PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has directed the Police Force to make sure it brings to book all the perpetrators responsible for the gruesome murder of Mwanza Regional Police Commander (RPC), Liberatus Barlow, who was shot and killed by unknown people at the weekend.
"The murder of the RPC is a cowardly act which should not discourage the police from executing their duties," Mr Kikwete said in the condolence message he sent on Tuesday to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Said Mwema.
A press statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communications , said the president was shocked by the death of the RPC, whom he described as a brave senior officer with a history in the public service that is worth emulating. "It is without doubt that the Police Force and Tanzania as a whole have lost a brave law enforcement officer," he said.
Mr Kikwete, who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, also sent condolences to the family of the deceased.
The president left Dar es Salaam for a four-day state visit to the Sultanate of Oman, the first such visit by a Tanzanian head of state.
While in the Arab country, Mr Kikwete will hold talks with his host, King Qaboos bin Said, grace a meeting between Tanzanian and Omani businessmen and witness the signing of an agreement for the formation of the two countries' business council.
Meanwhile, Stephen Dassu reports from Mwanza that hundreds of residents paid their last respects to the late Barlow at the Nyamagana Stadium.The event, that was also attended by high ranking government officials, including ministers, started at around 10.50 am. There was also a one-hour mass led by the Catholic Church Clerics.
The atmosphere was filled with grief as many people, including primary school pupils, paid attention to the proceedings. The late Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) was killed on Friday night by unknown assailants at Kitangili in Ilemela District. The RPC was said to have stopped in the area to drop a female passenger.
Monday's occasion was also attended by the Mwanza Regional Commissioner (RC), Eng Evarist Ndikilo; the Director for Criminal Invesigation (DCI) Robert Manumba; deputy ministers Binilith Mahenge (Water), Stephen Masele (Energy), Dr Charles Tizeba (Transport) and Minister William Lukuvi (Co-ordination and Parliamentary Affairs).
The RC told mourners at the Nyamagana Stadium that the late ACP Barlow was a highly committed, trustworthy, diligent person who sought to eliminate all forms of crime in Mwanza.IGP, Mr Said Mwema, has pledged a thorough investigation to circumstances that led to the astonishing killing of the RPC.
Eng. Ndikilo also echoed similar sentiments saying that state organs have already launched investigations into the killing. "Those who perpetrated such a heinous, barbaric act will have no place to hide," he said.The late RPC Barlow, who had previously assumed various posts within the Police Force, such as OCD and RCO since the 1980s, was born in December 1959. He has left a widow and three children.
His body was to be flown to Dar es Salaam and later to Moshi Rural District where he will be laid to rest, according to officials.