Of cops losing battle in Kibiti but winning war on one Eddy

02Jul 2017
Ali Nassor
The Guardian
Commentary
Of cops losing battle in Kibiti but winning war on one Eddy

INDEED a paradox, but I like it here when I see how a group of serial killers targeting cops, hamlet chiefs, local ruling party leaders and related civilians in Coast region’s districts of Kibiti, Rufiji and Mkuranga are decisively ......

winning battles over well trained police troops who had declared an all-out war against the culprits more than two months ago. 

They were serial killings that found former chief cop losing his job, only to be replaced by his junior, who ascended to the law-enforcement throne with a public pledge to get the country rid of crime within the shortest possible span. 

Alas! It wasn’t a promising scenario as seven murders occurred in the area in the very first week of the reign of the new top sheriff. It was followed by intermittent slaughters till earlier this week whentwo local government leaders were added to the list of dozens slain victims. It washardly two days after the new top cop had again gone public do declare his troops were in the final touches to do away once and for all with the killing maniacs who had sent shockwaves across the nation. 

But the public that stood watching the unfolding scenario, was soon awash with speculation that our cops had adopted a habit of relieving themselves in their pants on a mere mention of Kibiti, not to speak of braving assignments to patrol the three districtsin the ring of fire. 

I’m told witchdoctors were also busy making easy money from cops buying magic powers that would prevent them from going to Kibiti war zone.Some people say it’s become common as of late for junior cops to throng mosques and churches for prayers that they be saved from the Hell in down south Coast region, against the background of a scramble for missions to fight the disabled demonstrators in downtown Dar es Salaam, arrest politicians who utter seditious remarks andthe allegedly corrupt sports officials.  But the Chief Home boy under whose auspices are the police troops in the battle ground was singing from a rather different hymn sheet, dismissing allegations that his troops had been out-maneuvered by the serial killers. He was seen as challenging  askeptic parliamentarian into inspecting the local prisons to see the number of serial killers already serving jail terms, thanks to what he described as an impressive job by his boys. 

“I would suggest you visited our prison facilities to establish the number of culprits already held therein; you wouldfind out that it is only the negligible few who might be still out there causing little trouble. But while we witness mostly our party members being annihilated, and you keep on telling us that the killings are likely to spread across the nation, is like giving us a course to suspect that you’re very much familiar to this criminal underworld; and we’ll put that into account,” he pointed an accusing finger at an opposition lawmaker.

But the legislator was not alone in a guess over who the real culprits were. Earlier, the dad was quoted as accusing Kibiti residents of being in league with the murderers. “You know the killers, but you don’t want to reveal them; they are amongst ‘us’; they are ‘our’ own kids,” he told them.

Contradicting the chief home boy who’s his own boss, the top sheriff came with the latest updates from the war zone on Friday, saying: “We have the list of 16 bandits… and we have apprehended only four of them.”  It was just hours after the dad had launched the new Kibiti police region in response to the killings in the triangle of hellfire, suggesting that the war had a long way to go, unlike the home boy’s assertion before the parliament.

But, as the war in Kibiti was far from over, the police in Dar es Salaam were unusually active this week as they were busy dragging Eddy, the chief defector to court to answer charges of sedition in an equally mysterious situation that found the police barring the media and his anti-government comrades-in-arms from attending court proceedings.

Eddy was reportedly charged with inciting the publicto raise their voice against the wave of detentions without trial typical of the current political status quo, citing example of a group of Muslim clerics from Zanzibar whose case had been delayed for four years, pending investigations. Though Eddy’s remark did not amount to an invention of the wheel, since the concerns had been repeatedly raised in the media and the parliament, he seemingly got himself in trouble this time round because he uttered it while addressing the wrong people. 

He was telling Muslims about the ordeal facing their Sheikhs, who some big guys want the public to believe are indeed terrorists who are under endless investigations. I like it here because smart cops are as keen as usual in smelling a rat in a mere utterance of the words terrorists, sheikhs, prisoners and court before a Muslim public.

I like it here because the crackdown on unarmed suspects in what appeared to be well-orchestrated maneuver to detract public attention from the disgrace in Kibiti war zone, did not stop with interrogating Eddy and the apparent court drama. The sports world too was unceremoniously infected with the same virus as of Eddy’s, only with a little twist as soccer made an abrupt shift from open air pitches to courtroom indoors. 

As Tanzania Football Federation’s presidential campaigns were in full swing this week, the police intervened with abrupt arrests of three key candidates to top posts of the notoriously money-making organization. As if to prove Eddy’s version of detention without trial wrong the police were quick to drag the trio to court on charges of a barrage of counts that include abuse of office, money laundering, frauds and document forgery, after only a day in a remand prison. Two other top officials from a giant soccer club in Dar es Salaam followed suit with almost the same allegations.

I like it here as I learn that day dreamers are those who still believe that Tanzanian soccer has been spared of dirty politics. 

But I like it here even more when I fathom the new top sheriff’s dream of a crime-free nation within the shortest possible time as nothing less than something amounting to a lunatic’s wish to catch the moon. But I bet the top sheriff isn’t that poor to wish the dreams were real horses.