2.3 Grantee awakens police on rampant illegal fire arms in Kigoma
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Kigoma-based journalist Deogratius Nsokolo received a regional grant from TMF. He set out to finding out why there was a series of murders in the region, with criminals using firearms to kill innocent people. His investigation identified illegal routes through which the weapons were entering Tanzania from Burundi. Many, including law-enforcement agents, were shocked by his findings.
Kigoma RPC George Mayunga said he was aware of the stories aired in Radio One and ITV and admitted that they had contributed much in reminding police on the need to put inject more efforts in curbing the illegal flow of fire arms from Burundi.
“Let me admit that journalists in Kigoma have done a tremendous job, especially Nsokolo, in unearthing the clandestine ways bandits are using in bringing in firearms into our country. His stories aired in Radio One and ITV taught us new and better ways of dealing with rampant crimes in Kigoma.......They made us to go to some areas through which criminals used to channel their ill-gotten arms,” admitted Kigoma Regional Police Commander George Mayunga, when asked to comment on the authenticity of the claimed impact of the stories.
“We thank journalists because after the airing of people’s complaints, police decided to deploy more officers and equip them with patrol cars........I was not aware that it was TMF that funded those journalists to come to my constituency and investigate the story. I wondered how they came this far because we usually only see them when the President or the Prime Minister comes over for some official function,” noted Muhambwe MP Felix Mkosamali.