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Mixed Reactions in Tanzania as Government Rules Out Easter Holiday Celebration

Tanzanians prohibited from Easter Holiday CelebrationSome citizens of Tanzania have  taken to social media to share mixed reactions after the government ruled out Easter Holiday Celebrations.

Tanzania’s Police Spokesperson David Misime has said the country is still mourning the death of the former president, John Pombe, and they don’t expect Tanzanians to celebrate the holiday. It should also be noted that police officers were arresting Tanzanians who were found partying during Magufuli’s national mourning.

A group of people who had slaughtered a goat were arrested after they were found ‘celebrating’ Magufuli’s death. Even though police banned celebrations, President Samia Suluhu has wished Tanzanians a happy Easter Holiday. Nevertheless, as Tanzanians have been urged not to hold celebrations this Easter worshippers will still be allowed to go to church to mark the Christian holiday. It will be recalled that after Magufuli’s death, Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan declared state mourning for 21 days according to the National Funeral Act.

The official mourning period began on March 18 and ends on April 7 and Easter falls within this period. As Christians around the world look forward to celebrating Easter on Sunday, April 4, the Tanzanian Police Force has said it does not expect to see celebrations as in previous years. “But it is our hope [that]Easter mass will be conducted peacefully,” a statement released Thursday said. The country is currently observing the 21 days mourning period following the death of President John Magufuli.

Dr Magufuli died on March 17 at Mzena Hospital in Dar es Salaam and was buried on March 26 at his home town Chato, in Geita region, northwestern Tanzania.

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The statement issued by police spokesman David Misime said the police force will be prepared to ensure that the Christian community participates in worship in a peaceful environment as other citizens continue with their activities as usual. “Regional police commanders and forces are well prepared to ensure the security situation continues to improve and to take strong action against all those who violate safety laws during this period,” he said.

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