Police to arrest entire village in Tanzania over broken water pipe

Police said they had sent enough vehicles, with enough fuel and police on board to arrest the villagers

Governor Albert Chalamila had on Wednesday, "ordered that all the inhabitants of this village be arrested regardless of their condition."

Sabotage

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.

Sting operation

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.

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