Zanzibar — HOME Affairs Minister, Dr Emmanuel Nchimbi has warned that the police risk losing their dignity and respect should it fail to crack down on the group killing and using acid to attack people.
"Spare no effort in ensuring that any group of people trying to destabilise Zanzibar and Tanzania in general is dismantled," underscored Nchimbi on Friday when he met Regional Police Commanders and other senior officers working in the Island.
According to the press statement released by Mr Mohammed Mhina from the police communication unit, Nchimbi urged the officers to use their skills and any available sources to make sure that all criminals are apprehended and taken to court.
This was the first meeting with officers in Zanzibar since the attack on a priest on September 13, this year.President Ali Mohammed Shein has also called upon the police to work hard in finding members of the group using acid to attack people including religious leaders.
Roman Catholic Church Priest Joseph Anselmo Mwang'amba, 61, was injured in several parts of his body when unidentified man threw acid at him. The victim, a well respected elderly man, was coming from an internet café, Mlandege area in the Stonetown.
The police officers meeting with Nchimbi was also attended by Commissioner of Police Zanzibar Mr Mussa Ali Mussa, and the Isles Minister for State (Regional Administration and special units) Mr Hajji Omar Kheri. Kheri who is responsible for Zanzibar paramilitary units also promised that his forces would work closely with the police to make sure that Zanzibar remained safe "all times for its people and visitors."
Commissioner Mussa has said that 15 people were already being investigated and that some of them were linked to terror groups like Al-shabab, and political and Islamic radicalism, but no suspect has been taken to court so far.