This development has been prompted by the worrisome situation in some countries, including Kenya and Uganda, which are currently being threatened by armed terrorists some of who have links to Al Qaeda or Al Shabaab.Kenya is already grappling with terrorists who bomb crowded locations. Their attacks often result in massive injuries and deaths.
It is this kind of mayhem that has prompted Tanzania to make sure such hoodlums are kept out of its borders. The Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Pereira Ame Silima, says that Tanzania, and indeed, the entire world is wary of the growing terrorism menace.It is imperative, therefore, that surveillance devices and trained personnel be posted at key border crossings including Sirari in Mara Region and Namanga in Arusha Region for a start.
Airstrips and airports in border regions should also be guarded closely.Unfortunately, Tanzania has a highly porous border that has little surveillance. Apart from Tanga Port, Horohoro, Sirari, Mtukula and Tunduma, which have on-site regulatory officials for imports, the Tanga coastal line (60 kilometres) has 17 landing “naked” sites.
Border posts such as Horohoro, Namanga, Holili, Tarakea, Songwe and Tunduma have law enforcement authorities but lack expertise for identifying terrorists or their arms. Also, the porous borders with Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique should be guarded closely.
In this country, anyone who attacks innocent people, who include hapless children, is seen as a terrorist. Terrorism is a heinous act that conjures emotional responses in the victims. And there are those who lose their beloved ones who die in such attacks.Recent history has seen the US suffer the most critical terrorist attacks and at least one attack has been unleashed on the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam.
Terrorism is a dirty ploy that constitutes the illegitimate use of force to achieve a political or religious objective.Terrorists should not be allowed to spread their tentacles into Tanzania. Members of the Police Force should leave no stone unturned to ensure that no one uses the country as a launching pad for terrorist attacks.