Saturday, February 4, 2017
Makonda sacrifices his life to deal with contraband illegal drug traffickers
As the nation is mourning for the people who have turned drug addicted, government machineries such as the police and the judiciary have totally failed to net the culprits who directly involved in the illegal deal. Thanks to the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner who has seen the need to make it open to the general public those who are directly involved in this deal which has consequently ravaged the lives if innocent Tanzanians. With the government’s quietness, it seems as if the network of those who are involved is very dangerous in a manner that everybody is afraid to point an accusing finger to the concerned individuals. But nevertheless, as a saying goes, “the days for a thief are counted beyond 40 days”. Probably this is why the RC Makonda has realized the bitter truth to deal with such a mischief in the country by mentioning people who involves directly or indirectly in the network. As concerns with the matter, fresh details are emerging on the drugs saga with the police in Dar es Salaam forming a special task force to deal with drug barons in yet another move seeking for a lasting solution on the illegal trade in the country’s commercial city. In accomplishment, the RC for Dar es Salaam region Mr Paul Makonda, on Thursday this week ordered an arrest of three more police officers believed to be among the perpetrators of the vice. According to the RC, the three police officers who are in the network of drug kingpins made 1bn/- from the illegal trade in the past two weeks. Mr Makonda revealed more names of drug kingpins and dealers at a press conference in Dar es Salaam that saw the number of suspects soaring. They are Mudy Zungu, Fadhili and Ben. He asked the Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Simon Sirro, to arrest them immediately. “I have been informed that one of them has purchased a house in Kigamboni after minting cash from this business,’’ he noted. In what appears to make Dar es Salaam a hotbed of drugs criminals, the RC revealed more names of suspects who are linked to the illegal business that has now attracted members from the crucial security apparatus who extort cash to protect the barons. Apart from the three police officers, Mr Makonda mentioned another suspect as one Omary Sanga who he described as a notorious drug kingpin.
Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Mr. Paul Makonda addressing a press conference in his office in Dar es Salaam.
He said the suspect was luring many youths to transport drugs to China. “70 percent of Tanzanian prisoners in China who were convicted for the illegal trade were being sent into that country by this man who according to our intelligence information is currently in Dubai. According to him, he was currently planning to travel for China but our security machineries will make sure that he does not leave that country. He added that he would be arrested and deported immediately, as the region came in with renewed force to deal with the menace as well as cracking the whip to perpetrators ruthlessly. The no-nonsense RC gave a list of other people linked to drug dealers. The list includes prominent artists Vanesa Mdee and Tunda Sabasita alias Video Queen. Others that he mentioned only by one name are Kashozi, Amani, Halidadi and Kadhila. Mr Makonda asked Mr Sirro to summon them to appear before the central police station for grilling immediately. He further named a prominent hotel named the Mediterranean, which is located in Kawe in the outskirts of the city that it was a centre for drugs business contrary to their licensing issued condition. On Thursday, The RC revealed the first batch of alleged drug dealers including senior police officers and popular artists in Dar es Salaam who were arrested in connection with the illegal trade. Mr Makonda told reporters in the city that the suspected drug kingpins were apprehended during an overnight special operation that he carried out in collaboration with the region’s security and defense organs. He named the suspects under police custody as Ahmed Ngahemela popularly known as Petit man, Said Lina (Alteza), Nasor Nassor, Bakari Khelef and one identified by one name, Omary. Police officers in the arrest list include former Kinondoni Regional Police Commander Christopher Fuime, Kinondoni Regional Crime Officer Fadhil, Inspector Wayi, Steven (D/ SGT-RCO Kinondoni) and James (D/C-Kinondoni). Others are Swai, Neri, Willy and Makomeo at Oysterbay station, D/CPT Dotto from Kijitonyama police station, WP Glory of Kawe police station and JB from Chang’ombe police station. The RC directed some Dar es Salaam-based artists to surrender themselves at Central Police Station on Thursday to give statements over their alleged drug abuse or drug business facilitation. The summoned artists were Wema Sepetu, Khaleed Mohamed (TID), Winfrida Josephat (Recho), Khery Sameer (Mr Blue),