TANZANIA: Over 30,000 arrested for drug trafficking in two years

More than 35,000 people have been arrested for drug trafficking between 2006 and last year, the National Assembly heard yesterday.

The Minister in the Prime Minister`s Office (Policy and Parliamentary
Affairs) Philip Marmo said greed for quick money was among the reasons
why people involve in illicit drug trafficking.

He was responding to a question by Chadema MP, Lucy Owenya who had
wanted to know why Tanzania was among the leading countries in the
world for growing marijuana.

The minister however, said the government would not reveal the names of
the suspects because some were still under investigation.

“Not all of these 35,000 people have been arraigned in court. Others
are still under investigation, making impossible for the government to
announce publicly their names,“ he said.

Marmo refuted claims by the legislator that Tanzania was among the leading countries for growing marijuana.

He however, said it had been difficult to control marijuana farming
because it was normally grown in poorly located areas such as in heavy
forests and mountainous areas, where state apparatus could not easily

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