The minister warned party leaders to avoid instigating any chaos during the October elections as the force is determined to ensure free and fair elections. He said the force will ensure a peaceful election process.
Minister Lugola made the statement when addressing a rally at Mwibara constituency in Bunda district, Mara region yesterday. He warned Tanzanians to refrain from chaos during and after election.
Tanzanians will vote in civic elections later in October this year, before the 2020 General Election when President Magufuli is expected to seek re-election for his second and constitutionally last five-year term in office.
“The force is determined to ensure peaceful elections throughout the country. Any person or political party that will attempt to prompt Tanzanians to engage in kind of mayhem will be dealt with accordingly”, said the minister.
He however challenged police officers to conduct regular patrols in Lake Victoria following reports of crime incidences. He said the patrols will help ensure safety of people surrounding the lake as well as control the crimes.
The minister is in Mwibara constituency for official visit where he is also inspecting a number of development projects and listening to queries from wananchi through rallies.
While in Geita region on Monday this week, President John Magufuli told the police force to begin earnest preparations as Tanzania heads into elections.
Magufuli said the police force should get prepared to exercise its duties during the elections.
The President said: “I want to emphasise on the importance of preparedness by the police force, especially during this time when our country is going into civic elections later this year, and to the national election next year.”