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Solution To Election Violence Coming

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    Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Shamsi Vuai Nahodha

    Home Affairs Minister Shamsa Vuai Nahodha on Tuesday said that plans were at hand to meet with top political leaders to discuss ways and means of conducting peaceful elections.

    Mr Nahodha owned up that the Igunga by-elections last month were marred by chaos during the campaigns period, insisting that something must be done to avoid future repentances.

    "Generally the Igunga by-election was tainted with disorder mainly caused by the top three political parties - CCM, CHADEMA and CUF", said Mr Nahodha.

    He blamed the top three political parties including the law enforcers for what he termed as their failure to maintain peace and harmony in the area.

    He was giving the second assessment of the by-election which was won by Dr Dalaly Peter Kafumu of CCM who got 26,484 votes while Chadema's Peter Kashindye followed closely with 23,260.

    Leopold Mahona from the Civic United Front (CUF) who was earlier considered a threat to CCM was far trailing in the third place with only 2,104.

    "For that matter we need to take action in both the police department and political parties in order to contain such turmoil in future elections," he said.

    Mr Nahodha said that the move was reached between the political leaders and the Minister at the end of the campaign in Igunga.

    He cited as some of the vices committed during the campaign as the assault of the Igunga District Commissioner, Ms Fatma Kimario, the pouring of acid to one Musa Tesha and the killing of one Masoud.

    Mr Nahodha said that some of the suspects were arrested while some are still at large, vowing to hunt down all the suspected culprits.

    "The three people suspected to have assaulted the Igunga DC were arrested and taken to court… three suspected to have splashed an acid to Musa Tesha have also been arrested and two are still at large," he said.

    He also explained that those suspected to have killed one Masoud have not yet been arrested and the police have intensified a manhunt for them.

    On the other hand, Mr Nahodha condemned some of the politicians and supporters for carrying firearms and other weapons during the campaigns.

    "The weapons were seized and legal action was taken against the owners," he said.

    He pointed out the Tabora CCM Legislator, Ismail Aden Rage, who was seen carrying a pistol at a public rally as one of them.

    Meanwhile, the Minister asked the Igunga residents and Journalists who attended the Igunga by-elections to reveal those suspected to have committed the killing of Mr Masoud and those who poured acid on Tesha.

    "Some of the journalists who were at Igunga during the campaigns, admitted to have seen those who are suspects still at large….

    "I appeal to them to tip off the police the whereabouts of such suspects," he noted.

    By ANNE ROBI, Tanzania Daily News