The Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (SARPCCO has recognized six Tanzanian senior police officers for their massive contribution in maintaining peace and security in the region.
Ernest Mangu, Tanzania’s Inspector General of Police (IGP), decorated the senior police officers with medals on behalf of SARPCCO, a network of operational mechanism in Southern Africa for the prevention and fighting of cross-border crime, including the trafficking of weapons.
Mangu awarded the medals to two former IGPs Omar Mahita and Saidi Mwema and former Assistant Commissioner of Police Godfrey Nzowa at a colourful ceremony in the east African nation’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
Mangu also awarded Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Afwilile Mponi and Police Coordinator Heri Joel Lugaye.
“The six police officers have been awarded the medals by SARPCCO due to their participation in different roles in peace making and mediation responsibilities,” he said.
Mangu said Mahita received the medal in recognition of his contribution for being one of the founders of SARPCCO and for being the first IGP to chair the organization.
Mangu added that Mwema had also received the medal in recognition of his contribution to coordinating operations between SARPCCO and the East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO).
The other police officers also made tremendous contribution towards nurturing peace and security in the southern African region, said Mangu.
He said the Tanzania police force has achieved a number of operations including controlling drug trafficking in the region.
However, Mangu said the Tanzania police force was still facing a number of challenges, including increase on human trafficking activities in the region which was influenced by great demand of cheap labour in Western countries
Xinhua/ Zainab Sa’id