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Jita is a tribe located around Mount Masita in the eastern side of Lake Victoria in Tanzania. The name Jita was adopted based on the location of Mount Masita. The colonial governors from Germany could not pronounce Masita; instead, they called it Majita. They put in writing the word Majita, and therefore it became the name for these people. Since then the whole area is called Majita.
The Kuria Tribe is among the Bantu ethnic groups. Adventism reached the Kurians in 1912. The missionaries soon discovered that the best way to introduce the gospel was, initially, to establish schools and, later, health services.
Thadeus Chacha Matinyi was a renowned frontline Adventist pastor, departmental director, and field president in Tanzania. He was the second to become a pastor from the Kuria tribe after Petro Marwa Gesase and the first to become a pastor from the Abasweta clan.