Rising crime wave in Tanzania: 'Where are the police?'

A ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) official in the infamous Kibiti area, Coast Region in Tanzania, Arife Mtulia was gunned down yesterday, becoming the latest victim of the crime wave.

Rising crime wave in Tanzania: 'Where are the police?'

A ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) official in the infamous Kibiti area, Coast Region in Tanzania, Arife Mtulia was gunned down yesterday, becoming the latest victim of the crime wave.

15 May 2017 Monday 10:12
Rising crime wave in Tanzania: 'Where are the police?'

A growing number of people affected by a recent spate of violent crime in Tanzania, including armed robberies are venting their frustration at the police for failing to stop the attacks.

A ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) official in the infamous Kibiti area, Coast Region in Tanzania, Arife Mtulia was gunned down yesterday, becoming the latest victim of the crime wave.

Mtulia, who was CCM's secretary in the Bungu Ward, was killed by unknown attackers at his home.

Just two weeks ago, another CCM cadre at Umwe village in Rufiji District, Amri Chanjale, was also shot dead by unknown assailants at his home, which came just days after another local CCM leader at the same area, Mohammed Amidu Malinda, was also killed in cold blood.

Police could not immediately reveal the motive of the attacks or if they were somehow connected.

Reached for comment yesterday, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ernest Mangu said police were investigating the recent spate of violent crime and were taking measures to bring them to an end.

Mangu declined to reveal measures being taken by the police to stem the tide of the recent crime wave, saying it would pre-empt their investigations.

“We are taking measures on the incidents, but we will not publicly disclose our techniques or efforts used to address this matter,” IGP Mangu told The Guardian in a telephone interview.

In Dar es Salaam's busy Sinza suburb in Kinondoni District, residents are now living in fear following a series of armed robberies at shops and pubs, by a duo of armed bandits using a motorcycle.

"We are afraid to carry on with our businesses due to the precarious security situation. How safe are we if these bandits attack at will as early as 7pm ... where are the police?" Kennedy Kondrad, a businessman at the Sinza Madukani area lamented.

On Friday last week, a group of armed robbers attacked a mini supermarket at the Sinza Madukani area known as the Hamza Shopping Centre, stole an unspecified amount of money and injured a shopkeeper.

Kennedy, who owns a wedding attire shop at the bustling Sinza Madukani area said the area has now become dangerous.

Residents of the Sinza area held a meeting with their local government leaders last week and complained that they were even afraid to go out these says because of the frequent attacks by armed robbers.

“If this issue is not addressed, many businesses will close down and some residents will move out of Sinza because of the poor security situation,” said one resident who asked not to be named.

The Kinondoni Regional Police Commender, Susana Kaganda, said she could not comment on the Sinza robberies because she was outside of Dar es Salaam.

There have now been at least three armed robbery attacks in the Sinza area over the past few months, carried out mainly by two attackers riding a motorbike.

According to eyewitnesses, one of the robbers, who is the gunman, has shot at least three victims in the attacks thus far.

The Guardian

Updated: 15.05.2017 10:21
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