Reporter, 16th March 2011 @ 13:42 TANZANIA Labour Party (TLP) Chairman Augustine Mrema, has implored Tanzanians not to gamble with prevailing peace warning that once it is gone, getting it back will be difficult. Addressing hundreds of youths in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, Mr Mrema said the symptoms of breach of peace emerging here and there in the country, also started as a joke in countries which are now inhabitable after they turned into serious violence. Mr Mrema told the gathering at a peace meeting organised by the youths that the warning signs which included the so-called peaceful demonstrations cropped up in countries such as Madagascar and Somalia. The countries are now no longer secure places to live. The meeting was held under the theme: 'Amani yetu Bado Tunaipenda', literary meaning 'We still love our peace'. Mr Mrema whose speech was frequently interrupted by cheering youths, gave an example of violence that occurred in Madagascar which were initiated by an opposition leader Andry Rajoelina, that had turned the country into an ungovernable state. The TLP leader said Rajoelina capitalised on' weaknesses and problems that existed to incite the masses to stage demonstrations which resulted in toppling of the sitting president, Marc Ravalomanana. "But that did not solve the problem. The county has been since then experiencing violence," he said. Mr Mrema said similar incidents took place in Somalia where the country has been without government for about 10 years now. "Even in Zanzibar, CUF started with demonstrations and as a result some people lost their lives and some others ended up becoming crippled," he said. He rebuffed those who say Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad had been bought by CCM just because of his decision to stand for peace and stability. "The problem here is that when one stands up to defend his or her country... and by doing so differ with some people's ideologies, he or she is seen as a traitor," he said. He boasted that in 1995 he got 28 per cent of the Union presidential votes and that his record had so far not been broken by any Union presidential aspirant from the opposition. "And when some people were disregarding me, a South African University conferred me with Honorary PhD," he said. Earlier, President of University Students, Mathais Kipala and UPDP Chairman Rajab Mrisho, condemned demonstrations organised by Chadema and warned that if left unchecked they would lead into a disaster.