Businessmen arraigned for forgery

TWO businessmen appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam charged with several counts including forgery and fraudulently obtaining over 88m/-.

The accused are Wilfred Nyato and Damas Kamakumbi, all residents of Dar es Salaam.

The Economic Crime Case was read on Thursday in court by the State Attorney, Pancrasia Protas, before the court Principal Resident Magistrate, Rhoda Ngimilanga.

However, before the charges were read, the magistrate told the accused that they were not required to enter any plea because the court had no jurisdiction to hear the case except with special permit.

Reading the charges, Advocate Protas in the first count claimed that on January 20, 2021, within Ilala district in Dar es Salaam, with malicious intent, the accused forged a mining licence (ML), purporting to show that the same was genuinely issued by the Ministry of Minerals to show that they own and operate a gypsum mining lot.

He further claimed that the accused, on a similar date and location, knowingly and fraudulently uttered fake documents to Fabrice Ntasano, showing that they own and operate the gypsum mine project, contrary to Sections 342 and 337 of the Penal Code.

The Court also heard that it is alleged that at diverse dates between July 22, 2021 and July 30, last year, in Dar es Salaam, the accused fraudulently obtained over 88m/- from Fabrice Ntasano by lying that they own and run the gypsum mine lot, a fact they knew to be untrue.

Prosecuting, advocate Protas claimed that the investigation of the case has been completed and requested another date for the reading of preliminary hearings (PH).

The magistrate granted the request and adjourned the matter to November 15, this year. Magistrate Ngimilanga read them the terms of the bail, which were to present two sureties each, who were required to sign a bond of 10m/- each.

Furthermore, the accused were also required to submit a title deed for immovable property worth 20m/- each. However, the duo failed to fulfill the conditions; thus, they were returned to remand prison

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