Drama as businessman Zacharia held for shooting intelligence officers

01Jul 2018
The Guardian Reporter
Guardian On Sunday
Drama as businessman Zacharia held for shooting intelligence officers

THE Tanzania police force in Tarime is holding the prominent businessman Peter Zacharia for allegedly shooting intelligence officers at his filling station on Friday night.

It is claimed that a group of intelligence officers in a police vehicle had entered the filling station owned by the businessman to fuel the vehicle when shots were heard, injuring two Tanzania Intelligence and Security Service (TISS) officers.

TISS officers then arrested the businessman on claims that the two officers had been injured at his filling station and that he had something to do with the fired bullets.

Mara Regional Commissioner Adam Malima fell short of disclosing the names of the injured TISS officers to journalists, saying they had been admitted at the Musoma Regional Hospital.

“It is indeed true that the police in the region are holding a prominent businessman Peter Zacharia for allegedly shooting intelligence officers,” the RC said.

The shooting of the two officers according to the RC occurred as soon as they had disembarked from the police vehicle at the BP filling station to refuel.

At the petrol station, the two officers were dropped from the car, while Zacharia was also seen coming out and suddenly the bullets rang out and the TISS officers injured.

The RC explained that after the shooting, the officers who remained at the vehicle dropped out and arrested the businessman.

The Tarime Police Region Commissioner (RPC) Henry Mwaibambe said Zacharia is under custody at the Tarime police station as investigations continue.