Monday, June 6, 2016
Dar church impresses Magufuli impressed by reverend Lusekelo
PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday joined the faithful at the GRC Church in Dar es Salaam run by renowned evangelist, Reverend Anthony Lusekelo, lauding the latter for ‘the job well-done in the service of the faithful and nation in general.’’ The head of state has on several occasions joined fellow Tanzanians from a range of denominations where he has constantly prayed for the country’s peace, stability and prosperity. He is also on record as hinting that the country has reached at a stage when it needed concerted effort from religious leaders to restore lost values and discipline among public servants and the general public. The prayer and faith-healing services conducted by Reverend Lusekelo must also have attracted President Magufuli’s attention on the poor state of Ubungo-Kibangu Road, which he has pledged to revamp.
According to Dr Magufuli, he and his family have been closely following services aired by Rev Lusekelo. No wonder the president yesterday morning made a surprise appearance at the GRC Church, popularly known as ‘Kanisa la Maombezi’, situated off Nelson Mandela Expressway via Ubungo Riverside. The impromptu trip had evidently impacted on the president as to the state of disrepair of the Ubungo-Kibangu road stretch leading to the Rev Lusekelo’s church. Dr Magufuli, who was accompanied by the First Lady, Mama Janeth, said in his address to the congregation that the road was very terrible not only for church followers but also for residents of Ubungo Kibangu. He said he got the news over the dilapidated road from Rev Lusekelo during a live session broadcast by local TV channel. “We have the money in question to revamp this road. I had already directed the Dar es Salaam Regional Tanroads Manager to undertake a feasibility study and design for the work. “I am a good follower of your services. When you broadcast them, more people and families listen; this include my family. I am confident to tell you that we all love you,” he said. Rev Lusekelo thanked the president for finding time off from his busy schedule to visit the church, praying for his everlasting success in the course of fulfilling his duties as a president.