Tanzania Govt announces operation to recover illegal firearms

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan

Tanzanian authorities has announced a one-month countrywide special operation aimed at recovering illegal arms owned by unauthorized individuals.

The Minister for Home Affairs, George Simbachawene, who announced the operation on Saturday in the capital Dodona, said the operation will start on Nov. 1 through Nov. 30.

“Those who will fail to surrender the illegally owned firearms after the one-month operation will be hunted down and face the full force of the law,” Simbachawene told a press conference.

In addition, the minister announced an amnesty to people who will surrender the firearms voluntarily.

“The firearms should be surrendered to police stations or to local government authorities everyday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” said Simbachawene.

He directed regional and district commissioners, who are chairpersons of defense and security committees, to oversee the operation in their respective regions and districts.


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