NORTH Pemba police yesterday arrested 25 suspects over the nasty attacks and injuries of CCM leaders, as the ruling party censored the assault of the frail senior citizens.
North Pemba Regional Police Commander (RPC) Juma Sadi Khamis said the law enforcers had detained the suspects, who allegedly participated in a clandestine to deliberate strategies on how to terrorise innocent citizens.
“We had since last (Tuesday) night embarked on an extensive manhunt and managed to arrest 25 people, whom we are investigating,” Commander Sadi told the ‘Daily News’ in a telephone interview from Pemba yesterday.
He said preliminary inquiries have established that prior to Tuesday's dawn attacks in the mosque; there was a secret meeting on peace disruption in the islands, ahead of the October 28th, 2020 General Election.
Although the assailant whose name the RPC concealed on investigation purpose remains at large, Commander Sadi assured North Pemba residents of safety and asked them to peacefully continue with their daily activities, vowing to capture all the key suspects.
Earlier, CCM Deputy Ideology and Publicity Secretary, Zanzibar, Catherine Peter Nao condemned the attacks but expressed the party's trust on the police force to deal with the culprits.
“We, in CCM, have high trust on our defense and security agencies' ability to maintain the country's peace and expose all dishonesty people bent on disrupting our tranquillity,” Ms Nao said, belittling all people behind the attacks as "political cowards."
“These are primitive and out-dated politics, which should have no space in our modern societies," said the party's spokesperson at Kisiwandui main office in Unguja, imploring CCM members, fans, supporters and all citizens to remain calm as the security agencies perform their work.
She said CCM, which she described as morally upright, love and unity preaching party, will never retaliate. "Revenge is not our culture...we will remain calm and continue with our decent and civilised campaigns," she said.
Wete District CCM Chairman Kombo Hamad Yussuf, Kangagani CCM Maskani Chairman Bakar Ali Hassan and 65-year old Khamis Nyange Makazi were attacked within the mosque during their morning prayers on Tuesday.
All the three victims were rushed to Vitongoji Hospital for medical care, with 55-year old Bakar, 73-year old Kombo and Khamis nursing right-hand, right-shoulder and neck injuries, respectively.
According to the Doctor-in-Charge at Vitongoji Hospital, Sharif Hamad Khatib, the casualties were responding positively to treatment.