Begging existed even during the era of Jesus Christ, beggars claim
By Matilda Kirenga
About 20 beggars asking for alms in Arusha’s streets were recently charged in a Primary Court allegedly for loitering and begging in public places.
The Court Magistrate, Mr. Patrick Maligana said that the persons were being charged of loitering in various public places of the Municipality which is an offence under the Human Resources Deployment Act Number 6 of 1973 , commonly known as 'Nguvu Kazi Act'.
Responding to the Magistrate, the alleged beggars adamantly said that begging is a legitimate activity and were not ready to relinquish it since it is their only source of income.
"Begging is legitimate and it existed since the era of Jesus Christ," claimed one of the beggars.
The arraigned beggars were sent back to custody as they lacked
sureties to back their bail. They are expected to appear in court for another
mention of their case on March 9.