ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
At least 168 people, 28 of them women, have been
arrested in Tanzania’s capital Dodoma in connection with
narcotic drugs, authorities said Wednesday.
Dodoma District Commissioner said that the suspects were
arrested in different locations across the city for the past two
weeks when the countrywide narcotic drugs crackdown started.
She disclosed that
those arrested are currently languishing in police custody, as
they wait for the investigation before being taken to court.
According to Mdeme,
most of the suspects were found in possession of khat,
marijuana, and cocaine.
The official named
hot spots for illicit drugs within the municipality as
Makutupora, Veyula, Msalato, Chadulu, Miyuji, Zuzu, Mbabala, and
Chinangali West wards.
Other areas are
Madukani, Mlezi, Hazina, and Airport. But she added that other
spots are likely to spring up due to the expected large influx
of people looking to set up residence in Dodoma as the
designated new capital takes shape.
expressed concern that with Dodoma slated to be the nation’s
capital and government seat, the availability of drug dealers
along its streets remains a big embarrassment.
Mndeme called on
local government leaders to report any cases of illicit drug
trading and use, whether in public or private, in their areas of
She described the
ongoing narcotics crackdown as a real and of a national nature.
“My request to you
is to intensify the war on illicit drugs since this war is not
for the police alone. Please use all the weapons at your
disposal to end the problem in your areas,” she added.
spokesman Daniel Shilah urged the general public to come forward
and promptly report such cases as they occur.
Tanzanian police arrest 80 in
ongoing narcotics crackdown
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian police said Tuesday
that 80 suspects were arrested for alleged involvement in
narcotics use, trafficking and trade.
Charles Mkumbo, Arusha Regional Police
Commander, told reporters in the country’s northern safari
capital of Arusha that one police officer was among the 80
people arrested in a special crackdown carried out across the
He said that the arrest of D/CPL
Zakayo who is now being interrogated by his office for allegedly
soliciting bribe from drug dealers during the crackdown.
According to Mkumbo, the police
officer was arrested following a month long crackdown carried
out by the police force.
“During the crackdown it came to our
attention that Zakayo was going round blackmail people so
that he could cash in from the cleanup,” the regional police
Mkumbo added that during the similar
crackdown, the force nabbed 14 people for being in possession of
167 pellets of Heroin.
According to the regional commander,
the crackdown also yielded the arrest of 12 suspects over the
possession of 33 kilograms of khat.
Detailing further on the one-month
extensive search, Mkumbo said his force netted 54 suspects over
the possession of 3,845 rolls of marijuana.
The suspects have since been charged
at different courts in the region, according to Mkumbo.
The police boss was not ready to
disclose to the press the value of the narcotics, neither was he
ready to unveil the identities of the suspects for fear of
tempering with the on-going investigations.
The war on drugs has in the country
continues to gain momentum few days after the Tanzanian
President John Magufuli waged war against narcotics, directing
the national security and defence forces to apprehend all
suspects irrespective of their status.