23 February 2014

Tanzania: Budget Deficit Handicaps Police Force

Moshi — BUDGET deficit constrains the police force at crucial moments when it is expected to deliver to international standards.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr Mbaraka Abdul Wakil noted the factor here on Friday evening as a major hindrance to efficiency in the force.

Mr Abdul Wakil, who was addressing senior police officers at the winding up of a five-day conference held at Moshi Police Academy (MPA) said at times they do not get even the money that is approved by Parliament.

He said it is unfortunate that the force finds itself in budget constraints at times of emergencies that are not directly related to police duties but they are called upon to spend some money.

Mr Abdul Wakil gave an example of University of Dodoma complex and that after it was constructed, as huge as it is, the force was ordered to fund a police station construction that matches the status of the varsity. "In such circumstances where does the police force get the funds from?

But we will continue with our cooperation and keep on telling them as clerics preach to the faithful until they understand," said the PS. However, he cautioned police officers at all levels that they will still be required to render services professionally with priority to human rights.

He said three upcoming events, constitutional reforms, local government elections and general elections, need their special attention and that they have to make sure that peace and tranquility prevails.

Speaking before the PS, The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ernest Mangu said they successfully evaluated last year's performance and strategized well for this year, promising to beat the set targets.

He said they had fruitful dialogue with the Registrar of Political Parties, members from Council of Political Parties, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and other stakeholders.

The budget deficit issue was previously addressed by both; the IGP and Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Pereira Ame Silima on the opening day of the conference citing it as the main obstacle for the force to execute properly its duties.

Mr Mangu had also mentioned out other challenges as being land disputes between farmers and pastoralists, political disputes and conflicts in which businesspersons and traders are involved.

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