THE government has established a task force comprising representatives of all the security organs in the country to discuss how to deal with increasing cases of criminal activities including gun attacks on prominent people, parliament was told yesterday.
The Minister for Defence and National Services, Hussein Mwinyi, told the august House here that although security at national borders is suitably tight, there is still a need to address the rising crime wave in the country.
The minister was responding to a supplementary question posed by Chambani member of parliament Yussuf Salim Hussein (CUF) who queried why the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) is not being properly used to help curb the increasing gun attack incidents by unknown persons.
“These people use military weapons to carry out daylight attacks on various individuals. Why shouldn’t the military be deployed to contain the situation?” Hussein asked.
The opposition legislator also called on the government to explain why military weapons are increasingly getting into the hands of wrong people.
Minister Mwinyi told parliament that TPDF soldiers can intervene in any kind of situation related to national security if called upon to do so, and added that the task force will indicate how to proceed in this context.
While asking the main question on behalf of Mkoani MP Twahir Mohamed (CUF), Hussein also queried what the government is doing to beef up security at the country’s borders, particularly with neighbouring countries that have internal conflicts.
Minister Mwinyi responded that protecting the country is the responsibility of all citizens and not the security forces alone.
He said TPDF, which has the mandate to protect Tanzanians in collaboration with other stakeholders, is alert to ensure no one destabilises peace and harmony within the country.