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Tanzanian police working for peaceful year-end festivities  

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian police are ready to provide a crime-free and peaceful atmosphere across the country for the Christmas and New Year celebrations, a senior police officer said on Sunday.

Tanzania’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) Simon Sirro said in a statement that the force stays alert to ensure the year-end festivities are celebrated peacefully.

“We’re aware that the season is being characterized by an upsurge in criminal activities, hence security arrangements have been put in place for a hitch-free end of year celebrations,” Sirro said in a statement.

He also called on parents to caution their children against using fireworks and crackers during the festive season.

As part of the security measures to ensure safety of people and properties during the festive period, Sirro ordered intensive patrols across the east African nation.

“Since January this year, crime incidents have gone down due to good relations with the ordinary citizens, who have been helpful in addressing crimes in the country,” he said.

“There will also be police patrol, where our men will be deployed to strategic locations across the country to give a sense of security to all and sundry, as they celebrate the Christmas and New Year seasons,” he added.

The Tanzania’s police chief urged the public to continue supporting the police force in reinforcing the country’s peace and tranquility.



Ethiopia repatriates 65 nationals from Tanzania

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced on Wednesday it has repatriated 65 nationals detained in Tanzania over allegations of illegal entry.

In a press statement, MoFA said the 65 Ethiopians were released after discussions between the Ethiopian and Tanzanian governments to return all Ethiopians detained in Tanzania for alleged illegal entry.

Negotiations are still underway to secure the release of another 166 Ethiopians detained in Tanzania. 

MoFA said The 65 Ethiopians were repatriated back to home through the joint efforts of the ministry, Ethiopia’s flag carrier Ethiopian Airlines and the International Organization for Migration.

Every year hundreds of Ethiopians are detained in Tanzania while trying to use Tanzania as a transit point on their final destination, South Africa.

Human traffickers reportedly use various countries as transit points to smuggle Ethiopians to South Africa.

According to the Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, human traffickers charge an average of 3,500 to 4,000 U.S. dollars to smuggle a single individual from Ethiopia to South Africa.


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