Tanzania in new campaign to fight illicit drug trafficking

Charles Kitwanga Home Affairs Minister speaks to the press

Charles Kitwanga Home Affairs Minister speaks to the press

The Tanzanian government on Monday announced new  plans to set up a transparent system that will monitor illicit drugs trafficking as it moves to intensify war on illegal drug trade and corruption.

Home Affairs Minister Charles Kitwanga told reporters in Dar es Salaam, that his office had reached an understanding with Senior Police Officers on the best way to establish the modern system.

The new development comes amid government plans to introduce a new independent anti-illegal drugs agency that will deal with prevention and control of substance abuse and drug trafficking.

“The decision to end illicit drug and corruption is now.“We have agreed and the implementation should start with immediate effect. I have been briefed enough to set up a system … the only way to help this nation is to have a system in place,” Minister Kitwanga emphasized.

Tanzania’s new leader, President John Magufuli said during his inaugural speech of the 11th parliament that the war on illicit drugs trade will be his government’s top agenda.

The president was particularly concerned that many of the country’s youths have been victims of the trade, and that his government will deal with the high profile dealers in this business. “I just want the nation to pray for me in this battle,” he said.

Analysts have called for serious action including putting up effective mechanisms that will enable immediate prosecution of all individuals arrested in connection with illegal drug businesses.