TANZANIA: PIRATES/DAILY NEWS/11/10/17 SABANews 1
DAR ES SALAAM – Military authorities in TANZANIA say they have now managed to end activities of pirates along the shores of water bodies including the INDIAN Ocean as well as Lakes TANGANYIKA and NYASA.
TANZANIA People’s Defence Forces Chief General VENANCE MABEYO says they have beefed up security and sealed off serious threats that existed in the areas between 2008 and 2012.
The DAILY NEWS newspaper says he has revealed the development during a televised program on local stations.
General MABEYO says pirates had been capturing ships entering the country, forcing some of them had to use alternative routes like SOUTH AFRICA, largely affecting the economy of TANZANIA by pushing commodity prices up.
General MABEYO says the Naval Command has since worked hard to ensure pirates and other criminals who have been using the same routes to traffic humans to different parts of the world, are dislodged.
He says technological advancements have seen crimes carried out differently, and security personnel are being well trained and educated to ensure they are able to use sophisticated tools.
General MABEYO says there also has been an increase in the number of firearms owned by civilians, yet TANZANIA is host to people fleeing their countries due to conflicts – some of them taking advantage of the situation.
He says the authorities should control the country’s own weapons from spreading around and then identify how illegal arms are making their way in; and they should examine incoming goods at all times to ensure security.
The TANZANIA Defence Forces Chief says the military is calling on members of the public to give their support to identify people in their areas who they deem suspicious./Sabanews/cam