Slaa attacked in stinging message By ABDULWAKIL SAIBOKO, 9th October 2010 @ 12:08 , Total hits: 105 THE Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has disassociated itself with a defamatory message addressed to one of the presidential candidates and spread to some mobile phone users in the country.The Authority has urged the Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) whose candidate, Dr Willbrod Slaa, has been abused in the message, to report the matter to responsible authorities for legal action. The TCRA Acting Director General, Dr Raynold Mfungahema, said this on Saturday while responding to the allegations and complaints by Chadema leaders who claimed that the message which came from Phone Number +3588976578 was spread to mobile phone users with the help of TCRA. "We are still in the process of ratifying mobile numbers in the ongoing registration exercise, so we are not in a position to answer such claims. The appropriate entity here is the Police Force and mobile phone companies," he noted. Dr Mfungahema noted further that until all the SIM Cards are registered, the task of censorship to communications through cell phones remains a difficult one. Speaking at a press conference in Dar es Salaam on Saturday, the Chadema Acting Secretary General, Mr John Mnyika, said that the message claimed that 'Dr Slaa was a dangerous man for the country.' It also said that "if elected he would lead the country into chaos and instability." Mr Mnyika said that the message was a plot by their political rivals to tarnish the image of their candidate. He, however, admitted that they had not yet reported the matter to police. He added that they were planning to do so as soon as possible. "We have lost confidence with police forces but as the matter of principle we will report to them anyway," he said. Mr Mnyika noted that spreading such messages at this time of campaigns for general elections was a thorn in the flesh for the country's peace and tranquillity. He argued that responsible authorities should take serious legal action. Mr Mnyika claimed that the number seems to be a fake one as the message recipients would neither be able to call back nor reply to the message. Many people have claimed to have received the message between Friday night and yesterday morning. In a recent co-statement by the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) and Tanzania Police Force, the government warned that anybody trying to disrupt the existing peace and tranquillity during camp aigns, election and afterwards would not be spared MY TAKE Another style being used by CCM otherwise TCRA should change their name if they have failed to know the sender what are they regulating?