Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

27 December 2012

Tanzania: VP Keen On Fighting Crime

VICE-President, Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, inaugurated a new police post at Kiboje village, South Unguja, saying the government would spare no efforts in fighting crime.

The post which cost around 50m/-, was constructed with the help from a businessman, Mr Saleh Mohammed Said of the Migoz supermarket.

"Police are responsible for the enforcement of the law, but the community needs to show support to the police in keeping peace and harmony," said Dr Bilal, stressing on the importance of strengthening community policing.

He said individuals or groups who are thinking of breaching the peace on the pretext of freedom of expression and religious freedoms will not be tolerated.

During the same occasion, the Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Pereira Ame Silima said that 'wananchi' should not hesitate to provide information to the police as part of joint efforts to control crime in the country.

On his part, Zanzibar Commissioner of Police, Mr Mussa Ali Mussa said police cannot control crime without people's support and that it is high time people understand that the role of keeping peace is for all individuals. However, all main speakers admitted that the police force in the country still faces a myriad of challenges including lack of working tools and equipment such as vehicles, something which contributes to their inefficiency.

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