Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Jakaya Kikwete sheds light on Kadhi Court

from The Daily News (Tunisia)

Jakaya Kikwete has urged the people to be patient as the government deals with the question to either establish the Kadhi or Islamic Sharia law court in Tanzania or not. Mr Kikwete, who was the Guest of Honour at the consecration of the new Head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT), said the Kadhi Court issue if not handled carefully, threatened to divide Tanzanians. But whatever decision is finally taken, the government will be guided by the need to uphold the national interest. Tanzania has enjoyed peace and tranquillity by being unwaveringly a secular state ... Invited guests came from the Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC), Lutheran World Federation, Bishops from Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, USA, Canada, Germany and Sweden. From home there were representatives from Tanzania Supreme Council of Muslims (BAKWATA), the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) and other Christian denominations. Present also were retired President Benjamin Mkapa, a Catholic and Premier Edward Lowassa.

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