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Cleric Given 3 Days to Surrender to Dar Police

Photo: The Citizen

Secretary of the Council of Islamic Organisations in Tanzania Sheikh Issa Ponda speaks during a press conference in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday. With him is Twalib Hassan.

By Witness Robert

Dar Es Salam — The police have given secretary of the Council of Islamic Organisations in Tanzania Sheikh Issa Ponda three days to surrender himself for allegedly uttering seditious and abusive language.

Speaking to reporters in his office yesterday, Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander (RPC) Lazaro Mambosasa said Sheikh Ponda committed the offence on Wednesday during a press conference.

According to the RPC, the cleric’s language ridiculed the government. Mr Mambosasa added that he had to surrender himself between Thursday and Saturday or else he would find himself’ in serious trouble.

“I advise Sheikh Ponda to surrender himself because even if he runs away it won’t help him because we will arrest him,” said Mr Mambosasa.

He added: “He knew he was breaking the law, when he uttered seditious words now he should be ready to face legal action.”

However, Mr Mambosasa didn’t disclose the exact words uttered by Sheikh Ponda.

The cleric has been finding himself in trouble on several occasions following his public utterances.

In December 2016, he was set free after staying in remand prison for more than two years over charges of incitement and instigating religious hatred. Meanwhile, the police killed two suspected bandits in Kimara, Dar es Salaam, on Wednesday at about 8pm.

They were killed by the police on routine patrol, according to Mr Mambosasa at Kwa Magalula in Mbezi on the outskirts of the city.

“The police were called by a mobile money service shop operator after two suspicious men went to his shop. The police arrived there and started exchanging fire, hence killing the suspects,” he told reporters.

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Tanzania:At Least 12 Dead as Minibus Plunges into Lake Victoria

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At least twelve people lost their lives and three others were injured after a minibus they were traveling in veered off the road and plunged into Lake Victoria at Kigogo ferry.

By Jonathan Mussa

Misungwi — Twelve people have lost their lives and three others suffering injuries after a minibus they were travelling in veered off and plunged into Lake Victoria at Kigogo ferry.

The accident occurred early yesterday when the driver of the minibus, which was heading to Sengerema from Mwanza lost control due to brake system failure.

The Mwanza Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Ahmed Msangi confirmed the accident, adding that two people were still missing and that the search team was busy looking for them.

“Currently, the police force is searching for two passengers who are still missing,” the police boss told The Citizen.

The RPC added: ” The accident occurred after brake systems of the minibus failed, so the driver could not control the vehicle. I was a few metres from Igogo ferry, thus it veered off the road and plunged into the lake.” Speaking to reporters at the area where the accident occurred, Mr Msangi said the number of passengers on the ill-fated bus could not be established immediately.

The bodies of the deceased were sent to Bukumbi Medical Centre while the three passengers who survived are admitted at three different hospitals in the region.

Speaking about the accident one of the eye witnesses, Mr Amos Stephen said they rushed to offer their assistance in the rescue mission, but were ordered to stop by the ferry management.

“We were told to wait for rescuers from Mwanza, but after some time we decided to ignore their order and we managed to pull off 10 bodies,” said Mr Stephen. Meanwhile, President John Magufuli yesterday sent his condolence message to the Mwanza Regional Commissioner, Mr John Mongela and families of the deceased.

According to the statement issued by State House Director of Presidential Communication Unit, Mr Gerson Msigwa, Dr Magufuli said he was shocked with the deaths.

“I’m deeply shocked with the incident, which took lives of 12 people, I’m praying that their family will keep calm during this difficult moment,” said President Magufuli in the statement.

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Police Cordon Off Mirerani Tanzanite Gemstone Area

By Deus Ngowi in Manyara

THE Police Force has with immediate effect positioned its officers in and around Mirerani mines to control activities taking place and restrain any acts of theft of tanzanite gemstones that can only be found around that northern Tanzanian area.

Manyara Regional Police Commander Francis Massawe told the ‘Daily News’ that the police took action just as President John Magufuli gave orders to ensure the vital gemstones were not stolen, as it has proved to be the case in the past.

RPC Massawe said they had since positioned themselves well, and that they could now observe meticulously all activities taking place within the mines from Block A to D in terms of mining as well as storage of the tanzanite gems.

“As you are aware the president ordered the TPDF (Tanzania People’s Defence Forces) … through National Service to build a fence around the area.

“A squad has already toured the area … and we have taken action to reinforce security in the area so as to control theft and any unlawful deals,” the RPC said.

The police were also observing security and defence over the whole area, making a close watch over all activities within the mining area and storage facilities to ensure everything was done “in accordance with the law and directives of the government,” Massawe added.

On Tanzanite One directors that were arrested recently, the RPC said they were sent to Dar es Salaam for further interrogations – soon after local interrogations.

A parliamentary select committee had found that while the global tanzanite trade for the last 12 years indicate that over 8.2trn/- worth Tanzanite had been traded, TRA documents show only 454bn/-, meaning over 80 per cent of the gemstones were exported illegally.

During his tour here, President Magufuli ordered TPDF through National Service, to build a wall fence around Tanzanite blocks A to D at Mirerani tanzanite mines and install high-tech equipment to monitor mining activities, so the government can earn proper revenue.

He also directed that trading in tanzanite gemstone should now be conducted in Simanjiro only, so as to promote trade and development within the area.

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Mother Leaves Three-Day Child to Peddle Drugs

By Daily News Reporter in Zanzibar

A NEW mother is in custody in Pemba after she was nabbed with 3,621 pellets of heroin, estimated at over 7m/-.

North Pemba Regional Police Commander (RPC) Shekhan Mohamed Shekhan said the woman, Zuhura Ahmed Ali, 29, who has recently gave birth to a newborn, was arrested at Mbuguani area on her way from Mkoani port in South Pemba to Wete, North Pemba.

Mr Shekhan told the ‘Daily News’ by phone from Chake-chake that the Police was carrying out investigation before the accused is arraigned. He revealed that the arrested woman hid the heroine under her Islamic black dress veil also known as burqa, which covers the whole body from the top of the head to the ground and it is the most concealing of all Islamic veils, but criminals have been using it to hide drugs or arms, tarnishing the image of the respected religious dress.

“Police officer who was nearby just greeted her, but in response she panicked, prompting the officer to get closer to her, and checked, only finding the heroine,” the RPC said as he called on members of the public to join hands against drugs in Pemba, by exposing people engaged in the illegal business.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) said preliminary findings indicates that the suspected drugs trafficker is an experienced woman who dared to leave her three-day old infant to go for the drugs.

He said the biological sister to the suspect also deals with selling of cannabis (bhang) drugs, suggesting that the home in Wete was known as drugs dealers, as the RPC vowed to pounce on the network.

He also said that a man identified as Haji Balozi Hassan, 35, was arrested yesterday with 241 pellets with suspected cannabis, which he was transporting from Mkaoni Port to Micheweni in the North. The suspect will be arraigned upon test findings from the Chief Chemist.

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Police Kill Alleged Robber

By Gasper Andrew

Singida — Police have shot dead a 32-year-old man, a resident of Hanang , when he was attempting to escape after he was arrested for allegedly robber. Singida Regional Police Commander (RPC), Ms Debora Magiligimba, said the incident occurred on Friday at around 2pm in Mgori Village, Ngimu Division, in Singida District.

The RPC said the deceased was killed as he attempted fleeing the arrest shortly after surrendering a riffle with five rounds of ammunition. She said both the muzzle broken riffle and its ammunitions in a pair of socks were kept into a polyethylene bag that was hidden under a stone.

Clarifying further, she said on August 23, this year, the suspected robber was arrested by residents of Ngamu Village and taken to the village’s police post on the allegation of robbery. “Soon after showing the gun to the cops, he ran away and that’s when one officer fired three shots into the air, ordering him to stop, but he defied the order and was shot dead,” she said.

She said the bullet wound resulted caused him excessive bleeding and the suspect died when being rushed to the regional hospital.

“The Police Force in Singida Region urges all residents to keep providing information that will lead to the arrest of criminals in their areas so that legal measures can be taken against them,” said Ms Magiligimba.

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Police Strengthen Border Security Ahead of Kenya Polls

By Sauli Giliard

TANZANIA and Kenya Police are working closely to monitor movement of people across the border as citizens of the neighbouring East African Community (EAC) states are going to decide who will be their next president, tomorrow.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with ‘Daily News’ yesterday, Kilimanjaro Regional Police Commander Hamis Issah said Tanzania Police met with their counterparts, aiming at sharing intelligence information and strengthening security ahead of Kenya election.

The RPC said that during Kenyan elections, some people enter and stay into the country until the exercise is over fearing eruption of violence, adding that others with bad intentions may take this opportunity to enter Tanzania.

Citing Rombo District, the RPC said the movement is high all the time because of trade and blood relations but Kilimanjaro police will consider that while deploying officers who will be patrolling all the borders by foot, vehicles and motorcycles.

“Recently, we held a meeting with our counterparts from Kenya and we agreed to cooperate. The meeting also involved local leaders from both sides who have been put on alert as well,” the Kilimanjaro police boss added.

Meanwhile, Kilimanjaro RPC Issah said he and his counterparts from Manyara, Tanga, Arusha and Mara have already organised their forces in all areas bordering Kenya, during the election.

The Commander also added that experience shows that during the Kenyan election, “It’s harvesting time for local owners of guest houses because some enter into the country fearing eruptions of violence,” adding that the cooperation from other State organs including Tanzania Revenue Authority, Immigration, Business Unit will keep the country in order.

In his region, the Commander said he has strengthened security in all borders of Mwanga, Same, Rombo and Siha districts and assured the public that, “everything is under control.”

Kenyans will decide tomorrow through the ballot box after a fierce campaign involving the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta from Jubilee Party and Raila Odinga from The National Super Alliance (NASA).

In 2012, Uhuru, the son of the former Kenyan President and his running mate William Ruto emerged winners in presidential elections after scooping 6,173,433 votes while his close competitor Raila Odinga got 5,340,546 and Musalia Mudavadi came third with 483,981 votes.

Last week, another East African nation, Rwanda held a peaceful election whereby the incumbent President, Paul Kagame, defended his position after scooping 98 per cent of all votes cast.

Attackers Kill Former CCM Leader Charging, ‘You Owe Us’

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(file photo).

By Jimmy Lwangili

Police in Coast Region have confirmed the death of former Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Secretary at Bungu ward, Alife Mtulia who was shot by unidentified people on Saturday night.

The Coast Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Onesmo Lyanga, told the Daily News by phone yesterday that the attackers pounced at night just around 10:00hrs at Nyambunda village as the deceased was going to the bathroom, few distance from his house.

“Investigation is undergoing to establish the criminals involved to commit the killings of this former CCM leader. The killers left a death note that read: “We have killed him because he owes us,” the RPC further intimated.

He said the body of the deceased is preserved to the Kibiti Health Centre pending for postmortem before burial arrangements.

The RPC has asked the public to cooperate with the police by sharing any information they may know about the incident to facilitate the investigation and the arrest of the wanted suspects.

There have been cases of the killings for the various local government leaders, police officers and other people at Kibiti area in the Coast Region, due to that the government is on the move to establish special police zone in Rufiji to curb the wave of brutal killings at the areas.

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Mbeya Police Arrest Two Suspected Poachers

By Jimmy Lwangili

Mbeya police have arrested two persons over alleged possession of two pieces of ivory tusks, a homemade gun and 12 rounds of ammunitions.

Mbeya Regional Police Commander (RPC) Dhahiri Kidavashari named the suspects as 26-year old Supariano Joji and Joseph Ngadupa (59), saying they were arrested last Friday at Lyangadupa village in Mbarali District in the process of selling the government trophies.

According to the RPC, the suspects have admitted playing role in the killing of several elephants, with the homemade gun and bullets used in poaching.

“The arrest was done in collaboration between the police and officers of the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA). The suspects are in custody pending further investigations to net the entire poaching network in the region,” said Commander Kidavashari, adding that the suspects will be arraigned upon completion of the investigations.

RPC Kidashari said the police have also arrested 29year old Isaya Mwakeye over alleged impersonation as a Loan Officer with CRDB Bank, Mwanjelwa branch in Mbeya.

He said the suspect who is reportedly a student at Mzumbe University, Mbeya Campus, was arrested on Friday evening by the bank employees. He was found in the bank wearing a T-Shirt for the CRDB’s workers.

“The suspect was found with identity card of CRDB Bank at Mwanjelwa Branch, an ATM card of NMB ChapChap bearing number 61410010485 and an identity card of Tanzania Institute of Accountancy (TIA) with registration number BA 4209,” he said.

He said the suspect is held for further interrogation before appearing in the court for further legal measures.

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Tanzania: Train Wagons Derails, Several Injured

Five people have been injured after seven passenger wagons of a Central Railway Line train travelling from Kigoma to Dar es Salaam were derailed at Ruvu in Coast Region.

Coast Regional Police Commander (RPC) Boniventure Mushongi confirmed the accident in a telephone interview with the ‘Daily News’ yesterday. “The rescue team is already there and I am as well heading to the scene of the accident,” the RPC explained.

Earlier, Central Railway Line Police Commander-in-Charge, Mr Simon Chillery, said another train had been dispatched from Dar es Salaam to pick the stranded passengers from the scene of the accident. “There are no serious injuries; most of the passengers are suffering from shock arising from the accident,” Mr Chillery explained.

Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL) Public Relations Manager, Mr Midladjy Maez, said the incident occurred yesterday at 3:40pm at Ruvu Ngeta, Kikongoa ward, Kibaha District in Coast Region. “It’s true that the accident occurred, causing injuries.

There are no deaths reported although one among the casualties is in critical condition,” Mr Maez told the ‘Daily News’. He added: “But this is a preliminary report … we’ll issue a complete report after the rescue team has lifted up the fallen wagons,” Mr Maez stressed in his statement.

The TRL publicist added that the Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Professor Makame Mbarawa and TRL officials were heading to the scene and that a complete report would be issued after experts have assessed the accident.

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Train Wagons Derails, Several Injured

Five people have been injured after seven passenger wagons of a Central Railway Line train travelling from Kigoma to Dar es Salaam were derailed at Ruvu in Coast Region.

Coast Regional Police Commander (RPC) Boniventure Mushongi confirmed the accident in a telephone interview with the ‘Daily News’ yesterday. “The rescue team is already there and I am as well heading to the scene of the accident,” the RPC explained.

Earlier, Central Railway Line Police Commander-in-Charge, Mr Simon Chillery, said another train had been dispatched from Dar es Salaam to pick the stranded passengers from the scene of the accident. “There are no serious injuries; most of the passengers are suffering from shock arising from the accident,” Mr Chillery explained.

Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL) Public Relations Manager, Mr Midladjy Maez, said the incident occurred yesterday at 3:40pm at Ruvu Ngeta, Kikongoa ward, Kibaha District in Coast Region. “It’s true that the accident occurred, causing injuries.

There are no deaths reported although one among the casualties is in critical condition,” Mr Maez told the ‘Daily News’. He added: “But this is a preliminary report … we’ll issue a complete report after the rescue team has lifted up the fallen wagons,” Mr Maez stressed in his statement.

The TRL publicist added that the Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Professor Makame Mbarawa and TRL officials were heading to the scene and that a complete report would be issued after experts have assessed the accident.

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