Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

8 January 2013

Tanzania: Police Officers 'Mistakenly' Lynched

Bukoba and Jimmy Lwangili in Dar es Salaam — TWO police officers are reported to have been killed during skirmishes in Masheshe village, Karagwe District, Kagera Region at the weekend.

The killings have occurred only a couple of days since another two police officers were killed in Ngara district, in the same region. Reports from Karagwe said the law enforcers were riding in a saloon car when they were assaulted by 'wananchi', mistaking them for bandits.

One of the slain police officers was identified by a single name as Corporal Damas Kisheke, who was the bodyguard of former Kagera Regional Police Commander (RPC) Venance Tossi. The other victim was Sergeant Thomas Magiro.

Kagera Regional Police Commander (RPC) Philip Kalangi, when contacted for comment over the issue, said that he was on his way to Karagwe District to assess the situation. He promised to give a statement later. This is the second such incident in a spell of one month.

On December 15, last year, two police officers from the Traffic Department in Ngara District identified as Corporal Paschal and Constable Alexander, and a civilian, one Said Mkonikoni (24) from Mugoma village, died during skirmishes. Unruly people later set ablaze a police post at Mugoma, destroying various properties whose value has not yet been established.

Mr Kalangi, said a total of 40 suspects were arrested in connection with the Ngara incident. He said 29 suspects were later released. Eleven others are still helping police investigations. Meanwhile, three people have died in three incidents that occurred on Sunday at various areas in Dar es Salaam.

Ilala Regional Police Commander (RPC) Marietha Minangi said that in the first incident a resident of Vingunguti Kwasimba in Ilala Municipality, who was identified as Ramadhani Khalfan (41), was found dead in his room after hanging himself using a rope.

According to his wife who was identified as Salama Bilali (40), her husband had been suffering from mental disorder. The deceased's body was taken to Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) for preservation. Police are still investigating to determine the cause of the death.

The RPC also confirmed the death of a woman who was identified as Nehone Mwenge, who was aged 25, a resident of Tabata Chang'ombe. "The woman hanged herself in her brother-in-law's room using a piece of 'khanga' which she tied on a roof rafter in the room," she explained.

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