JPM: RPC, DC must pay 15m/- to lady in a rustling, negligence case

09Oct 2019
Crispin Gerald
The Guardian
JPM: RPC, DC must pay 15m/- to lady in a rustling, negligence case

PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday ordered the Rukwa regional police commander and the Nkasi district commissioner to pay 15m/- compensation within five days to a widow who lost several head of cattle to a rustler.

PRESIDENT John Magufuli

The president ordered the two leaders to mobilize the funds urgently and pay the lady without fail. This was after she complained at a rally where he inaugurated the 75-km Sumbawanga-Kanazi road which has cost more than 91bn/- in government funds.


The woman informed the p-resident that she lost 25 cattle in the theft and reported the matter to police but the suspect was freed and subsequently fled. She then sought help from the DC but nothing came out of it.

The president initially said that the victim should be paid 12.5m/-, which is the actual value of the lost cattle, but then soon changed his mind before ending the rally at Namanyere.

“Pay her 15m/- within five days without fail; I don’t care how and where you get it,” he said.

Dr Magufuli reached the decision after receiving a report from the widow, who claimed that her cattle were stolen and the thief was arrested, but then he was released on bail. She said that after that police bargained with her that the man who stole the cows pay her 500,000/- per cow.

However, she didn’t agree with the payment so she forwarded the matter to the DC, the RC’s office and the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), but no action was taken.

President Magufuli directed the two officials to pay the lady after they failed to help her in her case though the case reached their offices.

He ordered Agriculture minister Japhet Hasunga and his Livestock and Fisheries counterpart, Luhaga Mpina, to follow up the challenge of cattle thefts in the district that continues to deny people their rights.

He also tasked top district and regional officials to find means of dealing with the thefts, saying they retard development and individual incomes.

The presidents called upon residents of the district to desist from cattle thefts among themselves, saying the incidents contribute to a rise in unnecessary disputes. 

He also wondered why a police officer in the district who was in-charge of the livestock unit was being transferred to another station after failing to handle the issue of the widow who lost her cattle.

The president then ordered Home Affairs minister Kangi Lugola to stop the practice of transferring officers confirmed to have done wrong instead of taking them to martial courts as provided for under the Police General Orders.

“If you keep on transferring people like that, it only means that we are transferring the problem to another area,” he said.

President Magufuli meanwhile ordered district and regional leaders to set out one day in the week to attend to complaints from the people and come up with solutions.

He also tasked regional leaders to come up with measures to address the high rate of early pregnancies in the area. “Why are the men behind these pregnancies not taken to court?” he asked.

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