- Published on Thursday, 13 September 2012 04:53
- Written by A Correspondent in Iringa
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A POLICE officer appeared before the Iringa District Magistrates’ Court here on Wednesday charged with the murder of Channel Ten journalist Daudi Mwangosi on September 2, this year.
Before the District Principal Magistrate, Ms Dyness Lyimo, the accused, PC Cleophase Pasifious (23), with Registration Number G.2573, could not enter any plea as the court does not preside over murder cases. The case was postponed until September 26 and the accused was remanded as he could not be bailed out.
The Minister for Home Affairs, Dr Emmanuel Nchimbi, said in a statement released on Wednesday that preliminary investigations had established that the journalist died following the tear gas bomb explosion triggered by PC Pasifious.
The minister said the five-member probe committee headed by retired Judge Stephen Ihema would continue investigating the matter to find a permanent solution to the misunderstandings between the Police Force, the media and political parties to improve their relationships.
“Let all stakeholders now allow the law to take its course,” said the minister, pledging that he will continue to work closely with the media for the sake of peace and tranquility in the country. The deceased was covering the inauguration of an office belonging to Chadema at Nyololo in Iringa region when he died during skirmishes between the police and the opposition party’s members.
Meanwhile,Chadema has announced that it has filed a court case against the CCM Ideology and Publicity Secretary, Mr Nape Nnauye, following alleged remarks he made against the party (Chadema) on acquisition of funds from abroad. Speaking at a press conference yesterday during a training workshop on how to formulate economic policies, the Chadema Secretary General, Dr Wilbrod Slaa, said that it was true that his party had supporters who gave them money but for capacity building for their leaders and supporters and not for campaigns and demonstrations.
Dr Slaa mentioned that the number of the case filed was 186 of 2012 and that it had been filed at the High Court and would involve other people as well. “This is dirty propaganda that is aimed at misleading people. However, the truth is that these organizations that support us are not allowed to fund political campaigns nor political activities as it is against their laws but only do so in capacity building,” he said.
The Party’s Chairman, Mr Freeman Mbowe, chipped in to say that the aim of their party was to bring people together and not drive them apart.