ACT Wazalendo to boycott meeting with police force

27Sep 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
ACT Wazalendo to boycott meeting with police force

​​​​​​​ACT Wazalendo party yesterday said it will not participate in meetings scheduled to bring on board between political parties and the police force in Dodoma next month.

Salim Bimani.

According to a statement issued by party’s publicity and ideology official Salim Bimani said ACT-Wazalendo arrived at that decision after careful consideration.

He said the reasons for the party's decision not to participate in the meeting were due to the schedule of the meetings between the parties and the police force.

From October 21 to 22 this year, the top leaders of our party will be at the national conference on justice, peace and reconciliation convened by the Tanzania Democracy Center (TCD). The meeting is expected to be attended by President Samia Suluhu Hassan,” said Bimani.

Bimani said another reason is lack of feedback on their letter sent to the Registrar of Political Parties requesting the session to involve the Minister of Home Affairs.

"After the Registrar of Political Parties announced the meeting with the parties, ACT-Wazalendo through its party leader Zitto Kabwe, wrote a letter to the meeting to include the Minister of Home Affairs who is in charge of political affairs and the Police Force. So far we have not received any feedback on the issue and the direction is that the session will be for the Police and political parties only,” said Bimani.

Also, the party claimed that another reason for its decision not to participate in the conference was the remarks made by some of the leaders expected to meet, indicating that the session could be used to further curb political activity in the country.

“The remarks of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Simon Sirro after his meeting with the Registrar of Political Parties does not reflect the good intentions of the session,” said Bimani.

“His statement that in Tanzania there is no problem with foreign meetings and that the problem lies in internal meetings and the law should be enacted is a clear indication that the session can be used to further curb political activities in the country.”

The Registrar of Political Parties Judge Francis Mutungi announced the meeting with the aim of ending the ongoing tensions between the police force and the parties and a preliminary meeting has already been held between the Registrar's Office and the police force on October 21 it will be the turn of the parties to the police force.

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