Tum­batu needs po­lice sta­tion

The African - - ZANZIBAR BEAT -

TUM­BATU Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Juma Haji (CCM) has ap­pealed to the govern­ment’s as­sis­tance to bol­ster de­fence and security in the area fol­low­ing episodes of law­less­ness.

The law­maker said there have been fre­quent in­ci­dents of breach of peace in his con­stituency, but when such in­ci­dences are re­ported to the po­lice, they are un­able to re­spond promptly due to a num­ber of chal­lenges in­clud­ing trans­porta­tion and the Is­land’s ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion.

“Doesn’t the govern­ment see the im­por­tance of con­struct­ing a po­lice sta­tion within the Is­land and avail­ing them with trans­port tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion of the Is­land?” he queried.

Re­spond­ing to the ques­tion, the Deputy min­is­ter of Home Af­fairs Ha­mad Masauni ac­knowl­edged the chal­lenge faced by po­lice in re­spond­ing to in­ci­dents of law­less­ness in the Is­land due to its ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion.

He how­ever noted that tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion of the Is­land, the po­lice force has been de­ploy­ing daily pa­trols to the Is­land to bol­ster security in Tum­batu.

“We cur­rently have a boat with the ca­pac­ity to carry ten po­lice of­fi­cers and when fi­nances are in­creased, we will get an­other larger speed boat with a ca­pac­ity to carry more than ten security of­fi­cers,” he ex­plained.

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