DAR ES SALAAM, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian Minister for Home Affairs Kangi Lugola on Wednesday warned police officers against conspiracy with criminals in committing felony.
The minister also warned the police against involvement in corrupt practices saying anyone implicated in the two vices will face the music.
Speaking at a pass out parade for 871 new police officers at the Tanzania Police School in the east African nation's northern region of Kilimanjaro, Lugola said collusion with criminals and involvement in corruption tarnished the good image of the force.
Lugola ordered the Inspector General of Police, Simon Sirro, to take stern measures against officers found conspiring with criminals.
"The fifth phase government under the administration of President John Magufuli is very particular when it comes to fighting corruption in the country. And the police force should be at the frontline of the war on corruption," said the minister.
Lugola urged police officers to abide by professionalism when executing their duties.
"The police force is obliged to protect people and their property and it has also the mandate to fight corruption. They should also ensure that they live to their oath of office," he said.
In March 2018, the government admitted that corruption allegations leveled against police officers were damaging the image of the force.
The Minister of State in the President's Office responsible for Public Service Management and Good Governance, George Mkuchika, said various reports by reputable organizations pointed out that police officers were the most corrupt among public officials.