The Police Force has assured adequate security during Easter to ensure Tanzania celebrate it peacefully.
Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Director for Criminal Investigation (DCI) Robert Manumba said the police were well organised to ensure there was adequate security during the entire Easter season.
The DCI was speaking on behalf of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Saidi Mwema.
“Security will be tightened in recreation places, worship houses, beaches and other crowded areas,” he said.
He noted that experience had shown some people took advantage of feasts to commit crimes in areas where there were multitudes of people.
The police also warned owners of entertainment halls to abide by rules and regulations governing the use of their halls including accommodation capacity and cautioned parents to be careful when allowing their children to go to recreation places to avoid unnecessary accidents.
Commenting on by-elections taking place in different parts of the country, the DIC said they had been conducted peaceful. He commended the Arumeru East electorate and people in different parts of the country where the by elections were held for maintaining peace.
He also commended political parties, non-governmental organisations, government and religious institutions and civil society organisations for their cooperation and support of community policing and fighting against crime in the country.
Manumba said the police would continue keeping peace in the country during Easter and any one who went against applicable laws would be dealt with accordingly.
Last month, Arusha regional police commander (RPC) Thobias Andengenye said his force expected peaceful campaigns and fair polls in Arumeru district and there was no reason to use excessive force against civilians if everyone took responsibility.
“People do not have to fear police trucks because all they do is to disperse irate crowds and help protect people’s lives and property from destruction,” said Andengenye. He was refuting allegations that four police trucks were seen in Arusha ready to intimidate voters on April 1.