- Published on Monday, 23 July 2012 00:22
- Written by EDITOR
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DRUG trafficking is a worldwide problem and so is human trafficking. Worse still, the vice has not spared any country, Tanzania being no exception.
The interception of drug hauls at the Dar es Salaam Airport and other entry and exit points are testimony to its prevalence in the country.According to available records, it looks like a vicious triangle involving the transit sea, the heroin and cannabis producer countries in the South West and South East Asia through the ports in Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya and Tanzania.
Such a vice no doubt taints the image of our country abroad and all responsible organs must ensure that it is stamped out by all means.
The recent statement by our Tanzania’s Ambassador to China, Mr Philip Marmo, at a reception he hosted for Tanzanian journalists who covered the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) that more than 100 Tanzanians are in Chinese jails in connection with drug trafficking and prostitution does not make good reading.
Starkly put, this is a shame that calls for an all-out effort to discourage the trend. The fact that this is happening thousands of miles away from home smacks of a sort of connivance or the presence of a ring, which are responsible for both the drug and human trafficking.
This is the responsibility of the local police and the international police body, Interpol, to apply the brakes to the vices, which are threatening to erode the very moral fabric of our renowned upright society.
Such vices could have the backfiring effect of tainting decades-long good relationship between China and Tanzania, dating back to the days of President Nyerere and Chairman Mao Zedong. Tanzania is among the Far-East nation’s major development partners in Africa.
According to Ambassador Marmo, there has been an increase of young Tanzanians engaging in the trade although their passports do not show that they are coming from Dar es Salaam but other places.
Further interrogation, however, pointed to their real identities, showing that the traffickers and flesh peddlers come from Kinondoni, Magomeni Mapipa, Tanga, Zanzibar and Kigoma.
As Ambassador Marmo pointed out, the Tanzanians caught and jailed in China were just pawns used by drug barons, who go scot-free themselves.That is why efforts to curb drug trafficking and human trafficking shouldn’t relent.