President Samia Suluhu Hassan has explained her decision to maintain silence on the DP World deal, asserting that no one possesses the authority to divide or sell Tanzania.
Speaking at the 60th Anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT), she emphasized her commitment to preserving the nation’s peace and unity.
Despite the debate surrounding the DP World port deal, President Samia chose to abstain from discussing it publicly, asserting her determination to protect the country’s integrity. Applauded by the ELCT congregants, she firmly asserted, “No one will have the guts and muscles of dividing and selling this country.”
ELCT Head Bishop Frederick Shoo echoed the support for government investment initiatives, appreciating President Samia for valuing the clergy’s input in exploring investment opportunities.
One prominent deal attracting attention involves an arrangement with an Emirate firm aimed at significantly increasing revenue from Dar es Salaam Port. Tanzania has entered an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with the Emirate of Dubai for the port’s management.
President Samia also urged religious leaders to act as primary ethical guides for society, emphasizing the importance of upholding values and traditions. She stressed that ethical foundations are crucial for a nation’s progress.
Addressing environmental concerns, President Samia called on religious leaders to lead in protecting the environment and its divine creation. She noted that humanity’s disregard for the environment had led to its retaliation through natural disasters.
Recognizing ELCT’s remarkable growth, President Samia commended the church for expanding over sixty years from 500,000 parishioners to over eight million across 27 Dioceses.
Nuhu Mruma, Secretary General of the National Muslim Council of Tanzania (BAKWATA), affirmed religious leaders’ commitment to supporting and advising the government when needed, pledging their ongoing support.