Monday, August 12, 2013
Refuse to be divided on communal basis, says Dr Bilal
VICE President Dr. Gharib Mohammed Bilal has urged people in the country irrespective of their religious affiliations not to entertain ideas to divide on the basis of religion, tribe, race or gender in their communities. Dr. Bilal made this appeal in a keynote address to mark Eid-El-Fitr that was celebrated at the national level on Friday last week in Tabora. He told Muslims not to accept attempts to divide Tanzanians on religious interest, insisting that people should not be ashamed to frown upon misdeeds conducted by appealing to religion. The VP said that freedom of worship is ensured for every Tanzanian as established in the constitution, such that every person has the duty to respect other people’s religion and should not be boastful of his beliefs, or take his faith to be better than others.
Dr Bilal reminded religious leaders of all denominations in the country to spend time to prepare and spiritually build their followers to become good citizens, helping to consolidate and protect the good reputation of the country. He said that Tanzania has been a peaceful country for a long time, which makes some people take the peace for granted and do not mind if bad things were to happen here. In recent months there have been acts of violence which spread fear among the people, he said, noting that some malpractices are committed by those who do not wish the country well, conducting bad acts for their own benefit.
In view of the rising disturbances, the government remains committed to ensure that people are safeguarded by all means and will continue to fight those who tend to disrupt the peace and harmony wherever they are. “I would like to assure you that, the government of Dr. Jakaya Kikwete will not be ready to tolerate troublemaking which makes people live in fear and doubt due to violent acts conducted by a few hooligans,” he said. In the meantime, Mwinyi Sadallah reports from Zanzibar that five people are being held by the police in connection with the acid attack on two British volunteers, Isles President Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein assured the public that his government will hunt for the culprits and land them in law courts. Dr Shein made the remarks during Eid Baraza in prayers to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadhan at the Bwawani Hall here. He said those responsible for security will use all means at hand to search for the attackers. “The government is disappointed by this incident, that has caused a lot of problems internally and internationally as it came unexpectedly,” the president intoned. Efforts to maintain peace will be intensified, he said, urging the public to cooperate with security organs to uncover the criminals, for the public interest. Dr Shein says the incident deserves condemnation because it is contrary to humanity and offensive to human rights principles. “It is against humanity, contrary to Islamic principles. It is cruel to pour acid on someone,” he declared. He added: “We will ensure justice is done and we will have no mercy on those behind the incident. The law will take its course.” The two Britons attacked are Katie Gee (18) and Kirstie Trup (18) who were in Zanizibar serving as English language volunteer teachers at the St Monica Primary School located at Mkunazini area. Zanzibar Urban West police commander Mkadam Khamis Mkadama said yesterday that five people are being held in connection to the attack. Mkadam said they were being interrogated to gather information for fruitful investigations, with the acid victims flown to London yesterday.