Combating criminal activities in Lake Tanganyika

Tanzania and Burundi have agreed to join forces in combating criminal activities in Lake Tanganyika and beyond.

The two countries will now cooperate effectively to destroy networks of criminal gangs operating between the two countries, according to the Kibondo District Commissioner, Mr Venance Mwamoto.

Criminal activities notably banditry have been threatening peace and security in Lake Tanganyika.
The agreement was reached during talks between the DC and Burundian envoy Buchumi Mose at Mabamba Village in Kibondo recently.

According to Mr Mwamoto, in most reported incidents, criminal gangs from Burundi hide in Tanzania after committing offences in Burundi while those who commit crimes in Tanzania hide in Burundi.

‘We are fed up with the killings of innocent people and theft of properties occurring between the borders of our countries. We must crush them at any cost,” the DC noted. However, Mr Mwamoto said porous borders and lack of enough law enforcers pose a big challenge to the planned operation.

He appealed to residents at the border to cooperate with state organs to make the operation successful.
“We would like the residents to help us with information on people or groups suspected to be involved in criminal activities,” he appealed.

For his part, the Burundian envoy, who also serves as the minister of Transport, Mr Buchumi Mose, promised to work with Tanzanian authorities to combat crime in Lake Tanganyika.

For many years, criminals, most of them using heavy military weapons, have been threatening peace and security in Kigoma Region.

 

TZ: Burundi join forces to fight crime

 

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