30 November 2012

Tanzania: TPDF Identifies Strange Object As Fallen Satellite

EXPERTS from the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) have established that a strange object which was picked by residents in Ngara District is in fact a Satellite.

Col Simon Hongoa from Faru Brigade (Tabora), who led a team of TPDF experts to investigate the matter, said that the unnamed Satellite dropped at Ruganzo Village, in Ngara District on the night of November 22, this year.

The object allegedly raised anxiety among residents who reported the matter to the Ngara District Commissioner, Constantine Kanyasu, for necessary action. Reports from Ngara District said people were frightened because they suspected the strange object could be a big bomb.

Ngara District shares borders with Burundi and Rwanda, where factional fighting has been going on for quite a long time. According to Mr Kanyasu, there was no damage caused by the object. On October 30, this year five, children from Ihanda Ward, in Karagwe District were killed instantly when a bomb they were playing with blasted them to pieces.

The unsuspecting children took the strange object to their home mistaking it as a metal scrap. On October 15, 2011 four people of the same family died in Biharamulo District when a bomb exploded after a ten-year old boy mistakenly thought that the object he had picked in a nearby bush was a sweet potato and tried to roast it on fire.

Kagera Regional Police Commander, Philip Kalangi said the boy, who was identified as Chacha Juma, 10, was looking after goats and picked a strange object which he thought was a potato. The boy went home with the object which was actually a hand grenade and put it in the fire as his two younger brothers and his step mother sat around watching.

After a while the bomb exploded killing the four family members on the spot. Mr Kalangi named the deceased as Mbusilo Isa, 27, Chacha Juma, 10, Jane Isa, 10, and Peter Isa, 04, all residents of Mabare Village, in Nyakahura Ward, in Biharamulo District.

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