as a whole.
The surge in insecurity in the country has been attributed to little participation of citizens who have left the matter to state organs, the Mwalimu Nyerere Commemorative Conference was told yesterday.
Principal, Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE) Prof Bernadeta Killian said there was a need to increase awareness to the community at grassroots to build patriotism about the country security.
She said during his life time, the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere believed that people could destroy the country’s peace and security compared to security organs. She said Nyerere came up with a strategy that insisted on people to be responsible for the country’s peace and security.
Prof Killian said a research study conducted in 2018 in seven regions in Tanzania mainland showed that most people are not aware about terrorism, and that they were reporting crime incidences to village executives instead of the police.
The study was conducted in Arusha, Tanga, Dar es Salaam, Mtwara, Kagera, Mwanza and Coast regions and involved 600 people.
“It is time to increase awareness to community and give them the task of protecting their domain as the founder of the nation did,” she advised noting community awareness will help enhance patriotism amongst citizens.
Prof Killian said out of those questioned, 94.6 percent said they were safe while 3.6 percent said the situation was moderate at their areas while 1 percent said they were not safe.
She noted that Tanzania is ranked 54th in the Global Peace Index and 7th in Africa, taking lead in the East Africa region.
Mary Palma, Commissioner from the Immigration Department said investment to the people is important because they know each other. She said the collaboration between security organs and the community is important to strengthen peace and security in the country.
The Commissioner said in his life time, Mwalimu Nyerere believed that the community had very great contribution towards peace and country security.
“Community awareness on their responsibility on country security is important to enhance peace in our nation”, she said.