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    Police warn agitators

    By The guardian team

    25th August 2012

    As Muslim sects circulate leaflets calling for boycotts

    On the eve of the national population and housing census from midnight today, groups of unidentified individuals are circulating leaflets in some parts of the country, calling on fellow Muslims to boycott the exercise.

    Reports from Tanga, Iringa and Dar es Salaam regions state that some individuals have been arrested in the wake of attempts to rally Muslim believers to back the boycott, claiming it was against their faith.

    Circulation of the leaflets comes amid strong warnings from high-level government officials, including regional commissioners for Tanga and Dar es Salaam regions, as well as police officers – all dissuading such groups from activities that could derail the process.

    Yesterday, two top police officers held a press conference in Dar es Salaam at which they issued strong verbal warnings against anyone who might urge others not to participate in the exercise.

    Both officers roundly warned everyone that they would not tolerate few people -- or groups of people -- whom they shall have suspected of convincing others not to take part in tomorrow's census -- or those who might use the exercise to disturb the peace in the country.

    Commissioner of Operations in the Police Force Paul Chagonja cautioned at a news conference that any signs of threats that could hinder the people from being counted – or disturbing the agents and supervisors -- from doing their job will not be tolerated.

    Commissioner Chagonja asked all citizens to take part in the count without fear or any uncertainties, assuring them that "security will be improved everywhere to make sure the task is completed in peace and harmony." On his part, the Director of Criminal Investigation ( DCI), Robert Manumba added that the police were "prepared to stop any actions that will show signs of breaking the law or hindering the whole process in any way."

    "We ask all citizens to cooperate by giving information on any criminal activities of a person or groups that will show signs of hindering or disturbing the census exercise so that the police can take immediate action," Manumba stressed.

    The call of the two police officers from headquarters has echoed other reports from Tanga region, where police are holding five people -- believed to be Muslim clerics -- in connection with an illegal possession of books and leaflets carrying messages that urged Muslims not to participate in the general census.

    The move by the police has come on the heels of reports by the Guardian's sister newspaper ‘NIPASHE' which carried a story revealing the existence of an illegal group of people believed to be Muslims who were distributing leaflets calling on people -- especially Muslims -- not to participate in this important national exercise.

    In an exclusive interview with The Guardian on Saturday in his Tanga office yesterday, the Assistant Regional Police Commander, Jaffari Mohammed, said that the perpetrators were caught by the police at Mtimbwani area in Mkinga district on August 22, this year at night (around 22:30) -- at which they were distributing some leaflets inciting people not to participate, adding that the culprits have since been held for interrogation.

    Commander Mohamed identified the suspects – all of the residents of the city Tanga -- as Chambuso Ramadhan (37) and Kassim Mbarak (31), both Chuda suburban area in the city. Others are Hamad Mohamed (34) who is a Muslim cleric resident at Mabawa suburb, Hussen Idd (36), a driver also residing at Mabawa.