Law On Firearms To Be Reviewed, Says IGP; The move comes on the heels of the just ended Igunga elect


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Tue, Oct 4th, 2011

Tue, Oct 4th, 2011| Tanzania


Inspector General of Police (IGP), Saidi Mwema

The government is in the process of reviewing laws and regulations on possession of firearms to enhance control over the weapons.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Said Mwema, told a news conference in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday that the revised laws would make it easier to control the misuse of firearms in the country.

The move comes on the heels of the just ended Igunga election, where a Tabora CCM legislator, Ismail Aden Rage, was seen carrying a pistol at a public rally. It was reported that Mr Rage was fined 100,000/- for carrying the firearm to a campaign rally. The MP apologised saying he was not aware that he was carrying the weapon when he went to the meeting.

There were also reports of fire exchange among leaders of political parties during by-election campaigns. IGP Mwema concurred that there are people who were owning the arms legally but were using them recklessly to the extent of putting it on a table to instill fear to their spouses, children or enemies.

"We have to work together to find ways to control misuse of firearms in the country, this include the campaign of surrendering arms for those who do not own them legally," he explained.

The police chief also urged those who legally own their arms to bring them for inspection.

"Once the firearm has been inspected, it will be marked and returned to the owner, however for those who do not own those arms legally, the law will take its course," he said.

On the Igunga by-election, the Inspector General of Police commended the police force and the public in general for the peaceful election. He said despite difference in ideologies among the public, the whole process was peaceful, showing maturity in democracy and politics in the country.

The IGP noted that challenges that emerged during the Igunga voting will be used as lessons for future elections.

"I commend the police and the public in general for ensuring the election process was conducted peacefully, however we should all continue to abide by the laws," he stressed. The IGP called upon the public, especially the youth to continue upholding the law and provide police with information of those breaking the laws, especially along the borders where there is a lot of unlawful trade and illegal activities.

"For instance, passengers should report cases where drivers use their mobile phones while driving because that is endangering the lives of the passengers," he explained. He also called upon the public to report any cases of strangers or strange activities along coastal areas.

Meanwhile, the ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Publicity and Ideology Secretary of the National Executive Committee, Nape Nnauye, had thanked Igunga residents for electing the party's candidate, Dr Dalaly Kafumu.

Speaking in
Dar es Salaam, Mr Nnauye said the electorate had proved their trust to the ruling party. He however called on Dr Kafumu and CCM 17 councillors who won last Sunday in 17 wards to start implementing their electoral pledges.

By ROSE ATHUMANI, Tanzania Daily News
We are used to this kind of stories from most of public functionaries who usually proact to full-blown problems instead of tackling and addressing issues beforehand. So it appears as Mwema would have not made these remarks hasn't Rage made such a careless blunder? This keeps on informing on the irresponsibility and crookedness of the system which wait to curb conflagration that developed from sparks which could otherwise have been easily controlled.
Mkuu mwita 25, inadhihirisha mkuu wa jeshi anavofanya kazi kwa matukio. Maneno tu lakini hamna lolote, kimsingi ni amewaibulia deal nyingine askari wote wanaoshughulikia na umilikishaji wa leseni (CAR). Ile tume iliyoundwa kuchunguza suala la PINGU ilitoka na ripoti gani vile?
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