DODOMA, TANZANIA, Tanzanian Home Affairs (Interior) Minister Mwigulu Nchemba has told the National Assembly here there were 2,470 murder cases reported in the country in the nine months to March 2017, with 2,532 people killed.

Most of the murder cases were associated with cattle rustling, robbery, witchcraft beliefs, intimacy conflicts, carjacking and alcoholism, the minister said Tuesday when presenting his Ministry's 930 billion shillings (about 417 million US dollars) budget estimates for the 2017/18 fiscal year.

He mentioned the notorious regions for killings as Dodoma, Geita, Kagera, Mbeya and Tabora, adding that investigations into the cases were continuing, with 1,619 suspects in custody. Statistics show that between July 2016 and March 2017, there were 56,913 criminal cases, with 53,850 of them reported in Tanzania Mainland and 3,063 cases in Zanzibar.

The minister noted with concern that in recent months, a number of crimes have rocked Mkuranga, Kibiti and Rufiji districts in Coast Region (Province), necessitating the establishment of special police zone within the 2017/2018 fiscal period to restore peace.

The police force will in the 2017/2018 period continue working closely with all stakeholders to remedy the deteriorating peace and security; and we will continue educating members of the community on the importance of obeying the law, said Nchemba, who added that the government had extended verification of firearms to June 30, 2017 to provide ample time for all people to authenticate their legally possessed weapons.

In order to bolster security in other high-crime areas like Kinondoni in Dar-es-Salaam, the police have started implementing the Community Safety Initiative (CSI), a three-year programme scheduled to start this fiscal year.