Why are Catholic bishops opposing The DP World and Tanzania deal?

The Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) is the conference of bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in Tanzania. Founded in 1956 the Catholic bishops have been opposing the DP World and Tanzania deal and want it to be canceled immediately claiming that the agreement will not benefit the Tanzanian citizens and demanding that the people’s voice is the voice of god.

This raises a lot of questions as to why the Catholic bishops have so much interest In Daresalaam port which is a political affair and they have never talked or raised a single concern concern about any contract the Tanzanian government has signed before, but this has come just after an agreement with the DP world.

This has come when the Tanzanian port (TPA) has performed very poorly due to increased corruption and low technology used, so the government of Tanzania claimed that partnering with international companies in Dubai like DP World which is the leading company in smart logistics will help to increase the port productivity and boost countries revenue.

if you look closely at the map you will notice that the Daresalaam port (bandari ya dare-salaam) has been surrounded by the catholic churches including the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC Kurasini) Many people believe that the opposition of catholic bishops is a religious and political matter used to Avoid DP world from leading the Daresalaam port.

a map showing Dare salaam port and catholic churches

Moreover, opposition political parties such as CHADEMA exploit this loophole to enhance their political narratives and foster the belief among Tanzanian citizens that they possess a distinct vision for guiding the nation.

Using religious conflicts as a tool to advance political narratives is concerning and can have negative implications.

It’s problematic for a political party like Chadema to exploit such sensitive issues to bolster its image and gain support.

This approach can exacerbate divisions within society, undermine social cohesion, and potentially incite tensions among different religious groups.

It also diverts attention from genuine policy discussions and solutions that would benefit the nation as a whole. Instead of uniting citizens, this tactic could contribute to polarization and hinder the overall progress and development of the country.

Rather than urging the Tanzanian government to cancel the deal, a more constructive approach would be for religious leaders and politicians to advocate for the rectification of the agreement. This would ultimately lead to broader benefits for the entire country, rather than serving the interests of a select few.

Considering DP World’s reputable track record, demonstrated by collaborations with various countries, including India, and its role in fostering economic development, this strategy could be more effective in achieving positive outcomes for Tanzania.

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