An average four newly-born babies are fished out of the Lemara sewage collection dams every month.
Mr Fabian Maganga, a water engineer at the Arusha Urban Water Supply and Sewage Authority (AUWSA) admitted that the liquid waste stabilization points in Lemara area are frequently getting blocked and more often than not, the problem becomes bodies of dead babies either dumped or flushed into the waste system.
The Authority manages the waste deposit tanks (dams) at Lemara.
According to Mr Maganga, the babies' bodies are usually trapped at filter points that sieve off solid waste from entering the tanks. When fished out the bodies are taken to the Regional Hospital for other processes to take place.
The AUWSA officer said it was becoming a serious problem as this means an average of 50 babies meet this fate every year at Lemara.
Mr Karim Mushi the Ward Representative at Lemara admitted that dead babies are indeed being fished from the sewage dumps in the area but added that they usually flow into the area via pipes that channel sewage into the lagoons south of the city. "The babies do not originate from Lemara," he stated.
Remnants of dead babies are also being discovered at the Muriet dumpsite where the town's garbage get deposited.
But the discarded babies nightmare of Arusha doesn't end there. The Regional Hospital of Mount Meru has, on the other hand, been handling a similar grim figure. That is four children aged less than 15 years who get taken to the medical centre every month after suffering brutal and serious cases of defilement.
"Between January and September this year, more than 30 cases of children aged below 15 years who were raped, sodomized or suffered other forms of defilement were reported here some in critical condition," said Dr Eliza Bura who handles such matters at the Mount Meru Hospital.
"Sexual defiling cases against children are becoming notorious in Arusha; they not only threaten children lives, but also affect them psychologically; this is not an attack on babies, but some kind of warfare against the entire nation if the country is to produce youth to lead the future" said Dr Bura.
The Medical Expert pointed out that, the situation is being made worse due to the fact that many of the brutal acts against children are performed by close relatives or parents themselves. Thus, it gets difficult for the law to take its course because such cases are often solved under mutual agreements at family levels.