Support JPM on anti-corruption drive, clerics told

02Dec 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Support JPM on anti-corruption drive, clerics told

The Second Vice-President of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, Ambassador Seif Ali Iddi, yesterday counselled Muslims across the country to support President John Magufuli in his anti-corruption crusade.

Amb. Iddi said when President Magufuli took office in November 2015, there was massive corruption in Tanzania that called for concerted efforts to fight the social cancer.

“Muslims should cooperate and support the President in the war on corruption,” the Zanzibar Second Vice-President said when addressing a Maulid Baraza held at national level in Ruangwa district in Lindi region.

He said Muslims in the east African nation stand a better chance of supporting the President in the sober cause if they observe and followed to the brim the teachings of Prophet Muhammad that were based on honesty.

He said Muslims should celebrate Maulid, the observance of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, by asking themselves whether they were leading a life of truthfulness as demonstrated by the prophet.

He said lack of honesty and truthfulness forced President John Magufuli to take stern measures aimed at fighting corruption.

“Prophet Muhammad hated corruption and he said those entertaining the malpractices were cursed by God. And all religions detest corruption,” said Amb. Iddi.

He also called on all religions in the country to continue working closely with the government in preaching peace, unity and solidarity among Tanzanians of all faiths.

“Your preaching on peace, unity and solidarity has helped to consolidate and nurture the prevailing harmony in the country,” he told religious leaders gathered at the prayers.

“I am pleading to you to continue with the preaching,” said Amb. Iddi.

 The Chief Sheikh, Mufti Aboubakar bin Zubeiry, appealed to all Tanzanians to continue nurturing the prevailing peace, saying it was the cornerstone of development.

“There is no development without peace,” said the Mufti, noting that religious teachings focus on the nurturing peace as the foundation of humankind.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa praised Mufti Zubeiry for his outstanding leadership at the National Muslim Council of Tanzania (BAKWATA) which enabled the council to work with other religions without discrimination.