Food security risks, child care, disruptive loan fears


Dr Solomon Massangwa, bishop of the northern central diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) said in Arusha during the New Year crossover service that nothing is bigger than making sure that households have enough food stocks during this period.

With hunger, people will not be able to engage in economic activities and thus be pushed to violate moral and other laws to enable them to get food.

Hunger is a torture that pushes people to perilous migrations, “so we need to learn from the past, use our skills and technology to ensure that we produce and preserve enough food to avoid the impacts that may happen due to climate change,” he said.

He referred to the ongoing conflict in central Europe as a major cause of food scarcity and the rapid increase in prices of grain and other staples.

For a nation to survive and achieve its development goals, it has to have the right laws and strong leadership, which he said was pegged on hard work, while in the Mbulu Catholic diocese, Bishop Anthony Lugwen emphasised child care and protecting them from deliberate acts of harm.

In his New Year sermon, he said parents must do what they can for the proper growth of their children, raising them with morals to become good citizens, echoing concerns raised during Christmas sermons on many youths falling into alcoholism.

In Moshi, Bishop Joseph Minde of Catholic diocese warned those falling into taking loans that are unhealthy for them. This is a major causes of various challenges in families, he stated.

In a mass at St John-Paul II Parish at Sanya Station, Bishop Minde urged families to take care when taking street loans “as most of them push people into conflicts and even poverty.”

“We have witnessed how some loans affect family development, many marriages have been entering into quarrels due to these loans, they are not helping people to grow economically but many of them have pushed people into more challenges,” he asserted.

The government needs to intervene in the situation and act upon micro- financial institutions offering loans at high interest rates. At the end of the day they affect people’s development instead of lifting them up, he cautioned.

He was also concerned with young people going into prostitution as well as widespread marital infidelity, saying the country is facing a big moral crisis among youth.

In Mbeya, Catholic Archbishop Gervas Nyaisonga urged Tanzanians to cherish the existing peace in order to uplift justice, equality and good governance in the country.

The cleric who also presides over the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC), reminded parents and guardians to raise children on an attitude of peacefulness so that they became responsible and moral citizens.

Ask children to observe kindness, humility and forgiveness, he said, insisting that the development of the country and of individuals depend more on maintaining the peace.

Dr Tulia Ackson, Mbeya Urban MP and Speaker of the National Assembly, seconded the archbishop in her remarks, saying people should be careful with their tongues, to shun from saying things which might lead us to peace on the margin.


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