At the end of the study sessions, Catholic Bishops will adopt resolutions in a communique that will be shared with the media for dissemination. The resolutions are to guide the activities of the eight national Conferences of AMECEA until the 21st Plenary Assembly.
During the July 8 press conference, TEC Secretary General said that Tanzanian President, Samia Suluhu who he said is “also very passionate about the care for the environment” will have a session with the Catholic Bishops.
Fr. Kitima said that Tanzania, which is hosting the AMECEA Plenary Assembly, is key in matters of environmental conservation. He added that TEC, in particular, has come up with a long term strategy “to turn Tanzania green”.
“In November last year, we unveiled a strategy that requires each family to plant 20 trees. Various communities, including schools, Parishes, Mosques have also been mandated to plant as many trees as possible,” Fr. Kitima said, adding that in the tree planting “initiative, we are working closely with the government to ensure that there are communal forests all over the country.”
The TEC official said that Tanzania leads by example in the care for the environment, and explained, “Here, we have some of the biggest parks, mountains, rivers, and the ocean. Tanzania has everything. But we’ll destroy everything if we don’t boost our efforts to take care of the environment, our home.”
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The President of TEC, Archbishop Gervas John Mwasikwabhila Nyaisonga, has assured all delegates participating in the Plenary Assembly of the country’s hospitality during the eight-day event.
“TEC warmly welcome you to experience the authentic Tanzanian Hospitality, share the joy and warmth of our people as you go about critical business of the plenary,” the Local Ordinary of Mbeya Archdiocese said, and added, “Our Secretariat staff and members of the plenary committee are at your service to ensure a comfortable, smooth and enjoyable stay.”
The Administrative Secretary in the Department of Social Communications of AMECEA, Sr. Jecinter Antoinette Okoth, lauded TEC for the successful efforts in creating awareness about the activities of the regional Bishops’ entity.
“You have done an amazing job campaigning ahead of the plenary assembly,” the Kenyan member of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Anna said, and added in reference to TEC, “You composed poems and songs, and now many people know about the AMECEA “Plenary Assembly. As a journalist, I am amazed.”
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.