Bukoba — POLICE in Kagera Region are investigating an incident whereby a number of suspects are accused of setting ablaze two houses for explanation that the owners were involved in stealing of motor cycles.
The Kagera Regional Police Commander (RPC), Philip Kalangi, named the owners of the houses which were burned as Joshua Joseph (24) and Jones Didace (36), both residents of Ibaraizibu village, in Karabagaine ward of Bukoba Rural District.
He said a group of about 30 youths organized themselves on Friday and went to Ibaraizibu village, where they burnt down the two houses and also cut down the banana plantations, causing damage estimated at 30m/-. He said police investigations were underway to arrest the culprits.
RPC Kalangi appealed to residents in the region to avoid taking the law into their own hands instead they should report suspects to relevant authorities for necessary action.
The Village Chairman for Ibaraizibu, Valentin Maxmilian, has also called for calm as the matter was being investigated.
Meanwhile, Police in Kagera Region are holding three militia (mgambo) and a Village Executive Officer (VEO) in Bukoba District Council for allegedly collecting huge amount of money from members of the public posing as officials of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA).
Kagera Regional Police Commander (RPC) Philip Kalangi named the suspects as Mathias Sospeter, Abeid Hamad and Amri Sadick.
He noted that the suspects colluded with the Village Executive Officer (VEO) for Kihumuro, (name withheld), by soliciting funds from people claiming they were officials from TRA, security agents and immigration.
"We are still investigating the circumstances to establish the truth before taking the suspects before the court," he said.