By Mugini Jacob
The Rorya District Commissioner (DC), Mr Elias Goroi, has said he is not involved in cattle rustling as it has been painted by some few mainstream media quoting Rorya MP, Lameck Airo (CCM).
The DC has termed the reports as plain lies deliberately painted to frustrate efforts made by the government to ensure that there is good governance and rule of law in the district, which had in the past marred by frequent cattle rustling and tribal clashes.
"Reports that I am involved in cattle rustling are not true. This is a cooked story and very dangerous," the DC told reporters in his office at Ingiri Juu Village, on Wednesday morning.
"This cooked up story has shocked many people in Rorya and beyond. I have been receiving many calls even from outside Tanzania from people who want to know the truth," Mr Goroi who is professionally a journalist said.
He practised journalism before being appointed district commissioner several years ago and has served in various parts of the country.
The DC further refuted reports that he does not like Rorya people after the district authorities stopped an exercise said to be conducted by people assigned by Rorya MP, Mr Airo, meant to determine the number of cattle stolen in the district between 2004-2005, so that they can be compensated by the government.
Mr Goroi said despite the fact that the exercise was mismanaged, the matter had never been communicated at any level of government and they are yet to get an order from the president instructing implementation of the issue. 'Claims that this is a directive from the honourable president are not true. More....