14 May 2016

Tanzania: Man Arraigned for Allegedly Impersonating Security Officer

A resident of Babati Town in Manyara Region, Abubakari Juma, has been arraigned at the Babati Resident Magistrate's Court allegedly for impersonating a security officer and deceiving a widow, Kesia Mshashi that he would assist in conducting a postmortem of the death of her husband.

The Prosecutor from Prevention and Combating Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Mr. Isidore Kyando read before the court a charge sheet of the case number 74/2016 noting that Juma is alleged to have committed the offence on April 18, this year.

Before the Resident Magistrate in Charge, Ms. Devotha Kamuzora, PCCB Prosecutor, Mr. Kyando alleged that Juma told Kesia who is the widow of the late Samwel Mshasi former Manyara Regional Medical Secretary that he would assist her perform a postmortem of her late husband and asked Shs. 90,000/= so that the task could be implemented.

Mr. Kyando said the widow was suspicious and reported the matter to PCCB office, where she was given Shs. 40,000 so that she could hand over an advance payment and the rest to be paid after the service.

He said that the suspect committed the offence while knowing it was against the PCCB Act No. 11 of 2007 Section 15 (a) and (b) and Chapter 16 of the Penal Code.

However, the accused claimed not guilty and Magistrate Kamuzora adjourned the case for another mention on May 18 this year. The accused was ordered to remain in custody as he failed to fulfill bail conditions.

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