31 December 2012

Tanzania: Police Suspicious of Simba Cash Incident

POLICE are suspicious over the circumstances surrounding armed robbery incident, which saw over 7m/- cash stolen from Simba officials at Sinza Makaburuni area in Kinondoni Municipality on Saturday night.

Kinondoni Regional Police Commander (RPC), Charles Kenyela, told the 'Daily News' that they are still investigating the incident to establish whether there is any inside job at the club. "Three suspects have been released on bail today (yesterday), but the investigations on the matter are still in progress," said the RPC.

The suspects, who were under the police custody since Saturday, are Simba's Accountant Erick Sekiete (28), club Executive Member, Saidi Pamba and a university student, Stanley Philip (23). RPC Kenyela said the incident raises eyebrows as it occurred far from the club's location on Msimbazi Street in Ilala municipality.

"In the first place it was risky to carry such huge amount of money which belongs to the institution to someone's home," said Kenyela. "We call upon people with any information regarding the incident to come forward," he said.

Narrating the incident, RPC Kenyela said the incident occurred at around 8 pm immediately after Saleh Pamba dropped Sekiete and Philip from his car which he drove from the stadium and that the duo was about to take a taxi to Sekiete's home.

According to RPC Kenyela, at least six robbers on three motorbikes raided the duo shortly thereafter. They shot several times in the air to scare the public away along Shekilango road and later escaped with the 7,590,000/- and 2,000 US dollars. Before dashing away the armed robbers, Kenyela said, the robbers remarked: "You are swindling club money while the team is losing. We are tired of suffering."

Simba Chairman, Ismail Aden Rage, said the stolen money was for the club's allocation fetched from international friendly match against Tusker FC of Kenya at the National Stadium on the same day.

In another development, inside source within the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) revealed to the 'Daily News' that clubs have been pushing to be given cash instead of cheque from their gate revenue, a situation that risk the safety of individuals and the money.

"We've regularly insisted that clubs should get their gate revenue share in terms of cheque, unfortunately we've been encountering resistance from them. May be this will turn out to be a good lesson for them to take," said the source.

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