Singida, 08 October, 2020 / 9:09 pm (ACI Africa).
A Bishop in Tanzania has cautioned Clerics in the East African country against partiality in the ongoing political campaigns ahead of the general elections slated to take place October 28.
Speaking at a one-day peace workshop for Clerics, Nuns and the Lay faithful in his Diocese on Thursday, October 8, Bishop Edward Elias Mapunda of Tanzania’s Singida Diocese said that demonstrating support for particular political parties will be a cause for division of the people og God on the basis of political affiliations.
“You Priests should not cause trouble in our Parishes by promoting certain political parties because you are supporters of the parties,” Bishop Mapunda said.
The Bishop explained, “We lead many people and if we, Priests, divide the people by promoting the political parties that we support, we will divide the Christians.”
“If you choose to publicly support one political party over another, you will cause trouble after the election because Christians will always refer to their Priests as supporters of specific political parties,” the Tanzanian Bishop further explained.