Arusha Times (Arusha)

2 February 2013

Tanzania: Hanang Civic Leaders Concerned Over Increasing Graft

The Hanang District Council has called on the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) and the police to fight the increasing incidences of graft in the district.

Councillors who spoke during a recent session said they were appalled by the rising cases of corruption with the law enforcing agencies doing little to contain the situation. This, they warned, can affect the trust people have on the two institutions.

A councillor for Gidahababiek Hassan Hilbagiroy said he wondered why instead of fighting the menace the PCCB investigators and the police officers were indifferent to the situation he claimed had become worse.

His counterpart from Lalaji ward Charles Qambona, said the menace was most notorious with the traffic police who are often seen demanding bribes from the motorists linked to traffic offences.

He added that passengers in defective vehicles and motor cycles are often inconvenienced by unnecessary delays on the highways. He accused the traffic police for caring on the bribes they get rather than the road worthiness of the vehicles in question.

The civic leader for Endasak ward Hashim Qamunga called on PCCB to extend its activities into the remote villages by sensitizing people on the dangers of corruption so that they are not fleeced of money by the greedy officials.

However, the Officer Commanding the Katesh police station Inspector Mathias Milli defended his officers, saying claims of corruption have to be substantiated with hard evidence so that the concerned parties could be taken to courts.

He said the police force would not hesitate to take the relevant measures against some of its officers who are demanding bribes, adding that will depend on hard evidence and not mere hearsays.

The Officer Commanding District (OCD) Senior Superidentent of Police Arute Makita promised that every effort was being made to address the rising road accidents involving the motor cycles commonly known as 'boda boda'.

He called on the owners of the motor bikes to educate the riders on the road use and dangers posed by the increasing carnage on the highways. According to him, 23 people have been killed in accidents involving 'boda boda' from June last year to last week.

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