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Ex legislator contester to serve 99 years in jail

THE Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday sentenced to 99 years imprisonment former Korogwe Urban Constituency parliamen- tary candidate and opposition leadercum businesswoman, Salma Mntambo, for uttering false documents and obtaining 900m/-by false pretences.

Senior Resident Magistrate Kelvin Mhina imposed her the sentence after convicting her of 17 counts, three of them relating to uttering false documents and 14 involving obtaining money by false pretences having considered the evidence produced by five prosecution witnesses.

Delivering the sentence, the magistrate said that the businesswoman would go to jail for five years on each count of uttering false documents, and six years on every proved count relating to obtaining money by false pretences.

However, the magistrate ordered the sentences to run cocurrent, meaning that Mntambo, who had contested the parliamentary seat under Alliance for Change and Transparent (ACT-Wazalendo), in the 2015 General Elections, will spend behind bars for only six years.

The magistrate ruled that the prosecution, led by Senior State Attorney Wankyo Simon and State Attorneys; Salim Msemo and Tilumanywa Majigo, discharging its duty of sufficiently proving the case against the businesswoman beyond reasonable doubt.

However, the court acquitted the businesswoman of three counts of forging the receipts, two other counts of obtaining money by false pretences and one count of money laundering relating to acquisition of 1,027,000,000/-as the prosecu- tion failed to prove the charges at the required standards.

The prosecution has expressed its intention to appeal against such court findings. It was alleged by the prosecution that between May 15, 2011 and October 10, 2011 at Upanga Muhimbili area in Ilala District, by false pretences and with intent to defraud, Mntambo ob- tained 999m/-from Ridhuan Mringo.

It was alleged that the accused person pretended to show that the said money was used as consideration to National Hous- ing Corporation in purchasing three houses under ownership of the Corporation located at different plot numbers along various streets in the city, while it was false.

The prosecution had also told the court that on diverse dates between May 1 and October 31, 2011 within Ilala District, knowingly and fraudulently, the opposition political leader uttered three payment receipts titled National Housing Corporation.

According to the prosecution, the accused person had purporting that Mr Mringo purchased the Corporations three houses situated along different plots at the said amount, thefactwhichtoherknowledge was false.

Initially, the prosecution had charged the businesswom an of forging the three receipts on diverse dates between June 1, 2003 and October 31, 2011 in Dar es Salaam with intent to defraud, purportedly showing that Mr Mringo had paid the money to purchase the three houses in question.

On money laundering count, the prosecution had charged Mntambo that between May 15 and October 10, 2011 at Upanga Muhimbili area in Ilala District, the businesswoman acquired 1,027,000,000/-from Mr Mringo.

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