ZATI Security Update

After the various tourism stakeholder meetings that took place around the island with The Zanzibar Police force, ZATI would like to commend the Police in the way they ensured the security of the islands, our guests as well as the residents of Zanzibar.

The elections were conducted in a peaceful and orderly manner, with no violence reported. A few political party support crowds gathered peacefully to express their views on the nullification of the elections.

As we await the government’s announcement regarding the election status and progress, ZATI calls for tolerance on both sides and safeguard the reputation of Zanzibar as a peaceful travel destination.


Dear Tourism Stakeholders,

I am delighted to have to inform you that the Zanzibar Police Force in collaboration with Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors (ZATI) will be holding the security meeting with tourism investors regionally.

The Zanzibar Police Commissioner, Mr. Hamdan Omar Makame wishes to discuss policing and security in general with all tourism stakeholders in their areas as well as highlighting the police strategic preparations for a period of election campaign in order to ensure peaceful election. Please be aware that ZATI has been working with government representatives from both parties (CCM & CUF) to promote peaceful election.

Please find below the ZATI official statement:

The Zanzibar elections are due to take place on 25 October 2015 and ZATI is expecting a peaceful election period.

There are no travel advisories against visiting Zanzibar during this time.

The friendliness of the people of Zanzibar, and the relative absence of crime, or social and ethnic conflict, has historically been a key attraction for visitors and we must all come together to keep Zanzibar united during this time.

ZATI is working hard to encourage political leaders and candidates to make it clear to their supporters that elections should be peaceful in order to ensure that the island’s economic and social health is not affected – as well as the tourism industry and the holiday experience of Zanzibar’s visitors.

ZATI Chairman, Omar Said Shaaban.

The meeting will be conducted as follows

Date Areas Time Venues
8 September 2015 Stone Town  –  Including Urban 2: 30 pm Double Tree by Hilton
9 September 2015 North West  – Nungwi to Kendwa 2: 30 pm Mnarani Beach Hotel
10 September 2015 North East  – Matemwe to Uroa 2: 30 pm Melia Zanzibar
11 September 2015 South East – Michamvi to Makunduchi 2: 30 pm Breezes Beach Club Zanzibar

Programme for the day in all four areas

2:30 Welcome and Opening Speech by ZATI Chairman – a brief introduction, why have we arranged these visits update on the BEST – AC security project and positive outcome.
2: 35 Police short Presentations – (Police Commissioner & Regional Commissioner to jointly present) what is their role, challenges they face, what they are doing to improve security in Zanzibar and also in the area being visited, election reassurance.
3:35 Q & A – allow for attendees to ask questions, discuss challenges they face and solutions for police consideration.
4:35 ZATI – Closing remarks
4:40 Networking opportunity

Please find attached the invitation letter from the police.

Kindly note that your presence would be greatly appreciated. Please RSVP at close play on Monday so we are aware of your kind presence.