10 March 2014

Tanzania: Provision of Security Preserve of Police, Political Parties Warned

Iringa — THE Office of the Registrar of Political Parties has taken a swipe at security groups of Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) and Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM), noting that the task of providing security is vested on the police force.

For some time now, the two leading political parties have recruited youths to provide security at their meetings; Chadema's defence group is known as Blue Guard while that of CCM is called the Green Guard.

Speaking to the press regarding their office's participation in the Kalenga's by-election, Deputy Registrar of Political Parties, Sisty Nyahoza said his office has already given instructions to the parties to dismantle the groups.

"The security groups are not entitled to protect the political parties during the meetings but rather it is the task of the police who are allowed to use force when need occurs," he said.

Apart from the police, no one is allowed to apply force and once the groups use force they will be breaking the law and legal action will be taken against those who will be caught.

"Where we are heading to is that these groups may bring chaos since they are started with the goal of using force to protect the parties," he said.

Nyahozi added that the police force and their office would like to see the elections being conducted in a free, fair, and peaceful way.

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