Monday, 5 February 2007

Bishop Suspended

Bishop Shadrack Manyiewa of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania, South Central Diocese (ELCTSCD) has been suspended from his service.

The suspension followed allegation of embezzlement of donor money amounting to thousands dollars, fraud and poor administration.

The allegations were first raised by the self help group of people living with HIV, PIUMA which on April last year demanded explanation on the where about of thousands of us dollars donated for various social project in the diocese.

The allegations were confirmed by three different audit reports from three different firms. Many inhabitants of this place had always asking the relative authority to take action for long.

The decision to suspend Bish. Manyiewa was reached by the consensus of the majority of the members of the diocesan council set for an extra ordinary meeting last Monday.

ELCT- SCD had been facing serious financial crises for a period of about two years following the suspension of the donation from donors abroad.

When the local people asked decison of the donors stoping their support, said they never felt a difference because the money from donors through church structres never reached the people at the grass root.

The crises became more worse in April 2005 when Bishop Manyiewa closed down the HIV/AIDS clinic, locking out all the volunteers from Austria following their stand not to allow him to have an unlawful access to fund intended for treatment of the HIV- AIDS patients.

However there has been underground unconfirmed information that the Church is seeking for a position somewhere else for bishop Manyiewa. The members of the diocesan council said that there was an offer from one of the donors’ representative from Europe who was here recently that the mission can help to register and finance Manyiewa and his wife for further studies abroad.

When asked about this a man living with HIV Izack Sanga who had talked to Manyiewa personally two times on his leadership style said that, it will be an insult of the donors from developed places like Europe who are pictured as model of civilization, democracy an accountability to embrace the bishop who has allegation to answer.

´´It would be a right step if Bishop Manyiewa will be striped his travelling documents and brought before justice in the court of law`` he further added.

It is not yet known if Bishop Manyiewa will be taken to court to face charges against corruption, fraud and theft or not.


Roy said...

It is sad that it had to come to this. Any man can make mistakes. But they must admit their errors and be brave enough to face justice. I hope that justice is served and that the stolen funds are recovered.

MBOGELA, Jackson said...

Revelation 2:4-5

2:4 Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.