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Public education key in curbing FGM – police

5th April 2011

Police in Tarime and Rorya Special Zone have asked the government and other actors to provide human rights education to people in the two districts in an effort to curb female genital mutilation (FMG).

Acting Tarime/Rorya special zone police commander Sebastian Zacharia sounded the call during Police Day celebrations held here to recognise achievements made in law enforcement.

He said the education should, among other things, focus on discouraging cultivation of marijuana and rather encouraging the people to engage in producing legal crops such as coffee, tea and tobacco.

Zacharia, who was presenting a brief report to Mara regional commissioner Enos Mfuru, said in many parts of the region, boys and girls were being circumcised at home, resulting to deaths due to bleeding.

He also informed the RC that many people in the zone continued to cultivate marijuana.

Regarding robbery incidents, the RPC said, “In 2008/9 there was 133 murder incidents, but that number went down to 61 in the 2009/2010.”

The special zone acting police chief further informed that cattle rustling incidents had gone down as well to 164 last year from 279 in the year 2008/09. “The area experienced only 34 armed robberies over the same period, down from 123 recorded in the previous year,” said Zacharia.

In his remarks after listening to the presentation, Mfuru hailed the police force for its efforts to combat crimes in the areas, calling on the people to support the law-enforcers in their endeavors.

Mafuru also thanked businessmen and community leaders in the two districts for their contributions towards anti-crime initiatives.

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