Rev. Canon Moses Matonya was born on September 25, 1964 in Ikowa village in Dodoma Tanzania, being the third born out of five children of Rosemary. His father, Matonya Makunzo, passed away in 2006 leaving three wives and nineteen children. Rev. Moses has been a full time ordained minister with the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika in Dodoma since November 1993. He is married to Ruth and they are blessed with five children, three daughters and two sons. Currently, he is doing a Ph.D at Liverpool Hope University.
His journey on formal education began in January 1974. He did the seven years of primary education at Ikowa Primary School. From January 1981 to July 1985 he went through Mzumbe Secondary School in Morogoro and Umbwe High School in Moshi, Tanzania while from June 1987 to June 1988 he served in the National Service.
From June 1988 to 1991, Rev. Can. Matonya worked as an Evangelist in his village. In January 1991 he joined a three year theological course, leading to a Diploma, at St. Philip’s College, Kongwa. He was ordained deacon by Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika on December 5, 1993. After the ordination, he was posted to a full-time ministry as vicar of Kigwe Parish. On May 22, 1994 he was consecrated as priest before being transferred to Kondoa where he became a principal of the Bible School in July 1995.
In September 1996 he joined a two-year programme at the Trinity College in Bristol, England, for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology. In August 1998, he returned to the Diocese of Central Tanganyika, where he was appointed Principal of Msalato Theological College.
In September 2001 he once again went to England to pursue a Master of Arts course in Aspects of Christian Missiology at All Nations Christian College, which he successfully completed in September 2002. After the studies he went back to Msalato Theological College where he continued to work as a Principal.
In March 2004 he became Dean of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit until July, 2006. In September 2006 he went to Columbus Georgia (USA) for a twelve months study in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). He also served as Chaplain Resident at St Francis Hospital in Columbus during the same period. The programme ended in September 2007 and he returned to Tanzania. He rejoined Msalato Theological College, where he taught and worked as a principal until July 2015.
Before joining CCT, in March 2017, he worked as a full time Assistant Lecturer at St John’s University of Tanzania in the School of Theology and Religious studies (SOTR), while doing a Ph.D. on part time basis with Liverpool Hope University in Liverpool, UK.
- Vocational History
Since becoming ordained in 1993, Rev. Can. Moses Matonya has held the following positions in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika:
- Pastor (rector) of Kigwe Anglican Parish, from December 1993 to July 1995.
- Principal of Kondoa Bible School in Kondoa town, from July 1995 to July 1996.
- Principal of Msalato Theological College in Dodoma, from August 1998 to August 2001 and from September 2001 to March 2004.
- Dean of Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika for two years, from March 2004 to July 2006. He was also an
associate lecturer of Msalato Theological College during this period.
- Principal of Msalato Theological College (second time) from June 2008 to July 2015.
- Assistant Lecturer in the School of Theology of St John’s University of Tanzania from September 2011 to the present in 2016.
- Moses Matonya (2008), Real Power: Jesus Christ’s Authority over the Spirits, (USA: Oasis International )
- Moses Matonya & Phanuel Mng’ong’o (2013), ‘The Anglican Church of Tanzania’, in The Willey-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion edited by Ian Markham, Barney Hawkins IV, (USA: Wiley-Blackwell)
- Papers for workshop
- Moses Matonya, ‘The Protestant Christian in Africa: Is it an Ontological Conflict or Negation of the Reformation Theologies?’ Paper presented on August 12, 2014 at the Conference at Tumaini University Dar es salaam College to celebrate 500 years of Protestant Reformation in the world. The paper discusses what protestant reformation meant to the Europeans of 500 years ago and what it means to a Protestant Christian in Africa today.
More pictures from Commissioning Service
Community Monitors is a project designed to support powerful action by youth in the local communities in response to the destruction of the community life and the environment caused by operations of private corporations and failures of Government officials. This is a project done in the community where the community monitors develop their skills in information gathering, writing and communications.
This program started in 2012 at Dar es Sallam with the youth from Temeke Ditrict later expanded to other district in Dar es salaam region who joined the previous group and make a total of 35 youth who are community monitors 15 women 20 men who were trained on how to be community monitors of their own localities. Among other thing these youth were facilitated to gather information from 25 District of which NCA is operating. They have ged to collect community voices on Economic Empowerment, resource Governance, Youth unemployment, extractive industries, climate change and human trafficking (Rural Ubran migration). In 2015 these have succeed to publish Newsletter titled “JICHO LA JAMII” .
In 2016, the project was implemented in Bahi, 13 youth were trained in various topic especially on writting skills, gathering information, Analysis, internet and the economy system.
On 15th November 2016 Bahi District welcomed 43 members from Ikungi and Singida districts of Singida Region to learn and experience the program of Good Governance in Bahi District.
CCT through Interfaith Relations is working strongly to advocate Inter-religious dialogues and peace building for peaceful coexistence in the country. Through this program, Christians and Muslims show their solidarity and participation on interfaith relations. Dialogue among people of different faiths foster a mutual respect and creates an atmosphere for understanding each other’s religious beliefs. The dialogue draws the parties more closer to each other to replace hostility and misunderstanding among them. The program has successfully managed to bring together Muslims and Christians through Interfaith committees in Region and District level. Each committee consists of 20-30 religious leaders. Women and Youth are also included in the committees as pictures show.
The committees meet in Annually Quarterly basis meetings and by conducting Special training on interfaith relations, Conflict and Resolutions and Lands laws. Interfaith Relations, Conflict Transformation and Based Lands Laws, are very key topics to religious leaders as a tool for their life as their mandate on solving conflicts is concerned in their communities. Interfaith Relations as a basic of the program has been taught in every committee. The topic of Conflict Transformation has been trained in 10 committees of Mwanza, Tanga, Tabora, Arusha Same,Geita, Nyanghw’ale, Chato, Bukombe, and Mbogwe. Interfaith committees in Bahi, Mvomero, Kilosa and Kiteto have received training on Land Laws due to the nature of agriculture activities.
When the warmth of children’s celebrations mingle in stark contrast with coldness of the message being conveyed one can only predict an emotional storm that will haunt every soul that takes consideration of the situation. The picture of jubilant children, girls and boys; with chubby chicks and round bright eyes singing at the top of their voices, verbalising in unison the brutality and ugliness of female genital mutilation. It is even more chilling when one imagines the fact that most of the young girls attending the day are themselves already victims of such a horrible act. With an audience fairly representing all segments of the society, the day had received its due attention among villagers.
Singida is one of the regions in Tanzania where FGM is practised rampantly. Over time the practitioners have developed different ways to circumvent the arm of the law. For some time they have been cutting girls immediately after they are born. This practice enabled them to do it without attracting attention of the government, since the whole process is done in secrecy and even when the baby cries out of pain it is still too inconspicuous since babies do cry always. The practice eventually led to many deaths of under-fives due to bleeding, infection and trauma.
The infant FGM came to light, the government required that all girls to be inspected when they attend the regular clinic. The government’s reaction was successful to secure girls under before they reach the age of five; but after five years there is a loophole. So although the government took action, still girls are cut when they go past five years of age, and the problem persists. Women are the main culprits behind this harmful practise to girl children.
After consistent effort CCT has been working in Singida through multiple social fronts in order to sensitize the community on effects of FGM. Many adults have heard it through Village Community Banks (VICOBA) programs and meetings, but the most interesting is the children’s part: where children through Sunday schools and training camps have been so much sensitized that they are becoming ambassadors by themselves.
On 6th November 2016 Sunday school children from different parts of Singida district gathered at Ngimu village to voice their stand against FGM. As each group came forward for a performance it came very clear how the message against FGM has spread. On this day children are organized for such an event so as to continue sensitization among community members and children themselves.
For this year the event was graced by Rev. Rehema Gwau, the in charge of women children and gender at Lutheran Central Diocese (Singida) on behalf of the Bishop of the Central Diocese. In her message she stressed on child rights and the need for parents to be more responsible with their children well being as per God’s message in the Bible.
Every year after accomplishments of activities and programs, monitoring and evaluation, NCA hold Annual Partners Conference (APC) where as among other things there are trainings and capacity buildings in every area of weakness that they have identified during monitoring and evaluations. Christian Council of Tanzania is a long term partner Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) since 2005 to date.
During the Conference, NCA awarded partners whose performance has been outstanding and excellent throughout the year. In 2016 CCT shone with three awards for work done in Gairo, Bahi and Chunya. Bahi received certificates of recognition for an outstanding performance and excellence on PETS through the Resource Governance Program; Gairo received a recognition, outstanding performance and excellence on Paralegal and Legal Aid Services to the Community in Gairo and an outstanding performance and excellence on Value Addition and Innovation through Economic Empowerment Program in Chunya District.
CCT feels highly honored and blessed to receive the certificates of recognition of outstanding performance and excellence. However we know it is not all by the secretariat, but much more appreciation goes to district coordinators, community leaders and other stakeholders who are making change at the grassroots.
United Church of Canada (UCC) has been a partner to CCT for quite a long time. UCC has been supporting CCT in running chaplaincies and other development works. Of the recent Wendy Gichuru has been visiting CCT for the purpose of strengthening the relationship between the two entities.
More of Wendy’s journey in pics.
The Climate change, Environment and Food Security program of CCT recently trained 188 members from 45 IR–VICOBA groups of Bahi district on conservation farming (farming God’s Way). This approach which make use of a small piece of land and spells about no land tilling helps the peasant/subsistence farmers to be sure of food for their households. The method is contrary to the traditional ways of farming in which a large piece of land produces less. Vivid examples from the farmers we met witness that a 4 acres piece of land in the areas visited could yield not more than 60-70 tins of maize (about 10-13bags).
During the training session the facilitators discovered that most households only have food (both maize/sorghum and millet) for not more than 6-8months beyond which the household should start purchasing food from markets and or other sources. The training emphasized the use of locally available materials mostly found within their locality, such materials include farmyard manure, dead dry grass for mulching/land cover, ash/lime, lablab plant together with improved seeds and members were trained on how to prepare the farmland on which to grow the required plants. In Bahi members were asked to make small plots to grow maize using seeds that do withstand drought such as stuka variety on top of that they were asked to practice crop rotation to improve soil nutrients necessary for plant growth.
A 36sq.m plot with space between maize plants of 60cm and 75cm between lines have 90 holes with 180 plants in which case each hole dug houses two energetic plants which could produce 0ne or more cobs, thereby making such an area to have as many as 270 cobs on the average, now if 20 cobs make a tin for sure we have 9 tins(1.5 bags) some of the training activities undertaken are shown below
PETS Master Trainers In Action is a project designed to facilitate formation train and mentor new PETS committee in tracking public expenditure in the district of Bahi, Gairo and Same. The overall Objectives were to form new PETS COMMITTEE in the proposed District by using PETS MASTER TRAINERS because it is costs efficient, reliable and can reach more villages within a short time. Secondly, was to impart the knowledge of Good Governance and PETS to 20 wards of Bahi and Gairo and 15 wards in the District of Same and lastly was to improve the quality of work of PETS committee.
Activities assigned to PETS MASTER TRAINERS was to mobilize village assemblies, champion the formation of new PETS committees and facilitate three days training to the chosen member of PETS committees.
- The project started by providing incentives to PETS Master Trainers such as smart phones, motor cycle, pamphlets, leaflet and some articles for easy facilitation.
From July to September 2016,PETS Master Trainers have succeeded in mobilizing village assemblies with the agenda of forming PETS Committees in the villages, the meetings were organized and PETS committee member were chosen from these Village assemblies. The chosen PETS committee had the opportunity to receive three days training from the PETS MASTER TRAINERS on good governance and PETS. A total of 18 new PETS committee has been formed and trained in Bahi and Gairo in the in the ward of Chifutuka=10 Me 6 Fe 4, Isagha-Chali=10 Me 5 Fe 5, Mpinga=10 Fe 5 Me 5,Kigwe =11 Me 6 Fe 5, Msisi=12,Me 7 Fe 5,lamaiti=14 Fe 3 Me 11, Zanka=9 Me5 Fe 4, Babayu=10 Me 6 Fe 4 na Makanda=12 Me 8 Fe 4 in the district of Bahi thus make a total of 27 PETS committees in 19 wards and Gairo in the ward of Msingisi 14, Fe 9 Me 5 ,Gairo14 Fe 5,Me 9 Ukwamani=13,Me 9 Fe 4,
Chigela=11 Me8 Fe 3,Kibedya=15 Fe 5 Me 10,Magoweko=Me 8 Fe ,Idibo =Leshata=11,Me 7 Fe 4 Na Madege 16 Fe 6 Me 10 thus Gairo has now 15 PETS committee in 14 wards. This is agreat achievement for CCT, With only few amount of money, in a month we have succeed to establish 10 new Village PETS committee