ON Friday this week, the nation experienced yet another shameful act of acid attack. This time around, it was yet another Roman Catholic Priest who fell victim to the hideous acid attack in Zanzibar.
Indeed, the place is becoming notorious for such shocking, inhuman attacks, and the perpetrators seem to draw some sanguinary satisfaction from their despicable actions. For a long time Zanzibar had been considered as a place home to tranquility, a place to go for a quiet relaxation.
Alas, the atmosphere has dramatically changed now, slowly transforming into a no go area. It is a sad development to say the least, taking into consideration the effects of such events.
In November 2012 Sheikh Fadhil Suleiman Soraga was splashed with acid. A month later in December, a Roman Catholic priest Father Ambrose Mkenda was shot at and badly wounded.
He survived the gun wounds but in February this year, Father Evaristus Mushi, again of the Roman Catholic Church, was not so lucky. He was shot dead as he was approaching his church to celebrate Sunday mass.
As if that was not enough dreadful events, last month in August, two volunteer girls from Great Britain were victims of another grisly acid attack from callous elements.
But what do these heartless people want to achieve by targetting, except for the two unfortunate British girls, members of the clergy? The Friday victim was Father Anselmo Mwang'amba, head of the Roman Catholic Cheju Parish in Central District Zanzibar and he suffered acid attack when he was walking out form and internet café in Mlandege area.
A billion dollar question is: For how long will Tanzanians continue to witness these disgraceful inhuman attacks on innocent people? More important; can these actions be referred to as random actions perpetrated by uncouth individuals? Is there anything that may perhaps justify the fear which has now gripped many Tanzanians that they are centrally planned, directed and executed?
If so, who is behind this syndicate of outrageous people and why is it that no credible arrests have been made for all this long? Is it that the police are outmanoeuvred by the bad elements because they lack support from the general public?
We ask these questions because Tanzanians have always been told the police have launched an all-out manhunt for the perpetrators of such acts, but nothing has been happening in terms of arrests.
And this, we fear, is giving the perpetrators the confidence to continue with their despicable crimes. We therefore urge the security organs to walk that extra mile in identifying individual culprits or their organization, if any, and bring them to book soonest. It is time peace and tranquility returned to the islands.