Former council accountant, 15 others arraigned over forgery

DAR ES SALAAM City Council Accountant, Alinanuswe Mwakasumbwe has been arraigned at Kisutu Primary Court over forgeries and money laundering allegations.

Mwakasumbe has been included in the list of the 15 accused who face 143 charges, including causing the city council a loss of more than 8bn/-.

This makes the total number of the accused accumulate to 16.

The accused are Tulusubya Kamalamo, James Bangi who are secretaries, Mohamed Khars, Abdallah Mlwale and Deogratius Lutatuza who are accountants, and Judika Ngowo who is a cashier.

Others include Febronia Nagwa, Glory Eugene, Said Bakari, Josephine Sandewa, Dorica Gwihala, Jesca Lugonzibwa, Patrick Chibwana who are accountants, Patrick Chubwana who is a health officer, Ally Baruan, a manager, and Khalid Nyakamande, who is a Street Executive Director.

State attorney Fatuma Waziri read the charges to Mwakasumbwe in the presence of Chief Magistrate Pamela Mazengo.

Waziri said the accused faces 9 charges of forgery, claiming that from 1stJuly to 30th July of 2019, the accused forged a number of documents, causing the Dar es Salaam City Council lose about 8bn/-.

The accused was not required to respond to the charges because the Kisutu Court does not have the jurisdiction to handle such a case.

The state attorney claimed that investigation was still pending and pleaded with the court to reschedule the date for re-mentioning of the case.

The magistrate accepted the request and adjourned the case till 7th of August this year.

In the case, it is alleged that from different dates between 1st July 2019 and 30th June 2020, collectively the accused conspired to illegally acquire a Dar es salaam City Council property worth 8.9bn/-.

It was further alleged that the civil servants misused the power bestowed on them for failing to deposit into the council’s bank account peoples’ payments.

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