Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) in Morogoro region has suspended its intention to hold peaceful demonstrations in protest against police brutality to and arbitrary killings of innocent civilians in different parts of the country.
The peaceful demonstrations were planned in all five Morogoro districts and would have brought together Chadema members, human rights activists, academicians and other well-wishers, who are opposed to police brutality and arbitrary killings.
The aim of the peaceful demonstrations was to drive home a message that people no longer wished to die undeservedly in the hands of the police, who were supposed to protect them and their property and that such arbitrary acts only violated basic human rights the state authority was duty bound under the international law to safeguard. Instead, the police were threatening peace and security in the country.
According to a report made by Chadema Youth Council chairman Boniface Ngonyani, the decision to suspend the peaceful demonstrations was a result of a meeting they had with Morogoro regional commissioner (RC) Joel Bendera on Friday during which they discussed a number of issues and agreed to suspend the planned demonstrations.
At the meeting, the RC advised the Chadema Youth Council (Bavicha) to present their complaints to his office so that they would be worked on by the government.
However, the chairman warned the RC to take the issue seriously otherwise Chadema would go on with the peaceful demonstration in protest of police brutality and arbitrary killings of innocent civialins.