Police have gunned down two people in a robbery attempt while an unidentified person was killed by an angry mob after hurling a hand grenade in a failed attempt to kill community policing officials at Mabibo in Dar es Salaam.
At the same time, police are holding a businessman Yoram Mbyellah, 42, for allegedly selling T-shirts branded ‘Ukuta,’ a slogan used by members of the opposition party Chadema, to popularise their planned countrywide demonstrations, to push for what they have been describing as democracy.
Addressing a news conference yesterday, Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Simon Sirro described the word ‘Ukuta’ printed on the seized T-shirts as seditious.
“We received a tip-off from our informer, saying there was a shop selling T-shirts, bearing the seditious word and statement. We seized all the 47 T-shirts and arrest the businessman who was selling them,’’ he said.
Some T -shirts carried a statement in Kiswahili: ‘Tujipange kukataa udikteta uchwara (literary meaning, let us prepare to reject petty dictatorship). According to Mr Sirro, the suspect is currently being grilled and he would appear in court immediately after interrogation.
On the robbery incident, Mr Sirro said two people were killed by the police at Chiwanda area in Tandika, Temeke municipality in a cross fire with a special anti-robbery unit of the police force. He said the incident occurred in the wee hours of Saturday.
He said five suspects who were using motorbikes without registration numbers were about to rob from a certain house, but the police swiftly thwarted the incident, where two of them died during the exchange of fire while three others escaped unhurt.
“One of the suspects was found with a Browning pistol loaded with six rounds of ammunition…we have launched a manhunt for the three suspects who fled before they were arrested,’’ he added.
Another unidentified person according to Mr Sirro was killed by an angry mob at Loyola in Mabibo. According to him, the deceased was killed after he was found carrying in his bag 10 magazines of a Sub-machine gun rifle loaded with 300 rounds of ammunition.
In another development, police are holding Mr Omary Gilliad, 35, who is believed to have stolen a motor vehicle with registration number T 612 AUJ, Toyota Hiace, belonging to one Kaisari Yusuf, 26, a resident of Sinza in Dar es Salaam.
“The car theft suspect hid the motor vehicle in Masasi District, Mtwara region. A special car theft unit of the police force launched an operation to recover the vehicle and arrested the suspect who will soon appear in court after investigation.”