Clerics decry homosexuality

THE Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT) has called on Tanzanians to abstain from homosexual practices as it is a sin and against the law, culture and tradition of the country.

The council also expressed its commitment to continue supporting the government in addressing various challenges, including the initiatives on fighting climate change in the country.

The message was issued yesterday by the Bishop of the Anglican Church Ruvuma Diocese Raphael Haule during the Good Friday mass held at the ‘Upendo wa Kristo Masihi’ Church in Kiuma Village, Tunduru District in Ruvuma Region.

Delivering the CCT message, Bishop Haule said Tanzanians should join hands in waging the war against homosexuality since it’s not part of the tradition, law and directives of God.

“We have to avoid these immoral practices by all means, we also have to keep praying for our country’s prosperity in all sectors,” he said.

The cleric also called on the need for the government to strengthen efforts on environmental conservation, expressing the readiness by CCT to support the initiatives for the country to continue receiving good and supportive weather conditions.

He mentioned some of the factors that caused climate change as nomadic pastoralism and deforestation caused by human activities.

“As a church, we are ready to support the government in fighting climate change, let’s work together in restoring the good weather that supports agriculture,” he said.

The Bishop also spoke on the role of the church in providing social services in the education and health sectors.

He said for years CCT has been on the front line in provision of quality education from nursery to colleges, assuring on the commitment to maintain the spirit as part of efforts to contribute in national development.

“We are also planning to establish a university here in Ruvuma Region,” he hinted, saying the church has also been offering health services through its dispensaries, health centres and hospitals.

He also commended President Samia Suluhu Hassan for her proper leadership which has resulted in a number of achievements that have been recorded so far.

Speaking during the mass, the guest of honour, Tunduru District Commissioner Julius Mtatiro called on parents to take proper care of their children to prevent the spread of moral decay.

He said while the government is fulfilling its responsibility for the country and communities, parents have a role to play in ensuring proper growth of their children for the future prosperity of the country.

Mr Mtatiro who was representing the Ruvuma Regional Commissioner Col Laban Thomas also insisted on the importance of residents in Ruvuma Region to keep reserves of their surplus food instead of selling everything.

“It’s crucial to ensure food security from the family level, we don’t have to sell our food if there is no stock for the family,” he argued.

On his part, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) Bishop for the Eastern and Coastal Diocese, Dr Alex Malasusa called on Christians and Tanzanians in general to show a compassionate heart which is crucial in having a nation with people who are responsible from the family level to their nation.

He said some people show compassionate heart to Jesus Christ but when they are out of church they destroy the nation as proved by the Controller and Auditor General.

“I have heard in the CAG report that some people who have been entrusted with power have abused the office by inflating various costs, we are praying for them,” Bishop Malasusa said.

 

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