Sunday, 17 February 2008

Money From USA where will it end up?

President of United States of America is paying a state visit to Tanzania a visit that will cost four days the USA presidents saying out of the Washington State House.

The USA president is expected to sign malt million USA $ grant that will e donated to Tanzania for AIDS, Maralia and Roads construction.

Many Tanzanians who have been interviewed by media local and international showed appreciation to the USA government and some worries.

Those who were able to express their worries said that they don’t think that the money will reach the target projects.

They said they advised the USA government to set a special organ to oversee the expenditure of the of the grants as they believe there will be huge misappropriation expenditure and embezzlement.

This have been the cry of this blog for years. The bloger is very much concerned with the donation that are given in terms of grants by donors abroad to African states, NGO and Faith based organization.

Some few years back we have witnessed huge investment by the Lutheran Church through European mission secretaries. The Germany missions organization like the Bavarians, KPS and many others in cooperation with their Scandinavian friends through a joint board Lutheran Mission Cooperation, LMC have donated millions of Euro to Tanzanian Lutheran Church which ended up in the pocket of the few.

The money were intended for Health and development projects like water, solar energy and so many others. Many projects were not implemented and very little were implemented with little satisfaction. They did not meet the target.

Why, because the money was not invested according to the agreed plan. The money have been transferred some where else, in the very big pocket of few. That is why you could see in this country there are so many mission hospital, schools and farms which do not deliver to the expectation of many.

The serious problems are two, the people who are entrusted with the funds and diverts the funds to a different place and those who give the funds and they do not care to see what are funds doing.

We have experienced bad result from the uncontrolled funds from donors to church structures. The funds have turned the priest Gods on the earth, they have been using this money to oppress the people they are supposed to serve.

You could not imagine that it will never happen in my diocese the southern central diocese to pick a patient by using the bishop car. The district is a very poor remote, mountainous area. People needs to walk more than 53 kilometers to a nearby Lutheran hospital. Yet the car of the bishop bought by donor money offer a lift to a patient in a very distance village I have worked in the hospital for a year a bishop have been moving around with a very fancy land cruiser never has very came in the hospital with a patient collected in the villages devastated with HIV/AIDS. Though he goes in villages almost every Sunday to preach more sacrifice collection.

If the bishop Driver have been send some where with he Bishop’s car, he will never put anyone in the bishop’s seat even if it will be a priest. Why? When I went to Makete and when in the diocese office, when I was at the reception I was astonished and caught with great surprise to hear that there is a chair at reception which no one is allowed to use only guest who have the rank of the bishop.

People who are giving funds could they have not been the contributing factor to say that they have made some people to have excessive power and therefore to be worshiped. People who gives money like the USA government should be very keen to see that their money is well spend on the intended projects.

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Betty Visiting Makete

The news that have just landed on our table from Makete says that the HIV/AIDS counsellor from Njombe Betty Liduke is her official visit to Makete.

Sources from Makete says that Betty will meet the leaders of PIUMA and latter on tomorrow she will attend all members meeting.

Among other things Betty is visiting the organization so that to render her assistance on action plan for the year 2008.

TANWAT hospital the employer of Betty have been in good cooperation with PIUMA though the highlands hope consortium.

Monday, 28 January 2008

New Hope in Makete Hills

Last Friday when I was walking in front of the Mbeya post office I met Dr. Mwakabana. The name of Dr Mwakabana is among of the very few names that have emerged from No where in Makete District and now is mentioned by more than 65,000 Christians of the Lutheran denomination.

Dr. Mwakabana is an interim Bishop of the south central diocese of the Lutheran church in Makete District.

The diocese have to get some one from The ELCT head office following the removal of Pastor Sahdrack Manyiewa by the vote of NO.

Manyiewa have to be removed from that post following long time pending allegation of embezzlement and fraud that have been embraced by the diocesan leadership for years.

Mwakabana is viewed by many as person who will bring big changes to the diocese regarding with book keeping, management and well being f the Christians in the diocese.

It have been learnt from the inner sources of the diocese that Mr. Manyiewa will now be made the director for the Bible studies by correspondence department, “Elimu ya Theolojia kwa Enezi”, ETE. Something that have been objected by many and the writer of this blog.

Mr. Manyiew being one of the directors of one of the department within the diocese wil,create more chaos and unnecessary conflict. It is being observed that though Manyiewa have been removed from the post he is still making underground campaign to bring his name in the next general election in two year to come.

The fear of many is Manyiewa and his friends will disturb the newly bishop to rpove to the world and the mission who were embracing him that he is better than any body else for SCD.

The question are the People of Makete expecting too much from Dr. Mwakabana who is acting bishop for only two years?