8 February 2013

Tanzania: Bandits Gun Down Minerals Dealer

Singida — THREE people died in separate incidents, including a minerals dealer gunned down by unidentified bandits at Nkonkilangi Village, Shelui Ward in Iramba District, in Singida Region.

The Singida Regional Police Commander (RPC), ACP Linus Sinzumwa, named the deceased as Gerson Zephania (35), a resident of Nkonkilangi Village. The RPC said that the incident occurred on February 5, this year, at around 8:45pm at the deceased's home.

Narrating the incident, ACP Sinzumwa said on the fateful day Gerson, who was in the company of his younger brother, Simon, were returning to the village from Shelui. He said Gerson was driving his car, a Toyota Harrier, with registration number T.928 BLK.

The RPC further said soon after Gerson parked his car, five unidentified people opened fire at the vehicle killing him on the spot. He said, the younger brother of the deceased was slightly injured on the leg and is admitted to Kiomboi hospital where his condition is reported to be improving.

"As if that was not enough, the bandits forced Simon to ask his sister one Naomi to open the door of their house. When she opened the door, they forced her to show them where the money and gold was being kept. "When she showed them, they made away with 5m/- and unspecified quantity of gold," the RPC added.

The RPC said the police were holding five people in connection with the incident. In another incident, ACP Sinzumwa said that on February 6, this year, at about 10am along the Singida - Mwanza highway, one Khaliki Ramadhani (7), a nursery school pupil at Mnung'una Primary School and Miraji Hamisi (25), were killed by a speeding vehicle with registration number STK 655, a Toyota Land Cruiser belonging to the Ministry of Water.

According to the RPC, the accident occurred a few kilometres from Singida town and that the driver of the vehicle was identified as Andrew Stephen (48), a resident of Mbezi Luis in Dar-es-Salaam, who is being held by the police for questioning.

Meanwhile PETER TEMBA reports from Moshi that police in Kilimanjaro region have launched a manhunt for an unknown hit-and-run motorcyclist, who knocked down a pedestrian, along Uru Road in Moshi rural, killing him instantly.

The Regional Police Commander (RPC), Robert Boaz, named the deceased as Raphael James Maro (48), a resident of Uru Kariwa, who met his death at Makelele along the said road on Wednesday, this week, at around 10pm.

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