23 January 2013

Tanzania: Three Former DCC Employees in Court Over Sh600 Million Theft

THREE former Dar es Salaam City Council employees appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court, charged with conspiracy, theft and occasioning loss of over 600m/- to the council, being collections from the Ubungo Bus Terminal.

According to the prosecution, the crimes were committed between 2004 and 2007. The accused in the case are Elida Mponda (50), a former assistant accountant, Godfrey Kibesa (36), an ex-revenue collector and Ernesi Mchanga (39), who was an internal auditor.

The fourth employee of the council, Fatiel Maleko (61), allegedly linked with causing loss of 347,910,534/-, was not brought before the court yesterday on claims that his whereabouts were not known. The prosecution requested the court to issue an arrest warrant against him.

According to the charge sheet, the three accused are facing a total of 90 counts. Before Resident Magistrate Victoria Nongwa, the trio denied the charges. The accused were all granted bail on condition that each of them secure two sureties whose addresses are known.

The magistrate also ordered each of them to sign bond of half of money he or she is alleged to have swindled. Magistrate Nongwa said each accused would be required to deposit to the court the remaining half of the money in cash or surrender any title deed of immovable property.

The charge sheet shows that Mponda, facing a total of 71 counts, is accused of occasioning loss of 379,868,665/-, while Kibesa linked with 18 charges, allegedly caused deficit of 87,576,091/- and Mchanga charged with one count, is claimed to have occasioned shortage of 187,051,169/-.

However, the magistrate ordered the accused to remain in custody pending fulfilment of the set bail conditions and adjourned the case for mention on February 5. Investigations into the matter, the prosecution said, have not been completed.

Prosecutors from the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Faraja Sambala and Hellen Osujaki, alleged that between 2004 and 2007 at the DCC, being employees of the council, the accused conspired to defraud their employer of the said amount.

It is alleged that within the same period in the city, as Assistant Accountant and Revenue Collector, Mponda and Kibesa, respectively, stole some money collected from Ubungo Bus Terminal, the property of their employer.

According to the prosecution, the accused replaced the alleged stolen money with different cheques paid by various companies, including Royal Lubricant, Gap Oil, Scania Limited, Superdoll, Abood Bus, Air Msae Investment, among others, through different banks such as NBC, CRDB and City Bank.

The court was further told that within the same period in the city, by negligence or reason of their failure to discharge their duties, the trio (Mponda, Kibesa and Mchanga) caused their employer to suffer a pecuniary loss totalling 654,495,925/-.

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