Samia, Mpango congratulate Malasusa

TANZANIA : PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has congratulated Dr Alex Gehaz Malasusa for being elected as new Head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT).

Through her twitter handle @SuluhuSamia, the Head of State said that the election of Dr Malasusa signifies the Church’s faith and confidence in him.

“I congratulate you for being elected as ELCT Head. Your election signifies the Church’s faith in you…surely your call is not only on spiritual and faith issues but also in all that is done by the Church to improve the lives of Tanzanians in various areas,” the President tweeted.

President Samia quoted the Bible’s verse from Deuteronomy 31:8 which says: “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

For his part Vice-President Dr Philip Mpango also congratulated Dr Malasusa for being elected as Presiding Bishop of ELCT for the second time.

“May God Himself, who gave you that responsibility to be a Shepherd, increase your wisdom, strengthen and guide you in that mission,” Dr Mpango said.

“The Vice-President’s Office and myself are ready to continue cooperating with ELCT in encouraging environmental conservation and cleanliness in our country and other issues being overseen by the government for the interest of the nation and the welfare of Tanzanians,” Dr Mpango said.

Dr Malasusa was elected as new ELCT Head on Thursday by the Church General Assembly, taking over from Dr Bishop Frederick Shoo who completed his mandatory terms.

Dr Malasusa, who is the ELCT Bishop for the Eastern and Coastal Diocese, was announced the elect Head of Church after he garnered a total of 167 of the 241 votes cast, which is equivalent to 69.3 per cent.

His opponent Dr Abednego Keshomshahara, who is the ELCT Bishop for North West Diocese, scooped 73 votes equivalent to 30.3 per cent of the votes cast.

Bishop Malasusa is becoming the ELCT Head for the second time after serving the same post from 2007 to 2015.

Speaking shortly after he was announced as ELCT Head  Dr Malasusa expressed commitment to accord full cooperation to the Church Assembly, including its followers for the development of the religious institution.

“I am overwhelmed because I am very surprised by what God has done to me… you cannot understand His plans… I am grateful to Him for his grace by calling me to work with you again,” Dr Malasusa said.

“I believe that the Almighty God, who enabled Dr Shoo to do great things during his leadership, will also help me to deliver… I have learnt a lot from Dr Shoo, and I believe that even my colleagues have leant from his leadership,” Dr Malasusa noted.

Dr Malasusa added that he believes Dr Shoo’s talents will continue to be the blessings for the Church.

He also expressed gratitude to all bishops who voted for him, noting that they all deserved the position but they decided to vote for him for the work of God.

“Since you have sent me to work on your behalf, I kindly ask for your support so that I can deliver to the expectations of the Church,” Bishop Malasusa was quoted as saying.

“May the almighty God bless you all for the work you are doing, I promise to cooperate with you in fulfilling the God’s work,” Bishop Malasusa said.

Born on 18 June, 1960 Bishop Malasusa hails from Rungwe, Mbeya Region.

Bishop Malasusa, who is holder of Bachelor of Divinity Degree from the Makumira University College became pastor in 1992 and was consecrated Bishop of the Eastern and Coastal Diocese based in Dar es Salaam on 17 April, 2004.

Bishop Malasusa   is also holder of Master’s Degree in Theology by extension from the Catholic Theology College in Nairobi, Kenya.

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