Religious leaders’ formed a peace committee have advised the government to stand firm on issues of patriotism and ensure control of disputes emanating from religious, tribal and ethnic differences which can derail the country’s peace and tranquility.
The advice was given on Monday night by the chairperson of the Dar es salaam religious leaders peace committee, Sheikh Alhaj Musa Salum at the Iftar attended by various leaders and individuals.
Expressing his gratitude to the distinguished guests Sheikh Salum said that every individual has the responsibility of maintaining and consolidating love and security in order to preserve the long existing peace.
The clergy reminded religious leaders that one of their responsibilities was to secure peace of the country by bringing people of different backgrounds together regardless of their religious or tribal affiliations.
For his part the vice chairperson of the committee, Pastor George Fupe congratulated the unity of Tanzanian people regardless of their differences.
“We have experienced great unity. Despite our differences, we all come together to discuss issues of national interests as Tanzanians and not people from a certain belief, ethnic or tribe,” he said.
He stressed on the consolidation of peace and understanding which are major foundations for any development in any community. He warned that religious differences should not be used as a dividing tool but to unify the people.
Meanwhile, Mayor of Ilala municipality, Jerry Slaa called on businesspersons in his territory and the country at large to charge fair prices of various products and not use the holy month as an opportunity to raise prices for higher profits.
The iftar was attended among others Ilala district commissioner Raymond Mushi, the Dar es Salaam city council mayor Didas Masaburi, Mayor of Ilala municipality Jerry Slaa, the Dar es Salaam special zone Police commander Suleiman Kova and the IPP Executive Chairman Dr Reginald Mengi.