Tanzania: Police Warn People Planning to Disrupt CCM Congress

Police have warned that people who intend to disrupt the CCM special national congress planned for Dodoma late this month would face punitive action.

Dodoma Regional Police Commander Lazaro Mambosasa said yesterday that there were signs that some unscrupulous people plan to perpetrate violence during the said ruling party assembly.

"Those who plan to come to Dodoma with the intention of causing chaos should stop that thinking because we are well prepared to deal with the culprits," Mambosasa warned.

He said police would ensure that the meeting is held in peaceful atmosphere. His statement comes in the wake that the police in the region have arrested four people who were allegedly persuading others to incite violence.

The arrested persons had won T-shirts with seditious words: "Tuungane tuukatae Udikteta Uchwara na Mwalimu Nyerere Demokrasia Inanyongwa" which loosely translates as: Let's unite to reject petty dictatorship and Mwalimu Nyerere democracy is being strangled."

Mambosasa further warned landlords against accommodating people who would be arriving in the region with the purpose of disrupting the CCM meeting.

"We will not hesitate to take stern measures against such landlords," he vowed. He said police have information that those people plan to get accommodation from residential houses instead of hotels or guest houses.

"All those house owners who will play host to such people would be prosecuted for protecting criminals," he said. Meanwhile, Mambosasa said the four arrested persons who are leaders of the opposition Chadema youth wing (BAVICHA) would appear in court today.

He identified them as BAVICHA's national chairman Patrobas Katambi, Secretary General Julius Mwita and the wing's Mbeya regional chairman, George Tito. Another person in custody is BAVICHA's coordinator for publicity and campaign, Edward Simbeye.

These persons, according the regional police commander, were arrested in connection with a plot to disrupt the CCM meeting.

Source: Tanzania Daily News