Monday, May 11, 2015
Two officials jailed over dubious purchase of cashew nut
The Nachingwea District Court in Ruvuma region on Friday this week sentenced to two years imprisonment two senior officials of a business association known as Naipanga AMCOS operating in the district after having found them guilty of misappropriation of Sh. 13.3 million, a property that belongs to members of the association. Those sentenced are the Association’s Chairman Salum Hamisi Tewa and the Chief Accountant Mustafa Suedi Kantelu, who jointly were charged for ghost purchase of cashew nut during the harvesting seasons of 2010/2011. The fraudulent charges were earlier opened under criminal case No. CC 66/2013 by the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) district office before magistrate Joseph Cosmas Hemela. The PCCB’s District Officer in-charge Moses Oguda said in a statement he issued yesterday that, “the accused were charged in the first count with intend to steal contrary to section 32 of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Act No. 11/2007. Under this section, the magistrate has ordered the two accused to be fined each one with Sh. 500,000/- and failure for that would be sent to jail term of 24 months. In the second count, Oguda is quoted in statement as saying that, the two accused were charged with misappropriation of the association fund alongside showing ghost expenditure for the money spent for the purchase contrary to section 28 of the PCCB Act No. 11/2007. Under this section, the magistrate ordered the two accused to be fined each one with Sh. 600,000/- and failure for that would be sent to serve a 24 month jail term.
In addition to that, according to Oguda the court has also ordered the accused to refund the money they fraudulently spend of about Sh. 13,395,800/- within a couple of 12 months (one year) starting from the date of judgment. According to PCCB district officer in charge, the two accused totally failed to meet those conditions and have been sent to jail to serve their 24 months sentence. In another separate press statement, Oguda is quoted as saying that, the same court has sentenced the second accused of the case Mustafa Suedi Kantelu, who was charged in a different case at the court for misappropriating the association fund of Sh. 491,000/= in a case No.CC 92/2013 which was opened at the court by PCCB district office in 2013. The judgment is associated with ghost purchase of a wind screen of the car which belongs to the business association. The accused was sentenced to another two years imprisonment after the court had satisfactorily received sufficient evidences of the charges leveled against him. Either the court has ordered him to refund the money to his employer which he spend on a dubious purchase deal as ruled by the magistrate contrary to section 22 of the PCCB Act No. 11/2007. The ruling has ordered the accused also to pay a fine of Sh. 500,000/-. Oguda noted in his statement that, the accused failed to meet the conditions as ruled by the court and was taken to jail to serve other two years concurrently.