Mpango want police to maintain impartiality

VICE-PRESIDENT Dr Philip Mpango has directed the Police Force in the country to maintain impartiality when handling criminals.

He said it was of utmost importance for police to deal with criminals in accordance with the laws and not otherwise, including desisting from engaging in any oppressive acts.

Equally, the VP directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Camillus Wambura to work on complaints raised by wananchi against the Police Force and take measures against the police who tarnish the image of the law enforcement organ.

Dr Mpango issued the directives on Thursday during his talks with the IGP at his office in Dar es Salaam.

The IGP visited the VP with the aim of introducing himself following his appointment to the new post by President Samia Suluhu Hassan last month.

He further commended the force for continuing to safeguard peace and protecting people and their properties. He said protecting people and their properties is key to the country’s development, thus police should make sure that peace is maintained throughout.

Speaking during the swearing -in of the new IGP last month, President Samia demanded major reforms in security organs.

The Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces highlighted the kind of security organs she wants, emphasising efficiency, discipline, adoption to new technology, and adherence to rules and regulations.

President Samia, who also swore-in three new ambassadors, including outgoing IGP Simon Sirro, unveiled a 12-member committee and a secretariat of five individuals who would come up with recommendations on reforms that would enhance efficiency in security organs and justice dispensing institutions.

Whilst congratulating new IGP Wambura, Ms Samia stated, “I expect to see big improvements within the Police Force. You must champion efficiency and strengthen the protection of people and their property.”

President Samia underlined the need to protect human rights by the responsible organs.

“The issue of people’s rights should be given great priority, so I have decided to make major reforms in our social justice institutions, which include the Police Force, National Prosecution Service, Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Tanzania Prison Service, and Drug Control and Enforcement Authority (DCEA),” she stated.

She added that promotion procedures and ranking in all security organs were other areas that would be assessed.

“The government is now taking a different approach in assessing the efficiency of defence and security organs. We will develop the finest possible structures to create a powerful force that can serve Tanzanians more efficiently,” she said.

President Samia added that due to a number of complaints the government receives on the operations of the defence and security organs, the reforms would also concentrate on how security organs interact with other institutions and the general public.

She stated that when it comes to recruitment, the government will consider the best methods to recruit employees on merit, as well as strictly conducting vetting processes to identify the personal traits of prospective employees.

President Samia said those who are recruited for training should also have their backgrounds checked in order to create defence and security organs with a solid reputation and status that can govern the nation.

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