POLICE FORCE ESTABLISHES DIPLOMATIC AND TOURISM UNIT
COMMANDING OFFICER PAYS COURTESY CALL ON TTB
The Tanzania Police Force has been commended for establishing a special unit to take care of the safety requirements of diplomatic mission members and other foreign tourists visiting destination Tanzania.
The commendation was given by the Tanzania Tourist Board Managing Director, Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, when the Commanding Officer the Unit, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mary Nzuki, paid a courtesy call on him to explore ways of co-operation
Introducing herself to the TTB chief executive, ACP Nzuki said that Tanzania Police Force had decided to form that special Unit to ensure that tourists who come to Tanzania enjoy maximum security throughout their stay. “We in the Police Force recognized that it was high time we established the special unit which will be responsible for the security of diplomats and tourists visiting our country”.
She noted that her visit that was also to cover other stakeholders was is mainly aimed at learning more about the tourism and hospitality industry and establishing how they could work together for the benefit of the industry and the nation as a whole. She assured the assured Tanzania Tourist Board and other stakeholders of her full support.
Dr. Nzuki said that the Police Force move would make a significant impact on the development of the tourism industry in Tanzania because peace and security are critical factors in attracting more visitors to any destination. “You may be endowed with unique tourist attractions but if there is no peace and security tourists will never come” he pointed out.
ACP Mary Nzuki, formerly the Mtwara Regional Police Commander, was transferred to the Police Headquarters in a recent reshuffle by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Said Mwema to head the newly established Unit.
Addressing the 2013/2014 Budget Session, the Minister for Home Affairs, Dr Emmanuel Nchimbi, announced that in an effort to reduce crime in the country, the Government had decided to establish special units within the Tanzania Police Force to address security issues pertaining to investment ventures, mining in particular, tourism and environment.
The Mining and Tourism sectors are Tanzania’s leading foreign exchange earners. The tourism industry is currently under the stress of illegal hunting that is threatening the elephant population and black rhinos.