An entire population in a Tanzanian village risks being arrested for what the police have termed as economic sabotage.
Residents of Ngolo village have been accused of deliberately smashing pipes taking water to a neighbouring settlement in Mbeya region following a border dispute.
In retribution, Governor Albert Chalamika ordered all the inhabitants of this village be arrested ‘regardless of their condition’.
In response, police on Thursday deployed several vehicles and officers to arrest the villagers, said regional commander Ulrich Matei.
“They committed economic sabotage. The government has disbursed money, installed water pipes and they destroyed them! We cannot accept that,” Matie said.
The police chief added that he had sent “enough vehicles, with enough fuel and police on board” to arrest the villagers.
Details about the incident remain sketchy, but the village, whose population is around 1,600, lies in an area where water resources are sketchy.
As expected this development has elicited debate on social media.
— Joy Doreen BIIRA (@JoyDoreenBiira) August 17, 2018
#Tanzania to arrest entire village over broken water pipe
Tanzanian police said it planned to arrest all the residents of a village in the country’s south after water pipes were destroyed by a mob.
The inhabitants of Ngolo village were accused of deliberately smashing pipes pic.twitter.com/EaVoJhzUdT
— Peoples TV (@PTV_NG) August 16, 2018
Tanzania to arrest the entire village for a broken water pipe #They committed economic sabotage. The government has disbursed money, installed water pipes and they destroyed them! We cannot accept that,” Matie said. This is interesting
— Stumwine (@tumwineperezi1) August 17, 2018
Government of Tanzania set to arrest an entire village for broken water pipes. Haven’t i seen it all? ??? pic.twitter.com/duCg5xBfK4
— Omo Ghana (@sarpongmic) August 17, 2018