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Six arraigned over theft  of 246bn/- worth fuel

Six arraigned over theft of 246bn/- worth fuel

SIX people appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam on Friday charged with four counts, including theft of 164,160,000 litres of diesel valued at 246bn/- , thus causing pecuniary losses to the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA).

They are Didacus Chacha (43), a resident of Kibada in Kigamboni, Lulu Kayombo (35), who resides at Kunduchi Mtongani, Lilian Kileo (58), a resident of Mbezi Beach, Amri Mzee (45), who resides at Ikwiriri and Ashrafu Karwani (51), a resident of Jet Lumo. The other accused is Aloyce Mrema (44), who lives at Maweni in Kigamboni.

The charges against them include damaging property used for the purpose of providing necessary service, stealing, occasioning loss to a specified authority and money laundering.

Before Senior Resident Magistrate in Charge Godfrey Isaya, the accused persons were not allowed to enter pleas to the charges because they fall under the Economic and Organised Crime Control Act.

The magistrate informed the accused that his court lacked jurisdiction to entertain anything, including the question of bail, because money laundering they are charged with is not a bailable offence.

He said that the case against the accused persons will be tried by the Economic, Corruption and Organized Crime Division of the High Court.

The lower court could try the matter only upon securing consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Under the circumstances, the court adjourned the case to July 1, 2021, for mention.

Senior State Attorney Wankyo Simon, for the prosecution, informed the court that investigations into the matter are incomplete. Prosecuting, the trial attorney told the court that on September 1, 2019 at Tungi area within Kigamboni District in Dar es Salaam Region, the accused persons damaged the pipeline used for supply of diesel, property of Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA).

He alleged that between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2021 at Tungi area in Kigamboni District, by willful acts, the accused persons caused TPA to suffer a pecuniary loss of 500m/-.

The court heard that on May 31, 2021 at Tungi area within the district, all accused persons stole 164,160,000 litres of diesel valued at 246bn/-, property of Oil Market Companies.

On money laundering count, the prosecution alleged that between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2021 at Tungi area within Dar es Salaam and Coast Region, all accused persons acquired the 246bn/- while they knew at the time of receipt the money was proceeds of a predicate offence of stealing.

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Author: FAUSTIN KAPAMA

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