...kamwe hawawezi kukutendea haki kwa chochote kibaya utakachofanyiwa hata kama kimevunja sheria za nchi. Na si ajabu polisi wanahusika katika kutega vile vinasa sauti chumbani kwako. MP Slaa blasts police over spy bug incident ALVAR MWAKYUSA THIS DAY Dar es Salaam Karatu member of parliament Dr Wilbrod Slaa has criticized the police for what he described as their continuing failure to charge anyone in the case of the eavesdropping devices placed in his hotel room during the last National Assembly session in Dodoma back in February. Two such devices were discovered in the adjacent rooms of Dr Slaa, the deputy leader of the opposition camp in parliament on a CHADEMA ticket, and that of another opposition legislator, Dr Ali Tarab Ali (CUF), at Hotel 56 in the designated capital. Speaking in a telephone interview with THISDAY in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Dr Slaa asserted: ''Nothing has been done (by the police) so far...and I am sure nothing will be done.'' He said he had ''�lost trust'' in the police force, especially in Dar es Salaam. ''At least those in Dodoma tried to do something after the incident,'' he added. It is understood that since the incident took place some three months ago, nobody has been arrested in connection with it todate. ''The police in Dodoma referred me to the police in Dar es Salaam, where the case has apparently been transferred. But the police here in Dar have chosen to just remain quiet,'' Slaa said. He also stated that he does not have any confidence in the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Robert Manumba, alleging that the DCI is responsible for stalling the investigation. ''Manumba and his people tried to dismiss the issue in the very early stages by saying the devices were just normal and could be acquired by anyone. At present, I have reason to believe that there is a possibility the police do know who placed the gadgets in our hotel rooms,'' the often-outspoken legislator asserted. Slaa, who is also CHADEMA secretary general, furthermore blamed the police for ''segregation and politicking'', describing it as a well-known fact that such devices are usually used by various intelligence agencies the world over, including the CIA. ''While the police have failed to arrest anyone behind the Dodoma incident is a clear sign of inefficiency on their part, we see that they are now busy arresting catapult-slinging youngsters in Busanda, where there are by-election campaigns going on,'' he remarked. On his part, DCI Manumba said when contacted for comment in the city yesterday that the Karatu MP ''has a right to air his views'' just like anyone else. ''But what I can tell you is that the police are still investigating the (Dodoma incident) issue,'' he stated. The bugging devices found in the hotel rooms of the two MPs are considered amongst the most advanced, state-of-the-art spy tools currently being used by modern-day professionals in the surveillance business. Security experts have described the devices as ''law enforcement grade/military,'' which puts them amongst the highest-quality spy recorders currently available. The Russian-made equipment, from the EDIC Mini-Tiny digital voice recorder series, is popular with professionals because of small size, fine audio quality, and long reach. ''The actual type of device (found in the hotel rooms) weighs around four grams, and can record conversations for up to 37 hours,'' a local security expert who requested anonymity told THISDAY. They are readily available for purchase via the Internet, at a cost of between $365 (approx. 500,000/-) and $1,595 (2m/-). Public speculation remains rife regarding precisely who may have been behind the apparent bugging incident. The hotel in question is situated a mere stone's throw from the National Assembly grounds in Dodoma, where parliament was in session at the time. Under national law, it is permissible for a person to tape any conversation to which he or she is a party, but it is illegal for a person to secretly tape an exchange to which he or she is not a party. This effectively means that whoever planted the bugs in the hotel rooms of the two opposition legislators committed an offence, and is liable to face legal action if caught. At the time of the incident, Dr Slaa said he first discovered the bug under the bed in his hotel room after being tipped off by an anonymous caller. He then notified his fellow MP Dr Tarab in the adjacent room, who in a subsequent search found a similar device also under his bed. The two of them then called in the police.