The Deputy Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports Fenella Mukangara told the House here on Thursday that of recent, it has emerged an unwelcoming habit for fans to cause chaos during league matches and other international encounters involving Simba and Yanga.
She said the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) and Police Force were using extra efforts in keeping peace a move which indicate that Tanzanian fans were not civilized. The Deputy Minister was responding to Yussuf Haji Khamis (Nungwi-CUF), who in his supplementary question wanted to know measures which the government was taking in maintaining peace during matches especially at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Khamis also noted that it was extremely embarrassing seeing players attacking match referees as it happened during Yanga versus Azam and Polisi Dodoma versus Azam matches. Mukangara said the ministry was aware of all these incidences, saying players and fans are always warned and advised to shun on riots through TFF and club officials’.
“We are aware of chaos which has been regularly occurring in local matches leading to harassing and sometimes even beating match referees,” she said. Responding to the basic question raised by Khamis, who had wanted to know the lesson which Tanzania had learnt from Egypt fans violence which led to 74 deaths and many injuries, Mukangara said that the incidence had lasting bad memories and should not happen in the country.
She said that the ministry in collaboration with respective authorities, TFF, Police Force and clubs were taking cautions including educating Tanzanians on the importance of observing peace and serenity.