MEMBERS of the clergy have conveyed a message of peace, unity and care for each other away from egocentric way of behaving which, has caused hardships in life to many, leading to irreversible destruction.
Addressing the nation during Christmas prayers marked at national level in Tanga, the Roman Catholic Bishop, the Archdiocese of Tanga, His Eminence, Anthony Banzi, said that Jesus Christ came to save the human race.
He taught about harmony, reconciliation and fear for God. “God created this peaceful planet but irresponsible human acts continue to destroy the world to make it an inhospitable place.
The world is chocked with selfishness, hatred, greed, senseless wars and the like. We all need to turn to God to avoid subsequent shortfalls,” Bishop Banzi said. He gave an example of senseless wild fires started by careless individuals consuming thousands of hectares, complicating efforts to mitigate effects of climate change. He added, destruction of the environment therefore, would result to self disappointment.
“Many times we have witnessed bloody conflicts between farmers and livestock keepers. Such a dispute emanates from egocentric attitudes just like those extracting minerals and leaving behind gapping holes,” Banzi observed.
President John Magufuli attended Christmas Mass at St Peter’s Church in Dar es Salaam and reminded the nation to work together to fight crime and take seriously the obligation to work hard for the country’s prosperity.
The president wished all Tanzanians merry Christmas and peaceful celebrations and reminded them of their obligation to work hard for the country’s prosperity.
The mass at St Peter was conducted by Father Joseph Mosha, but in attendance was His Eminence Polycarp Cardinal Pengo who preached the gospel and expressed delight for the new insight adopted by the people of Tanzania about self-determination in bringing positive change.
“The notion that hard working will bring development is gradually sinking into people’s minds contrary to the previous outlook that the rich would help eradicate poverty,” cardinal Pengo observed.
Bishop Dankton Rweikila of Power of God Church in Chanika commended President Magufuli for austerity measures taken and urged Tanzanians to pray for the president as they celebrate Christmas.
“The birth of Jesus in a manger was indicative of humility and preparedness to serve all the people irrespective of their social status. Our president has shown exemplary willingness to improve social services to the convenience of all just as Jesus cared for all. “We (nation) must pray for him and translate into action the motto ‘Hapa Kazi Tu’,” Rweikila said.
Bishop Benedict Swai of the Evangelical Pentecostal Church in Kinondoni called for justice to prevail as a recipe for true development away from corruption. “God-fearing people will not hurt each other but instead help each other to overcome hardships in life.
Those entrusted in high positions must remember to do justice for all as Holy Scriptures teach that Justice brings prosperity to the nation but corruption is reproach to all,” Bishop Swai said.
AS Christians celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ they have been reminded to raise well their children and teach them to mind their manners. This was said by Apostle at the Oasis of Healing Ministries, Pastor Prosper Ntepa, during a mass to celebrate the day. Pastor Ntepa said Jesus Christ grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom and the grace of God was on him.
Adding his parents raised him in good manner in which he pleased God and human beings. Other parents should learn from them. “Parents should celebrate this Christmas while remembering that around the 18-month mark, a child begins to understand that other people have feelings just like his, so this is the time to start teaching kids that their behaviour affects others,” he said.
Meanwhile, Marc Nkwame from Arusha reports that due to their coveted positions at Christmas dinner tables here, live goat prices in Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions have been rising rapidly between the months of November and December synonymous with their increasing demand around this time of the year.
Usually, a goat can be bought at between 65,000/- and 80,000/- per animal, but the prices shot up to between 150,000/- and 200,000/- when the Christmas season approached - by last November.
While an oven roasted Turkey dish is the common Christmas staple in the United Kingdom where the holiday is more defined, goat meat is the real thing in the northern zone regions of Tanzania, the precinct which is regarded as the ‘Jerusalem’ for end-of-year holidays.
Mr Raymond Laizer is, however of the view that, Christmas aside, goat prices have also been rather high in recent years, as more people in Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions seem to prefer the meat over beef. Goats are usually brought from pastoral areas like Longido, Monduli and Ngorongoro in Arusha Region and Simanjiro in Manyara.
Large trucks carrying the animals can be seen along the main Arusha-Dodoma Road ferrying goats to Arusha where the bulk is broken and reloaded into smaller pick-ups to be transported to Moshi and rural Arusha villages.
“When it comes to goat meat, people prefer to slaughter the animals on their own, that is why live ones are highly sought at Christmas. Also the best testing goat meat comes from those bred in arid areas like Enkaresero section of Ngorongoro or the windswept Longido,” explained a cattle dealer, Mr Daudi Eliphas.
Meanwhile, PETI SIYAME reports from Sumbawanga that as it has been with major holidays in the country, prices of food stuffs and clothes have slightly increased ahead of Christmas holidays.
A survey conducted by the ‘Daily News on Saturday’ in major markets of Nelson Mandela and Central main market here in the municipality of Sumbawanga witnessed shoppers trooping in despite the increase in prices, not to mention rains that pounded parts of the municipality throughout the week. “It has always been like a fashion that prices of food stuffs increase during festivals.
The items include tomatoes, onions, garlic, carrots and fruits, among others,” said a food vendor, Ms Mariam Mawazo, at Nelson Mandela Market in the municipality. It has been noted that supply of farm produce has been low partly because of poor harvests in some parts of the region due to a long dry spell and other factors as well as heavy rains in most parts.
Source:Daily News:Clerics push for peace during X-mas