NHC officer arraigned for bribery

AN employee with the National Housing Corporation (NHC) appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court charged with two counts of requesting and receiving bribe contrary to the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Act.

The NHC Estate Officer, Fadhili Kasegese, appeared at the Kisutu Resident Magistrates Court in Dar es Salaam last week before Principal Resident Magistrate Ramadhan Rugemalira.

The prosecution, led by Senior State Attorney Mwanakombo Rajabu and State Attorney Henry Mahenge, told the court that the accused committed the offenses between March 27 and April 6, this year, at various places in the city.

According to the prosecution, it is alleged that on March 27 this year, the accused, who was employed as an estate officer by the NHC, corruptly solicited an advantage of 4m/- from Vishal Vinod Dharsi in order for him not to be evicted from apartment number 004 located at Msimbazi Street, Ilala District, and Dares Salaam.

Either in the second count, it is alleged that on April 6, this year, the accused did receive 3m/- from Vishal Vinod Dharsi in exchange for him not to be evicted from apartment number 004 located at Msimbazi Street, Ilala District, Dar es Salaam.

Before the PRM Rugemalira, the accused denied all the charges and was granted bail with the condition of paying a bond of 5m/- or surrendering the property deed for the same amount.

Together with that, the accused was required to secure two reliable sureties to sign a 2m/- bond each.

The case was adjourned to May 8 for a mention, as the investigation is incomplete.

Meanwhile, the prosecution in the case of trafficking 4.78 grams of heroin, facing two Latvian citizens, Linda Mazure and her boyfriend Martins Plavins, has claimed that they expect to have nineteen witnesses and eighteen exhibits.

State Attorney Faraji Nguka claimed this last week  in the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam before the Principle Resident Magistrate, Rhoda Ngimilanga.

The prosecution further claimed that the exhibits are two bags, passports, three mobile phones, neurotic drugs (heroin), and other drugs.

Following the reading of the statements of the witnesses and the exhibits, the case will now continue in the High Court, as the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the case any further because it fell under the Economic and Organized Crime Control Act. All the defendants have been returned to prison.

Earlier, the State Attorney, Faraj Ngukah, claimed that the case came for the accused to read the witness statements and exhibits.

In the trial, it is alleged that all the accused together committed the crime on November 9, 2019, at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA), contrary to the Drug Control and Enforcement Act.

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