President John Magufuli has urged owners of firearms countrywide to verify their weapons as the police force moves to curb crime by ensuring that licensed guns do not fall in the hands of criminals.
Dr Magufuli hailed the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Paul Makonda and the police for initiating the exercise in the city, a statement issued yesterday by the Directorate of Presidential Communications stated.
The president was the first person to verify his weapons at the State House in Dar es Salaam yesterday during an exercise supervised by the Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Simon Sirro.
Last week, Mr Makonda directed that all legally-owned firearms in the city should be verified. At the event, Dr Magufuli presented his pistol and a shotgun to the police for verification.
"I urge the police to intensify the fight against crime to do away with the vice in the city. However, I should register my concern on the other hand that it's a shame for an armed police officer to allow the weapons to be snatched by bandits," he remarked.
During the occasion, Mr Sirro thanked President Magufuli for supporting the exercise, noting that the police force was well prepared to ensure the initiative is conducted effectively.
In another development, Dr Magufuli has urged all parties involved in the tug-of-war in the election for Dar es Salaam mayor slated for today to accept the results and move ahead to serve the people.