Dr Gwajima submitted the statistic on Monday at a virtual meeting with residents of Bucha in Mwatulole area, Geita Region following a recent incident involving a young man, Jabir Hamis (29), a Magogo Mjini resident who was found with a group of children teaching them rape and sodomy.
She said during 2021, a total of 5,899 in the country were subjected to acts of child abuse including rape while 1,114 were sodomized, the situation that threatens the life dreams of the children including abandoning their education pursuits through child pregnancies.
Dr Gwajima further said as the minister he received the incident with great dismay and pledged to follow it up in order to take appropriate steps legal steps, hence appealed to the public to remain calm while the issue was being dealt with.
Regarding unfaithful members of the police who were trying to spirit away the suspect, Dr Gwajima said disciplinary steps have already been taken against them as the suspect is not required to stay in the streets until when the law takes its course.
The minister noted that she received a call from Buhalala Ward Councillor claiming that members of the public were complaining that the suspect had been let away by the police as they continued dealing with the issue.
The chairman of the local militia personnel in Mwatulole area, Itanga Timothy said the suspect was arrested on December 1 this year, but surprisingly when they went to the police station they found out that he had been freed.
Earlier, when the young man was being interrogated after arrest, confessed to have practiced same sex for a long time in Dar es Salaam, and when he shifted to Geita, he published pamphlets after being denied with the “service” for a long time.