Tanzanian President John Magufuli
Tanzanian President John Magufuli

Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Monday ordered the police chief to transfer and demote at least three police officers for protecting a syndicate growing cannabis in the country’s northern district of Meru.

Speaking shortly after he had sworn in regional and district leaders he appointed recently, Magufuli ordered the Inspector General of Police to transfer and demote the three police officers, saying they were shielding a syndicate that was growing cannabis on the slopes of Mount Meru, one of the highest mountains on the African continent.

In an address broadcast live by state-run Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation from Chamwino State House in the capital Dodoma, the president named the three officers as the Meru officer commanding district, the Meru district crime officer and the Meru criminal investigations officer.

The head of state said he wondered how a team of anti-narcotics from the Drug Control and Enforcement Authority in the capital Dodoma had to travel to Meru in a clampdown on the growers of cannabis while there were law enforcers in the district.

“The anti-narcotics team seized at least 143 bags of cannabis weighing 2.5 tonnes,” said Magufuli. Enditem

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