Tanzania forms interfaith committee to review slaughtering rules

By Deodatus Balile in Dar es Salaam

February 19, 2013

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Tanzanian Christians are temporarily prohibited from slaughtering animals for consumption until a government-appointed interfaith committee finds a solution to this simmering issue between Muslims and Christians.

  • A butcher displays halal meat from the city's slaughterhouse in Dar es Salaam's Mtoni Mtongani area. [Deodatus Balile/Sabahi]

    A butcher displays halal meat from the city's slaughterhouse in Dar es Salaam's Mtoni Mtongani area. [Deodatus Balile/Sabahi]

The decree was issued after more than three months of tension and clashes in the Geita and Mwanza regions over the slaughtering of animals.

"Traditionally Muslims have been [the ones who slaughtered animals] in this country, but we have this conflict and I have formed a committee of religious leaders to look for a permanent solution," Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda told reporters on Saturday (February 16th) after meeting with Muslim and Christian leaders in the Mwanza region. "Therefore, [while] the committee will be working hard to get a permanent solution, Muslims will continue to do this job for us all."

The disagreements culminated in Buseresere on February 11th when Muslim youths clashed with a group of Christians who had slaughtered a cow and two goats to be sold at a local market. The clashes resulted in the beheading of Pastor Mathayo Machila, the injury of several others and significant property damage.

Geita Acting Regional Police Commander Paul Kasabago said three people have been arrested in connection to the events, including Pastor Isaya Rutta, who slaughtered the animals on church grounds. The other two individuals in custody are part of Rutta's church. Kasabago said they would be charged for breaking health laws, inciting the public and causing the death of Machila.

Police have not yet arrested anyone suspected of perpetrating the actual violence against Machila.

"The law requires that any slaughtered animal be certified by a qualified veterinarian [to ensure] it is fit for human consumption," Kasabago told Sabahi. "Short of that, you risk consumers' health."

President Jakaya Kikwete condemned the violence, saying a religious war is not in Tanzania's best interest. "We have lived for more than 50 years without having quarrels related to our beliefs as Muslims and Christians," he said in Dodoma.

"It is barbaric to fight for the right to slaughter," he said.

Kikwete dispatched Minister for Home Affairs Emmanuel Nchimbi to Buseresere to reconcile the conflicting communities on the right to slaughter animals.

Nchimbi told Sabahi that the situation was now under control, as negotiations were going in the "right direction". He vowed that those responsible for the violence would face legal consequences.

Slaughterhouse staffing raises religious questions

In Tanzania, slaughterhouses are owned by town councils. For 50 years, it has been customary for slaughterhouses to be staffed by Muslims, following Islamic guidelines. The meat is then sold to butchers for retail.

Juvenary Mwaikambo, 46, who sells pork at Banana Bar in Dar es Salaam, said he knows of two special slaughterhouses for swine, which Muslims will not slaughter, but very few people use them.

"I know it is illegal to slaughter pigs at home, but it is expensive to do it at the slaughterhouse," Mwaikambo told Sabahi. "They charge 5,000 shillings ($3.10) for slaughtering and the veterinarian has to certify the meat by stamping it. If [the veterinarian] says it is unfit for human consumption, it has to be buried … there is a lot of inconvenience at the slaughterhouses."

Aran Mashimba, 48, a resident of Buseresere, said the only solution to the conflict is to have separate slaughterhouses to serve residents of both faiths.

"It is not all about satisfying Muslims' faith, it is more than that," Mashimba told Sabahi. "Slaughtering is a big industry that generates employment. Restricting it to Muslims is to deny us [Christians] employment opportunities."

Sheikh Suleiman Mtindi of Mwanza, who participated in Saturday's joint meeting with Pinda, also proposed separate slaughterhouses. Pinda rejected that idea, however, saying it would lead to wider divisions.

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Reader's Comments

  • Godfray
    January 19, 2014 @ 12:15:05AM

    I think everyone has a right to slaughter as long as he follows medical procedures. Animals were created for us all. I don't see any reasons of conflict there.

  • Hashim Salim
    November 30, 2013 @ 05:20:33AM

    Slaughtering had not been a problem to Tanzanian Christians in former times, but it has sparked disputes after some few Christian leaders who want to bring competition and incitement. It has been known ever since that according to Islamic belief, Muslim is not allowed to eat something that slaughtered by a non-Muslim. But we have never been taught by those inciting leaders that it is not permissible for a Christian to eat something that is slaughtered by a non-Christian according to the Bible teachings. The issue of employment is but a scapegoat. We should condemn inciting leaders. Believe me, once non-Muslims start to slaughter, no Muslim will eat that meat. Try it and you will see a severe damage including decaying meat and others thrown into the streets.

  • Said Mbonde.
    August 16, 2013 @ 12:00:11PM

    Only when every religion slaughters and eats its own meat, then every one will behave himself. Many meat eaters are Muslims.

  • geofrey
    July 14, 2013 @ 05:56:06AM

    I don't think the law stipulates who should slaughter, but it was only a privilege, which Christians gave to Muslims, and that is why they gave them their animals to slaughter for them. But those who have been given respect, have forgotten themselves and turned it into their right and their business. Remember, it is only Tanzania that has these conflicts. What happens when they go to Western countries? Are they given the privilege to slaughter?

  • Mzena patience
    July 9, 2013 @ 11:53:23AM

    I support Muslims to go on slaughtering so peace could prevail.

  • face boy
    June 23, 2013 @ 04:39:59AM

    I love you, Tanzanians. My comment is: leave what belongs to Caesar to Caesar. We, Tanzanians, should stop fighting. We should love each other like our forefathers' times.

  • HANZURUN RAJABU
    June 11, 2013 @ 02:19:34AM

    Muslims have the right to slaughter.

  • Abdi
    June 8, 2013 @ 04:36:58AM

    I believe this is an idea to fight Muslims in the world which is propagated by the disbelievers. God has decided to make Muslims and disbelievers co-exist in this world but the fight against Islam by disbelievers is actually becoming extreme.

  • emanuel
    June 3, 2013 @ 09:37:03PM

    They are being led by their stomach.. That is a problem, because he thinks if someone else is slaughtering, he wont eat.....Even among Christians, there are youth who don't have jobs, so they need to get money from slaughtering....Why you are sticking to slaughtering, it is because there are advantages such as chicken wings and heads and meat to bring home....These are the classes we speak about, bias is one....lack of education....lack of understanding the country's constitution, these are the problems. Everyone has the right to worship. Now why are you insisting that you are required to slaughter?

  • amina
    June 1, 2013 @ 11:05:05AM

    Let's slaughter. You should study!

  • ELIS MOLLEL
    June 1, 2013 @ 06:27:07AM

    THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD LOOK FOR AN ELECTRIC SLAUGHTERING MACHINE SO THAT EVERYONE WOULD HAVE PEACE WITH THAT.

  • frank chigollo
    May 31, 2013 @ 06:48:29PM

    Of all that said, I also support Christians to have their own slaughtering centers and butcheries. Muslims have their worships according to their faith and we, Christians, have our faith and worships. We shouldn't be forced. To be forced for the benefit of one side is dictatorship. I can't accept it. I believe in Jesus Christ as a true way to Eternity and in the Holy Trinity, i.e. Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. There is no more in the Christian belief than what I have mentioned. It might also be remembered that slaughtering is employment. Why are we forced to accept that employment opportunity to belong to one side, while this country belongs to all? I am asking for Christians' and Muslims' slaughtering centers and everyone have their butcheries. AMEN.

  • Tengeneza JM
    May 31, 2013 @ 12:04:34PM

    The basic thing here is that we, Tanzanians, do forget history. These matters were to be said earlier when they were preparing foundations for the law of the nation. When Mwalimu said that, this nation does not have religion, it was a proper time to ask: "Mwalimu, who will slaughter then?" But people kept their silence, Christians slaughtered for themselves, so did Muslims, and it became totally chaotic. The worst thing is that, there are areas which will not get slaughterers and if any, they have to wait for quite a long time. Every person will be required to follow their religions' principles. That would decide the best way to slaughter.

  • A.H.Mulagizi
    May 30, 2013 @ 11:26:04PM

    I think this matter requires more wisdom. Let's ask ourselves, is it only now that there are good Christians or they are only some group of idiots, because even idiots have religions. Dear comrades, wisdom should prevail and let's leave those few idiots alone.

  • Mahuma
    May 30, 2013 @ 09:58:49AM

    Christianity doesn't prohibit eating of the slaughtered meat. What is prohibited is only meat from the dead animal or the one that was offered to Satan. Otherwise, there's no reason for this violence that even cost human life. Both sides should ask God to bestow upon them heavenly wisdom against this problem.

  • Elizabeth M. Mbotto
    May 30, 2013 @ 05:27:59AM

    DEAR CHRISTIAN COLLEAGUES, I am asking you to recognize the power in JESUS CHRIST's blood. The animal comes from its keeper who has made rituals on it, even if the slaughterer does the same, we have to depend on the power in JESUS CHRIST'S BLOOD, IT IS ENOUGH to finish and remove all the dirtiness and spoken prayers. BELIEVE in JESUS CHRIST'S BLOOD there is unique power. ASK AND YOU WILL BE GIVEN, SEEK AND YOU WILL SEE, KNOCK DOORS THEY WILL BE OPENED FOR YOU. Math. 7:7. AMEN.

  • meryceline
    May 30, 2013 @ 02:41:05AM

    We, Tanzanians, are supposed to be taught all subjects in English. That will help in improving our education. The examination council is also required to write simple examinations so as to get many intellectuals in our country and not to make it hard for students.

  • nyaonge massinde
    May 30, 2013 @ 02:40:52AM

    It is suitable.

  • Linyala Msusi
    May 29, 2013 @ 01:33:56PM

    Everyone has the right to worship as he wishes. Therefore, if slaughtering is worship, then everyone is allowed to slaughter for his worship. Also, if slaughtering is offerings, then everyone has the right to slaughter in order to give offerings for his God. It is not possible for a person to participate in the worship or offerings he doesn't believe in or understand. And if it was just a tradition that others slaughter and others eat, then everything has its beginning and its end.

  • clement nobezi
    May 29, 2013 @ 11:48:28AM

    Our religions, why are we fighting? Let's preserve peace. I am from the College of Planning.

  • jumanne selemani
    May 29, 2013 @ 10:36:39AM

    I would ask for the Kadhi's Court to be put in the constitution.

  • george kimbokas
    May 29, 2013 @ 07:12:26AM

    I have ready many comments. I haven't seen anywhere they mention what does the constitution say on slaughtering. Even the president's speeches have not stood with the country's constitution. Everyone is avoiding to stand with the constitution, which says everybody has the right to worship without violating the laws or annoying others. Slaughtering is an act of worship for Muslims, for Muslims it is a law that no eating without slaughtering. Here we should come together: Christians should slaughter as well as Muslims. The government is supposed to stand for the laws and not resolutions. A Muslim does not break any law if he slaughters, Christian too according to the Bible and the Qur'an. Therefore, the government should stand for the constitution and religions should practice their worships according to the constitutional instructions and their Holy Books. It is the government that needs to be educated on slaughtering by both faiths. Some of us have the vision of talking about these.

  • MARAWITY NYANGE
    May 28, 2013 @ 03:54:08PM

    TO END THIS PROBLEM, MEDICAL INSPECTORS SHOULD ALSO SLAUGHTER AND NOT INSPECTING ONLY. WHY FORCE EACH OTHER? THE PARLIAMENT SHOULD COME WITH THE SLAUGHTERING LAW AND NOT LEAVING ONE RELIGION TO DOMINATE THE JOB.

  • bertha gabriel kisaka
    May 28, 2013 @ 09:29:43AM

    TANZANIA IS A PEASFULL COUNTRY EVERY ONE HE/SHE HAS THEIR OWN ABILITY TO CHOOSEN THINGS THEY WANT.

  • TANGANYIKA EBOL
    May 28, 2013 @ 02:59:53AM

    Why when I slaughter Muslim eats and I shouldn't eat when he slaughters? Who is the best before God? What if I slaughter and he eats, will he not go to the Heaven because of eating a Christian-slaughtered meat? I think it is better to rethink about it and no one shall discriminate the other on this issue. God told Petro: Stand up, slaughter. What God has purified, you - a human being - don't call it non-purified. All animals belong to God and have been purified particularly for human being. Let the faithful slaughter.

  • wensislaus joseph chimba
    May 28, 2013 @ 02:29:56AM

    I am not happy when believers of a certain religion are killed in their worship, especially Christians. Let me ask the rulers: where shall we go to worship if we are burnt when we go to the churches?

  • Madalo wa Madalo
    May 28, 2013 @ 02:01:35AM

    Slaughtering is just slaughtering. Everyone shall do it according to his faith. No need to fight on this issue.

  • kindi
    May 27, 2013 @ 07:51:53AM

    I NEED THE SOLUTION TO SOLVE THE DISPUTE BETWEEN DIFFERENT COUNTERIES AROUND TANZANIA BECAUSE NO COOPARATION

  • moteswa msita wa dodoma
    May 27, 2013 @ 06:18:04AM

    I think Tanzanians from both religions should stop that stupidity and live together peacefully.........??????!!!!!

  • Sospeter Oloo
    May 27, 2013 @ 06:16:05AM

    If this matter can lead to bloodshed, then the former procedure should continue to apply, where Muslims are slaughtering because Christians pray before they eat. We shall not fight for poles while the house we build belongs to all of us.

  • MSILWA STEVEN
    May 27, 2013 @ 02:10:28AM

    Slaughtering is not a governmental matter. This is about people's culture and their life. Why do you want to make it such a big issue? I advise the government to realize that we have been successful in fighting disease and poverty, but ignorance is still living in people's minds. I warn that the government has allowed freedom of worship, but that freedom should not be a reason to spoil Tanzania's peace, as holiness is beyond eating, drinking and dressing.

  • AHMED NKINDWA
    May 26, 2013 @ 12:56:01PM

    This article is good and is describing things transparently.

  • Muboro Mubiru
    May 26, 2013 @ 05:08:29AM

    Everyone has a right to worship and believe as he wishes be it by birth or by changing his religion as Mohamed Ally did. Slaughtering was there before Islam and Christianity! Apart from that, Islam came 500 years later. I think everyone has a right to slaughter and I personally agree with Lusekelo.

  • Henry
    May 26, 2013 @ 04:11:24AM

    We, Tanzanians, should come to the point that we don't behave like a nation that does not think. Business as usual has to come to an end and the reality of justice should prevail. Who does slaughter in the areas where there are no Muslims? Why do Muslims in non-Christian areas live in peace? Of course, here the issue is beyond slaughtering. What I personally know is that medical officers have to make sure medical procedures are followed during slaughtering before the meat is sent to the market where many people go to buy their food. What are the actual qualifications to announce either a Muslim or a Christian is adequate to slaughter? Dear Tanzanian colleagues, we should fight for the country's development to improve our economy and not be shaken and divided by religious matters. Look at our national shield (Freedom and Unity). Everyone must be free to do anything as long as the law of land and human rights are not violated. Then we will be one. God bless Tanzania, save it from conspiracies against our peace.

  • jesse john
    May 26, 2013 @ 03:00:48AM

    Education is needed for former slaughters to know that the world is changing and even if their Holy Book does not change, we cannot tolerate their violence. The established or a to-be established committee should know that the world is changing. It is not possible for Christians to wait for example for a Muslim who is fornicating to finish and come to slaughter. That is stupidity.

  • Wyclif King Ssc
    May 26, 2013 @ 02:19:19AM

    A permanent solution in this religious conflict in slaughtering, is to have separate slaughtering centers and butcheries, where you will find clearly written CHRISTIAN BUTCHERY.... Looking the matter deeply with a religious eye, you will find it very strange and complex for a person something slaughtered by a person of another faith between these two religions. It is as if there are pagans' rituals from those who insist on slaughtering besides the hidden personal interests!!

  • Mzalendo
    May 24, 2013 @ 05:02:33AM

    Everyone should keep, buy and slaughter animal as he wishes. Anyone who wants to slaughter be it a cattle keeper or meat buyer. I bought the animal or kept it with my own money, why someone else should slaughter it for me? That's laziness. Keep, buy and slaughter yourself!

  • SALMON
    May 24, 2013 @ 02:57:19AM

    Everyone should slaughter according to his faith as everyone worships according to his faith! And its not right to force any group to do anything without knowing what makes some people see things this way and others see another way to be correct! "NEVER JUDGE ANYBODY UNTIL YOU WALK A MILE INTO HIS MOCCUSIN"

  • REHANI
    May 23, 2013 @ 01:31:45AM

    SLAUGHTERING CENTERS SHOULD NOT BE SEPARATED. MUSLIMS SHALL GO ON SLAUGHTERING AS IT USED TO BE.

  • Oliver Limwagu
    May 22, 2013 @ 03:32:20PM

    The country gets deeper into needless and nonsense things. I don't remember in 50 years of independence that we had a discussion on who should slaughter. In our mission places, not only that Christians themselves slaughter and people of other faiths eat, but even nuns have been joyfully and peacefully doing that work. Lindi and Mtwara regions and places like Narunyu, Nyangao, Ndanda, and Luagala and towns that the so-called Muslims live. After all, to me the most important thing is that the sold meat should be safe for human health. Many people run for slaughtering simply because of employment, as I see people are given some amount of money for doing the job, etc. I think this is some sort of greed and the government and people should understand it that way and we don't have to feel shy in telling each other this reality. I am sure there cattles who die at Pungu on the way while coming for hinterlands, and these cattle are slaughtered having already died and we are all the main eaters of that meat. People must stop being selfish. Who he says that Muslims should slaughter, I think he doesn't think properly. What should they slaughter? I own a pork butchery, as usual I slaughter my pigs with the help from my wife. Are they ready to come and slaughter my pigs? Yes, I am ready to pay for it. One shall not open a dispensary and select the patients. I believe Christians all over the world are flexible people. They can pass this regulation very humbly, but those chosen to slaughter must also slaughter our monkeys, fox, warthog etc.

  • Mwisawa, Mwangwa
    May 22, 2013 @ 08:27:09AM

    We used to live in a tradition based on good relationship between Muslims and Christians. There is a great possibility that collapsing of the former good relationship is the source of what we have today. Intended measures should be taken to recover these mutual relationships. Religious standpoints won't help us, every one has the right to worship according to his religion without being forced.

  • bi dodo hurumzi
    May 22, 2013 @ 07:47:10AM

    I join my colleagues that everyone has his own religion, therefore everyone should be allowed to slaughter on his own way. That does not need a long debate. Even if we wait, no one will come with a better decision than this. Thank you all.

  • MWASHAMBWA LUSESHELO
    May 20, 2013 @ 11:53:38AM

    Good article with its challenges. The SLAUGHTERING issue has raised a lot of things and views. If it is one of the Muslims' acts of worship, there is no need for them to make others be involved in their worship. Also, if Muslims cannot be OK with the meat slaughtered by Christians, why should Christians trust Muslims? If we don't trust each other, that is a problem. I try to understand, if slaughtering has no benefits for Muslims, why are they ready to shed blood? If you, Muslim, like to slaughter, rear your animals and do it. and not others rearing and then you force them to slaughter. Then, announce that you will also slaughter pigs.

  • karim mputa
    May 20, 2013 @ 06:49:33AM

    We shouldn't allow religion to be a part of fighting each other as it is in Nigeria. It is a tragedy and tears for three Nigerian states. Do we want the same?

  • edward kagaruki
    May 19, 2013 @ 05:25:32PM

    I would like to give my opinion that the issue of slaughtering is not for Christians and Muslims only but the good will of our ancestors who agreed on that issue due to the affection they had for each other.

  • Adam.
    May 19, 2013 @ 04:21:06PM

    I WOULD LIKE TO BE GIVEN PROPER TRANSLATION OF PRAYERS DURING SLAUGHTERING BY OUR COLLEAGUES....IT'S POSSIBLY THE ISSUE HERE IS JUST ARABIC LANGUAGE... WHAT I KNOW IN THEIR PRAYERS, THEY MENTION AND PRAISE GOD WHO HAS CREATED THE SLAUGHTERED ANIMAL..YOU KNOW EVEN JERUSALEM CHURCHES - CHURCH OF NATIVITY - BETHLEHEM AND OTHERS ARE PRAYING IN ARABIC... AND ARAB CHRISTIANS CALL GOD ALLAH AL-AB..GOD THE FATHER...! LOOK AT ARABICBIBLE.COM

  • patric sijaona
    May 19, 2013 @ 06:05:48AM

    We should not do business as usual as in the past. This is another time. We must have complete laws on such issues, because today we are here, tomorrow the coming generation should see a guided procedure. Not business as usual as our leaders say. Christian forum has already said, we should be given our slaughtering centers. We, Christians, cannot eat something which was slaughtered for the purpose of other religion's worship. We should be given our slaughtering centers which will be also used to slaughter pigs. There will be no conflict. Why are pigs slaughtered in informal places and people are eating?

  • Ngoshawambiyu
    May 16, 2013 @ 04:53:20PM

    We will reach our destination, time is not ready!!!!!!! Until the fire roars.

  • Abdallah burhan
    May 15, 2013 @ 01:21:34PM

    My thanks are to the government for being able to stop this disaster because our country was in a bad period of civil war, namely religious war. This war causes the nation to shake in each of its sector. Also, separating slaughtering centers between Muslims and Christians is not a solution at all. It will rather cause rift between these two parts and will lead to poverty in our country as there will be no development solidarity. Why does it not remain as it was? Why should we come close to kill each other and destroy our infrastructures for just a simple thing? It's true that the government has no religion, but there are things when one does are not legitimate to others and other things are not. We should consider which people whose slaughtering is not illegitimate to others and which people/group whose slaughtering is illegitimate. Therefore, opportunity should be given to those ones whose slaughtered-meat can be eaten by everyone. We shouldn't set classes in our country. We should love peace and love. That's all @bdallah

  • Mehran Bahram Chaaker
    May 15, 2013 @ 12:40:01PM

    Our country is a land of peace. Dar es Salaam means land of peace. If we start war, we will have to change the name of our country, otherwise we will be seen as fools. We have lived all these years without quarreling, why should we start now for the sake of slaughtering? Muslim slaughtering centers are accepted by all Tanzanians, halaal meat can be eaten by all, and if the animal was slaughtered by a Christian, it has got only to be recognized so. These are just simple things, they don't have to incite conflict.

  • elias letema
    May 15, 2013 @ 05:09:21AM

    I think the most important thing the government can do on this matter is to allow separate slaughtering centers between Muslims and Christians as it is in South Africa where there are Halaal supermakets for Muslims. Then everyone will decide on his own either to go to the Christian's butcher or Muslim's? That is 1+1=?. We should not go around looking for the answer.

  • Salila
    May 14, 2013 @ 01:06:47PM

    Everything has its time! That is why even Europeans ruled but when the time came, we Africans started to demand independence! WHERE we are, the solution of having every faith slaughtering is inevitable; it is the government that will decide whether there is peace or not! To avoid problems, let Christians have their own slaughtering centers and butchers but this won't stop a Christian from buying meat from our fellow Muslims if his heart tells him so, also if a Muslim is pleased to buy a Christian-slaughtered meat, it is just OK! This is not required to be an argument. There are bars everywhere and they sell also food, but no Muslim or born-again Christian, who goes there to eat, is forced to buy alcohol even if the environment is for alcohol sellers!! We shouldn't seek to see religious extremism while in its reality life is fully mixed!!!

  • mdoe
    May 14, 2013 @ 09:16:40AM

    I think it's better if the government intervenes and separate slaughtering centers so that everyone is justly treated, because it is worship to Christians too... its not good to see only one side benefiting from the jobs... and it doesn't matter that Muslims have been slaughtering for over 50 years.There comes a time when people are aware and know their rights. Our country is one and this has to be worked on very seriously.

  • peter chuwa
    May 13, 2013 @ 04:41:13PM

    Tanzania be on alert to fight the emerging religious extremism.

  • Ndega
    May 13, 2013 @ 11:50:51AM

    Who was slaughtering before Islam? Because Christianity existed 500 years and then came Islam. Where are we going now? Everyone shall slaughter and that who feels uneasy, let him not eat the meat. Tolerance is what needed.

  • Adam.
    May 11, 2013 @ 08:26:17AM

    I WOULD ASK THAT WE ARE GIVEN CORRECT TRANSLATION OF THE PRAYERS PREFORMED DURING SLAUGHTERING BY OUR FELLOWS... MAY BE THE ISSUE IS ONLY ARABIC LANGUAGE... WHAT I KNOW IS THAT IN THEIR PRAYERS, THEY NAME AND PRAISE THE ALMIGHTY GOD WHO HAS CREATED THE ANIMAL BEING SLAUGHTERED.. YOU KNOW THAT EVEN JERUSALEM CHURCHES - CHURCH OF NATIVITY - BETHLEHEM AND OTHERS PRAY BY USING ARABIC...

  • KHAMIS
    May 11, 2013 @ 05:42:54AM

    SINCE WHEN ARE THEY SLAUGHTERING? OR THEY ARE ONLY INCITED BY THOSE NARROW MINDED TO CAUSE WAR IN OUR COUNTRY?

  • Manka
    May 10, 2013 @ 03:13:20PM

    It's high time now that our government does not make decisions on the base of business as usual. It's supposed to make decisions according to the law. It doesn't sound logical for a knowledgeable leader to refuse issuing permission for every Religion to have their own slaughtering centers while there are slaughtering centers for pigs where there has never been any problem. Business as usual as practiced by the government is oppressing one side for no reason. For our fellows, Muslims, slaughtering is worship. Now you want to put me, a Christian, into something which I don't know. No, that is not possible. When our fellow Muslims slaughter, they get income which goes to their religion, but it isn't so to Christians. Also those slaughtering in those centers are only Muslims, Christians have no jobs in the centers. So, when the government provide such simple answers, it doesn't have to expect that we, Christians, are ignorant. No, we are capable of reasoning. Giving every people what they need is a solution. If you refuse, it will cost you dearly.

  • [email protected]
    May 10, 2013 @ 02:25:26PM

    Shabani Shega, where does that law of slaughtering come from? For more than 50 years, Muslims have been slaughtering, why do they raise up today? I think let's leave the committee do its job and if Christians are given that task, the war has reached Tanzania.

  • Loveness Baraka
    May 10, 2013 @ 06:46:44AM

    I am of the opinion that we should separate both slaughtering centers and shops. Normally Muslims have their food stuffs written HALAL, which are in the shops and of which knowledgeable Christians don't buy, and are not forced to. Both Christians and Muslims are not allowed to eat meat which does not come from a slaughtered animal and does not have medical permission. The problem lies at slaughtering. Muslims slaughter with special prayers, which make the meat HALAL to them and illegitimate to Christians. Christians are required to slaughter so as to make sure they don't eat meat from a tortured animal or with blood. Muslim prayers make the meat illegitimate to Christians, while slaughtering without the prayers makes the meat illegitimate to Muslims. These are very sensitive issues to consider so as to maintain faiths. But in all those years, Christians have been purifying meat and other things by the name of JESUS, otherwise they are eating illegitimate meat. Why should they continue eating illegitimate meat for all those years? It's true that CHRISTIANS' God is God of PEACE. He cures people, He treats there wounds, HE IS A SAVIOR OF THE WORLD and He forgives. But Muslims' God allows killing of people. If a person who wants his meat to be purified is killed, it means a Muslim is not ready to live with a person who has a different faith. But Christian has lived with a person who purposely pollutes his meat, who kills him, who burns his house, etc, all these years, and he hasn't revenged. GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE CAREFUL WITH THIS. Is there a registered religion which allows killing and violence? Christians will go on purifying meat and other things in the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.

  • Jua Mwambapa
    May 10, 2013 @ 04:06:05AM

    We should distance ourselves from those ideas as there is no one who knows the truth of slaughtering centers. Slaughtering is not a point for discussion but what is going to be eaten is important to our health.

  • SUDI
    May 9, 2013 @ 02:46:45AM

    If someone who slaughters and eats the meat himself, what is the problem? It is better if people are very careful in this matter. Slaughtering or not slaughtering cannot send one to the Almighty GOD but it is only the one who accepts and ask forgiveness for his sins who will see God. ASK FORGIVENESS AND STOP SINS.

  • christopher Muleju
    May 8, 2013 @ 09:56:30AM

    If it is about faith, let everyone slaughter.

  • Afro Canadian
    May 7, 2013 @ 09:53:15PM

    In this day and age this country debates whether it should be lawful for a christian to slaughter an animal? What do these Muslim eat when they go abroad? do they stay away from all meats? because I can tell you, i have met some butchers and they are far from being either christians nor muslims

  • Sultan
    May 7, 2013 @ 08:18:42AM

    In my opinion, we have to think what has actually prompted Christians to demand the right to slaughter? I ask for a concrete reason for them to slaughter according to their faith. From my experience, as many readers have contributed according to their understanding and we can't stop people to air their views, but we should look at basic things for our country's development. We should not accept to be used by these Europeans. They are coming to divide us so that it could be easier for them to rob us of our resources. Let's try hard to use our brains. At this time, even at the places they are said to have conflicts, they are implanted by those foreign super powers for their own interests. We should wake up (Divide and rule). Now we are ruled by mental slavery, if we can't use our brains, we are easily caught, because they have also prepared themselves to use more brains.

  • safari mallya
    May 7, 2013 @ 02:44:10AM

    I think we should leave mixing faith with meat, because we are all human beings, issues about Islam and Christianity shall only stay in our beliefs. We should stop endangering our country's peace for the things that are avoidable.

  • rajabujumanne
    May 6, 2013 @ 03:05:12PM

    Why don't we just go on slaughtering and eating legitimate meat, as its consumers are the majority? Give the majority their right. Those who continue with these complaints will cause religious war and cause foreigners to flee, especially from hotels.

  • felix kahazzy
    May 6, 2013 @ 11:30:58AM

    It is true that it is a Christians' right to slaughter. That is Christians' faith.

  • francis lindi
    May 6, 2013 @ 09:31:12AM

    If it is prohibited for Christian to slaughter, Muslims should have their own slaughtering centers and butcheries.

  • aziz ally
    May 6, 2013 @ 12:36:34AM

    Oh, let's think positive things to develop our country. These things are useless.

  • adolph marimbo
    May 5, 2013 @ 05:41:40PM

    This matter poses a big challenge to me. If this matter is not looked at, it will divide us. In my opinion, Muslims should be allowed to go on slaughtering for public consumption.

  • akyoo
    May 4, 2013 @ 04:55:41PM

    As a matter of fact, telling me because the Qur'an has said and the Bible hasn't talked about it, you have no point as I don't know what is the Qur'an. I was born in pastoralist clans and we always slaughter but I don't see any problem. Also, using the Qur'an as a decisive mechanism is similar to using Kenyan constitution to govern Tanzania. You will be doing a grave mistake.

  • pastor grolias k mugisha jacob
    May 4, 2013 @ 01:07:37PM

    It is as if we, Christians, have no right. If we have any, then the government should allow us go slaughter so as to know that our religion is legitimate. Otherwise, they should tell us if our religion is illegitimate.

  • Frida Makawia
    May 4, 2013 @ 05:55:00AM

    These quarrels are of no use. Everyone tries to defend his position. Where is the truth? Why a Christian and why a Muslim? Do you think separation of butcheries will be a solution? Who will decide on it? And we should know that Christians are the majority, what will happen if we separate butcheries? If Muslims believe that a Christian-slaughtered animal is not eatable, what makes Christians believe that they won't be harmed if they eat a Muslim-slaughtered animal? This is the Christians' concern: why when a Christian slaughters, the meat is illegitimate and where does that legitimacy come from? This causes Christians a lot of concerns and feel that some problems are based on eating meat, because when Muslims slaughter, they are practicing their worship and it should be reminded that Muslims and Christians are not mixing in worship matters. Most often, Christians believe in invisible matters and not visible ones, so any slaughtering style doesn't bother them at all and are free. Problems come with rituals conducted there. If Muslims were only slaughtering but keeping their religion aside and there is no worship, I think there would be no problems. These are my opinions: we should not separate butcheries, these people should continue to practice their worship and to the Christians, as long as you have understood this matter, you must purify your meat after buying it. Christians are people of peace, continue to preserve peace, don't let it collapse. "Seek peace with all people with that piety that no one else will see Lord if he does not have it." Employment. Those are our fellow Tanzanians, it's right for them to have jobs in their country. Why don't you complain against the foreigners? Christians, you should have wisdom and in that wisdom you should be.

  • kwiligwa John
    May 3, 2013 @ 10:34:27AM

    This article is very nice to any Tanzania who likes his country's development, because it dwells on solving the current conflict and restore equality amongst all Tanzanians regardless of their religious ideologies, ethnicity, color or wealth. I therefore congratulate you very much for your good article.

  • nicolus
    May 3, 2013 @ 07:59:57AM

    I don't see any reason to fight for this matter. What is the problem? Animals that Christians eat are the ones Muslims do eat. I think it is better if it goes on the way it is. What do you think?

  • Askofu Amos Muhagachi
    May 3, 2013 @ 05:54:16AM

    Tanzania has been credited for being a country with peace, unity and solidarity and this is an amazing prize. Everyone has his religion and it is a big sin for one person to tell others how to worship or which religion to follow. Every religion has its procedures, rules and laws that guide it in the matter in question of who should slaughter. It is wrong for a certain religion to demand the right to be followed by other religions. What is required here is theological knowledge. Muslims and Christians are brothers and sisters. We are all children of Abraham. What connects us are more than what separates us.

  • Flavius Rwelamira
    May 3, 2013 @ 03:11:05AM

    Stop these ideas, let the government put CID everywhere to capture those who talk about it anywhere! Sheikhs, priests and pasters stop jubbering these in the mosques and churches!

  • Chris
    May 2, 2013 @ 02:28:12PM

    Why when Christian slaughter it is illegitimate but Christian Schools are not? While all Muslims and pagans are studying together? If we were to be separated, then we must do it in everything! But I strongly agree with Abdalah Issa below. He is very wise!! Also Hassan Abdalah Hassan has got very positive views!! Those ideas are very useful to all of us!!

  • dulababa
    May 2, 2013 @ 10:32:17AM

    In my opinion, for the last fifty years, we Muslims have been victims; and it all happened due to our faith. Before and during colonialism, we lived in classes and we had economic, moral, academic and religious development. Now everything has gone, what is to be done is us to be separated and every one goes back to his origin. Muslims should start afresh. Living with people who don't know legal and illegal leads to infidelity and our generations are made into worse situations. We will be sent to the Hell. Otherwise, liberation struggle should be restarted as the first one was lost.

  • Abdulrazak an
    May 2, 2013 @ 09:06:34AM

    It's strange that the problem did not exist before, why did Geita Christians make it an issue? We also have to know that slaughtering is a matter of worship to a Muslim, not to a Christian.

  • Manka Charyte
    May 2, 2013 @ 02:55:12AM

    It's obvious that our country has no religion but its people do. Slaughtering is a business. I think it's high time now that our government improves slaughtering centers so they use electricity to end the tensions. I strongly ask my fellow Tanzanians not to fight each other for slaughtering. Religion is PERSONAL FAITH, there are pagans, there are religious people who are neither Christians nor Muslims. Which group are we putting them in?

  • joel joseph kagulumwaya
    May 1, 2013 @ 07:27:22AM

    I think we respect each other and we should continue our tradition. What will happen if we leave Muslims to go on slaughtering? We were living as brothers, what is making us now to fight each other? We must think twice before we lose peace for baseless reasons

  • jackson laizer
    May 1, 2013 @ 02:15:33AM

    I am surprised that Christians are fighting for slaughtering. It is very shameful and I don't see any basic things at all. Let's leave those we found to continue, but if you want to slaughter at your own home, slaughter your hen. That is my opinion.

  • hawa
    April 30, 2013 @ 03:58:15PM

    Everyone has his own belief but here the question is not the right to slaughter. The problem is accumulation and if that is so, then every religion should have equal rights. Why were they eating it in the past?

  • DOSEDOSEE PORTAL
    April 28, 2013 @ 05:27:37PM

    Everyone is allowed to slaughter, but we should leave things as they were so as to avoid division in the country. However, when you find your colleague has slaughtered, don't fight because I don't think if our sects teaches us to fight.

  • tozo
    April 28, 2013 @ 10:05:32AM

    It is better to understand each other as before so as to restore peace.

  • tiberio
    April 28, 2013 @ 05:48:11AM

    I think we have an environment that allows us to get into other people's worships unknowingly. If they see it so much important that they are even killing a person for slaughtering, that must be a very important worship to them. Those are spiritual matters, like it or not, have influences on the people of God that is a must to stay alert. IT IS BETTER IF WE SEPARATE SLAUGHTERING CENTERS AND BUTCHERS.

  • RICHARD KILONZO
    April 28, 2013 @ 01:55:53AM

    Open electric slaughtering centers everywhere like Arusha. This is business everyone envies since there has been a huge scarcity of employment.

  • MEDDY MCHOPA.
    April 27, 2013 @ 03:25:33PM

    I think slaughtering is Muslims' right because when a Christian slaughters, it is a dead animal to a Muslim.

  • MHUNGAJI.STEPHANO.IDDI.NJEJA.
    April 26, 2013 @ 01:58:31PM

    AS OF NOW, THERE IS NO DISCUSSION ON THE ISSUE OF SLAUGHTERING TO US, CHRISTIANS, BECAUSE IT IS OUR RIGHT. THERE IS NO REASON TO STOP A CHRISTIAN FROM SLAUGHTERING, AS CHRISTIAN FAITH IS THE BEST OF ALL IN THE WORLD. IF WE DID NOT DO IT IN A LONG TIME, IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE DIDN'T KNOW. NO, EVERYTHING HAS ITS TIME.

  • Jeremia
    April 26, 2013 @ 01:11:51PM

    No one has the right to decide which religion should follow laws of another religion. Every religion has been established to educated people so that they avoid uncivilized behaviors and every religion has its traditions according to its philosophy. I don't see any reason why believers of one religion are spearheading in these issues. If you look it deeply, every religion has its slaughtering laws. There shall not come the time when other people see themselves as being above the justice and others are at the bottom of it. Why haven't I heard anyone screaming of slaughtering fish? What is evident here is not religion at all, but one religion has got its interests on slaughtering. And if slaughtering is a national cake, there should be equality in every thing.

  • Mkisi Waukisi
    April 26, 2013 @ 11:22:16AM

    First, I would like to praise Sheikh Suleiman Mtindi for his vision and wisdom and I am surprised by Pinda for refusing the idea of separating slaughtering centers. On to my view, Christians are tired of eating non-purified meats, why should a pagan slaughter? If they don't believe in JESUS as LORD AND SAVIOR, it means they are people of the Hell at the Last Day. Otherwise, if there is another God, and it he is there, he is false God, because God says don't worship other gods, but HIM only. We shouldn't look at human interests and forget or bend God's laws as Pinda wants. I know he knows the truth, but the premiership makes him fail to act justly for having separate slaughtering centers. If Muslims asked their children to be allowed to wear hijabs in schools, what does make it impossible for Christians to have their own slaughtering centers? I don't like violence, but the government should not make people think of establishing a political party CDA (Christian Democratic Alliance), because Muslims have oppressed Christians for a long time since the time of Crusade War. God bless Tanzania and all Tanzanians so that they are visionary and wise.

  • Shakira Ahmad
    April 26, 2013 @ 10:20:43AM

    In my side. I think it is better to separate slaughtering centers so as to avoid conflicts, and we need peace in every day of life.

  • MADIA
    April 26, 2013 @ 04:53:56AM

    Hassan Abdallah Hassan, please inform people, which verse allows them to slaughter. Secondly, let me correct you, Jews are not Christians, they are just Jews. Look carefully at the Testaments. And those who say slaughtering is worship, I say there is something hidden, because how eating meat is a form of WORSHIP? If you slaughter for rituals, treating someone, sacrificing, or in short for, a specific intention, that we can call it a WORSHIP, which MUSLIMS are not allowed to do because it is a great SIN. These people who destroy us have THEIR own interests and only the wise and the intelligent can know what is going on. Most of us are in darkness and we should be open, otherwise violence will erupt. Dear Christian brothers, you should know that not every WORSHIP is WORSHIP. Worship is to worship God, the Creator, as He instructs us and not slaughtering. Pray God that He gives you the vision of what is going on. Even to Jesus, they said, was required to be killed and crucified so that he could bear people's sins and that is GOD'S PLAN. Where and in which religion and scriptures that God allowed a human being to be killed so he can bear other people's sins? All those are man's plans in collaborating with the Satan to achieve his goals and he uses high level tactics. Be careful and read the scriptures between lines and follow things closely. May God bless you so that you know the TRUTH. Notice: FREEMASONS are everywhere, even where you sleep. Watch out that we are not made to fight each other.

  • BASLID KIMARIO
    April 25, 2013 @ 03:41:08PM

    WHAT COMES FROM SOUL IS WHAT IS IMPURE , ANYONE CAN SLAUGHTER! BUT PIGS HAVE TO BE SLAUGHTERED ONLY BY CHRISTIANS.

  • light
    April 24, 2013 @ 07:59:01AM

    I haven't seen the need to slaughter and what is its actual intention. Also, there is a need to explain what does 'kibudu' mean? What I know, it stands for a meat obtained from a dead animal. Now what is slaughtered by Christians is referred to as 'kibudu' while he uses similar methods used by Muslims - except for the wordings - I don't understand. We have many things to do; we shouldn't give Satan a chance to destroy us. Also the Holy Bible says that even if you eat poison, you won't die and it's not what gets into the body which is impure but what comes out... That's why we eat regardless who has slaughtered, even a pagan.

  • daniel
    April 23, 2013 @ 02:20:20AM

    Everyone has a right to eat what he wants according to his pocket. Why are you insisting that people should eat together? Those issues are out of date. Everybody should bear his own burden as long as he doesn't go against the laws of the land. A concept of eating together is outdated. We are fighting together for a better living, better education, better health care, clean water, electricity, etc. We leave basic things and talk about meat. Our colleagues are thinking of moving to another planet, we are only thinking of eating. The problem is that in Tanzania there is leadership vacuum. Talk of eating has no chance now. I salute you Mzee Ruksa for giving us direction.

  • amina idd
    April 22, 2013 @ 11:59:24PM

    IN MY OPINION, THOSE WHO WERE SLAUGHTERING SINCE THE BEGINNING SHOULD GO ON. Then they should agree to work together.

  • Kizua
    April 22, 2013 @ 07:45:34PM

    I think these things are clear and it is about tolerating each other. They have not started today, but since long time and we were going on better. What has now happened while it is like Friday and Sunday? Muslims have accepted to take rest on Sunday although their holiday is Friday.

  • HAWA KWEKA
    April 22, 2013 @ 09:47:44AM

    Christians are the ones who start incitements. All those who do that have no jobs to do and that's why they start these strange things. Where were they in all those days that they did not fight for their right to slaughter? Since Nyerere's times, Muslims were the ones who were slaughtering. Why are people coming with baseless complaints today? Our standpoint is that, we will never eat DEAD animals.

  • vcent
    April 22, 2013 @ 06:06:57AM

    It is Christians' right to slaughter all animals except those prohibited in the Bible that they should not eat. There is nowhere in the Holy Book, i.e. Bible, where a Christian is required to have his animals slaughtered for him. So, it is Christian's right to slaughter.

  • ANONIMOUS
    April 22, 2013 @ 04:43:23AM

    WHERE I LIVE, THERE IS NO MUSLIM IN ABOUT 10 SQUARE MILES: DON'T MISLEAD PEOPLE. ONLY SLAUGHTERING FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSE IS TO BE DONE BY MUSLIMS, BUT IN MY HOME IS NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS.

  • emmanuel kipukula
    April 21, 2013 @ 10:16:53AM

    Slaughtering is just slaughtering, be it by any person, as long as it is in a legal way.

  • LUDO
    April 20, 2013 @ 01:22:30PM

    I THINK WE SHOULD DEFEND THE CURRENT STABILITY BECAUSE IF WE FAIL NOW AND LET IT GO FOR HAVING PETTY LAWS THAT ARE NOT USEFUL, WE WILL GO TO RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM THAT WILL LEAD TO DIVIDE CITIZENS. DEAR COMRADES, WE MUST FIGHT AGAINST THIS SITUATION THAT LEADS US TO EXTREMISM.

  • Aurelian mhagama wa dsm
    April 20, 2013 @ 12:57:43PM

    Slaughtering should just remain free. What's wrong if I slaughter my animal and eat it? Muslims should slaughter their animals and we, Christians, should slaughter ours. If they don't want to eat, let them not, but they shouldn't force us. Our country has got no policy of allowing only Muslims to slaughter.

  • Hassan Abdallah Hassan
    April 20, 2013 @ 09:21:23AM

    I think there are interests on the side of those sticking to slaughtering. What do the Holy Books say on this issue? Let's go to the Bible, which says that three types of people are allowed to slaughter: (1). Jew, who is a current Christian. (2). Muslim, and (3). Ancient Greek. Now where does this chaos come from? If, for example, a Christian has got a guest who is from his sect and wants to slaughter a hen for the guest, there must come a Muslim to do that? And what if a Muslim eats from what is slaughtered by a Christian, will that Muslim get harmed? Government should be very serious in this issue.

  • ZAKHA MWACHISE
    April 19, 2013 @ 01:12:31PM

    WE ASK CHRISTIANS TO TELL US WHICH SCRIPTURES THAT ALLOW THEM TO SLAUGHTER. WE HAVE SCRIPTURES THAT IS OUR EVIDENCE, SO SHOW US YOUR EVIDENCE TOO.

  • matho manase
    April 19, 2013 @ 01:10:15PM

    Where we have reached now is good because Christian community has realized their right of slaughtering. We let them slaughter, but they have used that criterion to insult us that we are dirty.

  • Hansy mnazaleth
    April 19, 2013 @ 06:05:23AM

    I am supporting the argument of leaving slaughtering matters to Muslims so as to avoid social rift.

  • Anna Daudi
    April 18, 2013 @ 11:03:21AM

    All human beings have the right to slaughter provided that the animal has been inspected before slaughtering by the Medical Inspector who is authorized by the government.

  • Dijitali
    April 18, 2013 @ 10:46:24AM

    What is happening in Tanzania? Everyone should slaughter and those who beheaded the reverend should be arrested. And from today on, there must be "halaal" or "not halaal" labels at butcheries as it is in the United States and other nations. Stop this stupidity of baseless tag-of-war while the country is extremely poor. Corruption, bad education, natural resources are robbed by few people and yet we are fighting for slaughtering@

  • Mkenda Rogasian
    April 18, 2013 @ 09:16:43AM

    Even Christians should be allowed to slaughter...are there articles in the constitution which prohibit Christian from slaughter??????

  • Vicku
    April 18, 2013 @ 09:03:30AM

    Every religion has its right as it is for every person in independent Tanzania. Therefore, everyone has the right to slaughter as long as it is not illegal for any religion. It is permissible to Muslims and Christians.

  • ikayamba Karunda
    April 18, 2013 @ 07:27:40AM

    This issue has been a national problem. Having special people who slaughter should be dismissed. Only inspection regulations by veterinary inspectors should remain.

  • khamis
    April 18, 2013 @ 04:58:27AM

    It's well known that from the beginning Muslims were the ones who were slaughtering; and to them, it is a worship. Therefore, we are interfering with their religion.

  • Hipolyte
    April 18, 2013 @ 04:31:30AM

    Mzee Mwinyi has repeatedly said: "Everyone has the right to decide what to eat and how to slaughter his animal. Those who like fish, it is OK with them! Those who like frogs, it's just OK. If a butcher wants Muslim customers, he should follow their procedures and then put an announcement "Halaal". If he lies, he will be definitely caught!! This government is just fighting its death, and that happens to many other things, not just to this!!

  • Hipo
    April 18, 2013 @ 03:46:03AM

    Our rulers don't understand this matter. No laws prohibit a Christian to slaughter. But Christians and Muslims understand this better; they are neighbors, they respect each other. So even when a Christian wants to slaughter at home, he knows that he might get a Muslim guest, therefore he looks for a Muslim to slaughter for him. Leaders have failed to speak against the widespread religious extremism that has resulted into other Christians to hate and react. Mzee Mwinyi has said, everyone shall slaughter and eat what he likes. You Muslim, if you go to the butcher and they haven't written "Halaal" and proven the way it was slaughtered, leave it and find another place!

  • Warda
    April 18, 2013 @ 01:51:58AM

    Many challenges. Most of the people think a quick and fair solution is to have separate slaughtering centers for every people. The wise like Mzee Pinda and others are afraid of the social rift, as it won't end up with slaughtering centers, what about hotels, restaurants, weddings, street vendors, hostels, fast food and guests at home?

  • [email protected]
    April 18, 2013 @ 12:59:52AM

    My name is Imman. Now faith is lost in Tanzania, because since the world started, it was Muslims who were slaughtering. We were born seeing that. Now let's look at the incitement of religions which later lost its faith and got into jobs and residences.

  • Dr Bonaventure Juma Mtei
    April 17, 2013 @ 01:46:15PM

    Tanzania is not an island. We should consider regulations, procedures and international standards in slaughtering, processing and animal trade for human consumption.

  • Amadi khamisi
    April 17, 2013 @ 10:44:57AM

    My name is Amad Khamisi. I think leaders from both sides should sit and discuss this issue together.

  • Elly Ketoka, Mzumbe
    April 17, 2013 @ 10:11:21AM

    I urge all Tanzanians to be careful with these last days. It was gas, urinating on the Qur'an, fighting for slaughtering, insults in the parliament, corruption, killing and torturing people, failing of O' Level students, building's collapse, grenades, floods... What where are we headed? We still want to fight for border with Malawi. Anyway, we should be careful so that we won't fulfill the prophecy.

  • ikungeta mwakamele
    April 17, 2013 @ 09:29:05AM

    I believe it is not right to continue with these violence in this century. Technology in many other countries has changed. Butcheries are using machines instead of man in slaughtering. It is better if we also change instead of allowing problems. If Muslims say that slaughtering is more of religious matter to them, then it causes problems, because people who do not believe in their religion are made to take part in another God's worship, which is dangerous. Advice to Christians: The Holy Bible calls Christians as KINGS and the KNOWLEDGEABLE and when you read in ISSAC 60:7, you will see male sheep of Nebayot will serve them. Why you, the KINGS, are fighting for those slave's jobs? Let them serve us. Our job is to purify them by JESUS' blood. You chew the meat, FOR YE WILL DRINK EVEN POISON BUT SHALL NEVER DIE.

  • jane
    April 17, 2013 @ 09:12:53AM

    This issue is baseless and I don't know how it started that the prime minister is leaving important things for the nation and talking about slaughtering. Politics is a bad game. We, Tanzanians, have to ask ourselves, how things were in the past? I feel all the same: whoever feels like slaughtering, let him do. But if slaughtering is employment, then there comes a problem and a controversy starts, something which needs wisdom. Also, the government should send experts from livestock college, SUA, should be employed in the slaughtering centers - regardless of their religions. Then, this controversy will end. Besides, who is slaughtering canned meats? And why do we eat without asking? Does it mean that we are tired of peace and we start to kick it out? Let's stop stupidity. This is extreme stupidity! Just the case of slaughtering then offices and shops are closed, because people are stabbing each other, all because of slaughtering! People will laugh at us, Tanzanians!

  • Henry lema
    April 17, 2013 @ 08:45:58AM

    It is better if we agree on slaughtering together so that we can continue with our traditional solidarity.

  • HUMPHREY MWANTWANGO
    April 17, 2013 @ 05:23:19AM

    It is true that allowing only Muslims to slaughter is discrimination. What is wrong if Christians slaughter those animals? Stop that discrimination. (NOW, EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO EAT SHOULD PREPARE IT HIMSELF. LET'S LEAVE TRADITIONS AND RELIGIONS).

  • SHARIF
    April 17, 2013 @ 04:09:12AM

    ACCORDING TO THE RELIGION OF ISLAM, MUSLIMS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO EAT DEAD ANIMALS. IF CHRISTIANS SLAUGHTER, THEY SHOULD EAT THEIR OWN MEAT, BUT NOT MUSLIMS.

  • Max lukas
    April 16, 2013 @ 01:58:59PM

    The Government should make decision on this matter. Why can't they? Your decision will be the last. Stop being silent.

  • Hon isaac izy mussa
    April 16, 2013 @ 01:20:45PM

    That is not useful. Everyone knows that slaughtering has been done by Muslims ever since. For Christians, it is not useful.

  • Dach
    April 16, 2013 @ 10:36:03AM

    The Government should stop Christians from slaughtering animals and if they slaughter, they should have a special place to sell their meat so as to be fair.

  • ayubu uswege
    April 16, 2013 @ 07:49:37AM

    This is a deep religious matter. Government should take efforts to get main religious leaders meet together and come to the agreement on their faiths. If the government gets totally into it, peace will not be achieved.

  • ayk
    April 16, 2013 @ 06:50:51AM

    In this way, it seems, instead of fighting for slaughtering...you will slaughter each other. Seriousness is needed...

  • matilda
    April 16, 2013 @ 04:30:08AM

    If we keep nurturing religious extremism in Tanzania, we will have no peace. It is better if every religion slaughters according to its faith.

  • mapunda
    April 16, 2013 @ 04:09:19AM

    Slaughtering is an act of worship to Muslims, so we, unbelievers, should have our own butcheries, because we are tired of insults from Muslims. If you do not understand them, go to Buguruni, Manzese or any place where Arabs ever existed, you will know them. Also, CCM promised to give them an Islamic Court. Go to 2005 CCM election manifesto, which J. Kikwete propagated all over the country.

  • mtoto wa yesu
    April 16, 2013 @ 03:15:49AM

    If they want to slaughter, they should also do it to pigs. If not, they should not slaughter anything. We are tired and if they don't know, we do not eat what has been offered to their gods, because we don't recognize them. Government should stop going around the bush. What does the constitution say and what is there for? Don't be stupid, if you have failed to implement the constitution, let those who can, do it.

  • neema
    April 16, 2013 @ 02:50:21AM

    It is not wise.

  • Thomas Chambo
    April 15, 2013 @ 05:35:48AM

    First, there is no slaughtering law in Tanzania. We should not mislead people in this matter. Religious leaders have already issued a statement on the issue, and we are waiting for its implementation. Christians are closely following up their spiritual leaders' statement and not any other person's, no matter famous he is!

  • davidi nkya
    April 15, 2013 @ 03:49:52AM

    There should be Muslim and Christian butcheries. That will be OK.

  • Kisendis
    April 14, 2013 @ 02:56:25PM

    Dear comrades, we must be very careful, because there is nothing to make us fight each other just for slaughtering. First of all, these religions were imported to us by other people, and if you want to see that they are just alien religions, look at the fact that everyone has his own doctrines: Oh, I am a Muslim, Oh I am a Christian. Come on, who is lying to you that your great-grand father was a Muslim or a Christian? Stop it. Religious and even government leaders should issue only one word that our country belongs to no religion, nor does it belong to any tribe. So says the constitution. I repeat the GOVERNMENT MUST SAY IT DOES NOT HAVE A RELIGION OR A TRIBE.

  • kisendis
    April 14, 2013 @ 02:36:13PM

    I think the leadership is not good, because this matter needs only one word that our Nation does not have religion or tribe. I am suprised that the commission is formed. If it is not theft, what is it then? Because the commission wants money to follow up the question which everybody knows its answer, that our Nation has no religion or tribe. Where does Islam or Christianity come from? Will a Muslim die if he eats a meat slaughtered by a Christian? The Honourable, say just one word that your nation has no religion or tribe, only that. Where is the problem that you are forming a commission?

  • SaSio
    April 14, 2013 @ 09:36:49AM

    Will Muslim come to my home to slaughter my hen for me? Let's stop these things. They will cause disaster in Tanzania.

  • Innon Wences
    April 13, 2013 @ 07:11:20AM

    If it was Nyerere's or Benny's time, this stupidity won't be sustainable. I know grandfather would have seen it as nonsense and ordered everyone to slaughter as he wished, whoever felt like eating, would eat, and who didn't, would leave it. Everyone has his rights in this country. You all know that Nyerere never favored anyone. Now Tanzanians are too childish and the government takes us for granted. It speaks softly to bad people. We, Tanzanians, should reach the point of losing trust to each other. The government should also know that Christians don't eat what has been slaughtered for traditional customs or worship. They believe those rituals are against God. My advice is, since slaughtering centers belong to government and the government has no religion, it should suspend all people who are currently slaughtering, and announce new conditions for those who apply for the job, it's prohibited to slaughter in accordance to any religion. The aim is to get rid of this extreme nonsense that makes us, Tanzanians, feel ashamed.

  • QUEENFAITH DIDAS MAMIRO
    April 13, 2013 @ 06:39:59AM

    IT SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY CONSIDERED BECAUSE IF WE TAKE IT LIGHTLY, IT WILL COST US.

  • Manoni Katela
    April 13, 2013 @ 04:34:46AM

    No human being has the right to oversee other people's worship. We have been prohibited to do business as usual; who chose them to slaughter? We have our own book, they have theirs, why do they force us to follow laws which we don't know? Everyone should follow his religion's instructions. If you look at the matter seriously, it's all about hypocrisy. Why are some of them are eating pork? who's slaughtering for them? Instead of doing right things, they're only dwelling on slaughtering as if it'll send them to the Heaven. Stop it, seek money, if you've something do, you won't think of stupid things.

  • PAULO
    April 13, 2013 @ 04:32:08AM

    IT'S HIGH TIME NOW THAT EVERYONE DOES WHAT HE THINKS IS OK, IF IT'S ABOUT SLAUGHTERING, EVERYONE KNOWS HOW TO DO IT, BECAUSE THERE'S NOWHERE IN THE QUR'AN OR BIBLE WHERE IT'S WRITTEN THAT MUSLIM OR CHRISTIAN SHOULD SLAUGHTER. SO, WHOEVER FEELS LIKE DOING IT, LET HIM DO IT FREELY! THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY.

  • MUSSA AMOUR
    April 13, 2013 @ 01:45:28AM

    IT IS CHALLENGING.

  • Ngwasuma
    April 12, 2013 @ 03:36:16PM

    Muslims are fond of slaughtering, so let them slaughter pigs too because some of them eat pork. So that they complete the whole activity of slaughtering.

  • ugimbi wa zua
    April 12, 2013 @ 05:39:03AM

    I am supporting Mzee Mwinyi for his wisdom. He has given clear explanation on slaughtering. I don't agree with the suggestions brought up by Mengi. His knowledge on slaughtering is doubtful.

  • robert makungu kasili
    April 12, 2013 @ 05:35:53AM

    If there are troubles in this country because of slaughtering, it should be allowed that every sect slaughters and sells to its believers. Muslims should buy from mosques and Christians from churches

  • Bashari
    April 11, 2013 @ 04:09:24PM

    I say now it is time to tell each other the truth. The truth is every one has his own faith and every faith is correct to each and every one. Therefore, Christians should slaughter and eat according to their religion but they should know they have cut the brotherhood with us, Muslims, because we will not eat with them as what was slaughtered by Christians is prohibited to us, Muslims. They should know it. I am emphasizing that our fellow new believers do not learn their religion but they tend to bring new things claiming that it was unwise for their grandfathers to accept Muslims as sole slaughterers who slaughtered for them. But because those elders were both more knowledgeable and more matured, they knew what was slaughtered by Muslim was permissible to them, but they did not have to slaughter for the public! A LAST NAIL.... LET EVERY FAITHFUL SLAUGHTER AND EAT HIS OWN MEAT AND THEN WE SHALL SEE IF THE PEACE WILL BE PRESERVED! REMEMBER EVEN CHILDREN OF THE SAME FATHER IF THEY FAIL TO SIT AND EAT TOGETHER, THEIR GOAL WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AND THEIR BROTHERHOOD ENDS. Let's pray that God saves us from this disaster.

  • kepha musigwa
    April 11, 2013 @ 03:09:50PM

    A big problem is to put the slaughtering matter in the hands of a certain faith and makes it a job for the people of that faith. This is discrimination which, if goes unchecked, will divide Tanzanians. I propose if the government has really proved that slaughtering is a part of employment, then it should give those employment opportunities to people without looking at religious ideologies. There should be a college for slaughtering animals so that the people who slaughter could use their skills and since they pay money in studying, the government will get a lot of money. Otherwise there should be separate slaughtering centers according to faiths though I know there will be many troubles.

  • clavery mazigwa
    April 11, 2013 @ 08:41:35AM

    Slaughtering is a big issue which needs three eyes, because during slaughtering there are special prayers. What if we Christians were slaughtering for prayers, would Muslims accept it?

  • Daniel Awet
    April 11, 2013 @ 07:14:55AM

    Since slaughtering looks like a religious matter, it is better for the government to stand for the constitution so as to solve this conflict. No one should be forced to eat the meat which he believes to be against his faith. If we force this issue today, people will still question it in the future. The solution is to let everybody slaughter.

  • chris mauna
    April 11, 2013 @ 05:12:34AM

    I don't see any reasons for fighting. All Tanzanians are brothers, what has happened? it seems there is pressure of interests from one side. We Tanzanians should stop that and seek development

  • ROLAND BATHROMEO
    April 11, 2013 @ 04:26:49AM

    There is no need for the government to issue such a statement, what they need to do is for each side among these two, be free to slaughter and to buy meat from any butchery.

  • Niduha S Gwassa
    April 11, 2013 @ 02:56:53AM

    Slaughtering is everyone's right regardless of religion so letting Muslims alone to slaughter is meaningless because slaughtering is one sort of employment. Therefore all people should have the right to slaughtering regardless of their religion.

  • DEOCRAY MTAYOMBA
    April 11, 2013 @ 01:56:26AM

    I am of the opinion that the government will never accept to be shaken by people's religious emotions. What's needed is to sit together with leaders of all religions and come to an agreement so that we could continue to preserve peace and love amongst Tanzanians.

  • basilio china
    April 11, 2013 @ 01:28:35AM

    I think our leaders must've learnt that Muslims are proud and that is why this happened. Note that we have been slaves for 50 years following our country's constitution but now our government should stop its tricks. We Christians are tired. Does it mean that Muslims are so pious that whatever they do we must follow. We are tired, we need constitution with real reforms that can defend Christian rights

  • MACK STEPHANO
    April 10, 2013 @ 06:15:38PM

    WHAT IS IMPORTANT HERE IS TO LOOK AT WHAT OUR CONSTITUTION SAYS. OUR COUNTRY HAS NO RELIGION SO WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT HESITANT IN SOLVING THIS ISSUE? I THINK IT IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE.

  • ally
    April 10, 2013 @ 03:21:22PM

    Slaughtering is a religious matter it is not wise to select one religion as having the right to slaughter while every other religion has its faith.

  • baba sofia
    April 10, 2013 @ 02:20:16PM

    If there were no religious sedition against other sides, these things could never happen. They began in public lectures saying a certain religion is not a true religion and that is why they are not allowed to slaughter but, a main culprit of these things is the government because they heard them but closed their eyes and now the fire is starting to burn.

  • Novart Peter
    April 10, 2013 @ 11:54:32AM

    Dear Tanzanians, don't we see that we deny each other the freedom of life and living that we have to know that the question of eating is known to the eater and the question of selling food is known to the seller. Now why are we enforcing slaughtering laws to each other while there are no such laws to people who rear those animals? Acknowledge EQUAL RIGHTS TO ALL TANZANIANS so why are other people deprived of their rights? where does it come from? by which law, which habit, which religion and which tribe? let's ask ourselves "WHO ARE YOU AND WHO AM I?"

  • Dia
    April 10, 2013 @ 09:54:02AM

    ABOUT SLAUGHTERING, IT DOES MATTER WHO HAS SLAUGHTERED, IT IS A MINOR QUESTION. WHETHER HE IS A MUSLIM OR A CHRISTIAN, HE HAS SLAUGHTERED AND THE TASTE OF THE MEAT STAYS THE SAME. I ADVISE MY FELLOW TANZANIANS, DO NOT LET OUR PEACE GO FOR MINOR THINGS. WE ARE DOING WRONG THINGS TO GOD AND PUTTING OUR SOULS IN DOUBT BECAUSE OF DISRUPTING OUR PEACE. LET'S CHANGE.

  • ZENGO JOSEPH
    April 10, 2013 @ 09:39:57AM

    IN MY OPINION I WOULD ASK FOR TWO TYPES OF BUTCHERIES. WHOEVER WANTS A CHRISTIAN-SLAUGHTERED MEAT SHOULD BUY THAT AND WHOEVER WANTS A MUSLIM-SLAUGHTERED MEAT SHOULD BUY THAT

  • Isaack Lusega
    April 10, 2013 @ 09:21:37AM

    SURELY THE SITUATION IS BAD, AND I THINK HON; PINDA HAS TO THINK TWICE OR MORE ABOUT THIS MATTER, WE ARE TIRED OF HEARING BARBARIC DEATHS DUE TO ANIMAL SLAUGHTERING. AND HE AS GOVERNMENT SHOULD ISSUE A STATEMENT WITH RECONCILING MESSAGE SO AS TO END THIS TENSION. AS REFUSING TO SEPARATE SLAUGHTERING CENTERS AND BEING SILENT WITHOUT ANY SOLUTION IS CLEARLY SUPPORTING CHAOS TO CONTINUE. NOW MY DEAR COMRADES, WITH RADICAL MINDS I THINK NOW IT IS HIGH TIME TO START WITH THE GOVERNMENT LEADERS WHO DON'T WANT TO COME WITH SOLUTIONS.

  • priscus julius
    April 10, 2013 @ 08:59:19AM

    I would like to have leaders to intervene and to those who are doing it they have to be strongly punished. GOD BLESS TANZANIA AND GOD BLESS AFRICA AND THE WHOLE WORLD

  • Ernest
    April 10, 2013 @ 08:38:35AM

    Can't we have slaughtering machines so they could get us away of these things? What do they do in this issue of slaughtering in other countries like Kenya, Uganda Rwanda and others? Why don't we look and learn the way that will make us all having peace in our minds? Is it true the country is incapable of buying slaughtering machines?

  • Mussa Habibu Kilua
    April 10, 2013 @ 07:09:41AM

    I think we have no reasons to quarrel with each other because of slaughtering whoever wants to eat meat, let him eat as long as he is sure of the manner it has been slaughtered. Another thing, if you look at the other side those who are slaughtering in slaughtering centers are Muslims those who sell are mainly Christians and they are colleagues from Dodoma. Now I don't understand why there is tug of war. We have to be aware dear comrades of these politicians otherwise we will run away from our own Country and I don't know where we will go

  • TDO
    April 10, 2013 @ 05:08:15AM

    I AGREE WITH YOU MARY, AFTER PRAYING FOR THE MEAT ISN'T IT THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY BROKEN ALL THAT HAS BEEN SAID ON IT? BECAUSE IT IS NOT THAT WHICH GETS INTO A PERSON THAT MAKES HIM UNPURIFIED RATHER WHAT COMES OUT OF HIM. LET'S PRESERVE PEACE AND KNOW WHAT GOD NEEDS FROM US AND THE MAIN COMMANDMENT IS LOVE NOW IS THAT LOVE DEAR COLLEAGUES?

  • Isaya Praygod
    April 10, 2013 @ 12:32:43AM

    In fact all rights are equal in all religions,we ask the government for solving this issue because there is no constitution in our country that says Muslim should slaughter.

  • MZIBA JOSEPH
    April 9, 2013 @ 02:54:52PM

    The coming constitution should have a national policy. It is better to reconsider president's powers, cabinet shall not come from member of parliaments be it elected or appointed. Also the new constitution should have a law for those handling these sectors, education, minerals and energy, land, tourism and our water sources

  • nizar
    April 9, 2013 @ 12:37:11PM

    I think every one should slaughter what he has reared, Muslims slaughter what you reared and not cry for slaughtering while you don't know how to rear animals but you want to slaughter something whose rearing costs you know not!

  • oscar
    April 9, 2013 @ 10:53:30AM

    Basically Christians were pleased that Muslims are slaughtering for their wisdom and mutual respect.. But when Muslims came with many complaints against Christians, then Christians started to slaughter. Much worse when slaughtering becomes an act of worship to Muslims, Christians think that they are forced to take part into a worship whose faith they don't believe. Since our nation does not believe in any religion, it is better if an independent organ is established to deal with animal slaughtering. why our colleagues in Europe do not have such things. animals are slaughtered by companies and they all eat regardless of their religion. LET'S CHANGE, we do not have to follow traditions this is another time.

  • muta
    April 9, 2013 @ 10:18:41AM

    I support the prime minister's plan to intervene but the issue should be seriously dealt with. God bless Tanzania

  • ahmedi athumani s/msingwa
    April 9, 2013 @ 09:47:28AM

    In the whole issue of slaughtering, it is not about losing peace in our country and leaders are required to be serious on such conflicts because they are the ones who raise several incidents in the country especially in Tanzania. Tanzania is a country with peace and stability

  • mujukuu
    April 9, 2013 @ 06:52:38AM

    Dear fellows, I was saddened by Mr. Mengi's statement yesterday on slaughtering. I don't doubt his knowledge on the matter. I don't doubt his motives either, especially when it is said "national interests are to be put in a first place". But in this matter, I have something to teach Mr. Mengi... it's written: "Knowledge on spiritual matters has been hidden for worldly leaders and the wise, but exposed to children; to them God's Word is nonsense." On the peace of a nation, it's written: "If God doesn't defend the city, those who spend their sleepless night, they will do it for nothing." "The peace I give is not similar to what the world does." Mengi don't defend worldly peace and don't threaten people on it. What is the tradition that our grandfathers has left that you are speaking about? At our home place, elders slaughtered by only cutting edges of horns and there was no Islam. What do you say as having left to us by our grandfathers? Why are you saying against the things that are not related to us? Who told you that WE HAVE NO right to change? The truth is, nothing is changing there, but things are COMING TO THE LIGHT now - it is spiritual revolution. There are worldly proverbs: "Tradition is law", but this is not a time of business as usual. We are no longer living with the law that SEALED us, but we go according to the REALITY. Those whom you defend have openly said that to them, slaughtering is an act of worship, unless you don't know the meaning of worship. And here I doubt Pastor Lusekelo, on whom I won't speak much for I fear to err the Holy Spirit, but to you Mengi, I advise to go deep into prayers, especially on your businesses because a time to raise heads has arrived. Isaac: 60:1-5. Amen O Lord!

  • Salim Shaban Ramadhani
    April 9, 2013 @ 04:09:22AM

    I don't see the reason of having chaos only because a Christian or a Muslim has slaughtered. I think every one has to live according to his faith without interfering other people's customs. Religious matters are dealing with faith, and every Tanzanian has his own faith. This is not a matter to be dealt with by leaders because when things come to the worst, you won't see those leaders and we, the so-called believers, will be the one who suffer. Stop extremism, you Tanzanians. PEACE IS PRECIOUS, IF IT GOES AWAY, YOU WILL SEARCH FOR IT WITH A TORCH.

  • kiaka
    April 9, 2013 @ 02:23:17AM

    Tanzanians stop that nonsense of fighting for religion. Fight for national interests. Look, every day price is going up.

  • ISRAELI YESU
    April 8, 2013 @ 04:00:31PM

    I'm saying that there is a big secret in this issue of slaughtering. The world is already in chaos, therefore some people make rituals in the blood of slaughtered animal. There are people who pretend to be pious before God, but it were better if a pagan slaughters than those who think themselves as pure with´their disorganised worships. Only if they would have known that earlier and leave those things which lead them astray. Slaughtering is not useful. No one will see God because of following the laws of slaughtering. That is to cheat yourself.

  • mpapay
    April 8, 2013 @ 10:50:48AM

    How were we organising our slaughtering services since independence? I haven't heard kKkt nor Rc to argue on this. I think we Tanzanians have many things to deal with so as to assure the welfare of Tanzanian societies. Is this really useful to us? Let's be concerned more on development issues for getting us, low income Tanzanians whose our income is not enough for running our families in day to day life than on who has the right to slaughter.

  • NG`ALA JOHEL
    April 8, 2013 @ 09:56:49AM

    Equal rights to all Tanzanians. All are entitled to slaughter and eat meat without disturbing people of other faiths. For example, a Sabbath doesn't eat pork but he doesn't cause troubles for those who eat it. Faith is something to be respected. Everyone should respect other person's faith. If that is difficult, then everyone should slaughter according to their faith. Where is Tanzania headed?

  • beatrice
    April 8, 2013 @ 07:41:32AM

    Dear fellows, to have your chicken slaughtered by Muslim was only a sign of love that he wouldn't have eaten something which is not permissible to him. My fellow Christians, has this love withered away? Why don't we continue loving each other and talk about progressive things on how to get out of this poverty! This issues of slaughtering shall not waste our time. Neighboring countries have started to laugh at us. Aren't we ashamed?

  • Rutajama Nathan Libent
    April 8, 2013 @ 06:33:50AM

    I think there should be separate butchers for meat slaughtered by Christians and that slaughtered by Muslims so that people could decide where to buy.

  • c.ss.m
    April 8, 2013 @ 05:40:02AM

    I haven't liked it. It keeps on inciting. It is better to discuss social welfare and not sedition and incitements.

  • Bartolome
    April 8, 2013 @ 02:11:20AM

    The duty of slaughtering might remain with Muslims as long as they respect Christians by leaving their nonsense sedition against their religion. If you respect someone and he shows negligence, you will definitely get tired of him and find the ways to show him that enough is enough.

  • Furaha
    April 7, 2013 @ 06:30:51PM

    If there are laws which have been there and recognised for many years regarding slaughtering, I would suggest that they are followed. Anyone who disobeys them should be punished accordingly.

  • Lucas Maenga
    April 7, 2013 @ 12:57:22PM

    Accept it or refuse it, Pinda must know that a better solution is to have separate slaughtering centers between Christians, Muslims, and traditional religions. Other solutions are only for short terms or will be accepted in some limited areas. They will be accepted in Buseresere but it will be different in Tunduma.

  • JOYCE
    April 7, 2013 @ 10:51:22AM

    Every one has a right to slaughter. What is the difference between Christians and Muslims before God. All people are equal, we discriminate ourselves. Is slaughtering or not slaughtering a way to the Heaven? Stop this nonsense.

  • kasimbi samweli
    April 7, 2013 @ 10:38:36AM

    I think an idea of separating slaughtering centers is good but justice should prevail in all faiths.

  • kibondei
    April 7, 2013 @ 10:02:54AM

    Leaders should look into this matter widely, because it goes so far. Saying that Christians have the right to slaughter and that Catholics do not need jobs in slaughtering doesn't help. There are hotels, restaurants and even food mongers on the street. For a person to eat there, for example a daily worker who wants to eat from a food monger who is a Christian, even he has bought meat from a Muslim butchery, the daily worker will have doubts because she does not come from his religion. This will affect even fried-meat sellers. Now a question, will every one go to the hotel and restaurant according to his faith? Also remember that in this country, there are Christians from other sects. If they now start to ask for slaughtering themselves citing any reasons, for example the born-again or Catholics err when slaughtering and we, Anglicans, want our own butcheries and many others. Will we make it?

  • Gabriel Mtoi
    April 7, 2013 @ 07:48:04AM

    Slaughtering is something about faith and both sides believe it is a practice of worship. As it is an act of worship, it is very difficult to solve this issue until each side respects the other side's demands that it too has the right to slaughter according to their faith as their books shows them, and not otherwise. Without acknowledging it, this problem will continue to get bigger and bigger. When the Christian Council met, they issued a statement on slaughtering animals by asking the government to establish slaughtering centers for Christians so they could also practice their faith. If the government is not very serious in this matter, it is obvious that - even by not convinced by any person - Christians will see this government as being bias, because it does not respect Christians' worship. Constitution gives us the right to worship, the government should not turn and breach the constitution by doing things that are unconstitutional. We shall never have peace by violating the constitution. A true peace is only achieved by defending the constitution in principles of justice and equality. The most important thing here is for religious leaders, especially Muslims, to tell their followers they also have the right to slaughter their animals for themselves and for those traditionally buying meat without asking who has slaughtered. Meanwhile, they should inform their followers that they have to respect other people in this issue of slaughtering because they are violating the country's constitution. They are only fulfilling their worship in this matter. We would like to ask those few Muslims who attack places where Christians perform their slaughtering rituals, they should stop once for all, because it might bring about a huge crisis.

  • Titus Msigwa
    April 7, 2013 @ 03:38:59AM

    Why are we running around the bush? Can you force Muslims to go to church or Christians to mosques? That is what is happening now, because when you ask Muslims what is that act about, they tell you it is about worshiping and that is why a man who is slaughtering has to face Mecca. Now why does the government not leave citizens to practice their worship as the constitution allows? The way we are going now, the government is interfering directly into its people's faiths. Let's help each side to establish their slaughtering centers as we do in establishing churches and mosques.

  • Ally Runde
    April 7, 2013 @ 01:26:20AM

    Well, all religions want to slaughter animals, but let's look at our religions' histories as to who has the right to slaughter. It is Muslims, of course, and for many years, Muslims in this country have been the ones who slaughter. But now there are benefits there and there is no job, so you see all this is happening. I advise the government to expand employment circles and even Christians should be employed though not as slaughters but as those who prepare the meat after being slaughtered by Muslims.

  • Joseph
    April 6, 2013 @ 06:27:25PM

    The government is to blame on the issue of slaughtering, because it fails to say that our constitution does not have religion. What is the use of this debate, while it can easily say that if slaughtering is faith-based, then every church and every mosque should build their butcheries. The current debates are but hypocrisy because they fear to tell the president that it is not mentioned anywhere in the constitution that slaughtering is right entitled to a specific people. What are these debates all about? In this issue, religions have no chance. It is the hypocrisy of the ruling government that does not have power to defend the constitution. Don't be a coward. Speak openly that there is no one who has the right according to the constitution.

  • john kasunga
    April 6, 2013 @ 01:25:24PM

    On my side I haven't seen any reason of giving Muslims priority in slaughtering while Christians are also capable and have hands to slaughter animals.

  • Lameck
    April 6, 2013 @ 11:55:20AM

    I am of the opinion that everyone should slaughter regardless of his religion. Now these religious matters have become an religious brainwashing.

  • M0HAMED KONDO
    April 6, 2013 @ 10:46:48AM

    Don't be a hypocrite Abdallah Issa. Instead of reconciling these issues you are inciting even more. Fellow Tanzanians, we should be patient and avoid tag of war.

  • wandere P.Lwakatare
    April 6, 2013 @ 09:27:51AM

    We have to watch our comments on the issue of slaughtering. Instead of solving the problem, they might add a problem. We, Tanzanians, should be aware of maintaining our peace.

  • Azizi Abdul
    April 6, 2013 @ 08:56:29AM

    We, Muslims, believe that slaughtering is an act of worship. Now it is surprising that Christians want to slaughter while they do not have that right. God says: "Those who slaughter not with my name is not permissible for believers to eat it. Do everything for God. Anyone who does things which are not in our laws, they will be returned back to them (will not be rewarded).

  • mary
    April 6, 2013 @ 08:33:14AM

    I don't believe that it is only about meat. I ask those who are quarreling with each other: Should we kill each other for meat? Oh God, please help us. Is it only this meat which experts tell us, contributes in destroying our bodies and that is also coming into stomach and getting out as a disaster? The one that when left two days without being stored in a refrigerator has to be buried in the earth? Even if you say it employs people, do you want to tell me that all Muslims are doing that job? I am a pure Christian but I haven't seen any problem with whoever slaughters the animal. My religion tells me to pray before and after eating. God will save even if the meat has problem. War is not a good thing. At the time of our peace we still find it difficult to get something to eat, what if the peace is lost?

  • Mapunda.
    April 6, 2013 @ 07:33:38AM

    Oh... Fellow Tanzanians, let us stop interfering in other people's business. And if they intend to slaughter let them slaughter even to pigs.

  • julieth
    April 6, 2013 @ 05:38:19AM

    Sitting and blaming each other for slaughtering issues is but all nonsense because they do not have any basis. Our God is one and what is measured is one's good actions which can take us to God and not slaughtering or worshiping Christianity or Islam.

  • Jastin Kimambo
    April 6, 2013 @ 05:05:33AM

    The way I see it is that in the issue of slaughtering, Christians decide to keep silent after having seen that Muslims like to eat what has been slaughtered according to Islamic ways. But when Christians realize Muslims do not have manner nor respect them, they saw no need to cooperate. Killing our religious leaders and burning down our churches do not encourage us to respect them and working together in spiritual matters. We respected them as people who worship different from us but what they are doing to us makes us to need no cooperation with them. It is high time now to have separate butcheries between Christians and Muslims so that every one could choose where he wants to buy.

  • ramadhani kherry
    April 6, 2013 @ 04:07:05AM

    Let's refer to what the Holy Scriptures say and we shall find solutions to our differences.

  • Mohamed
    April 5, 2013 @ 02:46:02PM

    Christians go to church on Sundays. It is a holiday, Sabbaths go to church on Saturdays. It is holiday. Muslims pray on FRIDAYS but it is a normal working day. We, Muslims, are surely very patient in this country. God is great.

  • leonida nicephory ngonyani dar. machimbo
    April 5, 2013 @ 02:05:16PM

    Why does it matter whether a Muslim or a Christian slaughters, what do they put in the meat? In my opinion butcheries should be separated.

  • romano mpepo
    April 5, 2013 @ 11:47:31AM

    Muslims should slaughter and Christians also should slaughter because laws allow and the environment allows. Otherwise what happened will not end. Even if they are stopped today, tomorrow they will reappear. The procedure should be set that allows everyone to slaughter. How many things Muslims had asked and were done for them?

  • Abdul E, Buretta
    April 5, 2013 @ 06:08:30AM

    The issue of slaughtering is serious, so it should be dealt with accordingly. Every one should be given the opportunity to be free on where he wants to slaughter or use any meat without interfering into other people's faith or depriving others of their opportunity for employment.

  • paul florian
    April 5, 2013 @ 04:31:57AM

    It is true that we, Tanzanians, have accepted that even slaughtering has become a problem? Mwalimu Nyerere said Tanzanians have religion but Tanzania doesn't. Let's think it over before we act.

  • honorata
    April 5, 2013 @ 01:27:15AM

    Yes, there should be butcheries for Christians and Muslims.

  • peru livuma
    April 5, 2013 @ 01:08:39AM

    It is fine to let the government do as it plans, but it would be better to let Muslims continue slaughtering as it was before. I hate to see chaos in our country.

  • Dem
    April 4, 2013 @ 05:54:42PM

    In my perspective, the question of animal slaughtering is religious, therefore forcing one side to have the right to slaughter other than the other is not fair at all. We should not only say that certain people (Muslims) have been slaughtering ever since. Those times are not similar to today, things are changing. I suggest that special committees are appointed from both parties (Christians and Muslims) from grassroot up to national levels, which will be dealing with slaughtering and butchery services.

  • samson
    April 4, 2013 @ 01:04:08PM

    It is better those appointed in the reconciliation committees be people of wisdom, otherwise the crisis will not end.

  • prince walter
    April 4, 2013 @ 01:02:27PM

    Everyone has a right to slaughter. If they don't want this, then every religion should have its own butcheries.

  • Abdallah chepe
    April 4, 2013 @ 10:41:13AM

    On my side, I think Muslims should slaughter. Only if the animals that Muslims do not eat, then Christians should slaughter.

  • mtanzania
    April 4, 2013 @ 08:39:04AM

    if it is a question of employment, Muslims should slaughter and their fellow Christians should skin those animals, keep and transport them and other things.

  • Stephen
    April 4, 2013 @ 05:26:19AM

    Everyone should be free to slaughter according to his faith. If slaughtering is an act of worship, why forcing others to participate in your worship when he is from other faith? Muslims should accept that if you do not eat what others have slaughtered, why you force others to eat what you slaughtered? You know, at first I did not see a problem, but now I see it especially at Muslims' side. Which religion is this country? Why it sides with Muslims? What about the imported meat from Europe, were you at the slaughtering centers? Why is it imported and can be eaten? I will surely never accept to take part in a worship of other faith since my birth... I believe in my faith and it will be the one to save me. God will stand on this and trust me, God does need to be defended...

  • BUBERWA
    April 4, 2013 @ 04:33:23AM

    Government has just realized now, but these things started in 1990s. In 1998 when I was in primary school at Bukoba Rural, they happened and now they happen this month with a maximum speed. Let us not wait until the wound is bigger for us to go to hospital, we should rather go when we see the symptoms.

  • ibrahimu ambonisye
    April 4, 2013 @ 03:18:53AM

    Wisdom should better prevail in solving this crisis than staying silent as if leaders do not see that this problem is big.

  • PAULO S. MABENA
    April 4, 2013 @ 02:53:12AM

    There should be a turns for slaughter because they are all consumers. As long as a local medical inspector is there, he will see if the meat is suitable to eat. There is no need to say only one religion has the permission of killing an animal and other people should eat it. Who is slaughtering chickens in our homes? Don't mention anything on pork. In the month of Ramadan, who are slaughters? Let's live as we used to do. Peace and love is lost.

  • mwaluko mapembe
    April 4, 2013 @ 01:48:36AM

    Protocol should be considered. Why do Muslims have licenses to slaughter and not Christians? It is strange when Christians slaughter they are killed, war must occur, as they intervene in other people's faith. Why are pigs not slaughtered by Muslims? Should other meats used by Christians be treated like pork? Can the government hinder a faith which has been so for over 50 years? It is difficult to change people's belief. As a caution, government should be wise, Christians have organized themselves in a bad way and are so angry that Muslims are taken to be purified who can legalize our animals. I don't like to say how things will be, but be careful with other people's faith. They are there for defending their Savior.

  • ELIFURAHA
    April 4, 2013 @ 01:13:28AM

    It is permissible for Christians to slaughter livestock because we can't eat an animal whose slaughter was based on rituals that do follow God's laws.

  • Frank
    April 3, 2013 @ 07:31:10PM

    Tanzanians, you should come to Rwanda to learn how to respect each other. In your country, the road is still too long before you fight each other for slaughtering. I used to hear that Tanzania is a nation of peace and I liked it and stayed there. But it is strange that now you have changed. Very surprising and this was a time for you to reform yourselves and build your nation. If you separate butchers, will you have separate markets, classrooms and schools for every religion? It is very unfortunate that the people of low level of life are the ones who entertain it and who are the ones getting into trouble. If they started in that way and today top leaders are talking about it, common men are dying and other injured, what will be its end? You should educate each other on why Christians are not allowed to slaughter, and if there are reasons, they should stay calm. If there is not any reason, they should be granted chances. Because seeking solution without knowing a source of the problem, what will you achieve? It is very shameful!!! You used to be an example to the whole world, especially to us, your neighbors.

  • Omy
    April 3, 2013 @ 05:07:50PM

    There should be butcheries selling meats from Muslim-slaughtered animals and those selling meats from Christian-slaughtered animals should be recognized by the society. Let's not fight, let's understand each other.

  • carol Gisimoy
    April 3, 2013 @ 04:20:37PM

    Why should we lose our peace for nonsense? Let's change. To me they are so boring

  • MICHAEL MASSAWE
    April 3, 2013 @ 10:56:25AM

    There is no need of separating slaughter houses because by doing so it will be the beginning of discriminating each other religiously, which is very dangerous for our nation. The most important is for everything to be done according to the law and country's constitution, because it's the constitution that provides various guidelines of how to live as one nation and not only for Christians or Muslims. We are all Tanzanians and we are ruled by the constitution. Also, our government has no religion.

  • Abraham
    April 2, 2013 @ 08:47:10AM

    We should not give opinions which display our ignorance. All this has come out from many complaints that people are oppressed. Believers of these religions without following up what is happening, are rising and act only because their religious leader has told them so. Let's pray that we get educated religious leaders. Our religious leaders have empty heads. They speak ignorance without realizing the impact of their words. They poison us and we start hate each other. Although faith is our life guidelines, but we should think if you were born by either Christian or Muslim parents, what would yo do instead of following their steps? We are in these religions because of our parents, and they got them after slave trade with Arabs and colonization with Europeans. I don't fight them because I am also a believer, but I always believe that a religion that preaches killing is not from God, but it only uses his name. Let's improve our religions by showing love to each other, this will make a non-believer to see a good religion and not killing and preaching bloodshed. We are mesmerized by our leaders. We have to correct them where it deems so because they are human being too. They make mistakes even if they want to be seen infallible. How many times you hear a pastor has been caught with someone's wife or a Sheikh has raped a madrasa's child? Let's see these and acknowledge the fact that they are not omniscient.

  • AL4NCE PTER
    April 2, 2013 @ 05:03:19AM

    I think the slaughtering issue is very significant because if they want to follow it up, many people will be hurt and most of them are innocent. That is why Testament says at the final days, nations will fight each other. I ask you my fellow citizens to stop inciting others. Let's first seek God and you will be given others. Amen. From Mwanza.

  • 0zil joseph
    March 31, 2013 @ 09:00:24AM

    A Muslim-Christian war is not something good to happen. We, Tanzanians, should not pretend that we do not know the effects of war. Let's think when we will be able to live like Europe while you, our elders, are a cause of violence. Tanzanians, we should use more wisdom and passion than fighting for no reasons. Should you use that force to work, God might have increased his blessings to us.

  • Barnabas Wandwi
    March 31, 2013 @ 04:34:47AM

    I am a Tanzanian who loves peace more than anything else in the world. I think your article is right. I also want to add that the slaughterers should be left to go on. What has prompted Christians to want slaughter by themselves??? What weakness have they found???

  • AGANO
    March 31, 2013 @ 03:27:19AM

    The problem comes only because someone has said slaughtering is worship. That person, the "district commissioner", thought it would be amazing to lift his faith before Tanzanians knowingly or unknowingly. A basic thing is to assure Christians that they do not take part in the worship that is not theirs.

  • Sayuni
    March 28, 2013 @ 08:41:40AM

    My fellow Tanzanians, we should not dare by any means or for anything to disrupt peace that we now have. These are strange and worrying things. Why there were not these issues many years back? The knowledgeable should understand these are surely final days of the world. If you want to know the significance and value of peace ask countries like Somalia, Nigeria, Sudan, Congo and many others. We all know it. We should see it as a boost or simple to live in a country that does not have peace. We should be very serious and everyone should be responsible in protecting our country's peace. Also this is a good time for our nation to go back to God and ask Him forgiveness for many bad things that are going on in the country. I wish President Kikwete would announce to the whole country fasting and prayers so that God forgives and saves this nation. By using our own minds, these things are more difficult, so we should turn to God asking forgiveness and He might forgive us against bloodshed and many other bad things and that's when our country will be saved.

  • JOHN
    March 27, 2013 @ 04:13:37AM

    Dear brothers, we are badly washed with magic waters. Minerals are stolen, say nothing on education, animals are trafficked, and all we do is to fight and kill each other on who has the right to slaughter meats which have full of diseases. We are badly washed with magic waters for a wise person, especially a true Tanzanian. There is a fake generation here to lead us astray so we do not fight for the basic right of our country's basic developments in the future. LET'S LOOK CAREFULLY AT THOSE WHO SEND US TO BUTCHERIES.

  • maziku ihala
    March 26, 2013 @ 11:25:56AM

    I am coming back to you Tanzanians. What is belonging to a religion to you? What is hypocrisy to you? I ask, who was born with religion? Whose father belonged to a religion? A person with dirty mind and who does not have vision, is the one who says I am a Muslim, I am a Christian. When it comes to beheading each other, there will not be deaths to only Christians or Muslims, the worst scenario is that women and children are the most victimized ones. Leave that dirty mind. Look at how we, Kenyans, have been affected with killings. It is stupidity for a person to demand the right of slaughtering instead of looking at your common good in building up your nation. You are economically backward, you are backward in development, you are backward in education, and yet instead of doing those things, you deal with slaughtering. You are fool. We are looking at another level, you are still sticking to slaughtering. It is true that the head of an ignorant man is education. There is no democracy, your leadership is full with problems, and you still put each other into troubles. I don't understand clever people become stupid. Fight for development, not slaughtering.

  • maziku ihala
    March 26, 2013 @ 11:06:41AM

    I don't understand why Tanzania, a country with peace for 50 years, has found slaughtering a problem today? Will the meat not be eatable if slaughtered either by Christian or Muslim? Our father of nation said this, where do our leaders lead us to? Barbaric killings were not only heard, but today Tanzania has become another Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi. What is the problem, does the leadership has no power? Preserve the current peace you have and learn from your neighbors. Shame on you. Historically Tanzania was first in Africa for peace, today it turns into losing that status. Change yourself. We have received these religions, no one has been born with religion. Think and take some measures.

  • Adam.
    March 26, 2013 @ 08:21:03AM

    This crisis on slaughtering was started by religious leaders with their butchery projects. They are the ones who started it, they should be the ones to end it. And as it happens to gas issues, politicians are starting to get into this one too. Wisdom should be used. Most of us are not happy with the stand the religious leaders have taken. They are the ones who divide us, and not Kikwete.

  • habibu uwezo
    March 26, 2013 @ 06:08:07AM

    This issue should be solved using religious guidelines and not people's demands.

  • Nickson mahinja
    March 25, 2013 @ 03:42:48PM

    They should slaughter pigs for us too.

  • Kayanda
    March 25, 2013 @ 10:56:04AM

    Slaughtering is not a problem, the cause is slaughtering for worship. However, pigs should also be slaughtered in the same slaughtering centers. That is equality!

  • Violet Mwita
    March 25, 2013 @ 09:15:23AM

    It is true that since we got our independence, even the father of the nation fought against religious and ethnic discrimination. Now where we, Tanzanians, go? Let's try to maintain Mwalimu's legacy. His words will add value to our peace.

  • pete
    March 24, 2013 @ 02:17:34PM

    The basic thing is for both parties to sit down and solve the problem. We should not damage our image of peace, though I am asking myself why they are not complaining on the slaughtering of pigs? Leaders should speak as leaders and citizens should follow. A strong leader has to have determination and be able to make hard decisions.

  • kayombo
    March 23, 2013 @ 09:14:02AM

    Dear fellow Tanzanians, we will innocently kill each other, whereas our problem is a weak leadership. Leaders are not serious and tend to think this will be ended by magic power, something which is not possible. This is only one of many things which show a big margin between these two religions. There are just many other things, such as nepotism in employment for one particular religion, killing of the reverends and church burnings, but the government does not seem to worry. They are still silent. And if we don't look for the cause, violence is a must. Meat was only a sign that people are tired. In my opinion, Kikwete and his government should step down from power before his term ends, so that our country remains peaceful.

  • Adam.
    March 22, 2013 @ 01:57:39PM

    This slaughtering thing is basically for us, the poor, who buy meat from butcheries. Those who buy from supermarkets, from all religions, do not have any discrimination. Poor education and poverty will destroy this country.

  • Adam
    March 21, 2013 @ 06:42:17PM

    People with some money, Christians and even Muslims, buy their meat from supermarkets and never ask who has slaughtered the animal. I see this as a conflict between low class people. Poverty will finish us..!

  • richard raphael
    March 21, 2013 @ 09:54:39AM

    Every religion should have its own slaughtering center. The Muslims should not be the only one dealing with slaughtering.

  • Hassan juma
    March 21, 2013 @ 06:19:23AM

    I am Hassan. I suggest it is better for Muslims to continue slaughtering.

  • Peter Kapagi
    March 21, 2013 @ 06:09:26AM

    Our government claims it does not have religion, why do the state-owned slaughtering centers have religion? I suggest that the government is to be the one slaughtering and prayer's issue remain as consumer's personal matter.

  • ismael
    March 21, 2013 @ 06:07:23AM

    Where does this issue of slaughtering come from? Normally when a Muslim slaughters we all eat the meat, Muslims and non-Muslims and the one who is allowed to slaughter is a pure Muslim. We, Christians, do not mind who has slaughtered. In our homes, they are Christians, Muslims and pagans. You will find a Muslim auntie and a Christian uncle, so should we set two or three dishes at home? THAT IS NOT FAIR. LET'S EAT TOGETHER AS TANZANIAN FAMILIES.

  • Ishmael
    March 20, 2013 @ 01:23:20PM

    It is a very crucial issue but I believe the concerned people will get a mutual solution. But why you guys are quarreling and killing each other because of religion? Let's be loyal to our religions and God will bless us with more knowledge!!

  • Rebeyo Gabikwa
    March 20, 2013 @ 09:13:56AM

    I personally propose individual freedom amongst Tanzanian citizens of both religions - meaning Islam and Christianity - so they have a chance to slaughter their animals for their own use but also for the public interests. And when possible, those animals have to be inspected by medical doctor so as to be sure that the meat is not harmful to people who will use it. On the question of who should slaughter, that might remain to those who eat it and not otherwise.

  • Loi Loiloleo
    March 20, 2013 @ 07:08:31AM

    I think, in everything we should consider the laws of the country and not of any particular religion as there is no religion that has a mandate to prevail over other religions, the law I think, in everything we should consider the laws of the country and not of any particular religion as there is no religion that has a mandate to prevail over other religions, the laws require a Doctor to inspect the meat so that it does not harm people and not that I think, in everything we should consider the laws of the country and not of any particular religion as there is no religion that has a mandate to prevail over other religions.

  • Elisa Muhingo
    March 19, 2013 @ 09:45:33AM

    I advise WM not start and finish with the right to slaughter. The problem of religion has started long ago. Christians have tolerated being insulted. Now they are about to get tired of it. On this issue of slaughtering, if Christian leaders read the Bible, it is prohibited to eat a meat which was sacrificed to spirits (or other gods). To slaughter for an Islamic worship and then give a Christian to eat is not permissible. To address this issue is to deal with those who insult Christians and burn churches and leave this dies a natural death. Otherwise it will never end. President is making jokes by bashing those who want to slaughter. It will be remembered this happened when he is a president to all of us. From the outset of his leadership, he seems to weigh on one side. In his statements, he speaks as if the problem started with slaughtering and as if he is not concerned with it. Only if he showed that he recognises his leadership, then it would the beginning of the end to this problem. But according to his statements, we have to expect that the problem of religion will go on. Tanzania will be destroyed. The president should help us. It is my free opinion. It can be discussed.

  • niku
    March 19, 2013 @ 01:30:31AM

    There should be slaughtering centers according to faiths.

  • Mujuni BINGILEKI.
    March 18, 2013 @ 02:39:20PM

    I think if we start bringing these arguments of every religion to slaughter their animals in accordance to their faiths, it will finally bring negative impacts especially to economy (business), because people will want to know who (his religion) slaughtered the animal before buying a meat and who owns the butchery. And if the area is dominated by one religion, the other religion businessmen will find it difficult to run their businesses as many customers will opt for the butchers owned by their fellows in religion. Finally we will, embrace poverty for establishing those arguments which I, as a Tanzanian, don't see their benefits even if there will new regulations in slaughtering. What I suggest is that, people should be allowed to slaughter their animals without looking into one's religion, provided that government procedures are followed (the meat is inspected by health inspectors to see if it is suitable for human safety and health) and the customer should buy as he desires. That is what I have seen since my childhood more than 27 years now, where you go to the butchery, the first criterion is the freshness of the meat and its affordable price and not these current arguments of who has slaughtered the animal. DEAR TANZANIANS, LET'S THINK TWICE BEFORE SAYING WHAT LIES IN OUR HEARTS: God bless Tanzania.

  • abdi
    March 18, 2013 @ 02:39:13AM

    Good article.

  • JONSON PAULO MINJA
    March 17, 2013 @ 05:27:06AM

    I would say that Muslims shall not see themselves as more knowledgeable in religion. What is important is to be united. If they say we should be separate, they will be separated even before God. The basic thing is to have peace in this 50 years peaceful nation. I am proud of my country Tanzania. Muslims shall not destroy Tanzania. We want peace. We shall not be like Somalia, we should be like our 50 years of our independence. I love you, Tanzania. God bless Tanzania.

  • Matangalu
    March 17, 2013 @ 03:26:49AM

    Mmmnh... Where has this come from?... It would be rather fine for Christians to accept the current procedures in which Muslims are slaughtering, because they are even tolerating going to work on Fridays while they are supposed to have a day-off, so you can go for worship in Saturdays and Sundays. Remember tolerance is our culture. Otherwise, we should accept that every religion has its slaughtering centers, but Muslims want to rest on Fridays as it Saturdays for Sabato and Sundays for other Christian sects. Let's go on with this: Muslims are slaughtering in public slaughtering centers and Christians enjoy the favor of Saturdays and Sundays holidays.

  • EMMANUEL EDSON
    March 17, 2013 @ 12:21:12AM

    I remember Mwalimu Nyerere said our country does not have religion. So we should leave away religious fanaticism and go on sustaining our peace. We are all brothers. God bless Tanzania.

  • Godfrey
    March 16, 2013 @ 12:30:51AM

    This is stupidity done by Muslims for looking only on the weak areas. Let it come a day when you will mistakenly bring that stupidity to our Kurya land. You will see how you will be slaughtered the way you fight for slaughtering.

  • nelly
    March 15, 2013 @ 11:45:12AM

    I think since Christians do not have conditions in slaughtering for them to eat meat and Muslims who have conditions, it would have better as Muslims to continue slaughtering. But on the basic argument of employment, both sides should be given opportunity to access jobs. The question will be how one can know which meat comes from a Christian slaughtered-animal and which from the Muslim's. It is not easy.

  • Mwarekwa
    March 15, 2013 @ 07:37:00AM

    There are some people who eat the meat of an animal which had a sudden death or was killed in accident. Therefore their slaughtering is not compulsory. They do not have to question who slaughtered the animal.

  • Burton S.Kilembe
    March 14, 2013 @ 08:53:44AM

    For preserving peace, democracy, without violating the law and so as for everyone to be free to his faith, the government should immediately announce the freedom to slaughter according to one's belief as they do it in Europe. By not doing so, some Tanzanians would rather eat vegetables than eating a meat slaughtered by a Muslim or a Christian because eating it will not be fair to their faith. The government should keep the right to inspect the meat. By doing so, everyone will be free as to where they slaughter their animals. I know there will be Christians who will buy meat from Muslims and also Muslims from Christians. Also those who care of where animals have been slaughtered, will find a place to buy the meat. God bless Tanzania so that we do not kill each other because of who has slaughtered. B.Kilembe

  • Samuel Mulumba
    March 13, 2013 @ 10:33:39AM

    According to my opinion and by considering freedom of expression stipulated in the COUNTRY'S CONSTITUTION, I don't see any problem for a certain religion to be allowed to slaughter their animals and make it a part of their worship, as long as the law is followed such as meat inspection before it goes to the consumers. For example, if Christians want to slaughter, let us look at what the law says and then that meat is not sent to Muslims, whose faith says it is ILLEGAL for a non-Muslim to slaughter meat to be eaten by Muslims. Christians might have their own procedures of slaughtering and separated butchers. Why there has never been a problem with PORK? It's because the government has set a proper procedure against such misunderstandings. Otherwise, the government should announce the law that only Muslims are allowed to slaughter. Most of you have started to put your political interests into this issue, something which I don't understand. Why you politicians want to neglect people's right and freedom to slaughter? If we were doing business as usual, now it is time that we stop being lazy of thinking and our heads must work so hard. There are no EMOTIONS, no HATRED. We should sit and think and if possible our rulers should start a new law on this matter involving all stakeholders. Let us remember every religion has the right to do its rituals without being interfered with, but that should be in accordance with the laws and regulations as guidelines. All religions are good.

  • Likunja Wamombe
    March 12, 2013 @ 10:23:53AM

    I think the slaughtering conflict in Busesere was not right, because those who slaughtered explained that the meat was slaughtered by Christians. It was up to the consumer to seek for a butcher that suited him. Here the question would be on heath side of the meat and not on its religious side. For slaughtering to be done only by the people of one faith has instigated violence against other faiths for so long. It is now time that explanation is being openly made on how people of other faiths are not allowed to slaughter and only some faiths are allowed? It is here, in my opinion, where discrimination was planted. There is no one who did not know how to take a knife and slaughter an animal regardless for which God he will pray. That is his right. I advice that slaughtering should be allowed to anyone as long as the blood is seen to flow. It has nothing to do with how such a person has prayed. And if possible there should be separate butchers and slaughtering centers and security be improved in those areas. Government should own no slaughtering center and if the aggressors arise, they should be duly dealt with without discriminating.

  • Mpigo
    March 12, 2013 @ 03:12:58AM

    Why should a matter that has not divided this great nation along sectoral lines crop up now. My fellow country men, we should not make moutains out of ant hills....... Let our Muslim bothers continue doing, in any case there are no Christian rites regarding sluaghter

  • Issa zam
    March 12, 2013 @ 12:00:51AM

    What I know, we Tanzanians, have been cursed by God, and that is due to the oaths our leaders took using religious scriptures while being hypocrites. They steal too much, they are adulterers and oppressors. They don't realize that by taking an oath, they enter into contract with God. Now we are being faced with many problems. It will come a time even in our residences, Christians will live in their own houses and Muslims in theirs. We have to be serious, war is not a good thing. We shouldn't seek it for nonsense things. Slaughtering!! This doesn't come to a wise mind.

  • mimi mtanzania
    March 11, 2013 @ 06:42:29AM

    Frankly, I would ask them to look into the constitution on the issue of slaughtering. Our government has no religion. So how will it be? I think they should improve the slaughtering centers so that they could have machines. Whoever wants to eat the meat slaughtered by machine, it will be ok, and who wants to eat what slaughtered by hands, will be also OK. Do you know who slaughters in supermarkets? (Let's leave away religious extremism, because humanity comes first and then religion).

  • MOHAMED SADIKI
    March 8, 2013 @ 06:14:10AM

    ABDALLAH ISSA, YOU ARE NOT A MUSLIM BUT A HYPOCRITE. DON'T RUSH IN DELIVERING RELIGIOUS ARGUMENTS AND POLITICAL EXAMPLES.

  • nade aweda
    March 7, 2013 @ 03:54:44AM

    My opinion is that, in order to be fair, butchers should be separated. Every faith should have right to what it believes in. Government must not force by saying that it is normal for Muslim to slaughter animals. Now, it is no more normal, because people are killing each other. Justice should be done and not subordinating Christians. As long as they do not want it anymore, it is wise to see their justice is being done.

  • Bruno Benedictor Mwakalyobi mwakakonyole
    March 6, 2013 @ 06:03:48AM

    Dear Tanzanians, if you have heard of stupid people who seem to be fine, then it is us. Firstly, I support one member who advocates for us Christians to get jobs as butcherers, but he should remember that Muslims have been doing that for many years and we Christians have never experienced any problem for eating their meat. Second, it is a great sin for your family if you die in defending meat. It is equal to a person who pays 25,000 shillings to travel for his salary, which amounts to only 19,566.23 shillings. I am a Catholic, but it does not pass well in my mind if a pastor leaves his verses in the Bible which guide us and starts the process of demanding rights to slaughter animals. You might forgive me my fellow Christians, but remember that the pastor who was killed has created a widow and the orphaned. Reason? Demanding the right to be given a knife for slaughtering. It is a job, yes, but nevertheless we should compare it to our Christianity. My take is that, even if we slaughter those animals ourselves we will not go the Heaven and even they will be slaughtered for us by Muslims and we are sinful, we are still sinful and will end up into the Hell. For now we want to use the Holy Qur'an instead of the Holy Bible. We are already lost of where we go. Do your research and you will find it. Many Ngoni people are tailors. Ngonis are Christians, the Catholics. But they tailor for Muslims. People in Kyela are Christians, but their motorcycle mechanics are Muslims. It is up to you, Tanzanians.

  • amina
    March 5, 2013 @ 01:30:37AM

    My name is Amina. All that happens is the signal that the world is about to end. Let us ask ourselves how many years have we lived in peace and tranquility in our country and this never happened. On this matter, we should leave the government to make its decision which we should accept and follow. That is the only solution for peace.

  • Hussein Hassan
    March 4, 2013 @ 06:03:32AM

    Meat market in the world is of two types: (1) Halaal (2) Non-Halaal. And those products have labels. Halaal is the market led in accordance to Islamic Shariah and non-halaal with non-Islamic laws. We, Tanzanians, should stop imposing things on ourselves because the government has not forced anyone.

  • eudesi b. mushyt
    March 4, 2013 @ 04:18:07AM

    Where in religious scriptures has been written that only Muslims should slaughter? Let us, Christians, do our own things.

  • Fide mshanga
    March 4, 2013 @ 01:14:59AM

    The government should come with a serious decision on strengthening peace because it is not good to say only Muslims should slaughter as this will result in discrimination and distance them from Christians.

  • Mask
    March 3, 2013 @ 11:32:13PM

    Every people should slaughter in accordance with their faith.

  • samson mowo
    March 3, 2013 @ 01:42:53PM

    That is not life. We are one. Religion is like a political party.

  • CHARLES MPIGO
    March 3, 2013 @ 11:04:21AM

    Let's be as we used to be. Is there anyone who has got scratched because of eating a meat slaughtered by Muslims? I ask you my fellow Christians. The issue here is that jobs are difficult to get. Everyone is fighting to get a chance to slaughter.

  • Josia Mbumba
    March 3, 2013 @ 09:48:40AM

    This article is good and it has a lot of good news that deserves to be known by the public.

  • Abdalah issa
    March 3, 2013 @ 08:38:08AM

    The issue of slaughtering for Christians was not prohibited and all people should know that. From the time Christianity begun slaughtering was being done for sacrifice so WHEN DID ISLAM BEGIN? WHICH YEAR? If slaughtering was a tradition as well as circumcision, so why was it stopped?? My brothers in Islam, the moment of truth and justice has come to read the BIBLE but not the STORIES OF THE PROPHET! My brothers, accept the truth. Let's not use anger because if violence begins, even those who begun it will regret! Which Muslim country is in peace if you think and whoever heard bomb explosions in VATICAN??????? It is not necessary to go to the Madrasa to know, you should read history!

  • Dude Hakeem
    March 3, 2013 @ 07:36:17AM

    I think we need to educate ourselves because without educating one another we will fight for no reason. Surely, those who cause us to fight among ourselves are the leaders of the country and the religious leaders.

  • meragana alex
    March 2, 2013 @ 06:05:10PM

    In my view the government can take this issue lightly according to the new constitution but putting up 2 different slaughter houses is the only solution and not bringing up the usual argument that Muslims traditionally are those who do that kind of job. The country has grown and needs have increased and even beliefs have grown too. This is why the country needs new constitution to cater for the needs of both sides Mera, Tanga.

  • MWAGALA SINDIMOYO
    March 2, 2013 @ 10:53:25AM

    It is good to have two kinds of slaughtering to solve the conflict. Christians should be given their rights as Christians to make their own slaughtering. Refusing them to slaughter is the same as forcing them to take Muslim faith. This is not surely right. Forcing Christians to follow tradition or norms is the same as denying them their right of worship. We have been used to doing things as they have always been done but we let it go because this is not the time of analogue, we are in the digital age. The prime minister should leave us Christians to do our things as Christians and Muslims to do things the Muslim way. What is the problem with if we have our separate slaughter houses? There can be no equality in two different religious faiths. Remember; government has no religion but its people have religion. It should stop interfering with people's faith and there is no reconciliation in different religions faiths but there can be reconciliation in different denominations like Catholics and Anglicans or Shi'ite and Sunni because their belief is just same.

  • Richard Ngeze
    March 2, 2013 @ 07:13:17AM

    I will slaughter my animals for myself and I don't care if Muslims or whoever slaughter animals in slaughter house. Our government has no teeth and it is deaf, that is why nonsense keeps on growing up here.

  • kalijo
    March 2, 2013 @ 02:46:36AM

    Let them slaughter pigs too if they are insist on slaughtering.

  • patrick paul
    March 2, 2013 @ 12:20:55AM

    Please let's not take for granted the peace we have now because...

  • coletha
    March 1, 2013 @ 11:59:58AM

    Forcing people to eat meat slaughtered by certain people is violating someone's right.

  • Lucy Michael
    March 1, 2013 @ 05:44:38AM

    Rome14:23 But anyone who has doubt , if he/she eats, is sentenced to have committed crime because he has eaten without faith. And anything that is not from faith is a crime.

  • kipara juakali
    March 1, 2013 @ 03:49:47AM

    You have to some extent worked hard to write this article. Many writers particularly here in Tanzania do not put authenticity into consideration and even some put their emotions or needs first when writing. For example, you would have read about the conflict, Muslims slaughtered a pastor but the facts do not confirm this matter. Congratulations.

  • mabula
    March 1, 2013 @ 12:57:34AM

    Everybody believes and respects the teachings and procedures of his/her faith. But in Usukumani things are not as you think. It is not an unusual thing to hear somebody with name Hussein who he does not know about the mosque or someone called Jumanne who does not even know the door to his church. The question of slaughtering does not make sense to someone who does not understand. Calling a Muslim to your house to slaughter for you is all about building good relations and not about religious law. Do not force people to accept your faith.

  • nakomolwa martin
    March 1, 2013 @ 12:24:23AM

    Folks, we Christians have no worship but indulge in prohibitions but our Muslim colleagues have things they worship. We Christians also don't have rites to follow in slaughtering unlike the Muslims. I don't see any problem with a Christian consuming meat slaughtered by Muslims. In fact this will go along way in fostering love and brotherhood between Christians and Muslims which has existed from time immemorial. As a christian it is wise to invite your Muslim neighbors to your celebrations and in a spirit of love, allow them to slaughter for all of you even if it is a chicken so that you can associate with each other in love and brotherhood and to promote good neighborliness. This is because we Christians have no limitations on slaughtering so the meat we eat since to him/her it does not matter whether the meat is slaughtered or not. To him or her it is the same. I implore you all to remember how our forefathers lived with each other and how they dealt with the issue of slaughtering their meat. To those few people among us who dwell on divisive issues that disrupt our peace, they will be DEFEATED and if they can be identified they should be expelled from our country since they are here by mistake. Thank you good Tanzanians.

  • Jephet Mafie
    February 28, 2013 @ 11:26:51PM

    It is good for someone to be better informed about the person he wants to vote for, he/she should seek information before voting in order to get a better leader not just any leader.

  • Von mips
    February 28, 2013 @ 07:20:31AM

    Fellow Tanzanians, please let us be very careful for we seem to want to lose our traditions of love, respect and concern for one another. We should condemn these few individuals who want cause trouble. In short, I ask that we maintain our traditions as we have practiced it, whoever slaughters livestock should continue doing so, all Tanzanians are one people and we should keep it that way. The government should also try to identify these few individuals and punish them accordingly.

  • Turonge
    February 28, 2013 @ 06:38:10AM

    Tanzanians with shallow minds and barbaric beliefs always think of fighting without any cause or benefits. Can any sane person really say that each religion have their own slaughter house? Do you mean that people with different names such as (Josefu Omari) or (Halima John) should avoid their families and not eat together with them just because of stupid fanaticism. You mean to say that there should be Muslim hotels and Christian hotels and even to say that there should be separate alcohol vendors for Muslims and for Christians. Stop that stupidity. All Tanzanians are brothers and sisters and we have lived like that for more than 50 years now.

  • prosper
    February 28, 2013 @ 12:22:21AM

    I am just asking, does it mean where there are no Muslims no livestock can be slaughtered? Let us agree and free each other, what problem is there if a Christian slaughters? What criteria are being used that says only Muslims should be allowed to slaughter while the rest are only allowed to eat?

  • Natalia D Ngowi
    February 27, 2013 @ 06:07:54PM

    I don't see any need for arguments, if the government is secular then let the Muslims and Christians end their issues. Why were we peaceful and happy all those years? We need to be forward looking.

  • Ibrahim Ally
    February 27, 2013 @ 03:09:45PM

    It would be good if we differentiate between these slaughterers just to avoid any religious conflicts arising between families. By doing that we will ensure stability and peace in the country. NB. it is a taboo interfering with people's faith.

  • simon maximillian
    February 27, 2013 @ 08:09:26AM

    This has been a source of employment to Muslims and that is why they don't want the Christians to get their livelihood from it. If the Solution is not to divide beliefs then you will be definitely dividing the butchers along their faith. Why must they continue oppress us on the basis of religion?

  • bonie
    February 27, 2013 @ 01:24:50AM

    I have been living in Zanzibar for more than 8 years and I have learnt that three-quarter of the population are Muslims but still there are goat butcheries owned by Catholics. So we ask you to make the same arrangement they slaughter for us and we continue to eat even

  • Kennedy Magati
    February 27, 2013 @ 01:09:44AM

    Christians, our fight is not about meat. What benefits do slaughterers have, how much wealth do they have, how many cars. Leave those who love to slaughter and see blood every morning slaughter. If you are used to slaughtering it will be easy to slaughter even human beings. We will not be punished for food or for not slaughtering.

  • BWIRE MAFORO
    February 27, 2013 @ 12:46:30AM

    Our problem as Tanzanians is a lack of consistent internal policies about issues surrounding us because its just simple. Let everyone eat what has been slaughtered in accordance with his faith. Why don't Muslims go to slaughter where there are pigs? And everything goes normal. Let Christians slaughter their meat and sell even if it is pork they want to sell in their own butcheries and Muslims slaughter their meat and sell it in their own butcheries as normal. What is the conflict for? The problem is if we are used to doing things the way they've been done from time immemorial so that's the way things are even if they are not right.

  • abdul rahim abdul
    February 26, 2013 @ 11:17:40PM

    Muslims we will lose jobs and no Christian will slaughter an animal and if they tell us to slaughter for ourselves, many Christians will lose customers as many Muslims will not buy even a quarter of meat and a half meat will be enough for them. So we will have no business anymore. Humble Christians should tell us they want jobs but not to tell us to leave slaughtering for them. We will not kill you again. We want business.

  • amani
    February 26, 2013 @ 08:09:49PM

    The government should come out with and make a firm decision about this issue or else division will erupt.

  • samson Masasi
    February 26, 2013 @ 03:17:22PM

    The government should not try even a little to propose the divisions of butchers into 2 groups as this will cause serious inter-religious conflict between the Muslims and the Christians.

  • robert Ezekiel
    February 26, 2013 @ 01:17:39PM

    I don't see any problem if a Christian decided to slaughter for him/herself. There is no reason to stop him from slaughtering for himself

  • hamis swed
    February 26, 2013 @ 01:12:19PM

    Muslims are crazy and we don't have one or two. We will burn in hell because Satan; Lucifer has entered and twisted our minds because we are dealing with Satans. oh, God forgive us your servants of sins, God willing because we sin!

  • khaji mwinyi
    February 26, 2013 @ 12:08:55PM

    I really wonder why we, Tanzanians have been in conflicts of all sorts? why? Our leaders must sit down and think Don't give us excuses. Which province in Tanzania has not had conflict with in the last ten years Why?

  • conso
    February 26, 2013 @ 10:51:07AM

    Here we are just wasting each other's time and losing the nation 's direction! We allowed education to lose its meaning, wages and salaries are not paid in time, poor results, no employment, bad policies, not to mention public service. So stop giving us headache because of meat. If you see there is a problem with meat eat beans. However don't bring your deception here. There is no conflict between religions in this country so you should not start it now!

  • feisal
    February 26, 2013 @ 10:27:57AM

    Muslims are discriminatory. We put ourselves in it. We know religion is a big hypocrite. Because of our hatred we cannot be entrusted with slaughtering. We eat pork. We are hypocrites and we behave like the Pharaoh. Why don't we leave this job for Muslims? We will be punished till the day of judgement.

  • YASINTA FAUSTINE MTEJETA
    February 26, 2013 @ 06:46:25AM

    Let people pray to God so that we escape religious conflicts and everyone to keep peace in our country. May God give us knowledge and other good things which does not cause war. Thank you.

  • ZULFA
    February 26, 2013 @ 02:15:37AM

    Many do not know they talk about this issue just for the sake of support and hatred for Islam. Muslims used to slaughter and the Christians owned butchery business since I was born and the business will continue. Even when a neighboring Christian wants to slaughter he used to ask a Muslim to slaughter for him. What happened today? Our people are integrated into a society composed of Christians and Muslims and we gave Muslims the responsibility to slaughter because they learnt the procedure from their religion. I also support the motion that let other be also involved in slaughtering so that they get wages.

  • Ruto
    February 26, 2013 @ 02:04:08AM

    First, I beg you Tanzanians to surely revisit your olden days. They have all witnessed that this slaughtering issue was a trend for Muslims and this has a meaning. Our fellows have a tradition but we don't have one. So why shall we bring in conflict today about slaughtering? Or we want to be selfish for the Christians to slaughter so that our Muslim brothers don't eat the meat? I beg you to leave this issue the way it was and focus on other developmental issues.

  • anu
    February 26, 2013 @ 01:41:29AM

    Butcher is only a Muslim.

  • Amulike Ngeliama
    February 25, 2013 @ 09:13:31PM

    In Europe and America, animals are slaughtered by machine. I have seen some people having their own butcheries with the inscription "permissible meat" due to religious beliefs. This means, the meat was fit for Muslim consumption. How can Muslims be the only people who slaughter in our country today which has very many population of pagans and Christians? Let those who slaughter be many so that everyone takes what he/she deems permissible. Teachers in schools should not force not to eat meat depending on whether slaughtered a Muslim or Someone else. To them, slaughtering is act of worship and they should not force that act of worship through others. The government should not reinforce this order because it will cause problems and butchers will leave selling meat or will be not get customers hence leave us rely on only vegetables.

  • Valerio Kiputa
    February 25, 2013 @ 09:27:19AM

    in my opinion the issue of slaughtering is a big problem even among Muslims, because as it has been classified it is employment. So the solution is to separate these slaughtering areas and after a while we will get used to them just as we had got used to Muslims slaughtering without having the factor of forbidding Christians.

  • innocent mushi
    February 25, 2013 @ 09:24:11AM

    It is provocations like these that lead to war, does it mean if a Muslim or a Christian slaughters and you cook it will not be fully cooked

  • Goodluck simon
    February 25, 2013 @ 09:10:42AM

    The problem is insufficient Education which has led to insufficient thought.

  • Anatory Mweyo
    February 25, 2013 @ 08:00:35AM

    It is against the law and the foundations of the constitution for one group to be allowed by law to do a certain job and another to be prevented. These things are just customs and customs are not laws. It is important to give all the opportunity if there are those who think slaughtering is a job for them without the consideration of religion. If it is a matter that has an argument like this of economic interest it is important to act wisely. I don’t think that there is any group that can leave it for another group in a situation like this. It is important not to be a stumbling block for another if he/she is not allowed to eat what has been slaughtered by another. So we have a solution. Let us not create division because it is a mistake since it touches heavily on religion on one side and on the other side I do not see that religion prevents them except for the situation at the moment in which one cannot prevent this employment opportunity because the law and the constitution do not prevent that. Let us avoid the oppression of any side as they worship in different areas then let them divide the areas and build their slaughtering areas those who think there is need to have slaughtering areas for their religion. The government should continue not to have a religion and so infrastructure, opportunity, and anything else that belongs to the government should be free to be used by anyone in accordance with the law and the constitution of the country because that is what the leaders swore upon and not upon religious books. Wisdom is needed and not a lot of knowledge or strength. This is a unique country you cannot equate it to any other country in the world. I believe and I will continue to believe that these religions are 50% Vs 50%. So the stand of the government not to have a religion is still correct.

  • mwamba
    February 25, 2013 @ 06:18:16AM

    it has no meaning at all let him/her who slaughters just slaughter

  • berrykiss
    February 25, 2013 @ 06:01:29AM

    Everybody should think very carefully about this matter otherwise it will take us to a very bad place

  • berry kiss
    February 25, 2013 @ 05:56:18AM

    I don't have an opinion except to say that let us stop discrimination on religious grounds you are associating very strange ideologies to slaughtering only if Christians also think slaughtering has benefits then stop arguing and slaughter and everybody should slaughter the way he/she knows but know that we cannot invite one another and we will not get into many hotels

  • salome mtenda
    February 25, 2013 @ 05:14:55AM

    in my opinion that conflict will not end until the government gives an official statement regarding Christian and Islamic religions because if the government stays silent strife will persist.

  • deus
    February 25, 2013 @ 12:53:24AM

    in my view we should let Muslims slaughter as they did in the past let us stop dissension

  • jasson swilla
    February 24, 2013 @ 12:35:58PM

    In my opinion it would be good to separate the slaughtering areas between Christians and Muslims because of their faith and worship differences. My main reasons are as follows according to the Holy Quran as known by Muslims. Suratulkafirun verse 1-6: 1. Say:you unbelievers 2. I don’t worship what you worship 3. Nor do you worship He that I worship 4. Nor will I worship what you worship 5. Nor will you worship He that I worship 6. You have your religion and I have mine. These are the words of the Prophet (pbuh) himself. So here what is the main reason for Christians to have animals slaughtered for them by Muslims? Also verse 120 Surat Al-Maidah inaMakara 16 5.slaughtered food is forbidden unless it is slaughtered by (a) a Muslim or slaughtered by (b) a Jew or (c) a Christian, so that they slaughter and not strangle. And other things similar to those are completed very well in the Holy Quran as known among Muslims our brothers and friends since a long time ago. Since these things are so clear is there any reason to quarrel if it is not mere provocation! Those who want to ensure that these things that I have said are true let them read the writing that I have quoted in the Quran. This is my opinion brothers let them take them into consideration and maintain peace and brotherhood in our Nation which has become a big gift and rare in our country. God bless Tanzania. Amen!

  • Muislam Waiman
    February 24, 2013 @ 03:08:48AM

    these Christian brothers of ours are used to forcing everything in this country and when they see that they have no basic argument, they do not tarry in calling people terrorists. but we don't blame them much. it is the system that was set up for them by their father of the nation

  • j.damas
    February 24, 2013 @ 02:43:21AM

    The truth is the government should look at that issue in more depth in order to discover what is the solution to the cause not politics.

  • Gaston Kikuwi
    February 24, 2013 @ 01:47:27AM

    I personally do not see that there is a big problem for advocating for individual interests. We have a tradition of living together, while sharing in various issues be it funerals, happiness such as marriage, birth of a child, receiving etc. A Christian marrying a Muslim and the same situation with Muslims. If your father-in-law is a Muslim, and you know that all his family members are Muslims, can you abuse their faith by slaughtering a chicken for stew when you are a Christian.? I think that there are people who are setting up various denominations even though it is their right according to the constitution, there is need to look at their ways of preaching if they affect the freedom of worship of other people or humiliate other religions? This work is supposed to be done by the National security. The National Security exists and is paid using our taxes, how is it that people get to the point of fighting and killing one another when they are in every region of our Country? Are they doing their work properly? Is their use of having national Security if there is no security? These Christians who say that they also want to slaughter, if one's Muslim Brother or Cousin is coming will he/she give him the food he/she has slaughtered or will he/she deny him? Many at times in weddings the invited guests who are friends and relatives come to celebrate and if you slaughter can you tell your friends that this meat has been slaughtered by a Christian so that they do not share in the celebration. I think some arguments have no meaning because all of us Tanzanians live in love. Those who are doing that have their own agenda which is left behind..

  • Mohamed Issa
    February 23, 2013 @ 04:07:19PM

    This is what I am saying; any Christian who thinks the idea of his/her slaughtering is founded should give the scripture that guards him/her he/she should not just follow his/her own wishes otherwise it will be that he/she does not even know that faith of his/hers well. In the Bible to remind those Christians who are being led here and there for the benefit of their leaders they should read ROMANS 14:1 onward then if they find a founded idea regarding their continued claim that they should slaughter then they should continue to claim it.

  • fatma
    February 23, 2013 @ 03:17:03PM

    folks if Christians want to slaughter then let them slaughter but let there be areas for them and the Muslim butchers have theirs and those of their side be on their own and be marked as such, and Muslim meat sellers should know one another, there should be no problem every now and then they bring up an issue they should be left with that meat which they slaughter to buy among themselves and Muslims should buy from their fellow Muslims since Tanzania attained independence it is Muslims who have been slaughtering! If they think they will benefit they should be left to slaughter their own meat and sell to one another and mark out their butcheries as such so that everyone knows where it is appropriate for him/her to go and buy...

  • Anderson ouma
    February 23, 2013 @ 12:46:44PM

    Logically what do we have at long run (meat) either beef,pork...we should not waste our energy on issue that for years we having (nyama)we should concentrate on matters pertaining education,economy,health among others lets wake up tanzanians.

  • nelly shoo
    February 23, 2013 @ 11:28:35AM

    Muslims are not acting justly towards Christians because Tanzania is a democratic country and everybody has the right to do what he/she wants short of breaking the law so I am saying if this leads to trouble then let there be trouble they have thrown out the vegetables now it is our turn to throw out the ugali

  • sanga
    February 23, 2013 @ 10:45:02AM

    the government of Tanzania has no religion so it is a mistake to give someone of one religion the responsibility of slaughtering when everyone has a different faith. everyone should slaughter according to the way his faith leads him and not forcing a christian to partake something that is against his/her religion. can they slaughter everything even those that only we Christians partake?

  • Aloys yahaya kilongola
    February 23, 2013 @ 09:07:30AM

    In my view there is no reason to quarrel it should be looked at what happens when an animal is slaughtered if there is a petition be it Islamic or Christian then that should be the basis of employment at the slaughterhouses because anybody who is employed will slaughter using that petition and not only that instruction in a petition or petitions should have been provided and should be the characteristic of the employee

  • Mohamed
    February 23, 2013 @ 07:46:35AM

    Let muslims and christians to decide on slaughtering issue every group can have their own slaughterhouse and specific butchery.

  • paulo charles
    February 23, 2013 @ 07:02:45AM

    a new procedure should be examined which will benefit all sides and remove religious people from both sides from involvement in that

  • Samwel William
    February 23, 2013 @ 05:13:47AM

    there is no need of oppressing Muslims for slaughtering because if you are slaughtering your food why should there be need for someone else to have the right to slaughter for you? I suggest that in every slaughtering area there should be a machine for slaughtering livestock and it should not be necessary to have a Muslim there because we do not know the god who is being worshiped at that time it is not surprising to say that we are being forced to worship their god when everyone knows his/her God for example for us Christians killing someone is a very big sin according to our religion, but for Muslims it is a ticket for getting into heaven or somewhere else the government should follow what that Sheikh said at the beginning every religion should have its own section because they are the ones who want it that way.

  • A.Joel
    February 23, 2013 @ 04:43:29AM

    The act of slaughtering animals by Muslims is in my opinion a business matter. When an animal is slaughtered by a Muslim it has more market because Christians and Muslims will buy it. The faith of Muslims does not allow a Muslim to eat an animal that has been slaughtered by a Christian so he/she cannot buy it. A christian who is ready to reduce his/her clientele can slaughter but should give information so that those whose faith prevents them not to buy. But this teaches us that all Religions have great value for their adherents. It is not wise for one religion to give claims or to pretend that they have statements or are better than others. Since in business it is wise to have many customers and it is also wise to do something that includes all Tanzanians, it is wise to ensure that our activities are not ruled by divisions, I advise Christians to stop slaughtering animals. They should just continue to slaughter for consumption at their homes not for business. This matter can even interfere with tourism activities because our tourists are of mixed faith.

  • Shangwe Marejesho
    February 23, 2013 @ 03:37:40AM

    indeed let us have 2 sections for slaughter so that people choose where they prefer to buy

  • eva
    February 23, 2013 @ 12:30:00AM

    let us pray to God to keep away this catastrophe because these things were not in the country

  • yasini omary
    February 22, 2013 @ 03:57:18PM

    slaughtering an animal is a big sin, god created human beings to eat seeds, leaves, fruits, roots, before human beings faced sin, after sin came in there are human beings who eat the flesh of humans. who permitted slaughter by human beings? worst of all is that they do not first cut the neck they start with the limbs hands, when they come back they cut the leg, then finally the neck. (ALBINO) WHY?......

  • enock msikwa
    February 22, 2013 @ 08:14:29AM

    In Tanzania people have the right to worship anywhere and anything, and following the procedure of service of the religion in question in carrying out its matters, so I do not think it is wise to use the foundations of the Islamic religion to decide on matters of the Christian religion, so Christians have every reason to have procedures of slaughter which are based on the guidelines of their religions.

  • nyomolelo
    February 22, 2013 @ 08:01:44AM

    Tanzanians let us not be stupid in matters of meat because there are numerous issues facing us. Muslims are the ones who have the right to slaughter as it is our custom in Tanzania

  • Nassor Muhsin
    February 22, 2013 @ 07:52:34AM

    it is not possible for Christians to slaughter

  • Bernard B. Mallya
    February 22, 2013 @ 06:49:51AM

    Conflict arising from who should slaughter concerns matters of employment in reality. Every person who slaughters gets money in cash or one to 2 kilos of meat for every animal. So let it be looked at in that context. Even so it is possible that Christians want to be able to slaughter for their safety and that of their families following this violence in which churches are burnt. Even so if the government does not ensure the certainty of an end to this violence it will be hard for this to end. Violence started from the years of the second round by burning or destroying butcheries where pigs are slaughtered. The decision of the Prime Minister to allow things to go on as they were in the past is important. So those who do that work should not think it is their responsibility by law.

  • appoh
    February 22, 2013 @ 05:25:49AM

    let them slaughter even pigs then if they want to slaughter

  • LUKUMO FELICIAN
    February 22, 2013 @ 05:13:04AM

    This article is very good and it is all-encompassing let the Government stop being lazy we will finish one another let everybody slaughter on his own because a Muslim is paid 10,000/= for the slaughter the division being as follows 3000 for the mosque, 2000 for the town/municipality and what is left is for the slaughterer are we building mosques at our place in Geita?

  • adeka
    February 22, 2013 @ 02:49:22AM

    the solution is to have butchers for Christians and Muslims. god did not tell us in any scripture that slaughterers should be Muslim those are just lies

  • Benjamin Vincent
    February 22, 2013 @ 02:14:57AM

    It is only the government that should be responsible in ensuring that it has set up solid foundations of accountability in various sectors such as health, education, religion etc. to ensure that those foundations are productive to its citizens.

  • FREDRICK AFRED
    February 22, 2013 @ 01:24:05AM

    in my opinion it is good to avoid trouble and accept what the Muslims are saying because they are not afraid of any form of self sacrifice, and if they start a religious war even extremist Islamic terrorist groups will set up residence in this nation

  • ally chawa
    February 22, 2013 @ 12:22:15AM

    I am a stakeholder, Hon. Pinda's idea regarding separation is very good. thank you

  • lazaro Bangilana
    February 21, 2013 @ 07:39:46AM

    IF WE GET STUCK ON THE ISSUES OF CHOOSING WHO SHOULD SLAUGHTER OTHERS WILL BRING THEIR OWN ISSUES AND THE RESULT WILL JUST BE CHAOS

  • Deus Chinyala
    February 21, 2013 @ 07:09:44AM

    The religious conflict that is going on at the moment is as a result of ignoring religious provocation dating many years since I was a first year student in 1987 at Azania secondary school in Dar es Salaam. There was a group from Asian countries which came to conduct gatherings to humiliate religions that were different from theirs. We used to be visited by ministers carrying Bibles who asked us things that are in the Bible and which they saw as not being correct. This issue happened with a lot of strength and speed to the extent of shaking the city of Dar at that time, but the government of the day was not heard to say anything to rebuke or prevent those discussions from going on. Since then, various groups have been set up to attack one another in religious contexts and these are the results. The saying “our government has no religion” in my view was strong during the time of the late Mwalimu Nyerere, not now. At the moment our government has a religion and it protects those murderers. It is not possible that four or five incidents of murder which shake the country happen but there is not activity whatsoever from the government, if it was Mwalimu’s era this place would be plowed. Deus Chinyala Ifakara Kilombero

  • nanzige kayola
    February 21, 2013 @ 06:49:19AM

    let wisdom be used in resolving that conflict.

  • AHMED KITUMBO
    February 21, 2013 @ 06:47:18AM

    The laws of civilization of the town that we found should be followed let us stop being greedy, if we cannot be civil because of its cost then let us also try folly and see what its cost is. For example let us learn from a country like Kenya, all meat shops have the sign "halal butcher" for Muslims and the rest for Christians, let us be careful that is the beginning of discrimination for Tanzanians. Isn't what gets into the town forbidden?

  • zainabu
    February 21, 2013 @ 06:22:16AM

    I like the opinion that Hon. Mizengo gave that we should not separate slaughter areas as it will lead to greater division in the country. because we do not need religious conflict and war in our country Tanzania

  • Flavius Rwelamira
    February 21, 2013 @ 04:59:44AM

    Every religion has the right to slaughter, provided an animal has had the neck severed and not strangled! Let us educate one another regarding this and remove the hate that can cause violence.

  • AMOS ANICETY
    February 21, 2013 @ 03:14:14AM

    what is needed is to remove the struggle of who should slaughter. the government should set up a program for Muslims to have their own butchers, also CHRISTIANS to have their own butchers and every area to have its own butchery.

  • duke ouko
    February 21, 2013 @ 01:56:10AM

    That is being unfair to xstians, let their be separate slaughter houses for both faiths

  • hilda
    February 20, 2013 @ 01:39:54PM

    Honestly we are not headed to a good place. Muslims want to take the country nowhere and the president is silent, does it mean they do not see all that which is happening? honestly it will get to a point where Christians get tired of them

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