5 November 2012

Tanzania: Zanzibar Insecurity Disappoints Hamad

Photo: Aino Tanhua/IRIN
Riots in Zanzibar. October 2012

ZANZIBAR First Vice-President Seif Shariff Hamad said that insecurity in the islands was undermining progress made so far by the Government of National Unity (GNU).

GNU was formed on November 3, 2010, following major reforms on Zanzibar's constitution, a referendum and the results of the 2010 General Election, in which Dr Ali Mohamed Shein was elected president.

Addressing the Civic United Front (CUF) party public rally at Kibanda-maiti grounds in the Municipality, Mr Hamad, who is the party's Secretary General said he was disappointed by growing instability in the Isles. He blamed some law enforcing institutions for irresponsibility.

"It is very sad. I never expected to witness unrest and violation of human rights by security organs. Innocent people are being beaten, tortured, forced to roll in pools of mud and their property stolen."This is unacceptable and police should stop abuse of human rights in search for criminals," Mr Hamad said.

He said that Tanzania has been proud of having the best Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr Saidi Mwema, but some politicians were driving policemen into violation of human rights.Mr Hamad urged President Shein, Second vice-President Ambassador Seif Ali Iddi and the minister responsible for Zanzibar security special forces Dr Mwinyihaji Makame Mwadini and community leaders (Shehas) to put take to task all those who were responsible for violation of human rights.

"I have asked the leaders to act telling them that Zanzibar was plunging into chaos because police and security officers are using wrong methods in hunting criminals," he said.

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