By Mugini Jacob
Is cattle rustling still a threat to peace in the northern district of Tarime even after inception of the special police zone? Rampant cross-border cattle rustling is one of the security concerns which triggered the establishment of the special police zone in Tarime a few years ago.
Formation of the special police zone was expanded to cover the neighhouring Rorya district where armed rustlers used to grab hundreds of cows at gun point just as they did in Tarime. Formation of the special police zone has witnessed heavy presence of security personnel including anti- livestock theft unit.
The decision also aimed to end frequent clan and tribal clashes which left dozens of people including women and children dead in the two Districts of Mara Region. Cattle rustling and land conflicts have been cited as the major cause of fighting that also left many people seriously wounded and destruction of property worth millions of shillings.
President Jakaya Kikwete had promised to make Tarime a safe place to live when he made his first working tour in the area after he came to power in 2005. Formation of the special police zone has greatly helped to boost security and clan or tribal clashes are almost becoming history.
The prevailing clan and peace has enabled area residents to participate on development activities as compared to the past. "This is a new Tarime. Imagine people are trading until midnight. In the past, people closed shops before sunset simply because there was no security," several Tarime town business people told the 'Daily News' early this week. More....