Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Team to Trace Stolen Money

POLICE in Dar es Salaam have formed a five-man probe team to investigate the disappearance of 150 million following a robbery incident which claimed the lives of two people in Kariakoo, Dar es Salaam, on Tuesday.

Formation of the team follows speculations circulating in the city and media reports that the money was taken by some police officers who shared the money between themselves at Jangwani.

Speaking at a press conference in his office, the Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Suleiman Kova, said that the team would be led by Dar es Salaam Regional Crimes Officer Ahmed Msangi. "Mr Msangi will make sure that the findings of the investigations are issued as soon as possible.

And those found involved will be dragged to court," said Commander Kova. He welcomed eye-witnesses who were at the scene to come up and testify before the team if they saw police leaving with the bag that contained the money.

The money was stolen by the bandits from ARTAN Spare Parts Company on Mahiwa and Livingstone streets at Kariakoo in Ilala Municipality. Four suspects are in custody but the main suspect, Augustine Kavula alias Frank John Mwangiba (24) died on Wednesday while getting medical treatment at Muhimbili National Hospital.

Some eyewitnesses claim that the bag containing the money was taken by law enforcers after the suspects dropped it while fleeing. During the robbery, Ahamed Mohammed Issa (55), an accountant with the company and Sadick Juma (38), a cart pusher, were killed on the spot.

Issa was killed after defying an order to surrender the money while Juma was killed while attempting hit one of the suspects with a stone. The suspect shot him. In another incident, Mr Kova said that police in Dar es Salaam are holding Hamis Chilo (25), a resident of Magomeni, for causing the death of Ramadhan Deus (16), a resident of Magomeni Makuti on Wednesday at Nyangoro Plot No:169 in Upanga.

"The suspect killed his fellow worker when they were on duty as labourers, arranging bricks at a 15- storey building", said the RPC. According to the RPC, during construction activities, the two quarrelled, Chilo decided to push his colleague off the 12th floor. The victim fell to the ground and died on the spot. The body has been preserved at Muhimbili National Hospital pending further investigation.

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