Officiating at an event to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the ascension to the episcopate of Bishop Severine Niwemugizi of the Catholic Church’s Rulenge-Ngara Diocese, the President said being glorified was not part of her character, and that she will do her best to listen to other views.
She was responding to a request from Bishop Niwemugizi “not to compare himself to God in any way,” which the president calmly accepted.
“Monsignor Niwemugizi asked me not to allow glorification. I assure you ahead of this gathering that it is not my character and I will try to humble myself to truly serve you,” the president said.
In his remarks, Bishop Niwemugizi had asked the President to refuse to allow exaggerated praise and praise songs, which are tempting given the power and authority that the Presidency wields.
“I pray that you will humble yourselves with all power and authority, so that you will not accept being compared to God,” he said, also praying that the president would preach love among the Tanzanians she leads, promotes the rule of law, justice and democracy so that peace continues to reign in the country,
President Samia hailed the Silver Jubilee Laureate for his long and dedicated service as a teacher and pastor to many youth segments in the country.
“Although coming from a long trip abroad, I felt it was worth attending because among those who witnessed your consecration to become a bishop were Julius Nyerere and Benjamin Mkapa. They are respected people and that is why I am here,” she told the rally.
The President expressed sadness over the killings at the family level in various parts of the country, urging stakeholders to support the government in emphasizing moral teachings for social and family life to stem the causes leading to such outrages.
The killings are the result of moral decay, she said, stressing the need for religious leaders to intensify key teachings, especially for young people, to prevent such incidents.
She said available data shows that in 2020 two people died in Kagera and last year three people died in the same area under similar circumstances, saying the government will send a team of experts to investigate. on cooperative unions in Kagera to understand what is going on.
This was after Bishop Niwemugizi complained that farmers were being deprived of legitimate income when selling their crops.
Innocent Bashungwa, the Minister of State in the Office of the President (Regional Administration and Local Governments) had previously praised President Samia for enabling a large number of development projects in Kagera region, saying they would transform the means livelihood in the region.