SIX people appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam on Friday, facing several counts of fraud and stealing over 10,000 tonnes of Tantalite mineral concentrates valued at more than 789m/- from the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA).
They were Peter Masebu (30), a resident of Temeke, Patrick Marwa (40), who resides at Kipunguni, Frank Lukuna (47), who lives at Manzese, Majiba Konga (35), a resident of Vijibweni, Busumale Elias, alias Ichimulyape (35), who resides at Vikindu and Ally Ismail (35), a resident of Mbagala.
The charges against them include conspiracy to commit an offence, forgery of different documents and stealing goods on transit. All accused persons denied the charges before Principal Resident Magistrate Huruma Shaidi.
They were granted bail on conditions of each securing two reliable sureties, who were supposed to submit identification letters and national identity cards or any other cards from recognised institutions.
The magistrate also ordered each surety to sign a bond worth 100m/-, with one of them surrendering a title deed of immovable property found in Dar es Salaam.
None of the accused persons met the bail conditions. As a result, the court ordered all accused persons to go to remand until April 27, 2021, when the case will be mentioned, as investigations into the matter, according to the prosecution, led by State Attorney Faraji Nguka, have not been completed.
During prosecution, the trial attorney told the court that on February 23, 2021 in Temeke District in Dar es Salaam, all accused persons conspired to commit an offence. The court heard that on the same date at TPA area within Temeke District, with intent to defraud, all accused persons forged three documents, which are equipment interchange receipt, gate pass “A”, cargo manifesto and ICD movement sheet.
According to the prosecution, the accused persons purported to show that such documents were genuine.
On February 23, 2021 at TPA area within Temeke District in Dar es Salaam, the accused persons allegedly stole 10,443.05 tonnes of Tantalite concentrates valued at 789,285,429/53, the property of Novacore FZE, which were on transit from Rwanda to United Emirates.