EU-ACT Project local office in Tanzania was officilly launched, on 9th June 2018 by Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office - Jenister Mhagama at Italian Embassy premises in Dar Es Salaam.
Mhagama spoke about the increase in the use of alternative narcotics Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office - Jenister Mhagama said despite the efforts from the Government to fight against drugs, there is still an increase in the use of alternative narcotics such as Tramado and Benzodiazepine. She also said other alternative narcotics used in the country are marijuana, cannabis, heroine, cocaine, petrol fuel and some kind of colours which affects the health of Tanzanians. Different analysis has shown that the importation of cocaine and heroine is increasing in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. These countries are said to be the main gate for these drugs from Asia, Europe and America. She added that however, Tanzania is a step ahead in the fight against drugs. "In September 2015, the Parliament of Tanzania formed a new Prevention Law as the Drug Control and Enforcement Act (DCEA) and in December 2017 a law for care and treatment for drug addicts was also formed," she said. The Commissioner General of Drug Control and Enforcement Authority (DCEA) Rogers Siyanga said the fight against drugs in the country is still hard.
Italian Ambassador Mr Roberto Mengoni, Ms. Teresa Martín Goenaga from the Spanish Embassy, Project Team Leader Tom Carter and Tanzania Regional Coordinator Francesco Lo Iacono were also present at the launching.