Tanzania, Mozambique to fight terrorism, drug trafficking

16Jan 2018
James Kandoya
The Guardian
Tanzania, Mozambique to fight terrorism, drug trafficking

TANZANIA and Mozambique Police yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in efforts to combat terrorism, drug abuse and money laundering.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Simon Sirro

Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Simon Sirro said that the signing of MoU had come few months after signing another agreement of revamping  collaboration with Rwandan police.

He said both Rwanda and Tanzania met at a joint meeting to chart strategies that started in 2013   based   on cybercrime by exchanging experts and suspects.

“The aim is to ensure East and Africa borders in general are safe by improving relations including signing agreements in specified areas of collaboration,” he said.

Commander Sirro explained that both Tanzania and Mozambique have agreed to work together through sharing of information that will easily control of criminals moving across the borders.

“Our aim is to ensure that people from Tanzania and Mozambique live peacefully and engage in economic activities. Commenting on Kibiti, Ikwiriri and Mtwara assassinations pointed out that  all  criminals who escaped were arrested in  Mozambique ,” he said.

“Furthermore, through MoU, we have jointly agreed to work according to the laws to ensure that our fellows  in Mozambique live peacefully as we Tanzanians live,” he said.

IGP also pointed out that all criminals who escaped in Mozambique, Congo, Rwanda and other neighbouring countries will be arrested because Tanzania had signed agreements  with all the countries.

For his part, Mozambique IGP Bernardino Rafael said that the agreement was signed at the right time since it will help to prevent criminals moving across the borders.

Last year,  it was reported that police in Dare s Salaam had gunned down four individuals suspected to be behind the killings of innocent residents and police officers in Kibiti, Mkuranga and Rufiji districts in Coast Region.

The killing of four suspects occurred after armed police officers engaged the suspected master minders of the killings for about half an hour at Pagae village in Kibiti District.

Deputy Commissioner of Police-in-Charge of Special Police Operations, Liberatus Sabas said the incident occurred Nyambunda village in the district.

“Having spotted a police patrol car, a group of six armed men jumped into a nearby bush before they began shooting towards the police,” DCP Sabas said.

He said police were forced to exchange fire with the suspects, an incident that lasted for about half an hour, injuring four of them. However, they were pronounced dead as they were being rushed to the hospital.