Tanzania’s Inspector General of Police (IGP), Camillus Wambura, has issued a stark caution against potential disturbances in the wake of a port investment dispute. The warning comes as tensions rise following a court ruling that upheld an investment contract involving DP World, a Dubai-based company, and a subsequent call for protests by some dissenting parties.
Speaking via the Tanzania Police official X platform (Twitter), IGP Wambura affirmed that any attempts to incite violence or disrupt public order would be met with strong legal repercussions. He asserted that the police are on high alert to thwart any plans to sow discord and destabilise the nation.
The underlying issue revolves around a recent verdict by the High Court in the Mbeya Region. The court ruled in favour of DP World’s investment agreement, dismissing claims by dissenting parties that the contract was invalid.
In response to the court’s decision, a legal representative involved in the case declared their intention to organize indefinite street protests and urged citizens to refrain from paying taxes and engaging in developmental activities until the contract is amended.
IGP Wambura expressed his personal disappointment at the resort to such measures, emphasizing the importance of dialogue and peaceful resolution of disputes. He highlighted that the authorities view the planned demonstrations as a potential threat to national security and unity.
The police chief cautioned that such actions could be deemed seditious and amount to treason, as they challenge the stability of the country and its constitutional order. He firmly urged those considering participation in the protests to reconsider, urging them to respect the court’s decision and contribute to the country’s continued peace and progress.