FORMER Ilala Municipal Executive Director Gabriel Kaziyashule Fuime (61), appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam last Friday where he was charged with four counts of murder in respect of a building that collapsed in the city centre early last year.
Fuime was not allowed to enter any plea before Senior Resident Magistrate Augustina Mbando because his case will be tried by the High Court.
He was placed under remand custody as murder charges are not bailable. The case will be mentioned again on March 5 as investigations into the matter, according to the prosecution, have not been completed.
It was not immediately made clear why Fuime was charged with murder, whereas 11 other people arraigned over the same incident are facing manslaughter charges. Principal State Attorney Bernard Kongola, for the prosecution, told the court that the former municipal director committed the offences on March 29, last year, along Indira Gandhi Street within Ilala District.
Fuime allegedly killed one Gabriel Godwin Kamwela, Philipo John Kusimula, Betod Mwananengule and Zahda Abbas Mohamed Kanji. Fuime's 11 co-accused were arraigned before the court in April last year, facing 24 counts of manslaughter.
They are Razah Ladha (68), a businessman who resides at the corner of Uhuru and Aggrey streets in the city, Goodluck Mbaga (35), a resident of Mbezi Luis, and Wilboard Mugyabuso (42), from Tandika Mwembe Yanga.
Others are Mohamed Abdulkari (61), an engineer from Tabata Bima, Charles Ogare (48), also an engineer from Kinyerezi, Zonazea Oushoudada (60), a consultant engineer residing at Ubungo NHC, and Vedasto Richale (59), a quantity surveyor who lives at Mbezi Kimara.
The rest are Michael Hemed (59), an architect living in Kijitonyama Makumbusho, Albert Munuo (56), assistant register of Architects and Quantity Surveyors Registration Board (AQRB) and Joseph Ringo (43), the principal enforcement officer at AQRB, who lives at Mbezi Tangi Bovu.
Those killed when the building collapsed were Yusuph Khari, Kulwa Alfan, Hamada Musa, Kessy Manjapa, Hamis Mkomwa, Boniface Bernard, Suhail Karim, Salman Akbar, Selemani Haji, Selemani Mtego, Sikudhani Mohamed and Ahmed Milambo.
Other are Salum Mapunda, Selemani Mnyamani, John Majewa, Mussa Mnyamani, Devid Herman, William Joakim, Abdulrahaman Mwiha, Emmanuel Christian, Mmanyi Ngadula, Adivai Desiki, Emmanuel Wahai and Augustino Chuma.