Kinondoni Police Regional Commander, Charles Kenyela
Kinondoni Police Regional Commander Charles Kenyela has warned institutions as well as individuals against hiring unqualified security firms saying some of the latter’s personnel often turn into conspirators instead of protecting public and property.
The RC issued the statement following the theft of computers and other electronic devices valued at over 14m/- yesterday from the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU). This is actually the second time around.
Only in May last year TCU, was broken into and property stolen. Though no reports are out as to what was stolen, it has been revealed that on this occasion, among the things taken away were five computers, two laptops and four monitors.
Coincidentally, the incident occurred around the same time last year and in that incident the guard’s food was drugged and the perpetrators committed the crime while he was fast asleep or unconscious for that matter.
According to TCU Public Relations Officer (PRO), Edward Mkaku the commission’s data is not affected because they are preserved in more than one centre apart from the Dar headquarters. He therefore allayed any fears of loosing valuable student and institution data.
He added that though the office has been damaged but all the duties would be carried as usual.
“…duties are going on as usual though we have had a late start…few offices where computers were taken from have stopped operations until further notice…” he clarified.
Mkaku also reported that they are awaiting their insurance company’s investigation ahead of expected replacements. While the insurer does their evaluation so does the security company responsible for the TCU security to determine what went wrong.
Nnge, the security company responsible via, their Human Resources Manager, Pius Mgaya, said the company will thoroughly inspect the matter since barely a week has elapsed since they entered into contract with the Commission.
“…my company has started protecting this area since March 1, therefore it is very difficult to comment ahead of further investigations…,” he asserted.
The security company is working with the police to first, locate their employee, the watchman who allegedly conspired in the robbery by drugging his colleague’s food and now remains at large.
The hunted guard is identified as Said Abdallah, who has worked for the company only a fortnight, according to police, who are requesting any leads to his arrest.
The Commission’s offices were formally protected by Bulwark Security Company before Nnge Security Company took over.
Kassim Swalehe, the drugged guard had to be taken to the Mwnanyamala Municipal Hospital for treatment and remains under observation.
Commenting on the incident, Regional Commander Kenyela stated that police investigations are well underway and all parties involved will be brought to justice.