The commission tasked by President Jakaya Kikwete to probe the infamous operation Tokomeza Ujangili (anti-poaching), is scheduled to start touring and collecting information and complaints that arose during the implementation of the operation in northern and central regions of Arusha, Manyara, Tabora, Singida and Dodoma.
The tour which is scheduled to start in January next year, this follows the commission’s tour across at least 15 regions of Tanzania mainland this year.
According to a statement which circulated the media yesterday, the commission’s secretary, State Attorney Frederick Manyanda said the commission will start visiting northern and central regions on January, 5 up to January, 21.
The statement noted that the commission will be in Tabora between January, 4 and 8, next year and in Singida from January, 9 up to January, 10.
Afterwards the commission will visit Dodoma from January, 11 until January, 12, while on January, 13 they will be in Manyara until January, 16 and in Arusha on January 16 through January, 19.
According to Manyanda, the commission has already collected complaints from at least 15 regions of Tanzania mainland including Kigoma, Katavi, Rukwa, Mbeya Kagera, Geita, Shinyanga, Simiyu, Mwanza, Mara, Lindi, Mtwara, Ruvuma, Iringa and Morogoro.
Manyanda also called upon the people to send their complaints through mails to the secretary of ‘Tokomeza Ujangili’, Post Office Box 9050, Dar es Salaam or email to email@example.com.
Complainants can also call or text to numbers: 0714 826826, 0767 826826, 0787 826826 and 0773 826826.
On June 24 this year, President Kikwete sworn-in members of the Commission of Inquiry tasked to probe last year’s ill-fated anti-poaching initiative known as ‘Operation Tokomeza’.
He also sworn-in retired Judge and former Ambassador Hamisi Msumi as Chairman of the commission.
Members of the commission include retired Judge Stephen Ihema and retired Judge Vincent Lyimo while State Attorney Frederick Manyanda was appointed to be the secretary of the commission.
The formation of the commission followed the President’s pledge to do so during his address to the National Assembly on November, 18, 2013.
During a parliamentary session in November last year, James Lembeli Kahama MP who doubles as Chairman of the parliamentary Standing Committee on Land, Natural Resources and Environment tabled a report after a parliamentary inquiry on the infamous operation which was reported to have been marred by human rights violation.
As a result, the ill-fated operation Tokomeza led to the sacking of four cabinet ministers, namely Dr Emmanuel Nchimbi (Home Affairs), Shamsi Vuai Nahodha (Defence), Ambassador Khamis Kaghasheki (Tourism and Natural Resources) and Dr David Mathayo (Livestock Development and Fisheries).
Operation Tokomeza was one of the saddest security operations in the country, but it is now demonstrating to be a test case of the rule of law.