3 January 2013

Tanzania: Singida Hospital Accountant's Theft Case Opens

Singida — THE hearing of a case in which an accountant with the Singida Regional Hospital Rachel Misai and three other accomplices are charged with stealing more than 15.9m/- from the hospital, has started.

Other accused persons who are charged together with Rachel include Athumani Yohana, Juma Shabani and Rehema Hussein - all security guards with a Singidabased private security company.

The four accused are charged with four counts of colluding with intent to commit an offence, house breaking, failing to avert the crime and stealing a total amount of 15,976,650/-, the property of the Singida Regional Hospital.

According to the Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Shukurani Magafu, the accused committed the offence at mid-night on July 13, last year.

Testifying before Resident Magistrate Ruth Masam, the Singida Regional Medical Officer (RMO), Dr Dorothy Kijugu told the court that on that day in the morning while preparing herself to leave for work, she received a phone call.

She said the phone call was from the medical officer in-charge of the hospital who informed her that unknown people had broken into the accountant's office and had looted unspecified amount of money. Led by ASP Shukurani Magafu, Dr Kijugu explained that after reaching the hospital premises, she found several police officials who had come to probe the incident.

"After doing their home work properly, they discovered all the four doors leading to the cash office had been broken into," the RMO told the court. She said the hospital authorities called the chief internal auditor so that he could carry out thorough inspection and auditing. After the auditing, the RMO said it was found that 15,976,650/- was missing. The hearing of the case continues today.

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