Police in Dodoma probe Bahi family killings

24Jan 2022
The Guardian
Police in Dodoma probe Bahi family killings

INVESTIGATION is ongoing under which five members of a family at Zanka village in Bahi District were brutality murdered by unknown people and their bodies left inside the house.

Dodoma Regional Police Commander, Onesmo Lyanga.

Those killed  were named as Hoseah Kapande and his wife Paulina Kapande, their two children—Isack Kapande, a Form One student and Agnes Kapande, a Standard Three  pupil as well as their grandchild who has been identified by one name as Heltony.

Dodoma Regional Police Commander, Onesmo Lyanga confirmed the incident saying initial investigation reports showed that the deceased were killed by unknown people. He said police are still investigating the matter, calling upon residents at the area to remain calm especially this time when the force is yet to establish the source of the murder.

Lyanga urged the villagers to provide full support to the police force by sharing information that could be useful to them. He said such cooperation between the villagers and police would help to reduce crime incidents within the community.

“There have been several murder incidences; we are organized and prepared to end such cruelty acts. The force is determined to ensure all those engaging in crimes are arrested and arraigned,” he added, noting that it is the force’s responsibility to ensure Tanzanians in rural and urban areas live in peace.

Dodoma Regional Commissioner, Antony Mtaka directed security organs to investigate the cause of such kind of murders in the region. He called on relatives of the deceased family to cooperate with the police to facilitate investigations.

“We want Dodoma to remain safe,” said Mtaka.

Speaking at the scene on Saturday night, the deceased’s brother—Ernest Kapande said that he lastly met Kapande’s family on January 20th this year.

“I have not been in touch with my brother since January 20th, this year; I was shocked today when my child called me over a phone saying my brother and his family have been murdered inside their house,” he narrated.

One of the villagers, Neema Mbuva said: “We are saddened by their deaths; security organs should find out the culprits and take stringent legal measures against them.”

This is the third murder incidence to happen in Dodoma after two women were recently killed by spouses.