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Slaa: IGP working for ruling party’s interests

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    Dar es Salaam. Chadema secretary-general Willibrod Slaa yesterday trained his guns on the Inspector General of Police, accusing him of allegedly working for the interests of CCM at the expense of the entire nation.

    Dr Slaa challenged Mr Said Mwema to join politics “and face us squarely instead of hiding behind his office to frustrate those championing democratic change and good governance”.

    Dr Slaa, who was second behind President Jakaya Kikwete in last year’s General Election with 26.34 per cent of the vote, accused Mr Mwema of siding with the ruling party while dispensing his duties as the country’s top police officer.

    Efforts to reach Mr Mwema for comment were futile as his mobile phone was constantly engaged. However, one of his aides, Mr Laonard Nyandahu, said the IGP had travelled to The Hague on official duty.

    Dr Slaa made the remarks when addressing students from various universities at TCC grounds in Dar es Salaam. He also launched the Chadema Students Organisation (Chaso), which brings together supporters of the party from higher learning institutions across the country.

    He said it was time police stopped interfering with the party’s demonstrations since its supporters were exercising their constitutional right.He said the IGP had been acting in a manner that suggested he was out to undermine the party and prop up CCM.

    Dr Slaa accused police of double standards, saying CCM was freely holding rallies and demonstrations, which were provided with security.He said Chadema would continue holding demonstrations across the country to protest the government’s “inability” to solve problems that ordinary Tanzanians were facing.

    “I want to tell you that we are not afraid of live bullets and tear gas by the police…we are even ready to die,” Dr Slaa said, and urged the students not to sit back when the government was not acting for the good of society.

    “Demonstrating is our right if we feel the government is not doing what is expected of it,” he said, adding that was used to being arrested.Dr Slaa said the government was obliged to respond to the people’s demands, and Chadema would not hesitate to hold demonstrations regardless of the force the police would employ.

    He said “atrocities” committed by police against Chadema supporters would only succeed in making the party stronger and more popular.
     
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