6 January 2013

Tanzania: Chadema Hold Memorial Service

Arusha — CHAMA Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) political party held the second memorial service to remember the three people who were gunned down by police during the party's demonstrations two years ago.

The memorial service was held at Ngarenaro Primary School grounds and the political party used the occasion to reinforce their stand that the City Mayor, Mr Gaudence Lyimo, was an 'unlawful' imposter at the council and should be ousted.

"Three or maybe four people were killed and several others maimed for life due to electoral misconduct at the Municipal Council and the person who is behind the deaths of our loved ones is the current city mayor," said the area Member of Parliament, Mr Godbless Lema.

Several other officials who spoke at the rally called on a repeat of the mayoral elections and a number of religious leaders who showed up at the event deplored the on-going use of excessive force by the security organs, reminding other killings that occurred last year.

The mass not only commemorated the murders that occurred in Arusha alone, but also paid tribute to the people killed in Morogoro and Iringa. In Iringa Channel Ten TV reporter, Mr Daudi Mwangosi's body was fragmented when police allegedly used explosives.

Those remembered included Mr Ismail Omar, Mr Dennis Michael and Mr George Waitara who were killed by police officers on January 5, 2011 when thousands of Arusha residents took onto the streets to protest against the controversy behind the election of the City Mayor.

It was reported at that time that the fourth victim, could have been an unknown person who was brought at the Regional Mount Meru Hospital and was gasping for breath but died. This person lacked any form of identification on his personality.

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