Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Mr Simon Sirro, said the police were able to arrest the syndicate members af- ter being tipped off by a whistle- blower who went for the service at Mnazi Mmoja Hospital.
“On January 16, this year, the informer went to Mnazi Mmoja Hospital to get a yellow fever card. After her arrival at the hos- pital she was faced by one of the arrested members who demanded to be paid money so that she could be provided with the card,” he narrated.
Mr Sirro named the suspects as Aisha Juma Hassan (29), a res- ident of Vingunguti Mikoroshini; Yakobo Wilson Msenga (42), who reside at Chanika. Both are security guards.
The other suspects are Oliver Juma Bwegege (58), a resident of Kigogo, Judith Dastani (23), a security guard who lives at Kiwalani; Fredy Henry Nyomeye (44), a Chang’ombe resident; Salum Nassoro Matali (47), a Chanika Magengeni resident and Mohamed Godfrey Bwanga (59), who lives at Majohe.
After being interrogated, the suspects admitted to have been engaging in the illegal business with people who did not want to be vaccinated.
Mr Sirro said police continue with investigation to uncover more people involved into the racket.
The commander, however, cautioned Dar es Salaam resi- dents to be careful as they may pay too much money only to re- ceive fake yellow fever cards. He added that people should follow required procedures to posses the cards.
In November, last year, the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children, Ms Ummy Mwalimu, launched new yellow fever cards and directed government officials to issue them only to people who have been vaccinated.
The cards should be of- fered to people who have been jabbed against the tropi- cal disease. She said people should refrain from buying the cards.
They should, instead, get vaccinated so as to legally get them. The government intro- duced new yellow fever cards in November, last year, to be used by people who have been protected against the tropical disease.
Ms Mwalimu said that the new certificates will pave the way for more sophisticat- ed versions that would defeat forgery. Speaking at the launch of the certificates, the minister directed government officials to issue certificates only to people who have been vaccinated.