Tanzania Interior Minister George Boniface Taguluvala Simbachawene has instructed the country’s Inspector General of police Simon Sirro to assign Pot-Bellied Police manning traffic different duties as they are not fit for the job.
According to Simbachawene, the traffic docket required police officers who were fit for them to be able to undertake their duties swiftly. “There are officers working in our traffic department who need to be moved as they no longer qualify. Officers in Gairo are pot-bellied, how can you have a pot-belly and you are a traffic officer? I direct the IGP to re-assign these officers to other duties,” he said.
While making his address on Saturday, May 23, during a Road Safety Symposium in Dodoma, Simbachawene further sounded a warning to traffic officers who were in the habit of taking bribes from motorists. Two years ago, Pakistan hit the headlines after its police commander ordered about 170,000 officers to cut down their weight or risk losing their jobs. The police commander said overweight police officers were ineffective since they could not chase after lawbreakers and apprehend them quickly.