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Eleven charged with money laundering

FORMER Chairman of the Karagwe District Cooperative Union (KDCU), Prosper Murungi, is among exofficials of the cooperative who appeared before Kagera Resident Magistrate’s court charged with money laundering.

They are also accused of occasioning a loss to the tune of 900m/-, property of the Union.

Other accused persons are Anna Mlay, a Personnel Manager, Sylvery Njagi-Internal Auditor, Justin Tinkaligaileresident of Nyakahanga village in Karagwe District and Cyril Tambala-a resident of Rwabwere village in Kyerwa District.

Others are Adrian Kabushoke, a resident of Rugu village in Karagwe District, Sylvester Mugishagwe and Desiderius Rutwakyamirwa- both employees of Dan Construction Company, Nestory Tiibaza, Emmanuel Ndyamukama-both engineers from TARURA and Josephat Kinyina a resident of Nyabiyonza in Karagwe District.

Prosecuting, State Attorney Nehemiah John told Bukoba Resident Magistrate Joseph Luambano that Murungi, Mlay and Njagi, being employed by the Karagwe District Cooperative Union (KDCU) between 2016- 2018, willfully occasioned a pecuniary loss to the Union amounting 900m/-.

Other offences facing them include money laundering, misuse of office, uttering false documents and obtaining money by false pretences.

According to the prosecutor, the offences were committed between 2016 and 2018.

Magistrate Luambano informed the accused that the court had no jurisdiction to grant bail and ordered them to be remanded in custody. The case will be mentioned again on August 16th, this year.

Meanwhile, the Chairman for Nyakatuntu Agricultural and Marketing Cooperative Society (AMCOS), in Karagwe District, Issa Katunzi (54) appeared before Bukoba Resident Magistrate’s court faced with two counts--misuse of office and occasioning a loss amounting 72m /- property of the society.

Another coaccused was identified as Mussa Katunzi (47) , who is the Secretary General of the AMCOS.

Prosecuting, State Attorney Haruna Shomari alleged in court that the two accused persons, being employed by Nyakatuntu AMCOS occasioned a loss amounting 72m /-.

The offence was allegedly committed between June 2018 and October 2019. Kagera Resident Magistrate in Charge, Mr John Kapokolo informed the accused that the case would be tried by the high court.

He adjourned the Criminal Case No 5/2020 until August 14, this year and ordered them to be remanded in custody.

On January 28th this year, four leaders of the Ngara Farmers’ Cooperative Society (NFCS), including the Chairman, Thomson Siyongwe (62), were arraigned before Bukoba Resident Magistrate’s court charged with nine counts including misuse of office, conspiracy and occasioning a loss to the tune of 14.1m/-, property of the Society.

Others co-accused with Siyongwe before Kagera Resident Magistrate in-charge Mr John Kapokolo were Paschal Minani (70) , the society Manager, Paschal Kangere (50) an accountant and Basilius Thomas (53) a store keeper.

Prosecuting, State Attorney Haruna Shomari alleged before the court that the four accused persons being employed by the Ngara Farmers’ Cooperative Society (NFCS) between 2012- 2014, willfully occasioned a pecuniary loss to the Union amounting 14.1m/-.

Other offences facing them include misuse of public office, misuse of their positions and conspiracy to commit a felony.

He contended that the offences fall under the Economic and Organised Crime Act adding that the RM’s court had no jurisdiction to grant bail to the accused.

Efforts by the accused to get bail at the RMs court failed after Magistrate John Kapokolo clarified in his ruling that an application for bail should be channeled through the High Court which is the trial court.

He ordered the accused to be remanded in custody and adjourned the Economic Case No 1/2020 until August 14, this year.

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Author: MEDDY MULISA in Bukoba

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