Arusha Times (Arusha)

9 February 2013

Tanzania: Motorcycles Deployed Around Region to Fight Crime

The Arusha Regional Commissioner, Mr Magessa Mulongo has handed over 12 new motorcycles bought by the state, to the local police here in new efforts to combat crime through facilitating cops to reach out rural areas.

As he officially presented the bikes last weekend, Mr Mulongo used the occasion to urge police officers to ensure that they made good use of the motorbikes as well as maintaining them properly in order to assist them execute their daily security duties.

The Regional Commissioner pointed out that at the moment the public was losing trust to local law enforcers because a few officers were tarnishing the good name of the police. He ordererd the Arusha police to make sure they efficiently execute their duties with integrity and steer away from personal interests.

"We have no ability to monitor everyone who uses public vehicles and other facilities for personal gains but I urge the Arusha police to dedicate itself to public services by at least, 90 percent," said the Arusha RC.

Mr Mulongo also called for solidarity among police officers, local leaders and the public as whole because this was the only way that crime could be dealt with in the region. "People's lives and their safety should take the first priority in your daily duties."

The RC also urged the police to help those who are being stigmatized or discriminated in the society on the basis of physical or mental handicaps as well as those who cannot get their basic human rights just because they happen to live in poverty or have no powerful friends or relatives to help their cause.

"For instance there are women who suffer in the hands of their husbands or male relatives due to mail chauvinism.

The Arusha Regional Police Commander, ACP Liberatus Sabbas said that five hundred motorcycles were bought by Tanzanian Police Force and are to be deployed in different regions around the country so as to take law-enforcing services closer to the people at grass-roots level.

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