Sunday, August 12, 2018

Police investigating by-election violence in Arusha

Councillorship by-elections candidate for

Councillorship by-elections candidate for Kaloleni, Boniface Kimario. 

By Mussa Juma & Bertha Ismail @TheCitizenTZ news@thecitizen.co.tz

Arusha. Police here are investigating an incident where Arusha urban MP Godbless Lema was beaten and two people were stabbed during a fracas related to by-election campaigns ahead of the polling day today in Kaloleni ward.

 

Arusha Regional Police Commander Ramadhan Ngazi said on Saturday August 11 that Mr Godbless Lema reported to police saying he had been attacked.

 

The candidate in the councillorship by-elections for Kaloleni, Boniface Kimario and his election agent are reported to have been attacked too, he said.

 

Those who were injured during the violence were taken to Mount Meru Hospital that very afternoon for treatment.

 

“We have opened up an investigation and we are tracking the suspects…” said Mr Ngazi.

 

Mr Lema claimed that he was beaten by ruling party CCM youth, popularly known as “Green Guard.” He said they were accusing him of causing violence at Tanki Maji area in Arusha.

 

The electoral agent for the opposition party Chadema, Mr Ibrahim Ismail was reportedly sta