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Tanzania police phones revealed
Tanzanian policemen
Tanzanians are alarmed at the increase in crime
Tanzania's police chief has ordered the publication of all senior policemen's phone numbers, including his own, in an effort to tackle a growing crime wave.

Inspector General Said Mwema gave out the office, home and mobile numbers of the country's 26 regional officers.

He ordered the policemen to keep their mobiles constantly switched on to boost communication with crime witnesses.

The move comes three months after police launched a shoot-to-kill policy in order to crack down on criminals.

POLICEMEN'S MOBILE NUMBERS
Insp Gen Said Mwema - (+255) 0744785557
Dar es Salaam: Alfred Tibaigana - 0744420565
Dodoma: Omari Mganga - 0748597597
Kilimanjaro: Venance Tossia - 0744016150
Arusha: Matei Basilio - 0744267032
Mwanza: Stephen Zelothe - 0744022999
Zanzibar: Mijini Magharibi- 0777417952
Coast: Ali Mbilikira - 0748345235

"We want the public to be in contact with senior police officers all the time," Mr Mwema said in a statement.

"I have also directed police officers that they should not switch off mobile phones and ensure that they remain available 24 hours a day," the statement said.

Mr Mwema said the direct link between the public and regional police commanders would help reduce the crime.

Tanzania has recently seen a string of increasingly daring daylight armed robberies and bank heists that often led to shoot-outs between police and attackers, particularly in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

Last week, gold bars worth $1.8m were stolen by robbers who threw a grenade at a plane onto which they were being loaded, the police said.


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