Politics and religion are malleable with strict limits
The past X-mas saw some clergy complain about intimidation when they touch on political issues. Some men (not women) of cloth alluded on this
in their X-mas orations. They’re flummoxed after feeling boxed in.
Unfortunately, the speakers didn’t particularly name their bullies. Three day
after the clergy speaking up, authorities came out warning about taking stern
measures against whomever use pulpits politically. This shows; there’s a
problem. Is this the answer? If it is, is it the right one?
Ontologically, politics and religion
are the sides of the same coin. In Egypt, pharaohs were gods and rulers
as well. In Europe, the Roman Catholic Church used to be both a religious and
political power. It shows: the duo’s same foundation and intesectionality. Though, the former overtook the latter during
the enlightenment. Before, the Roman Catholic Church’s powers were
incontestably over and above everything. It could condemn whomever it wanted.
Thanks to its brutality and misuses of power, some smart guys decided to stop
it. Thence, politics took over; and replicated the same up until now.
Essentially, Africa needs to embark on its own enlightenment in order to do
away with the internalised internal colonisation perpetrated by the duo that
attracts devourers and tricksters easily. This is why there are fake leaders in
both. Refer to self-appointed fakers we now see everywhere robbing and
pauperising our unsuspecting people who still believe in miraclesunder the ruse of
performing miracles.Is there any a mortal that can perform
Secondly, the duo shares one
characteristic. They reap where they didn’t sow. They all collect money in the
names of sadaaq, taxes, tithes and zakat; and spend it without involving their
taxpayers. This is why we’ve many rich religious leaders hollering at the top
of their lungs preaching the gospel of Jesus, a mere pauper, who couldn’t own
even a coin let alone building a church. Like politicians who preach better life for all to end up exploiting
their constituency, clerics preach the heaven for poor while living in stinking
opulence; though not all. They preach poverty and live opulence. The difference
is however; political leaders are elected while the clergy who are either
appointed or self-appointed.
Thirdly, while some clergy condemn
the internalised internal colonisation of politics in Africa, they forget; their
religions are responsible for paving the way for the colonisation and the
enslavement of Africa. Ironically, the clergy aren’t democrats like those they
accuse. Let’s be a tad bit fair. Do they
seek views from their constituency?
Fourthly, clergy are like any other
citizens. They shan’t expect any preferential treatments whatsoever. If they
feel like offended, they know what to do. Go to the court. Just like any
citizens, clerics can air their grievances provided doing so is within the
confines of the law. Their advices can
be worked on or otherwise depending on to whom or what’s addressed. There’s
nothing special here. The government may accommodate the views of its people or
not depending on how it views them. Again, instead of taking on the govt, we
need to deal with the system that allows such penchants.
Fifthly, there’s been a tradition of
wrongly believing that clerics have an upper hand in public matters. There are
some discernible boundaries between politics and religion, especially in a
secular country contrary to a theocracy in which clergy are above everything.
Further, the clergy need to be firm vis-à-vis their position. When they take on ills, they must clearly indicate
it by deeds and words. For example, recently, one self-appointed one told
President John Magufuli to repent and take advices. This same man once showered
former president Jakaya Kikwete saying he’s humble and too generous. Again,
when his church was told to demolish its extension built illegally, he started
attacking the same man he showed with praises. This way, it can’t work.
Tanzania’s a tradition of separating
politics from religion in order to avoid offering some quacks a loophole to use
their position to benefit both politically and religiously. Again, our
government needs to be firm as well. Evidentially, some pro-government clergy
are allowed to mix the two provided when they toe the line. One of them is Gertrude
Rwakatare who’s an MP for the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM). When Rwakatare was appointed or allowed by the
CCM to partake of politics, both sides kept mum; and saw it as a normal and
right thing to do though it is wrong!
In sum, if clergy have anything importantly
tetchy to say, they must say it just like any citizen but not like clergy.
There must be a border between the two as it is for other citizens or