Tanzania: Magufuli is livin’ on a prayer

Woah, we’re halfway there

Woah-oh, livin’ on a prayer

Take my hand, we’ll make it, I swear

Woah-oh, livin’ on a prayer” – Bon Jovi – “Livin’ life on a Prayer” (1987)

As the saga continues in the United Republic of Tanzania, the President John Pombe Magufuli refuses to order a lockdown and close of vital operations. Neither close businesses, schools or anything involving society. The rise of cases of COVID-19 or Coronavirus is appearing. Surely, the pain will felt sooner or later. However, the man believes will shield him over this. As it is devils work and God can overpower that.

Nevertheless, God gave us a mind to use it and also two ears to listen. This meaning listening to science and health care experts who has advice in circumstances like this. The Tanzanian authorities who usually knows how to strike down on opposition leaders and activists. Knows how to use authority, but in this instance refuse to utilize it to safeguard its citizens. This will sooner or later backfire. The hurt will be felt and the amount of hospitalization will hurt not only the economy, but also dozens of families. Which looses their loved ones over the recklessness of the authorities.

Here is the recent news:

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has declared a three-day national prayers period to help combat the novel coronavirus as the reported cases in the country rose to 94. “Fellow Tanzanians, due to the pandemic, I urge to use these three days, from April 17 to April 19, to pray for God’s protection and healing,” the President tweeted on Thursday evening” (Beatrice Materu – ‘Tanzania: COVID-19 – Magufuli Declares Three Days of National Prayers, The East African, 17.04.2020).

President Magufuli should act wise, but don’t count on it. This is his pride now, as he has since before Easter spoken of Godly intervention and not closing churches. Like big-crowds and non social distancing is wise in the midst of global pandemic. Even if the numbers aren’t striking. Still people are dying in Zanzibar and on the main-land because of the COVID-19. That should be a warning for anyone.

The rate of spread will only grow, as long as there is no mitigation. It is only rare luck that not more are verified or more cases are official. Because, sooner or later the system will not able to handle. As the sickness can be spread up to average 4 persons and someone can walk around with it. With no signs or symptoms. The asymptomatic function of COVID-19 is the worry some bother here.

As even there is no signs, the people might have gotten infected and spreading it to others. The tally now is 94 official, but might be more who no-one know about. These might be fatigued or lack taste in their homes.

President Magufuli is living on a prayer. In that fashion, he should consider the bridge from the song:

Ooh, we’ve got to hold on, ready or not

You live for the fight when it’s all that you’ve got” – Bon Jovi – “Livin’ on a Prayer” 1987

The President should fight the COVID-19, but instead his praying. The prayers in means to the ills, but he should also apply other measures too. Especially when the world has them already. God gave the mankind wisdom, time to apply that as well. Peace.

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