14 June 2011 [HR][/HR] Dodoma The minister for Defence and National Service, Dr Hussein Mwinyi, has refuted reports that Zanzibaris are subjected to rigorous health screening when applying to join the army. He made the statement in parliament yesterday when answering a question from Mr Mussa Khamisi Silima (House of Representatives - CCM). The latter said that, as opposed to their Mainland counterparts, Zanzibaris who seek to join the army face additional health screening.Dr Mwinyi assured the House that all people seeking to join the training were subjected to the same and similar conditions. No one underwent extra drilling before being considered for recruitment in the army, he said. However, he said health screening for those who want to join the army was a bit tough and only fit people were selected for training.Therefore, he said, those who fail to meet the set criteria should not think that the standards have been set to sideline them. In the main question, the MP wanted to know why Zanzibaris were subjected to double health screening when seeking to join the army while those from the mainland were screened only once. The MP said subjecting Zanzibaris to double health screening was not fair at all. However, Dr Mwinyi noted that the army has to be careful when recruiting people for training, given the heavy exercises which the trainees have to undergo. He said there were many people who had passed the screening but after starting actual training failed to cope with the drills and thus were dismissed.