DAR ES SALAAM Police Special Zone has collected a total of 657m/- as fines for various traffic offences committed in the last eight days.
Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Special Zone Police Commander, Simon Sirro, said the money was collected from a total of 21,902 traffic offences committed between January 5 and 12 in various areas in the city.
According to the commander, 19,868 vehicles, 1,762 motorcycles; 7,622 commuter buses and 12,246 private cars were seized in a crackdown conducted for the eight days.
In another development, Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police have banned the sale of weapons such as knives, daggers, swords, catapults and arch along the road. “I directed those traders who engage in the business of selling these weapons to stop immediately.
The weapons sometimes are used in crime as those traders are used for robbery activities and sometimes use for killing people,” he said. He added that these weapons should be sold in licensed shops and not otherwise, saying legal measures will be taken against the street traders.
Meanwhile, a total of 323 suspects have been arrested by the police in connection with offences which occurred in various areas in the city.
The commander said that among the offences include being in possession of bhang, illegal alcohol and other suspects were found with vehicles and motorcycle. He said that the suspects have been arrested due to special crackdown conducted by the police in the city for various criminals .
Commander Sirro said that on Tuesday at Mbezi Beach Machakani ‘B’ the police found a suspect whose name was not yet immediately established with a Black Boxer motorcycle with registration number MC 339 BHJ after a robbery attempt.
“We arrested him after a man identified as Godfrey Ngowi (28), a businessman and a resident of Mbezi Beach who was suddenly raided by two gangsters at his shop and forced to sleep down, something he refused to obey and shouted for help,” he said.
After the noise, police responded immediately and managed to arrest a man for more investigation.