Just a day after the brutal murder of the TAG Church pastor Mathayo Machila (45) in Geita region, President Jakaya Kikwete has said the government will act resolutely against those fanning religious conflict and those involved in the killings.
He gave the statement, yesterday, in Dodoma when introducing the new members of the ruling party’s Central Committee.
He urged citizens to live peacefully as in the past by being patient and tolerant of one another.
“We never had such religious conflicts, until two days ago, a terrible fight which claimed the lives of many… it’s a shameful thing.
He added: “The Government will continue playing its part in maintaining peace and order, hunting down the agitators and punishing them accordingly.”
He noted that religious leaders have a big influence on peace in that whatever they tell their followers to do or not to do, they shall be obeyed.
Kikwete wondered how the country has reached the point of violence and humiliation.
“It’s important to ask ourselves why we have reached the point of fighting one another where religious matters are concerned. A religious war has no winner, since everyone is stuck to their faith,” he warned.
“We have lived in peace for more than half a century. Let us not allow such acts ruin our peace. Let us not go in that direction. Let us ensure that this never happens again,” he appealed.
He emphasised that living in unity would restore peace and tranquility in the country.
In the meantime, President Kikwete has appointed Justice Aloysius Mujulizi, to serve as the Chairman of the Law Reform Commission of Tanzania. A statement issued yesterday, by Chief Secretary (CF) Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, said the appointment began on February 8, this year.
Prior to his new appointment, Justice Mujulizi was the principal of the Institute of Judicial Administration (IJA) in Lushoto, Tanga.