “anti-government”.

The allegations have caused us a lot of trouble from our worried members and from our partners whose support we have relied on over the years. We could not let these unfounded allegations remain unchallenged for by doing so we would have given a clear signal to CCM’s pundits to harass the exercise of free media in Tanzania or to start a campaign of fear against organizations that seem to be out of their control.

We would like to assure our esteemed members here in Tanzania and abroad as well as interested fellow Tanzanians and supporters that JamiiForums will not be shaken or cowered by those in power. We will continue to be an independent media source without establishing ties to any specific political organization in the country. This forum will continue to be a free online forum for all Tanzanians regardless of their political affiliation, religion, tribes, location or any other differentiating factor.

We will continue to be the most free discussion forum without any fear, prejudice or favor to anyone – a party or individual.

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  1. Mimibaba

    20/04/2011 at 10:43 am

    It is a good weighted response. I propose no further responses, because it will start an unneccesary exchange of unfounded counter responses. I based my argument on the low level of comprehension and understanding of the CCM party and members

  2. MwanaHaki

    07/05/2011 at 12:47 pm

    Wanapochanganyikiwa, wanachanganyikiwa vibaya!

  3. nditu

    08/05/2011 at 5:53 pm

    Huku ndiko kunakosemwa kuhunyahunya kwa CCM. Kwa kweli kwa hujuma walioifanyia nchi hii tokea Nyerere ang’atuke tunaweza kwa uhakika kabisa kusema “CCM are authors of their own demise” nddiyo kusema ni watunzi wa yanayowakuta na wanafahamu fika hatima yao katika uongozi wa nchi hii.
    Hebu tafakari, Nyerere aliiongoza nchi hii kukiwa na misukosuko kibao toka kwa jirani kama Msumbiji, Rhodesia waliokuwa wakifanya kila wawezalo kuihujumu serikali na bado alimudu kutusomesha bure, kuwapatia watanzania matibabu ya bure tena bila ubaguzi, alianzisha viwanda vingi kabisa kama vya simenti, nguo, usindikaji, na hata kufaulu kujenga reli ya uhuru. Lakini alipoondoka manyang’au walivamia uwanja, wakaharibu kila chema alichoacha wakijiuzia viwanda kwa bei ya kutupa, kung’oa mitambo, kuiuza nje na majuma yaliyokuwa viwanda kugeuzwa ma”godowns” ya kuwekea mitumba toka nje! Vyovyote watakavyojitetea, CCM imehusika kikamilifu kuifilisi nchi hii na kuifanya kama ilivyo! Sasa watanzania wameamka na wanadai haki yao. Historia imethibitisha kutoshindwa kwa umma ulioamka kudai haki zao na CCM wanalijua vema hilo. Ndiyo maana unamwona mzee mzima kama Msekwa anajiumbua kwa kutoa allegations zisizo na ukweli! Wanatafuta kila njia kujiokoa lakini inavyoelekea mkondo huu wa maji ni mkali kiasi cha kuwasomba wote, wao na makuhani wao wa ufisadi walioliua Azimio la Arusha kweupeee bila hata aibu. Mungu ibariki nchi yetu, harakisha angamizo la CCM na makuwadi wao.

  4. Chriss=

    30/05/2011 at 8:58 am

    Mimi nadhani kunasababu ya kuwaelimisha Hawa Wana CCM kwasababu ni uneducated, ni mambumbumbu wa kufukiri, mimi nilishangaa sana kusikia hiyo statement na nilimshangaa sana Sita kwasababu mimi mwenyewe nilikuwa nategemea sita hatakuwa na fikra za kimbumbumbu kiasi hicho. sasa sijui kwenye CCM nani anaafadhali yaani Wanajichujuachujua na kujivunguavungua na kubaki kama mazandiku wa kuyaudi walio kosa chakua hehehehehe

  5. FRANK

    22/08/2011 at 1:59 pm

    Inasikitisha MNO. Yani tunaibiwa halafu hatutakiwi kusema.Mimi nadhani CCM ingefanyia kazi mapendekezo na maoni ya watu kuliko Kutishia kujamba wakati wanaharisha. Sasa FIKRA PEVU hata ingekuwa ya Chadema So What? Are Chadema not Supposed to Talk in this Country? Samahani kwa kimombo hapo.

  6. faith23

    15/05/2012 at 12:57 am

    Mawazo na maoni ya watu kuliko Kutishia kujamba wakati wanaharisha. Sasa FIKRA PEVU hata ingekuwa ya Chadema So What? Are Chadema not Supposed to Talk in this Country? Samahani kwa kimom goo goo

  7. Jonh

    13/10/2012 at 4:37 pm

    Mtu mwenye mawazo MGANDO mara nyingi ni tatizo ktk jamii, na hasa bahati mbaya akabahatika kuwa kiongozi ni balaa zaidi! Huwezi kuzuia watu wasiseme wakionacho hata kama kinakukera, pole sana nyinyiem kupoteza mwelekeo!!

  8. Zadock

    08/05/2018 at 10:04 pm

    Bloggers wapewe haki yao ya kujieleza

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Sakata la waraka wa Maaskofu KKKT lang’oka na Msajili Mambo ya Ndani

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Waziri wa Mambo ya Ndani Mambo ya Ndani, Mwigulu Nchemba amemsimamisha kazi Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Sheria na Usajili wa Jumuiya za Kidini na Vyama vya Kijamii, Merlin Komba ili kupisha uchunguzi wa barua iliyoandikwa ukilitaka Kanisa la Kiinjili la Kilutheri Tanzania (KKKT) kufuta waraka ilioutoa Machi mwaka huu.

Barua iisambazwa kwenye mitandao ya kijamii ikiitaka KKKT kuufuta waraka wa Pasaka uliotolewa Machi 24 mwaka huu vinginevyo hatua kali za sheria zitachukuliwa dhidi ya kanisa hilo.

Waraka huo uliopewa jina la ‘Taifa letu amani yetu’ ulisainiwa na maaskofu 27 wa kanisa hilo. Ulijikita kujadili masuala ya jamii, uchumi, siasa, katiba mpya na matukio ambayo yako kinyume na kile lilichokiita tunu na misingi ya Taifa.

Akizungumza na wanahabari jijini Dar es Salaam, Waziri Nchemba amesema Serikali haipingani na dhehebu lolote na pale ambapo kuna uhitaji wa kufanyia kazi jambo kuhusu taasisi zilizopo chini ya wizara hiyo taratibu huwa zinatumika kuzungumza na sio kama ilivyofanywa taarifa hiyo inayosambaa.

“Serikali inalinda uhuru wa kuabudu na waumini hivyo huo waraka una maudhui kama matatu, ni barua batili na tunaendelea kuchunguza kama imetengenezwa basi imetengenezwaje, kwani haujapita kwetu.” amesema Waziri Mwigulu.

Kutokana na msimamo huo wa serikali, Waziri Nchemba, amemsimamisha kazi Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Sheria na Usajili wa Jumuiya za Kidini na Vyama vya Kijamii, Merlin Komba, kupisha uchunguzi wa barua iliyoandikwa kwa maaskofu wa KKKT.

“Hivyo basi, namsimamisha Msajili wa hizo taasisi kupisha uchunguzi na ikithibitika ni za Wizara tuweze kujua maana jambo hilo halijapita kwa Waziri, Katibu Mkuu na wala si maelekezo ya serikali,” amesema.

Hata hivyo, amewatoa hofu viongozi wa dini kutokana na sakata hilo na kuwataka waendelee na majukumu yao huku ikitahadharisha jamii kuwa makini na taarifa zinazosambazwa kwenye mitandao ya kijamii.

“Tunawaomba viongozi wa dini waendelee na kazi zao, nasema jamii iwe macho na taarifa zinazosambaa kwenye mitandao ya jamii na wasifanyie kazi taarifa hizo. Viongozi wa dini wasiwe na taharuki na taarifa hizo, hazina baraka za Serikali na wasisite kuwasiliana na Serikali kujua uhalali wake,” amesema.

Waziri Nchemba amesema waraka wa viongozi wa dini uliotolewa miezi iliyopita ni jambo lililopita na hakukuwa na haja ya kuendeleza malumbano yasiyo na tija kwenye jamii.

Katika waraka wa ujumbe wa pasaka uliosomwa katika makanisa ya Kilutheri kote nchini Tanzania na kusambaa katika mitandao ya kijamii, baraza hilo limeorodhesha mambo kadhaa ambayo wameyataja kuwa ndio tishio la umoja na amani ya nchi hiyo.

Utekwaji wa watu wa hivi karibuni, utesaji, kupotea kwa watu, mashambulizi ya silaha dhidi ya viongozi wa kisiasa, muaji yenye mwelekeo wa kiitikadi, vitisho, ubambikiziaji wa kesi, na matumizi mabaya ya vyombo vya dola dhidi ya wananchi ni baadhi tu ya mambo yaliyotajwa katika waraka huo.

Lakini pia Watanzania wamekuwa na hisia tofauti kuhusu viongozi wa dini kuzungumzia hali ya kisiasa nchini. Waraka wa KKKT ulikuja mwezi mmoja baada ya ule wa maaskofu wa kanisa katoliki ambao nao ulionya juu ya kuminywa kwa haki ya kufanya shughuli za kisiasa kama mikutano ya hadhara na maandamano.

Baada ya nyaraka hizo mbili kutolewa na Maaskofu, baadhi ya mambo yaliyokuwa yakilalamikiwa yalipata ufumbuzi ikiwemo kupungua kwa mauaji na uteswaji wa raia kulikuwa kunafanywa na watu wasiojulikana.

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Waziri Mkuu Majaliwa: Hatutangazi nyongeza ya mshahara hadharani kuepusha athari kwa jamii

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Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa ameweka wazi kuwa serikali haitatangaza nyongeza ya mishahara kwa watumishi wa umma hadharani ili kuepusha athari kwa jamii ikiwemo kupanda kwa bei ya bidhaa.

Akizungumza leo Bungeni wakati akijibu swali la Mbunge wa viti maalumu (CHADEMA), Susan Lymo ambaye alitaka kufahamu kwanini Serikali imewanyima au imeshindwa kuwalipa watumishi wa umma nyongeza ya mishahara ambayo ni haki yao ya msingi kulingana na miaka waliyokaa kazini.

Akijibu swali la Mbunge huyo, Waziri Mkuu Majaliwa amesema Serikali ina utaratibu wa kutoa nyongeza ya mishahara kwa watumishi wake lakini haitangazi kwa wananchi wote kama ambavyo imekuwa ikifanyika kwenye sherehe za wafanyakazi za Mei Mosi kila mwaka.

Amesema Serikali ikitangaza mishahara hadharani inaweza kusababisha usumbufu kwa watu wasio watumishi wa umma na inaweza kupandisha bei ya bidhaa na kuathiri mwenendo wa mahitaji ya wananchi sokoni.

Nyongeza za mishahara ambazo zinatangazwa hadharani, mara nyingi zina athari yake sio kwamba Serikali haikusudii kutoa nyongeza ya mshahara kwa mwaka, lakini unapotumia Mei Mosi kutangaza nyongeza ya mshahara unaleta athari kwenye jamii kwasababu vitu vinaweza vikapanda bei, vikawasumbua hata na wananchi ambao hawalipwi mshahara,” amesema Waziri Mkuu.

Amebainisha kuwa siyo lazima Serikali itangaze hadharani kila inapoongeza mishahara kwa watumishi wa umma lakini ifahamike kuwa Serikali ina utaratibu wake mzuri wa kuboresha stahiki za wafanyakazi wake kila mwaka.

Suala la nyongeza ya mishahara liko Serikalini na Mhe Rais ameishawahakikishia wafanyakazi atawaongeza mishahara na sio lazima litangazwe hadharani. Mshahara ni suala la mtu binafsi hata ukiongezwa leo kuwa tumeitangaza leo tumeongeza mshahara kwa kiwango hiki. Ukifanya hivi tayari umeleta kupanda kwa gharama’” amebainisha Waziri Mkuu.

Ameongeza kuwa mkakati wa Serikali ni kupunguza gharama za mahitaji kwenye masoko ili kuzuia mfuko wa bei za bidhaa.

Hata hivyo, Waziri Mkuu Mjaliwa amesema Serikali inaendelea kufanya sensa ya watumishi wote nchi nzima na zoezi hilo likikamilika itaboresha nyongeza ya mwaka, nyongeza ya mishahara na upandishaji wa madaraja.

Awali katika swali lake, Mbunge Lyima amesema Serikali inakiuka Sheria ya Utumishi wa Umma ya kuwapatia watumishi stahiki zao na kuwapunguzia motisha ya kufanya kazi kwa ufanisi katika maeneo yao ya kazi na kuathiri mafao baada ya kustaafu.

Hoja ya Mbunge huyo ni muendelezo wa malalamiko ya watumishi dhidi ya Serikali kwamba hawajapata stahiki zao tangu ilipoanza zoezi la ukakiki wa watumishi wa umma mwaka 2015. Katika zoezi hilo watumishi zaidi ya 9,000 walibainika kutokukidhi vigezo vya utumishi na hivyo kuondolewa kazini.

Huenda kauli aliyoitoa Waziri Mkuu leo Bungeni inaweza ikatofautiana na ile ya Rais John Magufuli aliyoitoa wakati wa sherehe za Mei Mosi, 2018 mijini Iringa ambapo alinukuliwa akisema hawezi kutoa nyongeza ya mishahara akidai Serikali haina fedha.

Kwangu mimi ninafikiria hizi pesa tunazotoa kwa ajili ya elimu bure ni nzuri kuliko fedha hizo kuzipeleka kuongezea mishahara, naona bora kuwapa mikopo wanafunzi wa vyuo vikuu kuliko kuongezea wafanyakazi mishahara,

Nikisema nitaongeza hizo pesa mimi nitazitoa wapi? naogopa kusema uongo. Hata mimi napenda kupandishiwa mshahara lakini kwa hali halisi ya sasa hivi lazima niwaeleze ukweli,” alinukuliwa Rais Magufuli.

Hata hivyo alibainisha kuwa kabla ya kuondoka madarakani ataboresha maslahi ya wafanyakazi wa umma, “Nawaahidi, kipindi changu cha urais hakitaisha kabla sijapandisha mishahara kwa wafanyakazi, kupandisha kwangu haitakuwa kwa shilingi elfu kumi, itakuwa ni kupandisha kwelikwel.”

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Maaskofu KKKT wapewa siku 10 kufuta waraka

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Serikali imetoa siku 10 kwa Kanisa la Kiinjili la Kilutheri Tanzania (KKKT), kuufuta kwa maandishi waraka wao waliotuoa Machi 24 mwaka huu na kisha kuujulisha Umma kwa njia mbalimbali walizotumia kuusambaza.

Kanisa la KKKT kupitia Baraza lake la Maaskofu lilitoa waraka uliopewa jina la ‘Taifa Letu Amani Yetu’ wakati wa Pasaka ambao mbali na masuala ya kiroho, ulibainisha mambo kadhaa yanayogusa mstakabali wa taifa.

Katika mitandao ya kijamii leo imesambazwa barua yenye kumbukumbu no. SO.748/25 inayoonyesha imeandikwa na Ofisi ya Msajili wa Vyama Wizara ya Mambo ya Ndani kwenda kwa Mwenyekiti /askofu Mkuu wa KKKT iliyoandikwa Mei 30, 2018 ikitoa maelekezo ya kufutwa waraka huo ndani ya siku 10 tangu ilipoandikwa barua hiyo.

Ikiwa na kichwa cha habari ‘Ujumbe wa Baraza la Maaskofu wa KKKT’ barua hiyo inaeleza baraza hilo halitambuliki kisheria katika ofisi ya msajili.

“Unaelekezwa kuufuta waraka husika kwa maandishi na kuujulisha umma kuwa taasisi yako haikuwa na haina uwezo kisheria kufanya kile mlichokifanya. Maandishi hayo yaufikie umma wa Watanzania kwa kupitia vyombo vya habari na njia zingine zilezile zilizotumika kuufikisha waraka ule mliouita ‘Ujumbe wa Baraza la Maaskofu KKKT’.

Hata hivyo, barua hiyo imetoa onyo kali kwa taasisi hiyo dini nchi kutekeleza agizo mara moja la sivyo itachukuliwa hatua za kisheria.

“Maelekezo haya yatekelezwe ndani ya siku kumi tangu kupokea kwa barua hii vinginevyo hatua kali zaidi za kisheria zitachukuliwa dhidi ya taasisi hii,” inasema barua hiyo.

Ikumbukwe kuwa  waraka huo ulisainiwa na maaskofu 27 wa kanisa hilo nchini na kutaja baadhi ya mambo hayo kuwa ni pamoja na utekaji, utesaji, kupotea kwa watu, mashambulizi ya silaha dhidi ya viongozi wa kisiasa, mauaji yenye mwelekeo wa kiitikadi, vitisho, ubambikiziaji wa kesi, na matumizi mabaya ya vyombo vya dola dhidi ya wananchi.ni hali ya kijamii na kiuchumi, maisha ya siasa, na masuala mtambuka likiwamo suala la Katiba Mpya.

Waraka uliongeza pia kwamba uhuru wa kujieleza, kutoa na kupokea habari umeendelea kutoweka nchini huku ukionya kubanwa na hatimaye kuelekea kupungua kwa uhuru wa Bunge, Mahakama, na Tume ya Uchaguzi, ukisema hatua hii ni pamoja na kudhoofishwa kwa serikali za Mitaa.

Lakini kabla ya KKKT kutoa waraka wao, Kanisa Katoliki nalo lilitoa waraka kama huo likionya baadhi ya mambo ikiwemo uminywaji wa misingi ya demokrasia ya vyama vingi na uhuru wa kujieleza.

Baada ya kusambaa kwa waraka huo, yalijitokeza mambo mengi ikiwemo kutofautiana na kwa mawazo ya wananchi kuhusu wajibu wa viongozi wa dini katika kutoa ushauri, kuonya au kukemea pale mambo yanapoenda mrama.

Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akiwa na Maaskofu wa KKKT

Hata hivyo, barua hiyo imepokelewa kwa hisia tofauti na watumiaji wa mitandao ya kijamii ikizingatiwa kuwa suala hilo lilijadiliwa na kupita, iweje linaibuka tena wakati huu ambapo kuna utulivu na yale mambo waliyoyapigia kelele na maaskofu  yamepungua ikiwemo kuteswa, kupotea kwa watu na vitisho dhidi ya viongozi wa kisiasa.

 

Wananchi bado wanawaamini viongozi wa dini

Wadau mbalimbali wa masuala ya kijamii wamesema kama kweli barua hiyo imetolewa na serikali, inaweza kuchochea taharuki zaidi kwa waumini wa kanisa hilo na wananchi kwasababu linagusa moja kwa moja imani zao.

Amebainisha kuwa bado waumini wengi wana imani na viongozi wao dini na kwamba yale wanayotamka yanakuwa na nia njema kwa jamii yao. Na katika muktadha huo serikali inapaswa kuwa makini ili kuepusha matatizo zaidi yanayoweza kutokea.

Akizungumza na FikraPevu, Katibu wa Jukwaa la Wahariri Tanzania (TEF), Neville Meena amesema kama serikali ilibaini kuna tatizo kwenye usajili wa Baraza la Maaskofu la KKKT ingekaa na wahusika na kulimaliza kuliko kujitokeza hadharani na kuendeleza jambo ambalo limepita.

“Mimi namwamini Mungu kuliko serikali na viongozi wangu wa dini hasa Maaskofu. Hivyo serikali inapaswa kuwa makini na mambo yanayogusa imani za watu. Katika hili walipaswa kutafakari sana jinsi ya kushughulika nalo. Vinginevyo halina afya kwa ustawi wa taifa letu,” amesema Meena.

Amesema Maaskofu walitimiza wajibu wao wa kuonya kabla mambo hayajaharibika na serikali inapaswa kuyafanyika kazi yale yalyotajwa kwenye waraka au kukaa kimya ili kuepusha migongano isiyo na faida kwa taifa.

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