Bahi Member of Parliament in Dodoma region Omar Badwel has challenged men in Nghulugano village in the district to stop engaging in local liquor drinking sprees but team up with their spouses to work.
Badwel threw the challenge during a Christian service at Nghulugano Anglican church which was celebrated as part of a fundraiser to seek money to purchase iron sheets for the church building.
Speaking during the service, he said liturgical services were not there just for women alone but for all, and it was sad that men did not have time to go to church.
“I'm surprised to see that it is mostly women and children who are here; where are the men? Are they in the farms or just in jobless corners or maybe at drinking joints?" asked Badwel.
He said it was important to give liturgical services the place they deserve in people's lives, as this would help in the upbringing of children and development of the church and the society at large.
Furthermore, he called on members of the church to dedicate themselves completely to the building of the church instead of just waiting for support from donors.
For his part, the church's pastor, Charles Mazengo, called on the believers to use the donations being made for the building of the church and ensure that they dedicate their lives to God.
He said good use of donations was important as it would encourage donors to keep supporting them. However, he said it was even more important for the people to try and support themselves.