TANZANIANS have been urged to continue maintaining peace and unity regardless of their faith and cultural differences in order to orchestrate social and economic development.
Minister for Home Affairs Mr Hamad Masauni made the call in Dar es Salaam recently when he presided over the joint inter-faith celebration to commemorate the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) organised by Ismaili Council for Tanzania.
Christened Maulid an-Nabi celebration, the colourful event brought under one roof people from various faiths to showcase the power of unity.
“In our communities and wherever we live, we should always embrace peace and unity plus helping those who are helpless…these are true values of Tanzanians,” he said.
Also, Mr Masauni who represented President Samia Suluhu Hassan at the event cherished good works done by the Aga Khan Development Network in Tanzania (AKDN).
He used the platform to request AKDN’s Ambassador Mr Amin Kurji to consider reducing cost of health services they offer to the public.
“They (AKDN) are doing a commendable job in our country, especially in the health sector, education and many others and they offer admirable services to people.
“As such, requesting them to reduce health services cost will help even less privileged people to have access to quality services they provide,” he said.
In his reaction, ambassador Kurji said they will look into the matter and see how best they can tackle the minister’s plea so as to let low-income earners access good treatment.
“When it comes to health, in each country you go, you need to have health insurance, without it, accessing health services become costly,” he noted.
He added that getting good health services usually comes with high costs, as such, the only way to solve the problem is for people to own health insurance, but he pledged to work on the request made by the minister.
The event also served as a platform to highlight the common principles of faith and societal values shared by diverse communities of faith interpretations while reflecting the broader commitment to social progress, economic growth and enhanced quality of life.