Friday, January 27, 2017
Dar police warns parents and guardians on their pupils’ transport facilities
THE increased rate of children’s abductions which is currently taking place in Dar es Salaam city, has alerted the Dar es Salaam regional police force who in turn have strongly warned parents to take precautions in order to curb the phenomenon which is growing at a high speed in various places within the city of Dar es Salaam. Following the regular emergence of these incidences, the regional police force has urged parents and guardians to be careful with children by following up on the means of transport those schools are using to transport their children. The Dar es Salaam Special Zone commanding officer for the Traffic Department, on Thursday this week arrested three people for allegedly after having found them transporting 34 school children in a vehicle of a Toyota Noah make. The Dar es Salaam Regional Traffic Officer, Mr Peter Mashishanga, named the suspects as the car’s driver, Mabrouk Issa Daudi, the coordinator for the transport, Steven Masanja, and the supervisor of transporting children, identified by the single name of Latifa. According to Mr Mashishanga, the car, with registration number T 949 DDY, was seized in at around 01:00 hrs along the Gerezani junction at Kariakoo area, carrying 34 school children, including nursery and primary Standard One and Two pupils from various schools in the city’s downtown. “They are the pupils from various schools, including Mtendeni, Bunge, and Olympio primary schools. They were being ferried home from school as others were heading to Mbagala and Kigamboni,” . The coordinator of the transport arrangement, Latifa, told the police that they decided to put all children in the same car because their other vehicles had been impounded for failure to show a permit to transport children as a school bus. She said the vehicles were impounded arrested in the morning since they did not have any other alternative to transport children to their home and that is why they used the car in question much as they knew that it was wrong to do so.