11 September 2012

Tanzania: Chadema Pushes for Post Election Killings Probe

THE Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) has asked President Jakaya Kikwete to form a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate several killings that have taken place since the 2010 general election.

The Party's central committee that convened an emergency meeting on Sunday has also asked that the Minister for Home Affairs, Dr Emmanuel Nchimbi, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Said Mwema, Commissioner of Police, Paul Chagonja and the Morogoro and Iringa Regional Police Commanders (RPCs) resign over recent killings in the two regions.

Addressing journalists, Chadema National Chairman, Mr Freeman Mbowe said those who led the operations in both Iringa and Morogoro together with the police officers involved should be arraigned to answer murder charges. He said the president should take steps to ensure those directly or indirectly involved are held accountable over killings in the two regions.

Mr Mbowe noted that the presidential appointed judicial commission of inquiry should look into killings of a Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) leader in Singada, 5 killings in Arumeru, 3 in Arusha and one in Igunga. "The president should appoint a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the nature of deaths of these people, the public deserve to know," he explained.

The Chadema National Chairman said failure by the government to take the steps to address the spate of killings and hold those responsible accountable, the opposition party will call for a countrywide demonstration. Commenting on the party's Movement for Change Operations, Mr Mbowe said the exercise will resume soon in Iringa and thereafter continue in Singida.

He said the M4C operations going from village to village will continue until 2015, adding that in one specific important constituency in Singida the exercise will be conducted in the suburbs instead of village to village. "We will go back to Iringa soon to continue the M4C exercise and thereafter move to Singida and one particular constituency which is very important we will change tactics and target suburbs instead of the usual village," he explained.

Meanwhile, Chadema has stripped two councillors Mr Adam Chagulani (Igoma ward) and Henry Matata (Kitangero ward) in Mwanza of their membership after they were found to have been involved in ousting the Chadema Mwanza City Mayor without following party procedures.

Mr Mbowe said a special committee was formed by the party's Secretary-General, Dr Wilbrod Slaa, to look into the way the Mwanza Mayor Mr Joseph Manyerere was stripped of his status, where it was established that the two were involved without following proper party procedures.

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