Walls Completed

Congregation at Mangucha that has built the wall
Mangucha church under construction
Gamasara Parish church under construction
Nyabitocho Parish church under construction
Nyagisya Parish church under construction
Nyakunguru Parish church under construction
Nyangoto Parish church under construction
Congregation at Mangucha that has built the wall
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Wall completed at Mangucha Parish church

A small congregation of 15 or so has completed the construction of the wall of their new church through self help. Commenting on this progress, the Diocesan Bishop, Dr Mwita Akiri said, “This is a great and encouraging achievement not only for the congregation at Mangucha, but for the Diocese as a whole. It is humbling to see what a small group of determined and committed Christians and their pastor can achieve in God’s name and for God’s glory! This and all other church buildings in the Diocese will be used for worshipping God, collecting drinking water through the roof, and for hosting community meetings.”

Bishop Mwita added, “The partnership scheme under which these churches have been built requires that each congregation erects the wall and I raise money to assist with the roofing costs. “The ball is now in my court. I am grateful to people in the Diocese and beyond who have shown interest in supporting these projects and are willing to help”.

Three other congregations have completed erecting the wall too. These are Nyagisya, Gamasara, and Nyakunguru. The fourth, Nyabitocho, has just received financial assistance from their companion parish in the United Kingdom towards the roofing costs. Mogabiri, Bugumbe (Renchoka) and Bunchari parishes have walls going up. Kerende, Buhemba and Rebu parishes have the foundations built already and will soon start erecting the wall.

Soccer Tournament

Bishop Mwita handing soccer balls to the Regional Police Commander on August 8, 2012
The Police Commander for Tarime-Rorya, ACP Kamugisha giving a vote of thanks
A group photo outside the Regional Police Commander's office in Tarime.
Guest of Honour, Mr Kabohola (in black jacket), Bishop Mwita & Police Commander greeting the soccer players before the inaugural match.
Mr Kabohola (in black jacket), greetings the players of Mafundi FC & Shirati before the inaugural match on 27 August.
Mafundi Club from Tarime (in white) Vs Shirati Club from Rorya (in blue) on 27 August. Mafundi FC won 3-0..
Bishop Mwita handing soccer balls to the Regional Police Commander on August 8, 2012
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Diocese of Tarime Sponsors Soccer Tournament

The Diocese of Tarime has sponsored a peace soccer tournament in Tarime and Rorya districts that started in August and will end in September. The Diocese provided all the soccer balls needed for the competition known as Polisi Jamii Cup, or Community Policing Cup.

In a brief ceremony at the Regional Police Commander’s office on August 8, 2012, Bishop Mwita Akiri said that it is the duty of all citizens including young people to abide by the law at all times and that young people must not provoke the police or take part in any crime. Equally, the Bishop urged the police to uphold high ethical standards when carrying out their duties and refrain from unlawful arrests and excessive use of force that some within the force are often accused of in Tarime and other parts of Tanzania. He said such acts are against human rights as enshrined in the constitution. Moreover, they can alienate good citizens who might otherwise assist the police in identifying and bringing criminals to justice.

The competition is taking place in Tarime and Rorya districts. Bishop Mwita handed the balls to the Police Commander for the Tarime/Rorya Special Zone, ACP Justus Kamugisha. The main aim of the tournament is to promote peace in Tarime and encourage all citizens to be law-abiding without being forced to do so by the police.

Reproductive Health Education

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Pupils during a session
Roselyne Mosamma during a session on reproductive health
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Reproductive Health Education Starts in Tarime

The Diocese of Tarime has launched reproductive health education program in the government primary (elementary) schools in Tarime. The purpose of the program is to sensitize children in school children about the consequences and dangers of female genital mutilation, HIV/Aids, teenage pregnancy and pre-marital sex.

So far, 710 children, aged 11-16, have been reached. Of these, 374 are girls and 336 are boys. The 6 schools where the sensitization program has taken place so far are Mapinduzi and Azimio in Tarime town; Sirari and Nyairoma at border with Kenya, and Keryoba Nyangoto and Matare in Nyangoto near Barrick North Mara Gold Mine.

Speaking at the launch of this program in October, Bishop Mwita Akiri said, “Female genital mutilation is one of the crude and outdated cultural practices in our society here in Tarime that not only violates women’s rights but also spreads HIV/Aids. We must tackle it head on. We must prevent early marriages in our society that come soon after circumcision for most girls. We must defend the freedom and the rights of women and young girls and work with them for a better future. I firmly believe that the primary school is the right place to start this campaign”.

Bishop Mwita added, “I am most grateful to Caroline Honsberger and her colleagues in Canada for helping us to kick-start this program. More resources are needed to continue this campaign. I pray that God will make them available to us.”

Bishop Mwita Visits Wakefield Diocese

Bishop Mwita with members of the Wakefield Diocese Tanzania Link Committee
Bishop Mwita with members of the Tanzania Link Committee of the Diocese of Wakefield
Bishops Stephen Platten (Wakefield) and Mwita Akiri (Tarime) at Wakefield Diocesan Synod, 10 March, 2012
L to R - Bishop Mwita, Bishop Stephen (Wakefield) and Rev Stephen Kelly of Woolley, Sunday 11 March 2012_1
St Peter's Woolley (signboard)
Sunday Service at St Peter's Woolley, Diocese of Wakefield, UK.
St Peter's, Woolley, Diocese of Wakefield. Bishop Mwita preached at Woolley on Sunday, March 11, 2012
Bishop Mwita with members of the Wakefield Diocese Tanzania Link Committee
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Bishop Mwita Akiri of the Diocese of Tarime visited the companion Diocese of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England in March 2012. On March 9, Bishop Mwita met with the Tanzania Link Committee which oversees the link between Wakefield and the three dioceses in Tanzania: Mara, Tarime and Rorya. The meeting took place at the residence of Bishop Tony Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract in the Diocese of Wakefield.

This was an important meeting ahead of Mwita’s meeting with the representatives of all the parishes that have links with parishes in the Diocese of Tarime.  Several issues concerning the two Dioceses were discussed. These included ways of strengthening the parish links, possibilities of new links, and sharing of resources. The newly appointed Tanzania Link Officer, Rev. Dr. Stephen Spencer was present at the meeting.

Bishop Stephen Platten of Wakefield and his wife Rosslie hosted a dinner for Bishop Mwita at his residence – the Bishop’s Lodge at Woodthorpe Lane. This was an enjoyable evening that gave Mwita a chance to interact with some of members of the senior staff of the Diocese.

The next day, Saturday 10th March, Mwita had the honour to attend the Synod meeting of the Diocese at St Peters Church Centre. Mwita had the priviledge to address the Synod on the importance of the partnership in mission that exists between Tarime and Wakefield. In the evening, again, Bishop Stephen and Rosslie hosted another dinner at his residence. This occasion was attended by several key people in the Diocese who are connected with the Tarime-Wakefield link in one way or another.

On Sunday 11th March, Bishop Stephen kindly accompanied Bishop Mwita to St Peter’s Woolley. Both Mwita and Stephen were hosted by Rev. Stephen Kelly, the Vicar of Woolley. Mwita preached and later had a working lunch with the representatives of the Wakefield parishes linked with Tarime parishes. Mrs Edwina Offori, the Link Officer for Wakefield-Tarime Link facilitated this meeting.  Tineke Bentley, the Wakefield Coordinator of Water for Life Project being implemented in Tanzania was present too. Detailed discussions were held on the ways to strengthen the friendship between Tarime and Wakefield and the ongoing projects.

This important meeting concluded Bishop Mwita’s visit to the Diocese of Wakefield.

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