President Jakaya Kikwete yesterday led thousands of Christians, Religious and government leaders from within and outside the country in the burial ceremony of Amedeus Msarikie (82), the former Roman Catholic Bishop for Moshi Diocese.
Addressing the gathering , Kikwete said: “Bishop Msarikie was a good leader in supervising not only the church but also in initiating various social developments programmes which benefited both his followers people from other religions.
According to the president, one of the issues that was initiated by the late Msarikie, was his vision to ensuring education sector grows, with that in mind, he founded Mwenge University College of Education (MUCE) which produces competent science teachers.
“Mwenge is a university which gives the nation science teachers who are mostly needed in our schools, we shall remember him for all he has done for to the nation during his life,” He said.
For his part, a representative from other religions, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) North Dioceses Dr Martin Shao said: “…the church has lost a good leader and therefore, religious leaders should imitate what he did during his time on earth.”
Meanwhile, President Jakaya Kikwete is today expected to lead thousands of mourners in the burial of Bishop Thomas Laizer, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania—Northern and Central Diocese. According to the Arusha Regional Commissioner, Magesa Mulongo, other leaders expected to attend the burial ceremony include former President Benjamin William Mkapa and Ali Hassan Mwinyi.