Friday, March 19, 2010

Moses Kulola asimulia historia yake

Moses Kulola, born in June 1928, in a family of ten children and five are still alive, registered for my first school in 1939 called Ligsha Sukuma a mission school and after Ligsha, I enrolled for the institute of Archtchture in 1949. I was baptised in 1950 in the AIM Church Makongoro.
Married to Elizabeth with 10 offsprings where seven are still alive.Begun missionary work in 1950 eventhough i was called upon in 1949 just after my baptism.

In 1959 i was enrolled on government work which i did to preach the gospel in towns and villages being a government employee. My great service to my country came to an end in 1962, where i compeletely dedicated my power, body and soul. In 1964 i enrolled in the theological college and 1966 i qualified with a diploma.

I didnt just stop there with education as i continued with correspondenced studies which accredited to my so many certificates accross the world.
ServiceI worked for two years as Pastor before becoming a Pentacostal believer that is 1961 to 1962, worked in TACR church 1966 till 1991 where i begun decided to started the Evangelistic assemblies of God.EAGT has succeded to growth at a great pace in tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and tantamounting to a total of 4000 churches in a range of big and small and I Moses Kulola being the bishop of the four thousand churches, Assistant Bishop Mwaisabira.

Running four thousand churches has never been a simple that is why the division has been done of 34 counties of operation and five zones for simplifying work and every county and Zone has its own Overseer.

ada za maombi

“Toa sadaka yako ili kuwezesha kipindi cha tutashinda tuma katika account halafu nitumie meseji kwa simu namba 0713725473 kwamba umetuma kiasi gani mimi nitakupigia halafu uniambie mambo yako kumi nitakuombea”
- Anthony Lusekelo (Mzee wa Upako), Channel 10, 25 June 2008

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Iranian Pastor Tortured, Threatened for ‘Converting Muslims’

An Assyrian pastor the Iranian government accused of “converting Muslims” is being tortured in prison and threatened with execution, sources close to the case said.

State Security agents on Feb. 2 arrested the Rev. Wilson Issavi, 65, shortly after he finished a house meeting at a friend’s home in Isfahan. A city of more than 1.5 million people, Isfahan is located 208 miles (335 kilometers) south of Tehran.

According to Farsi Christian News Network, Issavi’s wife, Medline Nazanin, recently visited her husband in prison, where she saw that he had obvious signs of torture and was in poor condition. Iranian intelligence officials told Nazanin that her husband might be executed for his alleged activities.

Issavi is the pastor of The Evangelical Church of Kermanshah in Isfahan, a 50-year-old church body affiliated with The Assemblies of God that caters to the local Assyrian population.

During the raid, State Security police detained everyone in the house, later releasing all but Issavi and the owner of the home. Security officials also seized personal property from the home. Typically in Christian arrests in Iran, security officials confiscate all documents, media materials, computers, and personal documentation.
Issavi is being held in an unmarked prison, according to FCNN.

Last month’s arrest seems to be part of an anti-Christian sweep that is taking place across Isfahan. In addition to the politically motivated detentions and executions that have taken place after June’s contested election and subsequent nation-wide political protests, it appears authorities are rounding up Christian leaders.

More Arrests
On Feb. 28, Isfahan residents Hamid Shafiee and his wife Reyhaneh Aghajary, both converts from Islam and house church leaders, were arrested at their home.

Aghajary was at home with a group of other Christians when police came for her and her husband, who was not at home, according to Middle East Concern, a group that assists persecuted Christians. Police handcuffed Aghajary and, upon finding boxes of Bibles, began beating her.

The assault continued until eventually Aghajary was pepper-sprayed and removed from the scene. Her husband Shafiee was arrested an hour later when he returned to the house.

Their fate and whereabouts are still unknown.

Authorities assaulted another Christian visiting the house at the time of the raid when he protested the police action. Other Christians at the house were threatened, but no one else was arrested. Approximately 20 police officers raided the home, seizing Bibles, CDs, photographs, computers, telephones, personal items and other literature.

One regional analyst, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the Iranian government is set on crushing religious freedom within the country.

“The recent spate of church leader arrests provides clear evidence of the Iranian authorities’ desperate determination to strangle the growing church movement, along with all other forms of perceived political dissent,” he said.

February’s arrest was not the first time Shafiee has had run-ins with Iranian authorities. He has routinely been ordered to appear before police for questioning and then released. This arrest, however, was different. When family members contacted police on March 1, they were told that the couple’s case was under the jurisdiction of the Revolutionary Court and were turned away with no other information.

While the couple is imprisoned, family members are caring for their two teenage boys.

Frequent Harassment
Like Shafiee, Issavi has been harassed frequently by the Isfahan branch of the State Security police. He has been ordered to appear before the police many times, then arrested and interrogated. In addition, police have threatened members of his family and have broken into his house and taken items such as his computer.

On Jan. 2, 2010, police sealed the Kermanshah church and ordered Issavi not to reopen it. The church continued to have house meetings, and authorities charged Issavi with not cooperating with the government.

The Assyrians were one of the first ethnic groups in the Middle East to adopt Christianity. The existence of the Assyrian Christian community in Iran predates the existence of their Islamic counterparts by several hundred years. There are 10,000 to 20,000 Assyrian Christians living in Iran, according to unofficial estimates cited in the 2009 International Religious Freedom Report issued by the U.S. Department of State. The total Christian population is 300,000 nationwide, according to the United Nations. Most of those Christians are ethnic Armenians.

Isfahan has been the site of some of the worst religious persecution in Iran. On July 30, 2008, Abbas Amiri, a Christian man in his 60s, died in a hospital after being beaten by Isfahan security police. Authorities had arrested Amiri along with seven other men, six women and two minors during a July 17 raid on a house meeting. Four days after her husband died, Sakineh Rahnama succumbed to her injuries and a stress-related heart attack. Later, officials wouldn’t allow local Christians to hold a memorial service.

Iran, where Shia Islam is the official state religion, is known to be one of the worst countries for repression against Christians. The U.S. Secretary of State has designated Iran as a Country of Particular Concern every year since 1999 for its persecution of non-Shia Muslims, among others.

Last year, according to the International Religious Freedom Report, persecution of Christians and other religious minorities continued to get “significantly worse.” The state department placed the blame for this squarely at the feet of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran’s conservative media, who “intensified a campaign against non-Muslim religious minorities, and political and religious leaders” by issuing a continual stream of inflammatory statements.

“Christians, particularly evangelicals, continued to be subject to harassment and close surveillance,” the report states. “The government vigilantly enforced its prohibition on proselytizing by closely monitoring the activities of evangelical Christians, discouraging Muslims from entering church premises, closing churches, and arresting Christian converts.”

Evangelical Christians were required to carry church membership cards and provide photocopies to authorities, according to the report.

“Worshippers were subject to identity checks by authorities posted outside congregation centers,” it states. “The government restricted meetings for evangelical services to Sundays, and church officials were ordered to inform the Ministry of Information and Islamic Guidance before admitting new members.”

Christian Who Fled Iran Wins Asylum in Kenya

Mohammad Azbari, a Christian convert from Islam who has fled to Kenya, knows what it’s like to be deported back to his native Iran.

When it happened in 2007, he said, Iranian authorities pressured the government of Norway to return him and his wife Gelanie Azbari to Iran after hearing rumors that he had forsaken Islam.

“When we arrived in Iran, we were interrogated by security and severely beaten,” he told Compass in Nairobi, where he and his family fought to persuade the Kenyan government to decline Iran’s demand to deport him back. “My son got scared and began urinating on himself.”

A cousin managed to secure their release, but not before Iranian authorities had taken valuable – and incriminating – possessions.

“They took everything that I had – laptop, camera and some of my valuables which contained all my details, such as information concerning my baptism, and my entire profile, including that of my family,” Azbari said.

Azbari had been employed in the Iranian army before fleeing, he said, and authorities were monitoring his movements because they were concerned that, having left Islam, he might betray his country and reveal government secrets.

When he and his Christian wife, a native of the Philippines, first fled Iran in 2000, he was still a Shia Muslim. The previous year authorities had arrested his wife after finding a Christmas tree in their house in Tehran; Azbari was not home at the time and thus escaped arrest, but as authorities took his wife away they left their then 3-year-old son unattended.

“I was put in a small cell for two days,” Gelanie Azbari told Compass, through tears. “While in the cell two police guards raped me. It was the worst of all the nights I have had in my lifetime. Since that time I have been sick both physically and mentally.”

Authorities soon took her husband in for interrogation, suspecting he was a spy for foreign states.
Still a Muslim, Azbari allowed his wife to follow her Christian faith. He had grown accustomed to watching her pray as a Christian and watch the Jesus Film. As time went by, he developed an urge to embrace Christianity. They started reading the Bible together.

The idea of trusting in and following Christ filled him with fear, as it was against the law to convert from Islam – it would mean losing his life, he said.

“I started questioning our leaders, who see themselves as God,” he said. “The claim of Jesus as the prophet as well as the Word and spirit of God is indicated in the Quran. When I read in the Gospels of Jesus giving people rest, it made me want to decide to accept him as my Lord and Savior.”

Sensing danger, the family fled to the Netherlands in 2000, and it was there that Azbari embraced Christianity. In 2003 the family left the Netherlands for Norway.

Azbari was an avid student of his new-found Lord; while in Norway, he became seminary teacher of Christology.
Throughout, Azbari said, the Iranian government had been monitoring his movements. In 2007 Iranian officials persuaded the Norwegian government to send him, together with his wife and son Reza Azbari, back to Iran.

After their interrogation and mistreatment upon arrival in Iran, Azbari managed to call his sister, who connected him with the army general cousin who helped secure their release. His sister took them in, but his brother in-law was not happy with their Christian prayers; he began quarreling with his wife, Azbari’s sister.

“They began looking for trouble for us,” Azbari said. “Sensing danger, we then left the home and went to find a place to stay. Everywhere we tried to book in we were rejected, since we were people who had been deported.”
They began attending a church made up primarily of foreigners, where Azbari’s wife and son felt more at home than he did. His army general cousin found out and, angry that they had sought refuge in a church after he had secured their release, grew furious.

“He was very angry, as they had also discovered this information from the laptop they had confiscated and threatened that I should be arrested,” Azbari said. “I then decided to move to central Iran to look for employment, leaving my family behind.”

The couple felt they could not go to Gelanie Azbari’s homeland as the Philippines has such friendly relations with Iran, he said.

“To go back to Philippines or Iran is quite unsafe for us,” Azbari said.

In October 2009, his sister notified him that police were looking for him and his family.

“I then decided to flee the country through Turkey, then to Kenya where I was arrested and then deported to Turkey,” Azbari said. “In Turkey they could not allow me to enter the country, hence I was returned to Kenya.”
They were arrested in January for illegal entry into Kenya. On March 4, a judge at Chief Magistrate Court No. 3 of Kenya dropped the charges against him, declaring that Azbari required international protection from his persecutors. The court also directed that Azbari be given back all his documents and the 10,000 Kenyan Shillings ($US130) in bail he had deposited.

They had applied for asylum with the United Nations. Appearing before the court on behalf of Azbari on Jan. 15, a representative of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees had argued that he deserved asylum because his religious status had forced him to flee from his country of origin. On March 4 the court found that Azbari and his family require international protection under Section 82 of the laws of Kenya, and he was set free.

“We have witnessed the love of God and the sacrifices of what it means to love one in word and deed,” Azbari said moments after the decision. “We saw the love of Christ from the people who understood and stood with us.”

He thanked friends who introduced his family to Nairobi Pentecostal Church, which provided them spiritual strength. Three attorneys represented Azbari: Wasia Masitsa, a legal officer for the Urban Refugee Intervention Program; Christian lawyer John Swaka; and Laban Osoro of the United Nations. Rene Kiamba of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce had helped him post bail.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Christians in Jos, Nigeria Fear Further Attacks

Gunshots and smoke continued to alarm residents of Jos in central Nigeria today, with the Christian community fearing further violence from Muslim youths who on Sunday (Jan. 17) attacked a Catholic church and burned down several other church buildings.

A 24-hour curfew imposed yesterday in Jos and the suburb of Bukuru by the Plateau state government was extended through Wednesday. Police said continuing violence was initially triggered by Sunday’s unprovoked attack by Muslim youths on worshippers at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Nasarawa Gwong, in the Jos North Local Government Area.

Also burned were buildings of the Christ Apostolic Church, Assemblies of God Church, three branches of the Church of Christ in Nigeria and two buildings of the Evangelical Church of West Africa, Christian leaders said.

The number of casualties continued to grow, reportedly reaching more than 100 as security forces tried to rein in rioters, with both Christian and Muslim groups still counting their losses. Hundreds have reportedly been wounded.

“We have been witnessing sporadic shootings in the last two days,” said the Rev. Chuwang Avou, secretary of the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria. “We see some residents shooting sporadically into the air. We have also seen individuals with machine guns on parade in the state.”

Avou said many of those who are shooting are civilians, not policemen, and that they have been mounting road blocks and causing chaos in the area. At least 35 people have been arrested.

“What we have witnessed only goes to show that the problem in the state is far from over,” he said. “Many families have been displaced. There are a number who are receiving treatment in the hospital. The dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed in the state has not solved any problem, as there is still tension in the land.”

Avou said the crisis broke out when Muslim youths pursued a woman into a church during worship on Sunday, wreaking havoc on the service.

“Some Muslim youths invaded some churches and started burning and destroying properties,” he said. “We were told that the youths pursued a lady to the church. Nobody knew what the lady did. What we just discovered was that the entire atmosphere was ignited and houses were being burned.”

A Muslim group in the area, however, dismissed claims that Muslim youths ignited the tensions. They accused Christian youths of stopping a Muslim from rebuilding his house.

State Commissioner of Police Greg Anyating stated that Muslim youths were to blame for setting off the violence.

As violence continued today, there was a mass movement of Christians and Muslims from areas where rampaging youths were unleashing mayhem on the city despite heavy security. The Nigerian army was reportedly summoned to try to restore order.

The Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, co-chairman of the state Inter-Religious Council and Catholic Archbishop of Jos, condemned the recurring civil disturbances in the state and called on all to “sheath their swords and be their brothers’ keepers.”

The secretary of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Pastor Wale Adefarasin, said attacks on Christians are a manifestation of terrorism in the country.

“What we should realize is that the government is not helping situations,” he said. “It is an illusion that Nigeria is safe.”

He added that terrorism affects both Christians and Muslims negatively, and that it is the duty of elected officials to ensure that terrorists are detected early and deterred.

“The Muslim fundamentalists want to take over Jos by all means,” Pastor Adefarasin said. “They claim that Jos is a Muslim state, which is not true.”

Violence hit the same area on Nov. 28-29, 2008, when murderous rioting sparked by Muslim attacks on Christians and their property left six pastors dead, at least 500 other people killed and 40 churches destroyed, according to church leaders. More than 25,000 persons were displaced in the two days of violence.

What began as outrage over suspected vote fraud in local elections quickly hit the religious fault line as angry Muslims took aim at Christian sites rather than at political targets. Police and troops reportedly killed about 400 rampaging Muslims in an effort to quell the unrest, and Islamists shot, slashed or stabbed to death more than 100 Christians.

The violence comes at a time of a leadership vacuum in Nigeria, with illness requiring Muslim President Umaru Yar’Adua to leave the country on Nov. 23 to seek treatment in Saudi Arabia.

Sectarian violence in Jos, a volatile mid-point where the predominantly Muslim north meets the mainly Christian south, left more than 1,000 people dead in 2001. Another 700 people were killed in sectarian outbreaks of violence in 2004. Located in Nigeria’s central region between the Muslim-majority north and the largely Christian south, Plateau state is home to various Christian ethnic groups co-existing uneasily with Muslim Hausa settlers.

Source: Compass

Nigerian army 'ignored warning of massacres' in Jos

The governor of Nigeria's Plateau state has accused military commanders of ignoring warnings of an attack on Sunday near the city of Jos.

Hundreds died during attacks on three villages in the area between the mainly Christian south and Muslim north.

The massacre is seen as revenge for a previous bout of killings in January.

Earlier, a Christian group also accused security forces of failing to stop the clashes. Nigerian police spokesman Yemi Ajayi categorically denied the claims.

The army has not yet responded to the accusations but troops are patrolling the area to prevent further clashes.

There were fresh reports of gunfire in villages near Jos late on Tuesday.

Witnesses later said the troops were firing into the air to disperse crowds of youths.

Warnings ignored

Governor Jonah Jang said he had warned the army about reports of suspicious people with weapons hours before they attacked, but they failed to take action.

"Three hours or so later, I was woken by call that they have started burning the village and people were been hacked to death," he said.

"I tried to locate the commanders. I couldn't get any of them on the telephone."

The head of the northern area of Nigeria's Christian Association said he believed mercenaries were involved.

Saidu Dogo told the BBC that fighters from neighbouring Chad and Niger took part in the violence.

"For quite some time we have alerted the government to training grounds in some part of the northern state where people are being trained to cause problems in the country... Nobody did anything about it," he said.

"Many people come into Nigeria under the pretext of [being] pastoralists, they are mercenaries. They follow pastoralist routes to gain entrance, carry out their activities and then leave," he said.

Earlier, the Plateau State Christian Elders Consultative Forum complained that it had taken the army two hours to react after receiving a distress call, the AFP news agency reported.

By that time, "the attackers had finished their job and left", they said.

The authorities believe the attack on the three villages near the Plateau state capital, Jos, was an act of revenge carried out by members of the mainly Muslim Fulani community.

The US and human rights campaign groups have urged the government to arrest and try those responsible.

"The Nigerian government should ensure that the perpetrators of acts of violence are brought to justice under the rule of law, and that human rights are respected as order is restored," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

"Three hours or so later, I was woken by call that they have started burning the village and people were been hacked to death," he said.

"I tried to locate the commanders. I couldn't get any of them on the telephone."

The head of the northern area of Nigeria's Christian Association said he believed mercenaries were involved.

Saidu Dogo told the BBC that fighters from neighbouring Chad and Niger took part in the violence.

"For quite some time we have alerted the government to training grounds in some part of the northern state where people are being trained to cause problems in the country... Nobody did anything about it," he said.

"Many people come into Nigeria under the pretext of [being] pastoralists, they are mercenaries. They follow pastoralist routes to gain entrance, carry out their activities and then leave," he said.

Earlier, the Plateau State Christian Elders Consultative Forum complained that it had taken the army two hours to react after receiving a distress call, the AFP news agency reported.

By that time, "the attackers had finished their job and left", they said.

The authorities believe the attack on the three villages near the Plateau state capital, Jos, was an act of revenge carried out by members of the mainly Muslim Fulani community.

The US and human rights campaign groups have urged the government to arrest and try those responsible.

"The Nigerian government should ensure that the perpetrators of acts of violence are brought to justice under the rule of law, and that human rights are respected as order is restored," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

"We feel that the world just has to do something. If the Nigerian government cannot do something then the world has to do something to stop this killing."

He also blamed local politicians for stirring up the violence.

Acting President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked the country's national security adviser, Sarki Mukhtar, in an apparent response to the killings.

But the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said the villages should have been properly protected after the January killings.

"Clearly, previous efforts to tackle the underlying causes have been inadequate, and in the meantime the wounds have festered and grown deeper," she said, according to the Associated Press.

Nigerian troops are patrolling the villages which were targeted on Sunday in a bid to prevent further violence and police say they have arrested more than 90 people suspected of inciting violence.

But residents of nearby communities say they are already getting ready to leave, fearing a fresh wave of violence.

"We are fleeing our village because we are afraid we might be the next target of attack by these Fulani," Patricia Silas, 30, told AFP.

"They have been making phone calls warning they are going to attack. We take these threats seriously. We don't want to be caught off-guard."

Many of the dead in the villages of Zot and Dogo-Nahawa, largely inhabited by Christian members of the Berom community, are reported to be women and children.

Clashes have broken out periodically since 2001, with competition for resources and political power seen as being at the heart of the conflicts between the rival communities.

Source: BBC

Monday, March 8, 2010

Mchungaji Katunzi vs Wacungaji wavaa pete

Mchungrji Florian Katunzi wa EAGT city center (japo kwa sasa anaendesha ibada za maombezi kule saba saba) amewajia juu wachungaji wanaovaa pete akidai kuwa wengi wao wanazitumia kwa nguvu za kichawi.Akinukuliwa na baadhi ya vyombo vya habari ,Mchungaji huyo kijana anayekuja kwa kasi kati watumishi waliopo hapa Tanzania, amedai kuwa watumishi wengi wanaovaa pete hizo wanazitumia kinyume na maagizo ya Biblia takatifu.
mlima sayuni inamtafuta Pastor Katunzi ili kuweza kufanya naye maojiano naye maalumu na tutawaletea ukweli wa mambo muda si mrefu.

Tanesco kupitisha umeme wenye msongo mkubwa Kanisani kwa Kakobe

BAADA ya waumini kulinda majengo ya Kanisa la Full Gospel Bible Fellowship (FGBF) kwa takribani siku 77, mpambano na vyombo vya dola sasa umeiva baada ya serikali kuliruhusu Shirika la Umeme (Tanesco) kuendelea na mradi wa kupitisha nyaya za umeme wa msongo wa 132KV juu ya eneo hilo.

Katika siku hizo 77, waumini hao walikuwa wakikesha usiku na mchana kwa lengo la kuzuia wafanyakazi wa Tanesco kupitisha nyaya hizo juu ya kiwanja cha kanisa hilo lililo jirani na eneo la Mwenge wilayani Kinondoni baada ya mkuu wa FGBF, Askofu Zacharia Kakobe kupinga mradi huo na kutangaza eneo hilo kuwa la hatari kwa wafanyakazi wa shirika hilo la ugavi wa umeme.

Askofu Kakobe anadai kuwa mradi huo wa thamani ya Sh34 bilioni kutoka serikali ya Japan haufai kupitishwa juu ya eneo la kanisa hilo kwa kuwa ni hatari kwa afya za waumini wake na unaweza kuharibu mawasiliano ya ndani wakati wa ibada, ambazo alisema hurekodiwa wakati zikiendelea na pia kudai kuwa utavuruga mawimbi ya televisheni kwa kuwa kanisa hilo lina mpango wa kujenga studio ya runinga.

Askofu huyo alidai mradi huo ulipingwa na wakazi wa maeneo ya Chuo Kikuu cha Dar es Salaam ndio maana ukakwepeshwa hivyo anataka Tanesco pia ikwepeshe nyaya zinazotakiwa kupita juu ya kanisa lake lililo kando ya Barabara ya Sam Nujoma.

Lakini Waziri wa Nishati na Madini, William Ngeleja jana alisema kuwa serikali imejiridhisha kuwa mradi huo hautakuwa na athari za kimazingira na afya ya binadamu na hivyo kutupilia mbali ombi la Askofu Kakobe la kutaka nyaya hizo zipitishwe katikati ya Barabara ya Sam Nujoma.

Ngeleja, ambaye wizara yake ilifanya vikao kadhaa na uongozi wa FGBF, alisema eneo la katikati ya barabara hiyo haliwezi kutumika kwa ajili ya nyaya hizo kwa kuwa tayari lina nguzo za taa za barabarani na kuongeza kuwa eneo hilo la kati linakusudiwa kutumika kwa ajili ya mradi wa mabasi yaendayo kwa kasi.

Kuhusu madai ya mradi wa studio ya televisheni, Ngeleja alisema kuwa Mamlaka ya Mawasiliano Tanzania (TCRA) imewathibitishia kuwa haijapokea maombi yoyote ya kuanzisha kituo cha televisheni kutoka katika kanisa hilo na hivyo kuzingatia suala hilo ni kufanya kazi kwa hisia.

"Hivyo inakuwa vigumu kwa serikali kubadili usanifu wa mradi kwa kuwa hatuna uhakika endapo maombi ya kujenga kituo cha TV na hatujui kama yatakapowasilishwa TCRA yatakidhi vigezo vya kiteknolojia na upatikanaji wa masafa vilivyowekwa na mamlaka husika kwa mujibu wa sheria,"alisema Ngeleja.

"Hutuwezi kujadili mambo mazito ya nchi kwa hisia. Suala la TV hadi sasa ni ‘hypothetiacal case’ (ni suala la kufikirika) kwa sababu hata maombi yake hayajafikishwa TCRA. Nchi hii ni yetu wote, serikali haifanyi kazi kwa maslahi ya kanisa, dini wala dhehebu fulani... inafanya kazi kwa maslahi ya Watanzania.

"Kutokana na sababu hizo, serikali inapenda kuwahakikishia wananchi kwamba mradi huo hautakuwa na athari mbaya kwa wananchi na mali zao. Hivyo serikali inaiagiza Tanesco kuendelea na utekelezaji wa mradi huu kama ulivyopangwa."

Alisema mradi huo ni muhimu kwa Tanzania na wananchi wake, hususan wa Jiji la Dar es Salaam ambako alisema utakuwa mwarobaini wa tatizo la kukatika mara kwa mara kwa umeme.

Askofu Kakobe hakupatikana jana kuzungumzia uamuzi huo, lakini aliripotiwa mwishoni mwa wiki akisema kuwa kanisa lake halitakubali kutekelezwa kwa mradi huo ambao alisema umefanywa na maofisa wa serikali ambao ni mafisadi.

Ripoti zinadai kuwa Askofu Kakobe alipingana na ripoti ya uchunguzi iliyotolewa na kampuni ya Bureau For Industry Cooperation (Bico), ambayo ilieleza kuwa umbali kutoka njia ya umeme hadi katika chumba ambacho itajengwa studio ya TV ni mita 4.8.

Lakini kiongozi huyo wa kiroho alidai kwenye mkutano uliofanyika wizarani tofauti iliyopo ni mita 1.82 tu, hali iliyofanya uongozi wa wizara kuongozana naye hadi kwenye eneo hilo ambako ilibainika kuwa tofauti hiyo ni mita 4.83 kitu kilichomfanya Kakobe ahamie kwenye hoja ya kituo cha televisheni.

Iwapo Kakobe ataendelea kushikilia msimamo wake wa kuzuia mradi huo, hali inaweza kuwa mbaya wakati wafanyakazi wa Tanesco watakapoenda eneo hilo kuendelea na mradi huo ambao umekwama.

Waziri Ngeleja alisema jana kuwa kuchelewa kwa mradi huo kutasababisha kuongezeka kwa gharama za ujenzi, hali ya upatikanaji wa umeme wa uhakika katika maeneo kadhaa kuwa mbaya na uwezekano wa wafadhili kujitoa katika kusaidia miradi mikubwa kama hiyo.

"Hivi ni nani anayependa kuona tatizo la kukatika mara kwa mara kwa umeme nchini linaendelea? Kimsingi hakuna, hivyo tunawaomba wananchi, kanisa la FGBF na waumini wake pamoja na Askofu Kakobe watoe ushirikiano ili mradi uweze kumalizika," alisema Ngeleja.

Alisema serikali inazitaka mamlaka zote zinazohusika kushirikiana na Tanesco kuhakikisha kwamba mradi huo unatekelezwa kwa mujibu wa sheria, kanuni na taratibu za nchi kwa manufaa na ustawi wa taifa.

Ngeleja alieleza kuwa Machi 6 aliitisha kikao na wadau wa mradi huo, ambao ni pamoja na Tanesco, TCRA, Baraza la Taifa la Usimamizi wa Mazingira (NEMC), Ewura, Manispaa ya Kinondoni, Bico, wakala wa barabara Tanzania (Tanroads) na Askofu Kakobe.

Alisema katika kikao hicho askofu huyo alipinga ripoti ya Bico ambayo ilipewa kazi ya kuchunguza kama kuna athari zozote zinazoweza kusababishwa na utekelezwaji wa mradi huo. Ripoti ya Bico ilionyesha kuwa hakuna athari.

Waziri alisema Askofu Kakobe aliendelea kusisitiza kuwa hana imani na ripoti ya Bico, jambo lililowalazimisha wajumbe wa kikao kuhamia eneo la mradi karibu na kanisa hilo Mwenge, ili kupima upya na kuthibitisha.

"Upimaji ulifanyika kwa pamoja na wadau wote na vipimo vilivyopatikana havikutofautiana na vile vya Bico na hatimaye Askofu Kakobe alikiri kuwa tatizo sio vipimo tena lakini akatuomba mradi upite katikati ya barabara," alisema Ngeleja.

Ngeleja alisema Askofu Kakobe hakuwa sahihi katika baadhi ya taarifa zake kwa kuandika vipimo ambavyo vilibainika katika ripoti ya Bico kuwa havikuwa sahihi kulinganisha na vile vilivyofanywa kwa pamoja na wadau.

"Mathalan kutoka katika njia ya umeme huo hadi katika chumba kinachotarajiwa kurusha matangazo ya TV, Kanisa lilisema ni mita 1.82, Bico akasema ni mita 4.80 lakini tulipopima kwa pamoja na wadau tulipata mita 4.83,"alisema Ngeleja.

"Kutoka njia kuu ya umeme huo hadi katika lango nambari moja la kanisa; kanisa lilisema ni mita 0.0, Bico ikasema mita 2.8, lakini tulipopima kwa pamoja na wadau tulipata mita 2.8 na kutoka katika njia ya umeme hadi lango nambari mbili, Kanisa lilisema ni sentimita 24, Bico mita 2.8 na vipimo vya pamoja tulipata mita 2.9," aliongeza Ngeleja.

Ngeleja alifafanua kuwa katika vipimo vya kutoka chumba maalumu cha wageni (VIP) hadi katika njia ya umeme, Kanisa lilisema ni sentimita 40, Bico mita 2.9 na vipimo vya pamoja na wadau vilionyesha ni mita 2.8.

Ngeleja pia alisema hawakuweza kupitisha umeme huo chini ya ardhi kwa sababu fedha hizo ni za ufadhili kutoka Shirika la Maendeleo la Japan (Jica) na kwamba tafiti zote za athari ya mazingira na za afya ya binadamu zilishafanywa na serikali kujiridhisha.

Alisema mtaalamu mshauri alipendekeza vizuizi vilivyowekwa nje ya kanisa hilo, ikiwa ni pamoja na mabango mawili makubwa yaliyo katika hifadhi ya barabara na miti, viondolewe ili, umbali unaokubalika upatikane.

Alisema Tanesco ihakikishe kwamba vitu vyote vipitishavyo umeme, vilivyojengwa chini au karibu ya njia hiyo, pamoja na mfumo wa umeme wa kanisa hilo uwekewe vizuia radi imara na kwamba hiyo ni kazi ya mwenye mali (kanisa).

"Hili ni jukumu la kanisa lenyewe kwa sababu ndio mwenye mali, ila mafundi wanapatikana Tanesco,"alisema Ngeleja.

Alisema Bico ilishauri kuwa Tanesco inatakiwa kutumia mbinu bora na za kisasa katika ujenzi wa mradi huo wa umeme wa msongo wa 132KV, ili kuepuka kona kali kwenye nyaya na hasa kuepuka kuunga nyaya sehemu yoyote kati ya nguzo nambari 18 na 19 ambazo zitakuwa karibu na eneo la kanisa.

Zaidi ya Sh25 milioni zimepotea kutokana na kukwama kwa mradi huo kwa siku 77.

Source: mwananchi na vyombo mbalimbali vya habari