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MIND YOUR LANGUAGE: Bishop presides over ‘sermon’ to install new Secretary General

MIND YOUR LANGUAGE: Bishop presides over ‘sermon’ to install new Secretary General

ALL is not well in the Anglican Church of Tanzania, as a report from Dodoma, published on page 7 of the Custodian (July 30th), titled: “Wrangle in Anglican Church of Tanzania now takes a new twist”, indicates.
The article refers to Rev Can Dr Mecka Ogunde who was ousted as the Church’s Secretary General, and who has filed for resolution at the Commission for Mediation and Arbitration (CMA).

Rev Ogunde’s lawyer is quoted as making it known that: “His client opted for arbitration at CMA after all meetings with the church ‘did not yield any fruit’, giving him the due rights”.

Whatever the lawyer said, it should not be reported the way it is above, especially with regard to that part of the sentence talking of: ‘did not yield any fruit, giving him the due rights”.

The following version is proposed:
“His client opted for arbitration at the CMA, after all meetings with the Church failed to bear fruit, which would have led to his getting his due rights”.
Somewhere towards the end of the news item, the writer gives us some background to the problem:
“Early in June, this year when ‘the matter occurred’, the Primate of Tanzania and Bishop of Anglican Church, presided over ‘church sermon’ to install Canon Mlula as the new secretary general in a service ‘held St Paul’s Church’ in Kondoa”.
The Clergy, which includes Bishops, are associated with sermons and ceremonies. What took place in this case? A sermon, or, a ceremony?
“A sermon” is: “a religious discourse delivered in public usually by a member of the clergy as a part of a worship service”.
On the other hand, “a ceremony” means: “the ritual observances and procedures required or performed at grand and formal occasions”.
Now, to “preside over” means: “to be in charge of something (such as a meeting or organisation). You, therefore, do not preside over a sermon. You give a sermon. But, you can preside over a ceremony, where a sermon may be given.
Given the above “lecture” we can re-write the sentence as follows:
“Early in June, this year when the ouster took place, the Primate of Tanzania and Bishop of the Anglican Church, presided over ‘a church ceremony’ to install Canon Mlula as the new secretary general, in a service ‘held at St Paul’s Church’ in Kondoa”.
It is our sincere hope that this dispute will be sorted out amicably.
From Dodoma, we move on to nearby Morogoro, where, on page 6 of the same newspaper, we find a news item titled: “Leaders urged to educate public on conservation of natural forests”, in which it is reported that a senior conservator of the Tanzania Forest Services Agency (TFS), Faustine Msolwa, enjoined communities to take care of forests for their own, and the nation’s benefit. Towards the end of the item, he is reported to have said something more: “Msolwa also urged communities to venture into bee keeping, and the agency will provide them free ‘cages’ to enable them implement the projects well”.

Given that the official is urging communities to keep bees, why would he promise to give them free cages? For, a cage is defined as: “a structure of bars or wires in which birds or other animals are confined”. I do not see bees living in cages.

And, yes, if the official was encouraging communities to keep bees, he must have been talking about “bee hives”. A bee hive is defined as: “an enclosed structure in which some honey bee species of the subgenus Apis live and raise their young”. Note that bee hives are man-made.

Let us do justice to what the official said by re-writing the sentence: “Msolwa also urged communities to venture into bee keeping, and the agency will provide them free bee hives (not ‘cages’) to enable them implement the projects well”.
Yes, conservation of natural resources is good for the current, and future, generations.

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