Why Tanzania want to redeploy pot-bellied police officers.
The minister reportedly directed Inspector General of Police Simon Sirro to redeploy law enforcers with protruding bellies to other departments where they could serve effectively.
Simbachawene explained that the traffic regulation bit of police’s work requires officers who are fit 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.
The minister gave the directive in an address on Saturday, May 23, during a Road Safety Symposium in Dodoma where he went further to sound a warning to bribe-taking traffic officers to desist from the practice.
Traffic cops with pot paunches in Tanzania are to redeployed on the grounds that they humiliate the police administration, Inside Priest George Simbachewere said throughout the end of the week, neighborhood media report.
He stated: “They are not well known, in what manner can a cop have a pot tummy? A portion of our cops are utilizing their regalia to coerce pay-offs from drivers. I’m encouraging all officials to keep the law.”
Mr Simbachewere requested the police supervisor to reassign the officials.
A human rights lobbyist tweeted saying that the arrangement ought not prompt segregation.
Mr Simbachewere offered the remarks during a street wellbeing occasion in the capital, Dodoma.