Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

20 December 2012

Tanzania: Kariakoo Robbery - Stolen Cash Still Missing

THE 150m/- stolen in a robbery that claimed the lives of two people leaving three injured in Kariakoo, Dar es Salaam on Tuesday has not been recovered.

Suspected bandits ransacked ARTAN Spare Parts along Mahiwa and Livingstone streets in Kariakoo, Ilala Municipality. The Ilala Regional Police Commander, Marietha Minangi, said in the city that police were holding three suspects in connection with the incident, saying they were still investigating the case to establish those involved in the matter.

"We have not recovered the stolen money but investigations are in progress," she said. However, an eye witness said a bag containing the cash was taken by law enforcement agents after the suspects dropped it while running away.

"The suspects dropped the bag as a way of stopping the police and citizens from chasing them," said the eye witness who preferred to remain anonymous. Ms Minangi mentioned those killed as Ahmed Mohamed Issa (55) who is the owner of Artan company and a cart pusher, Sadick Juma (38) and that Sadick was gunned down by the suspects while attempting to stop them from running away with the money.

"One suspect, Augustine Kavula alias Frank John Mwangiba aged 24, died while getting medical treatment at Muhimbili National Hospital yesterday evening," she said.

She said the suspect, Kavula was seriously wounded by a mob while attempting to run away from the scene, adding that Kavula who at that time was riding a motorcycle bearing registration number T 301 CCW was also found with a Browning pistol loaded with one round of ammunition.

According to the Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Mr Suleiman Kova, the suspects had ambushed the company officials while in their car with the cash ready to transport it to the bank around 10:45 a.m.

"The company owner was killed by the suspects while in the process of taking the money to a bank in the morning," said Mr Kova. He mentioned those injured in the incident as Alhaj Mussa, who is a cart pusher and a street vendor, Salum Athumani, as well as Yussuf who is the son of the company owner.

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