DAR ES SALAAM, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian police on Friday said they will deal squarely with criminals who dare create disturbances during the forthcoming 39th Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government.
The summit to be held in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam between Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 will attract 16 heads of state and government, and more than 1,000 other delegates from the regional bloc's member countries.
"We want to see a peaceful and fruitful SADC meeting. We don't expect any incident associated with criminality," Liberatus Sabas, the east African nation's chief of police operations, told a news conference.
He said police were on full alert to ensure that security was maintained to the highest degree from now throughout the SADC meeting.
During the summit, President John Magufuli will assume the chairmanship of SADC for a year to August 2020.
SADC was established through a treaty signed on Aug. 17, 1992 by 11 founding members in which Tanzania was a member. The SADC membership has over the years grown to 16.