TFF bribe scandal trial adjourned again
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THE Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) has not completed the investigations in the fraud and 800m/- money laundering trial against top most three officials with the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF).

This was said by the prosecutor from the PCCB Leonard Swai at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam when the case came up for mention. Under such circumstances, the prosecutor requested Principal Resident Magistrate Wilbard Mashauri, who is hearing the case, to set another mention date.

The magistrate granted the prosecution’s request and adjourned the case to August 24. The accused persons in the trial are TFF President Jamal Malinzi, his Secretary General Mwesigwa Celestine and Accounts Officer with the Federation, Nsiande Mwanga.

In the case, the prosecution has filed a total of 28 counts against the accused persons, with Malinzi alone facing 26 charges of forgery and money laundering, while Celestine faces four counts of uttering false documents and money laundering and Mwanga has two money laundering counts.

On June 5, last year, in the city, with intent to defraud or deceit, Malinzi and Celestine allegedly forged an Executive Committee Resolution, purporting to show that the TFF Executive Committee decided to change the signatory of the Federation’s bank account.

Such changes, according to the prosecution, had the effect that one Edgar Leonard Masoud would be replaced by Nsiande Isawafo Mwanga. The court heard further that on September 1, 2016, at Stanbic Bank Tanzania Limited, Stanbic Center Branch in Kinondoni District, knowingly and fraudulently, Celestine uttered the false Executive Committee Resolution.

The prosecution told the court further that between November 6, 2013 and September 22, 2016, at TFF Of fices in Ilala District, with intent to defraud, Malinzi forged 23 receipts bearing different numbers and money in US dollars, purporting that he had lent the Federation loan of such amount, while it was false.

It is alleged that between September 1 and October 19, 2016, within the city of Dar es Salaam, jointly and together, all the three accused persons conspired to commit an offence of money laundering by acquiring the said 375,418 US dollars.

According to the prosecution, the accused persons committed such offence while knowing that the said money was the proceeds of a predicate offence of forgery.

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