The Tanzanian government, through the forensic unit, has so far managed to arrest at least 690 suspects for allegedly committing cybercrimes.

The suspects include conmen, robbers, mobile phone grabbers and others who have been using internet systems to steal from innocent people.

The Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Maj. General Projestus Rwegasira, said that his office is seriously dealing with cyber crime and that all those involved in the illegal practices will be arrested.

He was speaking during an interview with a local television station on his ministry's performance. He said his office in collaboration with other government bodies are preparing charges for the arrested suspects and that soon they will be arraigned. We are doing everything in our power to stop cyber related illegal acts.

We have already arrested some of the suspects and they will face charges in courts of law, he said. He said the government formed a special unit under the Ministry of Home Affairs to deal with fraud and cybercrimes in the country and that the outfit has been doing a good job.

I would like to inform the public to always report such kinds of incidents to police as soon as possible. We are capable of tracing stolen mobile phones and arresting the suspects, said Rwegasira.

In January, this year, the Head of Legal Department in the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications, Veronica Sudayi, said since the Cyber Crime Act, 2015 was enacted in September 2015, the rate of thefts or fraud in the country has decreased by 60 per cent. She was addressing the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) staff and students on Cyber Crime and Electronic Transaction Act of 2015.

We are always prepared for anything. We conduct frequent patrols in various areas. We search houses whenever we suspect something unusual. Our officers get training from time to time, therefore I would like to assure the public that peace and security is our top priority, Rwegasira said.

He said police officers have been receiving training that enables them to tackle crimes in a professional manner.