Chemist calls for police investigators tohave task and thinking skills

04Dec 2021
James Kandoya
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Chemist calls for police investigators tohave task and thinking skills

​​​​​​​CHIEF government Chemist Dr Fidelice Mafumiko has urged police and criminal detectives to observe procedures when collecting, storing and transporting samples related to crimes and eventually tendered as exhibits in the court.

​​​​​​​CHIEF government Chemist Dr Fidelice Mafumiko.

Dr Mafumiko said   yesterday when opening a training that was organised by the Government Chemist Laboratory Authority ((GCLA) to police in Zanzibar on how to collect, store and transport samples related to crimes to his office before submitted to the court as exhibits.

“GCLA is one of main stakeholders of police to ensure all samples collected and submitted by police to the authority are tested accordingly and the results established. However, the authority has been facing challenges from the samples collected and submitted by the police,” he said.

He mentioned some of the challenges as samples don't meet the criteria to undergo laboratory tests and weak documents submitted at the authority

Others are storing of samples in unrecompensed equipment such as using plastic containers to collect, store and transport DNA samples that are not dry.

Dr Mafumiko said the authority conducted training for the police to remind them to solve the above challenges to ensure the samples submitted to the authority meet all criteria.

Also, to enable police and other related cadres to get the results on time and therefore the courts to proceed accordingly

“Our target is to remind them the best ways of collecting samples related to crimes from the scenes   or form the   victims ,packaging ,storing and preparation of documents and the entire chain until submitted to the GCLA office, "he said.

"It is my hope that, the training will be sustainable in coming for the years, "he added.

For his part, Zanzibar Police ACP, Augustino Senga, thanked for the training saying it will help them collect the samples rightly as per requirement.

“We thank GCLA office for training that aimed to ensure police play their duties to ensure the samples submitted met all criteria tested, diagnosed and  are used for legal procedures in court.  Let’s continue collaborating to built capacities of our staffs and on so doing, I hope we can perform our duties much better,” he said