Samia: Religious institutions are partners in development

DODOMA: President Samia Suluhu Hassan has said that the government will continue working with religious institutions in the country while urging them to keep up with the work of protecting morals and condemning evil practices in the society.

She made the statement during the launch of the Safina House Investment building of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, Diocese of Central Tanganyika in Dodoma on Tuesday, noting that in the journey of taking Tanzania to the next development level, it is important to work as a team with religious institutions.

“If we continue working together, we shall be able to increase the speed of development in our country and take Tanzania to where it needs to be or reach the Tanzania that we want. You have been helping the government a lot in providing services to people and that is why every time, I’m invited to religious activities, I attend and if I miss, it’s because there is a special reason,” she said.

Likewise, the Head of State urged Anglican believers of the Diocese of Central Tanganyika to work hard and grab the various opportunities that come from shifting the country’s headquarters to Dodoma, adding that the diocese development should be hand in hand with the development of Dodoma city.

Speaking earlier, Bishop of the Diocese of Central Tanganyika (DCT) Dr Dickson Chilongani said that in the Safina House Investment building, they spent about 8bn/-, where 2bn/- was a support from their friends notably from the Trinity Church World Street New York, 3bn/- was from their internal coffers and the other 3bn/- was a loan from the bank.

He further said that for about 10 years in the past, the church has been sponsoring the studies of over 7000 orphans in the country as well as digging wells and building water tanks for the citizens in Bahi and Chamwino Districts in Dodoma Region.

During the event, the Church offered a cow as a gift to President Samia Suluhu Hassan as a way of recognizing her motherly and good leadership in the country.

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