15th October, 2018 – Dodoma: A one-week comprehensive leadership programme for senior leaders of the Tanzania Police Force (TPF) was officiated today by the Director of Administration and Human Resource in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. Issa Ng’imba on behalf of the Minister of Home Affairs.

Organised by UONGOZI Institute in collaboration with the TPF, the programme aims to enhance key leadership competencies of senior leaders of the TPF in making strategic choices, leading people and managing other resources, and exceling in personal leadership qualities.

Mr. Issa Ng'imba delivering a speech on behalf of the Minister of Home Affairs
Mr. Issa Ng’imba delivering a speech on behalf of the Minister of Home Affairs

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Ng’imba said he was pleased that the programme has come at an opportune time.

He further stated, “I believe the programme will contribute to the on-going initiatives that aim to resolve frequent leadership and administration challenges faced by Regional Police Commissioners.”

Mr. Ng’imba further noted that misconduct and abuse of authority done by few continue to ruin the image of the TPF. He advised Inspector General of Police (IGP) and all senior leaders in the TPF to adddress the matter soon after the programme.

Speaking on behalf of IGP Simon Sirro, Commissioner Albert Nyamhanga said the TPF, since the initiation of a long-term reform programme in 2006, has continued to transform, and further underscored how the programme will contribute to the realisation of the TPF’s vision.

“Our vision is to become a skilled Police Force that works with the community to maintain peace, stability and accelerate political and socio-economic development of the country. This programme will allow us to reflect on the progress, challenges encountered, and propose a way forward.”

In his remarks, the CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja touched on the background of the Institute’s engagement with the TPF.

“In the beginning, the TPF was not among the Institute’s main clients,” he stated, “however, under the leadership of H.E. Dr. John Pombe Magufuli that has changed.”

Prof. Semboja went on to explain that to ensure good governance and rule of law, President Magufuli directed the Institute to invest more efforts on three Institutions, including the TPF, in his first days in Office.

Furthermore, he expounded on how the Institute has been implementing the Directive.

“In 2017, in collaboration with Aalto University Executive Education of Finland, we launched a year-long Executive Programme, the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership, with a total of thirty-two participants, of which thirty were senior leaders of the TPF. At the end of the programme, 94% of participants graduated.”

“This marks the second programme offered to senior leaders of the TPF,” he added.

Concluding his remarks, Prof. Semboja said that the Institute will continue to strengthen the capacity of the TPF’s leadership to help improve services provided to the public.

The five-day programme will cover several leadership development modules, including Personal Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, structure of the Government of Tanzania, Political-Administrative Interface, Good Governance, Ethics and Anti-corruption. It will also have sessions on the structure of the TPF and how to tackle challenges encountered in the implementation of the TPF Strategic Plan.

Facilitators of the programme are former Government leaders; including IGP (Retired) Said Mwema, Commissioner of Police (Retired) Laurent Tibasana and former Regional Commissioner, Hon. Isidori Shirima; and leadership experts from government and non-governmental entities.