15 April 2013

Tanzania: Zanzibar Reps in Plea for Soldiers, Police

Zanzibar — BACKBENCHERS in the House of Representatives are pressing the Zanzibar government for better housing and salaries for soldiers serving in the 'special units' and police officers.

Debating 2011/2012 government budget performance reports from different ministries, the legislators said that Zanzibar's 'special units,' army officers and police have been working in difficult conditions.

The army officers are paid low salaries, some without proper shoes and poor working equipment yet the 'special units' make money through farming and guarding. Police officers are facing similar problems including living and working in 'dilapidated buildings," said Mr Ussi Jecha Simai (CCM - Chaani).

Mr Ali salum Haji (CCM - Kwahani) and Mr Makame Mshimba Mbarouk (CCM - Kitope) also said reforms in the Zanzibar special units and police are important for efficiency and motivation for the law enforcers.

"It is high time Zanzibar government also allocates funds to improve police force instead of leaving the whole budget for union government. Zanzibar must help the police because they are serving in Zanzibar," Simai suggested.

The 'special unit' including anti-smuggling (KMKM), economy development (JKU), fire and rescue unit (KZU), Prisons wardens (KMF) and volunteers unit (KVZ), are under Zanzibar government while the union government is in charge of police force.

Meanwhile, Ms Mgeni Hassan Juma (CCM - Women) has called on the ministry of education and vocational training to make sure that students in all schools are taught "Zanzibar national anthem."

"It is a shame that our students in primary and secondary schools do not know the national anthem. Some students know by heart the Tanzania anthem but not Zanzibar. Let us make sure our children know the islands anthem," Mgeni said

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