Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Social disputes, killings taint Lake Zone image in 2013

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By  Miguel Suleyman

Despite 2013 being a banner year for infrastructure and energy sectors in the Lake Zone, the major life-saving projects were largely camouflaged by widely reported killings and social disputes.

Serial killings that plagued the zone this year, including the recent murder of former CCM chairman Mr Clement Mabina, and five people who were torched to death in Geita, have been the most high-profile murders recorded recently.

The killings, however, don’t shadow disputes over slaughtering rights and killings on witchcraft beliefs which heralded major events that stained human rights records across the Lake Zone. The killings which were reported in Simiyu, Mara, Geita and parts of Mwanza region alarmed the authorities, including the Inspector General of Police Saidi Mwema, who reacted by ordering district security committees to intervene by recruiting people who would provide public awareness on the legal and social impact of the killings.

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