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Z`bar to charge `Uamsho` leaders

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by BabuK, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. BabuK

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    The mysterious disappearance of the Islamic Revival Forum cleric, Sheikh Farid Hadi Ahmed, known as ‘Uamsho' has been unraveled after police claimed that the leader's awkward disappearance that sparked violence across the island was staged.
    On Saturday night the cleric was found and placed under police custody with no bail awaiting court arraignment.
    Speaking to journalists at the Police Headquarters in Zanzibar, Commissioner Mussa Ali Mussa reported that after a lengthy and intensive interrogation session that lasted some for ten hours, police have discerned that Sheikh Farid was never kidnapped after all.
    He insisted that the religious leader apparently staged the entire incident that it was all but a hoax, claiming that Farid was intentionally hiding at his private retreat the entire period of the chaos that ensued in Zanzibar. He explained that the conclusion was reached following contradicting statements from the leader and his driver.
    On one account, Farid claimed that he was kidnapped and thrown into a ‘Noah' van but then that changed and he reportedly alleged the make of the car was an Escudo, leading police to conclude that he was lying.
    "He was not kidnapped …he did it on his own…" CP Mussa asserted, saying the leader and all accomplices have committed major criminal offences and the CP consequently has ordered their arrest for instigating chaos, loss of properties and for the killing of police officer Said Abdulrahman at Bububu during riot clashes.
    "We are hunting many other people involved in one way or another including those who funded the clashes..." Mussa revealed and specified that the leaders will be brought before the court today to answer the various charges facing them.
    He named the leaders who have been arrested as Amir Farid Hadi Ahmed, Amir Azzan Khalid Hamdan, Amir Mselem Ali Mselem, Mussa Juma Issa, Suleiman Majisu, Haji Sadifa who is the Uamsho head of security and another leader who was only indentified by a single name as Hassan.
    They are accused of obstructing justice, providing false reports like that of a grave in Bumbwini where they claimed to lay the body of Sheikh Farid only to have sent the police chasing the wind for after excavation they found no body. He said the clashes which lasted for three days have not only resulted into breach of peace but also destruction of properties including infrastructures.
    Police also announced that three persons suspected to have attacked and killed the Field Force Unit (FFU) officer in Mjini Magharibi, Zanzibar have been brought back from Tanga where they were hiding. Theses will stand before court with other three suspects arrested at different places in Zanzibar.
    As of now, police in Zanzibar are holding 65 people in connection with the recent riots. They are however still searching for other people suspected to be involved in instigating chaos including the use of social networks.
    Meanwhile, the government in Zanzibar has threatened to deregister ‘Uamsho' if it fails to abide to the country's laws. Minister of State, Second Vice President's Office, Mohamed Aboud made the following statement, saying: "We have already written a letter to warn them against instigating chaos in Zanzibar or otherwise face deregistration of their association…"
    It is alleged that, the Islamic Movement community in Zanzibar has been conducting campaigns against the Union, pushing for the government to conduct opinion polls on whether Zanzibaris would like to remain in the Union and attempting to prevent the masses from sharing their views to the Constitutional Review Commission for the purpose of reforms.