Gwajima calls for community cooperation to fight against the criminal

21May 2022
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Gwajima calls for community cooperation to fight against the criminal

​​​​​​​DR Dorothy Gwajima, Community Development, Gender, Women and Special Groups minister has called on Tanzanians to cooperate with their government in providing reports on crimes or signs thereof from their areas, in order to fight against them in the community.

​​​​​​​DR Dorothy Gwajima.

The minister made the remarks in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday during his visit to Chanika, Zingizwa and Buza wards to speak to victims of attacks by an armed criminal gang of small children popularly known as “panya road.”

In the visit, Dr Gwajima was accompanied by the minister for Home Affairs, Hamad Masauni.

Dr Gwajima said the youth have no capability to fight the government if the people cooperate with their government by providing it with any signs of such crime to relative authorities.

She explained that solidarity between the community and their government is the only solution in eradicating these criminal gangs involving youth of between 16 and 20 years of age.

"Social decay in children’s upbringing is the main cause for the formation of these groups,” she added.

She said parents do not do not allot time to speak to their children to know what they are up to and in the process they easily join such criminal gangs including “panya road” groups.

For his part, Home Affairs Minister Hamad Masauni said he was pleased to hear that more than 61 children were being held by the police through the cooperation of members of the community.

For his part, Dar es Salaam Special Zone Regional Police Commander Jumanne Muliro  said the police will continue to perform their duties according the oaths without leniency and whoever will dare to play with Tanzanian’ peace will face the consequences.

“We have closely worked together with the community police, they have been of great help to us as we were able to nab some of the suspects from Chanika, Kunduchi Mtongani and Kinyantira areas and some of the items seized from them included TV sets, mobile phones and others that were robbed from their victims.

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