MOSHI, TANZANIA, The police in Tanzania and Kenya are working closely to monitor movements of people across the common border as Kenyans voted Tuesday to elect their president and members of Parliament.
The police commander in Tanzania's Kilimanjaro Region (province), Hamis Issah, said Monday that Tanzania Police representatives had met with their counterparts earlier to discuss sharing of intelligence information and strengthening of security ahead of the Kenyan elections.
The Regional Police Commissioner said during Kenyan elections, some people entered Tanzania and would stay in the country until the exercise was over for fear of violence erupting. He added that others with bad intentions might take this opportunity to enter Tanzania.
He said in Rombo District, the movement of people was high all the time because of trade and blood relations and Kilimanjaro police would consider those factors while deploying officers to patrol the border on foot, with vehicles and motorcycles.
Recently, we held a meeting with our counterparts from Kenya and we agreed to co-operate. The meeting also involved local leaders from both sides who have been put on alert as well, he added.
Issah said he and his counterparts from Manyara, Tanga, Arusha and Mara Regions had already organized their forces in all areas bordering Kenya during the elections.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK