Six held over Arusha church attack
to investigate the matter,
I am confident that those who are behind this incident would be arrested and taken to court. We are doing everything in our capacity to address the situation.
Inspector General of Police Said Mwema, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Pereira Silima, Vice President Mohamed Bilal, Arusha Regional Commissioner Magesa Mulongo and the regional security committee visited the scene on Sunday.
Politicians weigh in on church attack
In Parliament, meanwhile, legislators from both the ruling CCM and the main opposition camp, Chadema, traded accusations on which party was to blame for rising attacks on houses of worships and clerics.
Mr Tundu Lissu (Singida East–Chadema) and his Mbozi West counterpart, Mr David Silinde, accused the government of fuelling religious tensions. The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) legislators, in turn, pointed an accusing finger at Chadema, arguing that remarks by the party’s leaders that the country would be ungovernable had come to pass.
Mr Silinde, who is the secretary of Chadema MPs, said the government had long refused to say the truth on burning issues of the day. “The truth is the only weapon that will save this nation,” he added. “The nation is faced with religious tension but the government has been giving us different information.”
Dr Nchimbi had earlier warned against politicising the Sunday attack. “The government has been disappointed with politicians who use such incidents that claim people’s lives for political gain,” he said. “It is inhuman and the government will not tolerate it.”
CCM, Chadema and the Tanzania Muslim Council (Bakwata) condemned the Sunday attack in Arusha and urged the government to do all it can to get to the root of attacks on churches. “CCM stands with all leaders who have spoken bitterly on the matter,” said Mr Abdulrahman Kinana, the CCM secretary general. “We condemn the act.”
Sheikh Issa Bin Shaaban Simba, head of Bakwata, said: “We condemn the attack and we urge security organs to work hard to find the culprits. This is a sad situation for all Tanzanians.”
Chadema Chairman Freeman Mbowe telephoned the secretary of the Tanzania Episcopal Centre, Fr Antony Makundi, and relayed condolences on the death of church members.