Stella Dimoko Tanzania To Revoke Licence From Churches Who Mix Religion With Politics


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Saturday, 30 December 2017

Tanzania To Revoke Licence From Churches Who Mix Religion With Politics

Tanzania has threatened to revoke the registration of religious organisations that “mix religion and politics” after a cleric criticised President John Magufuli’s leadership in a Christmas sermon. 

Opposition leaders in Tanzania say tolerance for dissent has been rapidly disappearing since Magufuli took office in late 2015 with pledges to reform East Africa’s third-biggest economy and crack down on large-scale corruption.

Tanzania’s constitution protects freedom of worship, but religious organisations must register at the country’s Home Affairs Ministry to get a licence to operate legally.

“Recently, some leaders of (religious) societies have been using their sermons to analyse political issues, which is contrary to the law,” the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Projest Rwegasira, said late on Thursday.

“Any violation of the law could lead to cancellation of the registration of the concerned religious society,” he said in a statement.

The warning was issued just days after the head of a Pentecostal church in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam criticised Magufuli’s leadership, saying his government was closing democratic space.

Zachary Kakobe, self-proclaimed bishop and founder of the Full Gospel Bible Fellowship Church, accused the Tanzanian government of “quietly turning the country into a one-state rule by systematically banning political activity.”

The Home Affairs Ministry responded by issuing a public notice to religious organisations after the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party accused Kakobe of mixing religion and politics.

Tanzanian police banned political protests and rallies indefinitely in June last year, saying political activity would only be allowed during elections.

Edited from Reuters

*In Nigeria it is worse!!!...They should ban Preachers from interferring in Politics,it is too much!!!


Miss Ess said...

Better! Let them face a hustle

Bonita Bislam said...

This is one thing Nigeria should emulate especially being a heterogeneous and complex nation.Religious clerics have caused more division than unity in this country.
2011 and 2015 general elections has glaringly shown the involvement of spiritual fathers and religious associations in politics.The result is what we see. We were promised power and we got pain. Now we were promised change and we are getting chains.

Somehow the words of Ronald Reagan always comes to mind when topics like this comes up . He said "Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas."

Sally jayd said...

Great move for them, i wish the same will be done in Nigeria. The likes of Fr Mbaka should focus on their calling and leave politics alone.

Foodie said...

Hmnnnnnn, nice one

St.FranKooL.... said...

#Work hard in silence. Let your SUCCESS make all the noise*

lami said...

Good one

Anonymous said...

Correct. The governor of Benue State was asked by a revered father not to speak in church lik some days back also. A senator from that zone was having a thanksgiving mass to celebrate his birthday and the governor wanted to use dt opportunity to lie to the pple as usual. The father told him to go to the reception ground n lie to the pple n not in the house of God. I wish I could see that revered father n shake hands with him. The governor that dint even pay salaries to his pple to celebrate Christmas and still hasn't paid till now. Until our religious leaders start treating dem dt way, dey will feel they are doing the right thing by suffering the masses. Rubbish governor Ortom.

cara mia said...

Very appropriate, but Pilate was political officer and God still used him to fulfil his purpose.
The ways of God are not the same as the ways of man

Anonymous said...

Nice one... Here in my country(Nigeria)...politics and religion is just like bread and butter

My pinky

Proudly Anonymous said...

2015 was worse and the country is still reeling from it because the sheeple refused to move on.

Proudly Anonymous said...

That is where and when theocracy is practised.

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