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FEAR AS GANGSTERS KILL POLICE OFFICER. On Wednesday April 1, 2015. Residents of Vikundi in coastal region are living in fear after two police officers were ambushed and killed by armed attackers on Monday evening. Police and Tanzania People De fence Force (TPDF) soldiers launched a manhunt for the killers, who escaped into the nearby Vikundu Forest. Dar es Salaam Special Police zone Commander Suleiman Kova said the gangsters ambushed three police officers manning a roadblock in Kipara Mpakani Village and grabbed firearms, which they used to gun down two police officers identified as Sergeant Francis and Corporal Michael. Another police officer was shot in the thigh and admitted to Temeke District Hospital. People who were near the scene of the attack said the attackers struck at around 8pm, when they ambushed the officers, one of who was slashed on the head. They disarmed the wounded policeman before shooting him and his colleague dead.
“We ran for our lives. We couldn’t help the police officers because the heavily armed gangsters were shooting indiscriminately,” said Mr. Mohammed Ali, who added the attackers fled back into Vikidu forest. Ms. Rehema Yusuf said there was a commotion and she at first thought an accident had occurred on the busy Kilwa Road. “But it soon dawned on me that it wasn’t an accident as people were fleeing from the road into the nearby houses. We came out after the attackers had left and saw two police officers lying in pools of blood,” she said. There was confusion as to the number of people involved in the attack. While several eyewitnesses said they saw two men, Mr. Kova said between eight and ten people were involved in the raid. He said an intensive manhunt has been launched for the attackers.
The management of Lake Oil Filling Station, which is located a stone’s throw from the spot where the officers were killed, denied the reports that the attackers had later robbed the facility. Monday’s attack was the lasted in the string of incidents in which armed men have attacked and killed police officers and fled with firearms in recent months.
Similar incidents have taken place in the last three months Rufiji, Newala and Bukombe districts, with gangsters escaping with about 20 firearms. Armed gangsters killed two officers during an attack on a police post in Rufiji District on January 20. The gang also stole seven firearms and 60 rounds of ammunition.
Gangsters struck at Ikwiriri Police Post at around 3am and hacked Mr. Edgar Millinga to death with machetes before gunning down Ms Judith Timothy. They then broke into the firearms store from where they grabbed seven guns loaded with a total 60 rounds of ammunition.
BUKOBA: BUKOBA MAN FOUND DEAD. On Friday April 3, 2015. A resident of Bukoba Ward in Bukoba municipal on Monday committed suicide by hanging himself using a sisal rope. Bukoba Ward Councilor Mr. Felician Bigambo identified him as Alistides Sospeter (19), who worked as an attendant at Casablanca bar. “We are shocked by the increasing incidents whereby people commit suicide. This is a fourth incident to happen within the past 12 months,” he said. Neighbors told him that Sospeter was a peace loving person and had no issues with any person.
Meanwhile, police in Kagera Region are investigating an incident where two boda boda youths died on the spot in a head-on collision. Kagera Region Police Commander (RPC) Henry Mwaibambe said the incident happened on a Monday morning along Kashozi Road, in Bukoba Municipality. “The two boda boda riders remained unidentified, died on the spot due to the impact of the accident. Their bodies have been preserved at the Bukoba Regional Hospital mortuary. He noted that unknown people escaped with their motorcycles immediately after the accident and police were looking for them. He appealed to the relatives to visit the mortuary to identify the two bodies.
WOMAN KILLED AND ABANDONED IN TARIME. On Friday April 3, 2015. Another person has been killed and her body abandoned in Tarime town of Mara Region, the Police Force said yesterday. A police statement named the deceased as Margret George (43) a peasant of Iganana area in Tarime District. “Her body was found yesterday morning and has been taken to Tarime District Hospital for further investigations,” a statement released by Acting Regional Police Commander (RPC) for Tarime Special Zone Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Sweetbert Njewike said. The cause of the killing was until yesterday afternoon yet to be known.
On Monday a 45-year old man was beheaded and abandoned at Buhemba area in outskirts of Tarime town. The deceased was identified as Ongiri Marwa a resident of Kemangwe village in Tarime. Security personnel are searching for the killers, according to ACP Njewike.
FOUR ARRESTED FOR DEALING IN ALBINO BODY PART. On Friday, 3 April 2015. Within a spell of two weeks police in Kagera Region have arrested four people suspected to be dealers of albino body parts. Kagera Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Henry Mwaibambe, named the second two suspects as Latson Faustine (41), a resident of Lukulaijo Village and January Korongo (43), a resident of Kandegesho Village in Karagwe District. According to Mr Mwaibambe, Faustine was on March 27 this year found in possession of three human bones believed to have been of an albino, who died sometime during 1991 at Kandegesho Village, in Karagwe District. The two suspects were selling the body parts at 20m/-. He said Faustine led a team of police detectives to Kandegesho village, where the late Barthazar John, who was an albino, lived before his sudden death sometime in 1991. Police obtained a court order for ‘habeas corpus’ but the grave was empty because unknown people excavated the grave and removed his body parts for ritual purposes. Mr Mwaibambe said this was a second incident within a spell of two weeks.
On March 20, this year, the first two suspects were found in possession of human bones believed to have been of an albino who died sometime during 2006 at Rushwa Village in Muleba District. He named the suspects helping police with investigations as James Lutozi (66) and Emmanuel Kaloli (55), both residents of Kyota Village in Kimwani Ward of Muleba District. The RPC said the albino, identified as Zeulia Justus, a resident of Rushwa Village in Mushabago Ward in Muleba, died in 2006 during labour. She was subsequently buried at the village but unknown people excavated the grave and removed her body parts for ritual purposes. He said Lutozi and Kaloli were found with human bones selling them at 3m/-, adding that they will be arraigned when investigations were completed. He said police were looking for a suspect, identified as Lutaremwa Revocatus, who has gone into hiding.
Kagera residents have been urged to cooperate with law enforcers by offering vital information leading to the arrest and possible conviction of people suspected of dealing in human body parts. Ritual killings, including that of albinos, will end when the public cooperated with the police, Mr Mwaibambe has said. Mr Mwaibambe said a total of six killings involving albinos were recorded in Muleba and Biharamulo districts within the past three years, with the last killing recorded in June, last year. Kagera Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr John Mongella, has also called upon residents and leaders in the region to cooperate and end the senseless killing of people living with albinism. He warned that if a person with albinism is killed, leaders and the entire community will be answerable. “We cannot allow such barbaric acts to go on. These evil acts are violation of human rights and tarnish the image of our country,” he said. Mr Mongella issued the warning while opening an extra meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) in Bukoba Municipality. He said police in Kagera Region are looking for a suspected albino body parts dealer.
President Jakaya Kikwete has also vowed to stamp out the practice which he said brought shame onto the East African country and albino campaigners called on authorities on Friday to execute people convicted of the murders.
SIX NABBED FOR GANG RAPING WOMAN. On Tuesday, 7 April 2015. Zanzibar — SIX men have been arrested for allegedly gang raping a 40-year old woman in Zanzibar, police said Monday. The Regional Police Commander (RPC) for South Unguja Region, Mr Juma Saad Khamis, said it was one of the few bad incidents which stained the generally peaceful Easter celebrations in the area.
“The men were held on Sunday night at around 8.30 pm in connection with the attack of the woman, whose name is being withheld.” Preliminary investigations show that the victim together with the rapists were on a drinking spree before the latter beat her up and raped her at Bwejuu area, said Mr Khamis, who is an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP). ACP Khamis declined to give details of the suspects, saying it may jeopardize ongoing investigations, required for court procedures. He said that in general perspective, the Easter celebrations were peaceful in the area and so was in Zanzibar Town, a place where many entertainment events were organized for the day. “The period has been peaceful. I thank police patrol officers for the work and residents for celebrating peacefully,” said the Urban-West Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Mkadam Khamis Mkadam. ACP-Mkadam said only ‘minor’ road accidents were reported, as his North Unguja counterpart ACP- Mohammed Msangi also declared his region crime and accidents free during Easter celebrations.
THREE KILLED IN MUSOMA ACCIDENT. On Wednesday, 8 April 2015. Mara — THREE people died on the spot and four others injured in a road accident involving a Toyota Noah in Mara Region, police reported on Tuesday. The accident occurred on Monday along Bunda – Musoma highway, according to the Mara Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr. Philip Kalangi. “The vehicle was carrying family members who were coming from Bunda town heading to Musoma,” the RPC told the ‘Daily News’ over the phone. Mr. Kalangi could not name the deceased and those injured because he was out of his office. “I don’t have their names and other details right here because I am driving. But, the accident occurred on Tuesday in the afternoon and killed three people and injured four,” the regional police chief said. He however, confirmed that all survivors were immediately rushed to Bugando Referral Hospital in Mwanza city. Their condition was reportedly critical by the time they were ferried to Bugand the cause of the accident was not immediately known.
Meanwhile, there are unconfirmed reports that two more accidents that involved huge cargo trucks on Monday had left a number of people and dozens of cattle dead at Makutano area, a few kilometers from Musoma Municipality.
18 CHEAT DEATH AS VEHICLE VEERS OFF ROAD, OVERTURNS. On Wednesday April 8, 2015. At least 18 people cheated death yesterday after the vehicle they were traveling in veered of the road and overturned. The accident occurred at Kaole Village at around 8am. The 18 passengers sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Bagamoyo District Hospital. According to the eyewitnesses, the accident occurred after the driver failed to control the vehicle’s high speed. The doctor on duty at Bagamoyo District Hospital, Dr Irene Kasela, said the hospital had received 18 injured people and that three of them were referred to Muhimbili National Hospital after their conditions deteriorated. “We received 18 injured people, but three of them had more serious conditions thus we rushed them to MNH for more treatment and tests,” he said. He mentioned the injured passengers as Abdullah Sultan, Masoud Jawewa and Masoud Mikidadi. Others were Makame Kombo, Mohammed Omary, Kalimu Amiri, Bakari Iddy, Said kifumba, Amedu Aweru and Salum Matanganya. The list also included Chagule Hussein, Jaffary Haidan, Habineni Seumudi and Halikaji Mohammed. The tree who were rushed to MNH included Hussein Paiso, Halifa Salum and Mustafa Ramadhani. Coastal Regional Police Commander Ulrich Matei confirmed the incident and that the injured were heading to a sports event in Bagamoyo town. The Bagamoyo MP, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, visited the injured at the hospital yesterday.
LIONS KILL MASAI MORAN IN SELOUS RESERVE. On Wednesday, 8 April 2015. Ruvuma. A 15-year-old Masai cattle herder has been killed after being attacked by predators while herding cattle near Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, police said on Monday.
Acting Ruvuma regional police commander Revocatus Malimi said in a telephone interview that the incident occurred on Friday evening when Tiga Luchomania was herding his family cattle in an area close to the game reserve. According to the acting RPC, the Masai moran was attacked by wild animals around 5pm at Twendembile Village. “The animals killed the boy and ate some of his body parts. Lion attacks are very common in areas surrounding the game reserve,” said the acting RPC, adding that the boy’s remains were found the next day along Msisima River. Mr. Malimi urged residents in villages close to the game reserve to take extra care and move in groups to avoid possible attacks by wild animals.
A few days ago another villager was attacked by leopard and was badly injured. Wildlife experts from Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (Tawiri) said lions in the southern circuit are more hostile compared to those in the northern-based national parks. Assistant director of research at Tawiri, Dr Victor Kakengi, said research findings show that lions in other game reserves especially in the northern circuit such as like the Serengeti National Park are friendly and used to people compared to those in the Selous game reserve.
POLICE HUNT FOR FOUR AFTER ROAD ACCIDENT. Thursday April 9, 2015. Police are holding the owner of a saloon car that provided transport to four armed people who escaped after the vehicle was involved in a road accident at Soweto in the city. The four passengers in the car are said to have been carrying a gun and a machetes. The incident occurred at around 6am. Regional Police Commander Ahmed Msangi told reporters that the car owner surrendered to police, adding that he was being interrogated to help the investigations. “The owner of the car presented himself at the police station to reveal that he was the owner of the car that was involved in the accident,” he said. The RPC said information obtained from the scene showed that the car collided with a rickshaw ‘bajaj’, which had eight passengers.
After the accident four people who were in the saloon car escaped while carrying a gun, machetes and a bag. He said after inspecting the car, police found a bunch of keys and several vehicle number plates, which were thought to have been used in criminal activities. The accident caused injuries to passengers who were riding in the rickshaw. Eyewitnesses said the vehicle was being driven at high speed when it hit the three-wheeler on the side before veering off the road.
TRUCK OVERTURNS, KILLS THREE PEOPLE, 50 COWS ON SPOT. Thursday April 9, 2015. Three people have been killed in a road accident that occurred at Makutano area along Musoma-Mwanza highway in Butiama Region. More than 50 cows were knocked and killed by the same vehicle. The accident occurred at 7.30pm after a truck with registration number T152 AAN overturned.
Briefing journalists here, the Regional Police Commander, Mr. Phillip Kallangi, said those who died included to two pedestrians; a man aged 20 and another woman whose identity could not be immediately established. Mr. Kallangi named another deceased as Kingi Kitura, 47, a resident of Bariadi District and owner of the cows that were being transported. The police boss said, the man died after he was struck in the badly wrecked truck. He also said, the driver of the truck that was ferrying the cattle to Tarime from Bariadi, Mr. Bernard John, 41 a resident of Bariadi District, escaped shortly after the accident occurred.
According to the Regional Police Chief, the accident was caused by the truck’s propeller shaft which stopped the functioning of its gear and break system.
WOMAN (44) DIES IN FIGHT OVER HUSBAND. On Thursday 9, April 2015. FOUR people have died in separate incidents which occurred in Mbeya and Manyara regions, police have confirmed. In the first incident, a 44-year-old woman identified as Eliza Sweety, a resident of Ngwala died on the spot when she was slashed on her neck, arm and left leg with a knife by her co-wife on Monday night.
Mbeya Regional Police Commander (RPC), Ahmed Msangi told the ‘Daily News’ over the phone that the suspect whom he identified as Paulina Mwambe (46), a resident of Ngwala in Mbeya region has been arrested by police. “The incident occurred at about 20.00 hrs at Ngwala village, Chunya district in Mbeya region. The source of the incident is said to be jealousy,” RPC Msangi said. RPC Msangi also said that husband of the two wives loved the second wife more than the first a situation that prompted the first wife to attack the other wife.
In the second incident, police in the region confirmed the death of a boy child identified as Airich Jackson (3) a resident of Igawilo village who died after being knocked by a cart. He died while undergoing medical treatment at Igawilo Dispensary in Igawilo Village. Commander Msangi said that the incident occurred at around 15:30 hrs at Igawilo Division in Mbeya Region.
According to RPC, the source of the incident was not immediately established where the investigation is under way to establish the source of the incident. He said that police within the area are looking for the suspect who disappeared after the incident. The suspects name was not immediately established.
Meanwhile, police in Manyara region are holding an old man identified as Akwe Ng’ai (93) a resident of Mbulu on suspicion of unlawful ownership of 51 shotguns. Manyara RPC Deusdedit Nsimeki said that the suspect was arrested on Tuesday afternoon after police got information from good Samaritans. “The shotguns were found in the ceiling in the house of Ngai when a police search was carried out. Police are questioning the aspect, RPC Nsimeki said, adding it is believed that the suspect was storing the shotguns in order to rent them out to robbers.
RPC Nsimeki also reported that two people died on the sport after a trailer with registration number T807 CBC lost direction at Kihandu village in Manyara region. The RPC mentioned the names of the deceased as Rajab Omary (32) and Ali Juma (30) who died on the sport after the motor vehicle lost direction and knocked a car with registration number T874 CKU
DAR HEIGHTENS SECURITY CHECKS AMID TERROR ALERT. 9th April 2015. Dar es Salaam. In what appears to be measures to prevent a repeat of Garissa Style terrorist attacks, authorities have beefed up security in most public buildings in the cities of Dar es Salaam, Mwanza and Kampala.
Now, metal detectors have been put in place in a bid to check what people carry with them as they enter public buildings in these cities. A survey conducted by The Citizen in some large and busy public buildings in the city here established that most of them had security scanners installed at entrance points, whereby every person going in is checked.
The move to heighten security measures is not new in the city. Each time there is a terror-related attack in the country or elsewhere in East Africa, security would be beefed up only to be forgotten after a few weeks. This was the case in 2013 after Al-Shabaab militants attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi killing 67 people.
However, in its survey, The Citizen established that not all public buildings had been installed with metal detectors as would have been expected. At the PPF Tower on Ohio Street, all people going in had to be checked, something that was not the case before the recent Garissa attack in Kenya. The situation was the same at the New Africa Hotel whereby all visitors going in had to undergo the security protocol. At the Benjamin Mkapa Towers visitors where checked only in some sections of the building, while in others nothing was happening.
Meanwhile, the management operating the Kivukoni Ferry launched the process of checking all passengers as they boarded something that caused complaints because it was taking too long to check each and everyone. But, when The Citizen visited the facility yesterday, it established that the exercise that had caused a long queue during the festive season had been abandoned on the Magogoni side without any notice. The developments in the city appear to be a response to last week’s Al-Shabaab attacks on Garissa University College in which at least 148 people were killed. Ferry passengers told The Citizen that the arrangement was a welcome development but something was to be done to ensure that there were no delays, given the volume of people crossing from either of the two sides. “It took me about 45 minutes to be checked.
The ratio of security officers manning the metal detectors does not correspond to the number of passengers boarding the ferry. There are only two officers doing the scanning and this wastes a lot of time,” said Ray Naluyaga a regular user of the ferry. A security guard at Kivukoni who requested to remain anonymous because he is not authorized to speak for the management was of the opinion that check up should be the norm at the facility, and so it was important to bring in more and better machines. He said security of the people and their properties was of utmost importance and should not be taken lightly. Passengers coming from the Kigamboni side said even though the exercise had been stopped on the Magogoni side, it was still going on the other side albeit at a very slow pace. The government needs to ensure that security measures are effective everywhere. It is better to prevent tragedies from happening rather than lament,” said the security guard.
BEWARE OF TERRORISTS, GAMA URGES MOSHI TRADERS IN KILIMANJARO. April 10, 2015. Members of the public especially business people, here have been asked to be vigilant in the wake of escalating terrorist threats in the East African Region. Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner (RC) Leonidas Gama, addressing a traders’ meeting at the Kili Home Grounds here yesterday, asked the business people to carefully deal with people who visit them regularly to avert terrorist attacks. Referring to incident in the neighboring Kenya, Mr. Gama warned that similar attacks could happen in the country if the citizens were not supporting security.
“Traders interact with people who come from afar. We request them to be careful by looking at the dynamics of peoples movements to avoid terrorism. We are in the border region where there are many foreigners who enter our country often. If you see any kind of behavior or movement that is not consistent, relay the information to the relevant organs,” the RC urged. He observed the entrepreneurs were important in the security and other interests of the country and should, therefore, consider their safety first as they could not conduct their business in the absence of security. Mr. Gama told the traders that security was a matter of utmost importance and to achieve their business objectives, they must make sure that they have adequate security in their homes.
At the conference, which was inclusive of traders from various fields presented their concerns to the RC, who was also the chairman of the meeting, reported to him that serious nuisance was on the use of EFD machines? In such complaints, many admitted that the machines have become a nuisance through frequent breakdowns and other failings. They said that some unscrupulous TRA staff have been soliciting bribe from them for a slightest error. Kilimanjaro Regional TRA Manager, Mr. Abdul Mapembe, promised to solve the problems, including giving them education about TRA and use of the machines since it has been discovered that traders fail to use EFD machines properly because they do not have enough knowledge about them. At the meeting, Mr. Gama formed a secretariat, which will look into the problems affecting traders. It is made of officials from the TRA, Moshi Municipality and representatives’ businessmen.
FORMER KORONGWE MP, SON KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT. 10th April 2015. Tanga. Ten people were killed yesterday in a tragic road accident that occurred at Mbweni Mkata area in Tanga Region involving two buses and a small vehicle.
Thirty five others were injured in the accident which occurred when a Toyota Passo lost direction and veered off the road. The mishap made two buses, RATCO and Ngorika that were moving on different directions collide head-on. According to Tanga Acting Police Commander, Juma Ndaki, those who perished include former Korogwe Rural MP, Musa Lupatu and a son who were in the small vehicle. According to him, speeding was a major cause of the accident adding that the bodies of the deceased were preserved at Magunga District Hospital in Korogwe.
Mr. Ndaki said: “The Ngorica bus was heading to Arusha from Dar es Salaam while the Ratco bus was headed for Dar es Salaam from Tanga.” According to him a Toyota Passo was going to Dar es Salaam from Korogwe. Tanga Chief Medical Officer, Asha Mahita, said she had received 35 people who were injured and that they were being treated at Mkata Health Centre while others were expected to be referred to Bombo Hospital. The afternoon accident brings to a total 67, the number of people who have died in road accidents since last month. The accidents have been blamed on driver error.
Earlier in March, 50 people were killed in an accident involving a truck and a bus in Mufundi District, Iringa Region. Two weeks later another seven people were killed and 48 others were injured after two buses crashed head-on at Mikumi National Park in Kilosa District, Morogoro Region.
Another accident occurred at Kitonga Mountain in Iringa Region. The accident involved Happy Nation bus and a lorry from Azania Company. According to police, the driver of the bus attempted to overtake the lorry but met another vehicle that he eventually crashed. Several people were injured and no death was reported by press time.
MWANGA LINK TO TANZANIAN ARRESTED IN GARRISA. 10th April 2015. Moshi. A Tanzanian man was arrested in connection with last week’s deadly Al Shabaab attack on a Kenyan university in which at least 148 people were shot dead, has been reported as hailing from Kilimanjaro Region’s Mwanga District. Mr. Rashid Charles Mberesero has been described as hailing from Mwanga’s Usangi Village even contacted members of the well-known Mberesero family distanced themselves from the man and appealed to police to carry out more investigations to verify his “actual identity”. The news of Mr. Mberesero’s arrest soon after the massacre at Garissa University College, and his link to Kilimanjaro has come as a shock to most residents in the region, including the Mwanga MP and minister for Water, Prof Jumanne Maghembe. “News that the suspect is from Mwanga has shocked me. I know they said Mberesero family, but most of them are Christians. The suspect’s full name suggests he be could belong to either of the two religions,” said Prof Maghembe in an interview with The Citizen.
Media reports in Kenya first reported of the arrest of the Tanzanian suspect who was flushed from the ceiling of one of the buildings that came under attack. The reports quoted the Kenyan police as confirming his nationality. Kenya’s Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka said Mr Mberesero, who was neither a student nor a resident of the university, was seized while in possession of several rounds of ammunition “We believe the suspect, who is from Tanzania, was among the attackers. He was found with bullets and hiding in the ceiling and was immediately arrested,” said Mr. Njoka. He added that the said Tanzanian national is now among scores of suspects who are in custody in connection with the raid that was the worst Al Shabaab attack on Kenyan soil.
In Mwanga, a member of the Mberesero family, Mr George Mberesero, told The Citizen that they have been receiving calls from different people inquiring about the said Rashid. “We don’t know this Rashid Charles Mberesero. We are an all-Christian family but the said suspect’s first name suggests he’s Muslim. We are appealing to investigating teams from both Kenya and Tanzania to find out the correct position with regard to this matter,” he said.
Separately, other Usangi residents who The Citizen contacted recalled that a suspect whom they didn’t immediately know was arrested in the area last year and was in possession of an Al Shabaab flag. “We remember the police arrested a young man with the flag but they later released him following intervention some elders, said one resident who requested not to be named since the matter was sensitive at the moment.
The Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner, Mr Leonidas Gama, said he had only read the news on the arrest of the suspect but did not have any concrete information on his background. “Personally, I was saddened at the grisly slaughter of innocent students, but I am equally shocked to hear that a Tanzanian may have been among the gunmen,” said Mr. Gama. Kilimanjaro residents now want State security agencies to take keener interest in what has been happening in the area, with reports that some people are involved in youth radicalization in the name of offering religious education. They pointed out to the recent arrest of seven people who are being investigated over giving training of youngsters, which include religious teachings and martial arts. The youths are drawn from several parts of the country and are trained in the confines of the suspects’ homes instead of licensed madras as that have been certified and recognized by Islamic authorities in the region.
TERROR SUSPECT RASHID REMANDED FOR 30 DAYS. 10th, April 2015. Nairobi. The Tanzanian arrested over the Garissa University killings last week will be detained for the next 30 days before he is formally charged with the offense. The prosecution yesterday applied for, and was granted, an extended custodial order against Mr. Rashid Charles Mberesero alias Rehani Dida, who is believed to have had contact with the attackers who killed 148 people, 142 of them students, at the institution on April 2.
The 21-year-old Form Five student will join five other suspects already in police custody who are being investigated over the Al-Shabaab massacre that has shocked the world. Prosecutor Daniel Karuri said Mr. Mberesero may have been involved in the attack. “Investigators have established that he had contact with the attackers,” Mr. Karuri told a court in Nairobi. The Tanzanian was reportedly going to Somalia to join Al Shabaab but was arrested instead. He is believed to have “concrete information” and police have said they need time to interrogate him.”
Other suspects in custody awaiting further directions, and who are also being probed over the attack, are Mr. Mohammud Adan Surrow, an employee of a hotel in Garissa town where the terrorists dined before they struck, and Mr. Osman Abdi Dakane, a security guard at the ill-fated campus who was arrested as he took photographs of the dead and made frantic telephone calls to suspected contacts in Somalia. The others are Mr Mohammed Abid Abikar, Mr Hassan Adan Hassan and Mr. Sahal Diriye Hassan–who are said to have helped transport the weapons used during the attack.
The trios were reportedly arrested while fleeing to Somali after the bloodbath. Documents presented in court link nine other suspects, among them a Yemeni and a Ugandan, to surveillance missions for “soft targets for terrorism”. The prosecution has yet to charge the suspects due to pending investigations. The Yemeni, Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Ali, was arrested at the University of Nairobi’s Kabete campus hostels but denied being a terrorist and told Magistrate Benson Nzakyo that he came to Kenya to study English. The suspect is among those who will spend the next 15 days in custody for further profiling.
Ugandan, Mr. Andrew Katende, was arrested alongside Mr. Antony Maina and Mr. Samuel Njuguna at a mall in Mlolongo on the outskirts of Nairobi. They were in the company of a Spaniard who has since been handed over to authorities in his home country for further investigation. Mr. Mustafa Abdi Yusuf and Mr. Abdi Elimi Rage, who were arrested at the Nairobi Assemblies of God Church, are suspected to have been on a surveillance mission. Also among the suspects was Mr. Hassan Munguti Muiya, who says he is a beggar. The prosecution says, though, that he was arrested while trying to force his way into the Nairobi Pentecostal Church on Valley Road during Sunday service. He was wearing a Muslim head cap at the time and will be detained for five days at Muthaiga Police Station. Two other suspects, said to have been operating a “business front” for funding Al Shabbab activities, have also been remanded in police custody for 15 days. Another suspect said to have been on a surveillance mission was arrested at Pangani shopping centre and will be in custody for 15 days to help with investigations.
KAGERA POLICE MANHUNT THROAT-CUTTING MURDERS. On Saturday April 11, 2015. Police in Kagera Region launched an intensive and extensive investigation on throat-cutting murderers who are alleged to be selling the body part of their victims to neighboring Uganda, the Regional Police Commander he said. The grisly development comes in the wake of heinous killings of people with albinism that have placed people with disability and their relatives in perpetual fear for their lives and tainted the image of the country in Africa and beyond. And as if this was not enough atrocity on innocent lives, elderly people and especially those with red eyes resulting from smoke as they blow to rekindle fire on the firewood or charcoal stoves have fallen victim to cutlass wielding killers on the pretext that such people are witches. As in the case with killers of people with albinism who are believed to be carrying out the attacks to get parts of the victims for the superstitious rituals in search of quick and easy fortunes, so are the macabre murders in Kagera region where some people allegedly believe in ancient myths that sacrifice of innocent people would bring fortune to the perpetrators of the ghoulish criminal facts. Other morbid killings which have sustained country include those in Mbeya where the murderers were skinning their victims and allegedly selling the human skins in underground markets in the neighboring Malawi. Even before that there have been stories of people with warped minds in Kigoma who were killing people with bold heads in superstitious beliefs.
Kagera RPC Henry Mwaibambe has said the killings have made thousands of residents in Kagera Region live in anxiety and great fear; adding that the police have tightened security and that investigations were underway at all points reported to be routes of human body parts smugglers and a dozen of suspect were being held in Police custody. “We are investigating Kanyigo Village which is in Tanzania and we have been told through Lake Victoria to Kansesero shores in Uganda is also the murders’ route but I am sure we will stop this boorish practice” he said adding: “It has been difficult for the police because this crime is new to this region” Kagera region has been experiencing various crimes such as illegal weapons; livestock robbery and illegal immigrants from the neighboring country such as Rwanda and Burundi.
“Since the report of cut-throats emerged in August last year, three people have been found dead in Bukoba Municipality and three others have been admitted to Regional Government Hospital in Bukoba with injuries” he said. “Police postmortem has found that three dead bodies have big cut at the back of their necks and big cuts on their heads,” he added. However, the police boss has warned people to stop spreading rumors and false information saying by doing so many people in the region will live in apprehension. Body parts of the victims are believed to be smuggled to Uganda where they are used by witch doctors in their rituals and ‘medicinal’ concoctions. Unconfirmed reports say that body parts have become ‘good business’ whereas some of the businessmen in Kagera have made fortunes out of human bodies. Even though the police in the region insist that there is “no evidence yet” of human body parts smuggling, they have undertaken intensive investigation thought the region.
SUSPECTED AL SHABAAB MILITANTS ARRESTED. On Thursday 16 April 2015. One terror suspect was killed and 10 others were flushed out of a mosque here where they were found with explosives and Al-Shabaab flag. Angry residents of Nyandero village in Kidatu Ward of Kilombero District attacked the suspect and set him ablaze after a fracas, during which he slashed a police officer in the neck with a sword. He was said to be the host of the suspects arrested in the local mosque with 30 explosives, several live bullets, bomb detonators and police uniforms. Police said the items indicated that the suspects intended to commit a felony. Along with the black flag popularized by the Somali-based terror group, the suspects had text and exercise books bearing Arabic words. Those arrested have yet to be identified and the police have launched investigations to establish their origin and motive. Morogoro Regional Police Commander Leonard Paul told reporters that the suspects were arrested following a tip-off from local residents. Police laid an ambush at the mosque after a search in the village established that the suspects had disappeared from the house where they were first spotted. They were finally flushed out at about 9.30pm on Tuesday. Witnesses said more suspects may have escaped as initial reports show there were about two dozen people who had arrived in several Bajajs. Mr Paul identified the dead man as Hamad Makwendo from Manasini-Ruaha in Kilombero. Police started trailing the suspects following a tip-off from informers who said they were suspicious of their movements. “Police lay in wait for Makwendo, who was co-ordinating their movement,” said Mr Paul. When he was stopped for inspection, he dashed away, leading to a chase.” After a while, Commander Paul said, Makwendo pulled out a sword and slashed Corporal Nasoro in the neck. The officer was taken to hospital. Mr Paul said a colleague on the same patrol shot the suspect in the leg to immobilize him. But when he resisted and struck the officer, a huge mob that was helping in the chase lynched him. A reinforcement of police from the Kilombero headquarters helped arrest the others from the Sunni Mosque in Kidatu area. Those in the mosque were frisked and those found with the items were arrested. When they were frisked, a balaclava and bullets for a sub-machine gun and pistols were recovered. Ward Councilor Asajile Mwasumbi said more suspects might have escaped and appealed for help to find them.
SUSPECTED ROBBERS KILL TWO IN MOSHI. On Wednesday 22, 2015. TWO people were killed by suspected robbers on Tuesday in Kilimanjaro region while four suspected bandits are being held in Dar es Salaam on suspicion that they might have robbed a Dutch person of 75,000/- at Kinondoni Municipality.
In the first incident, a security guard, Edison Shamba (56) and a driver with Bonite Bottlers Company (BBC), Amin Mselemu (61), have been killed by suspected bandits who allegedly stole a large amount of money which was stashed in two bags. The Kilimanjaro Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr. Geofrey Kamwela, told this newspaper that the incident occurred on Monday evening at ‘Soweto Chini’ in Moshi District. He said that the deceased were traveling in number T 803 ART owned by BBC when it was ambushed by four suspected robbers with firearms, riding on two motorcycles. Mr. Kamwela further said that in the incident the company’s security guard, Mr Shamba (56), who was escorting the car, was shot in the head. He died instantly. He said the security guard was carrying a shotgun with registration number 8710653 and five rounds of ammunition. “The car driver, Amini Mselemu, was shot on different parts of his body including chest, stomach and hand and died while undergoing medical treatment at KCMC Referral Hospital,” he said. He said that after the incident the robbers stole the money whose amount was yet to be determined and vanished. The money had been collected from selling centers.
According to the RPC, at the scene during the incident, there were four other people in the car who were not wounded and were identified to be the sales agents of the company. He said they are (the agents) under police custody for interrogation. The bodies of the deceased have been preserved in KCMC Referral Hospital and police are hunting down the suspected robbers.
Meanwhile, Police in Dar es Salaam are holding four suspected bandits on allegations of stealing 75,000/- from a foreign white man identified as Cees Jan Conijin (27) yesterday at Kinondoni Municipality.
The Dar es Salaam Special Zone Commissioner of Police (CP) Suleiman Kova said that the incident occurred on Tuesday at 9:00am and mentioned the suspects as Salum Mtumwa (25), Alex Manguka (30), Mohamed Abdalla alias Medy (27) and Stephano Kikindi (32). All are residents in the city. He said that one of the suspects was driving a Toyota Cienta motor vehicle with registration number T 787 DBU around the city centre. He pretended to be a city taxi driver and took the foreign passenger who was going to Leaders Club area in Kinondoni. Mr Kova said on the way to Kinondoni, the fake taxi driver passed through some streets and picked up three other passengers before reaching the destination. “As they continued with the trip in the vehicle, suddenly they began to force the man to give them all the money that he had,” he said.
According to Kova, the suspects managed to rob him of 75,000/- and forced him to give them his ATM card and its password before they went on and dumped the victim near Mwananyamala hospital.
10 KILLED, 50 INJURED IN ACCIDENT. On Thursday 23, April 2015. Shinyanga. Ten passengers were killed and 50 others were injured, some of them seriously, after their bus collided with a lorry in Shinyanga Region.
The accident occurred around 2pm at Ibingo Village, Samuye Ward in Shinyanga District. The bus involved in the accident, named ‘Unique Express,’ was heading to Tabora from Mwanza. It collided head-on with a ‘Coca Cola’ lorry, which was coming from Tinde heading to Shinyanga.
Speaking with reporters at the scene of accident, Shinyanga Regional Police Commander Justus Kamugisha, said the bus driver was in high speed and that he lost control and hit the lorry, which was also in the middle of the road. “The bus was in high speed to the extent that the driver could not control it, he ended up colliding with the lorry and causing deaths of nine people on the spot… another person died while receiving treatment at Shinyanga Regional Hospital,” said the RPC. He explained that the lorry driver had been arrested and the bus driver was unconscious at the hospital.
“The two drivers are alive, one is under police custody and another is fighting for his life in hospital,” said RPC Kamugisha. According to him, police were forced to hire a crane to assist in retrieving some passengers who were still in the mangled bus. He said most of them were found already dead from the injuries and excessive bleeding. He asked passengers to report reckless drivers immediately in order to avert accidents and save people’s lives.
Some eye witnesses said the bus was moving in a very high speed and that it was impossible for the driver to avoid the accident. The Samuye Ward councilor Mr. Amos Shija, said they heard people screaming in agony after the bus collided with the lorry. Another eye witness Mr. John Bundala, asked the government to take serious measures against reckless drivers including banning them from driving passenger vehicles.
BUKOBA MAN TAKES 30 YEARS FOR RAPE. On Friday 24, April 2015. A BUKOBA resident, Diocles William, will take 12 strokes of the cane in addition to a 30-year imprisonment for raping a 12-year old girl, the daughter of a neighbor whom he promised a reward of 100/-.
This followed the decision by the Court of Appeal to entirely dismiss an appeal by William, the appellant, had lodged to challenge the judgment of the High Court given on May 29, last year. “We find no reason for interfering with the finding of the first appellate court that it was the appellant who committed the offense of rape,” Justices Nathalia Kimaro, Bernard Luanda and Ibrahim Juma, ruled.
In his appeal, the appellant had faulted the High Court for sustaining the conviction and the sentence, while prosecution witnesses were not credible and their evidence was ‘not consistent.’ He had alleged further that the sentence of corporal punishment was wrongly imposed on him, in addition to the sentence of imprisonment. In their judgment, however, the justices said the issue of the commission of the offense of rape was proved by the prosecution and the evidence of the victim of rape clearly linked the appellant. The appellant had denied being the one who committed the offense, although he admitted being at the house from where the victim was picked and taken to a thicket where the offense was committed.
“As we put the evidence of the prosecution and the defense on the scale of truth, that one of the prosecutions weighs more than that of the appellant,” they ruled. The justices reached such conclusion because there was no reason given by the appellant to show why the offense of rape should have been framed against him.
They said that William was seen taking the victim and heard telling her that he was going to his house to give her 100/-. The charge sheet shows that the offense was committed on July 11, 2010. On the material date, while the victim was playing with her colleagues, the appellant went at their house at around 4.00 pm. He told the victim to accompany him to his house promising to give her 100/-. On the way, the appellant took her to a thicket and brought her down. He assaulted her and threatened to cut her with a machete if she refused to touch him and if she would reveal the incident to other people, before disappearing into thin air. The girl went back home and reported the ordeal to her mother.
MBEYA MAN NABBED FOR KILLING OWN FATHER. On Tuesday, April 28, 2015. A MAN identified as Elias Simbeye (35) is being held by police in Mbeya Region on suspicions of stabbing his father, Andison Simbeye (68), to death following family problems. The Mbeya Regional Police Commander (RPC), Ahmed Msangi, told this paper through the phone yesterday that the suspect stabbed and seriously injured his father on Saturday evening at Namangoni Village in Ileje District. He said that after being stabbed, the victim was admitted to Ileje District Hospital and died on Sunday morning around 11:00hrs while undergoing medical treatment.
“According to preliminary investigations the killing occurred due to family problems between the deceased and his son. The suspect is being held for interrogation in connection with the incident,” said Msangi.
In a separate incident, seven suspected illegal immigrants believed to be from Ethiopia and Somalia are being held by police in Shinyanga Region for entering the country without permission. The Shinyanga RPC, Mr Justus Kamugisha, told the ‘Daily News’ over the phone yesterday that the suspects were arrested on Sunday and Monday in separate areas of Shinyanga Region. He said that three Ethiopians were arrested at 09:00 at Shinyanga Bus Terminal in a Yutong bus belonging to Master City Company. “According to the preliminary interrogations, they were traveling from Mwanza to Dar es Salaam,” said Kamugisha. He mentioned the names of the suspects as Fireza Wehmebo (19), Dawiti Esatu (18), Dagafa Geje (18), all believed to be residents of South Hawasa in Ethiopia.
Meanwhile, he said four Somali nationals including Dasent Taraky (15), Abuu Undure (30), Tagasa Aebate (25) and one Izrael Abume (18) were arrested on Sunday night around 19:00hrs at Isela Village. Kamugisha said the suspects were arrested following a crackdown along Nzega/ Shinyanga road while traveling from Mwanza to Kahama area in a motor vehicle with registration number T 866 DCQ driven by Dastan Simon (48). “We have established that they were transported by one Issa Juma (21) of Kahama area, where it is noted that they were traveling to Dar es Salaam in preparation to go to South Africa,” he said. He added that Issa Juma and Maulid Juma (19) are being held for helping them to enter the country without a permit. The suspects will appear in court when investigations are completed.
COURT ORDERS ARREST OF EX-ACCOUNTANT OVER 30 M /-DEBTS. On Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The Kisutu Resident Magistrates’ Court in Dar es Salaam has ordered the arrest and detention of former accountant of Bagamoyo District Council, Michael Wage, for failure to honor a decree for payment of over 30m/-.
Senior Resident Magistrate Nyigulila Mwaseba ruled against Mr Wage, who trades as Gwami Pharmacy situated in Morogoro municipality in Morogoro region, after granting an application lodged by Metrol Pharmaceutical Company Limited. Court records show that Metrol Pharmaceutical Company, the plaintiff, had supplied some pharmaceutical products worth 29,196,000/- to Gwami Pharmacy, the defendant, of which Mr Wage is its proprietor, but the latter defaulted to pay the said amount.
The plaintiff, through legal services of advocate Dr Onesmo Kyauke from Locus Attorneys, was forced to take the matter to court, demanding payment of the amount in question plus 36 per cent interest. At the time the suit was filed in August 2013, the defendant had disputed the claims.
In December 2013, however, the parties reached a settlement and Gwami Pharmacy agreed to pay 30,500,000/- in final conclusion of the suit and such amount was to be paid in full on or before February 15, 2014. Such agreement was recorded by the court as a decree on April 24, last year. The defendant defaulted to pay the amount since then, prompting the plaintiff to apply for an arrest warrant in execution of the decree.
The court has issued several warrants to officer in charge of Morogoro Police Station, ordering the arrest of the proprietor of Gwami Pharmacy, unless he pays the decreed amount. However, the police in Morogoro have failed to arrest the owner of Gwami Pharmacy for reasons best known to them. At some point in time, lawyers for the plaintiff had written a letter to Morogoro Regional Police Commander (RPC) to complain about the police’s failure to arrest Wage in compliance with the court order, but nothing had been done. Reached for comment on the matter, the mobile phone for the RPC Leonard Paul was answered by his assistant, who said the region’s commander was in a meeting. He promised to convey the issue to him and call later to respond to the allegations. Until we went to press, no response by the RPC had been made.
The dispute involving the parties started in 2012 at various occasions when the plaintiff supplied to the defendant some pharmaceutical products on credit. In consideration for the supply, on November 3, 2012, the defendant drew three cheques in favour of the plaintiff worth 29,196,000/-. But the cheques were dishonoured when the plaintiff deposited them with the reason that the defendant had no sufficient funds in its bank account. Despite the plaintiff complaining on the mater, the defendant remained defiant.
The plaintiff decided to sue the defendant to recover the money. In his defense, the defendant had requested the court to dismiss the suit and denied to have been supplied with the pharmaceutical products. The defendant had demanded the plaintiff to prove the claims.
ELEVEN PERISH IN ROAD ACCIDENT. On Wednesday, April 29, 2015. ELEVEN people died on the spot while 18 others were seriously injured after a minibus, Hiace, in which they were traveling rammed into a lorry at Gezaulole Gizani area in Kigamboni, Temeke municipality on Sunday night.
Temeke Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Kihenya Kihenya, confirmed to this newspaper yesterday that the deceased’s bodies were collected by relatives from Temeke Hospital on Tuesday morning for burial.
“Preliminary investigations indicated that reckless driving was the reason behind the accident. The Hiace rammed into the truck after its driver, whose identity was not immediately established, lost control when attempting to avoid a pothole,” said the Temeke RPC. Mr Kihenya said the injured people were taken to the same hospital for medical treatment. Fourteen out of the 18 injured people were male while the remaining four were female.
“We have started investigations into the matter to establish the circumstances that surrounded the accident,” he said.
Meanwhile, three people have died in separate road accidents that occurred on Monday in Mbeya region, police have said. In the first incident, two women identified as Tereza Jackson (38) and Snara Henry (36) were hit to death by a Toyota Ipsum motor vehicle with registration number T 640 CDE which belongs to one Nicholaus Mashaka (26).
The accident occurred at Uyole area along the Mbeya/Iringa Highway. T he Mbeya Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Ahmed Msangi, told ‘Daily News’ over phone that the accident was caused by unidentified carjackers who stole the car from a taxi driver identified as Frank Staford (23) at Mbalizi St Mary area at 09:00 pm. The victims were hit around 11:30 pm at Uyole area by the speeding vehicle.
The suspects were trying to escape with the car to an unknown place after dumping the driver in the bush along the road. “Before the incident, the suspects pretended to be customers who needed to hire the car for sending a sick person to hospital. While on the way they kidnapped the driver, tied him up and threw him into the bush. Then they disappeared with the car,” Msangi said. After causing the accident, the suspects abandoned the vehicle at the scene and vanished.
The bodies of the deceased have been preserved at the Mbeya Referral Hospital pending burial arrangements. Police have launched an investigation into the matter.
In another incident, a pedestrian identified as Anthony Mwesenga (28) died after being hit by a Mitsubishi Canter with registration number T 296 BGE driven by Nuru Nickson (34) at Kesalia village in Mbalizi district. According to Commander Msangi, the accident occurred at 05:30 pm when the deceased was riding a motorbike with registration number T 990 AAJ. “The motor vehicle driver is being held in connection with the incident. Investigation is underway to establish the cause of the accident.
The body of the deceased has been preserved at Mbalizi district hospital,” he said.
Also, 13 suspected illegal immigrants believed to be from Burundi are being held by police in Mbeya region for entering the country without permits. The suspects were arrested on Monday night at Isongole village on the border between Malawi and Tanzania. They were traveling from Malawi. Commander Msangi mentioned names of the suspects as Ruton Joseph (71), Kwizeya Jeremia (27), Fredy Shutinamagagara(29), Endakumana Lewance (24), Niyonzuru Alber (30) and Atangamana Elisa (25).Others are Niyokusenga Shariot (5), Hafashima Adeline (10), Nimpaye Faines (7), Niyonzima Chanine (27), Mogisha Frank (1), Sabushimike Aniseti (33) and Sabushi Mikeme (12).
The suspects will be handed over to the immigration office and, possibly, appear in a court of law when investigation is completed.
TWO INDIANS IN COURT OVER FRAUD, OCCASIONING 4bn/-LOSS. On Wednesday, April 29, 2015. TWO Indian nationals, Kalrav Patel and Kamal Ashar, have been charged with several counts relating to fraudulent use of communication network and occasioning loss of over 4bn/- to government and telecommunications industry. They were arraigned before the Kisutu Court in Dar es Salaam and were not allowed to enter plea to the charges before Principal Resident Magistrate Cyprian Mkeha.
The two were remanded in custody until May 12, when the case will be mentioned as investigations into the matter were still going on, according to the prosecution led by Principal State Attorney Tumanini Kweka, who was assisted by Joannes Karungura from Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA). Other counts include operating electronic communications without a license, use of unapproved electronic equipments, importation and installation of electronic communication equipment without a license and use of unapproved electronic equipments.
The prosecution alleged that at unknown dates this year in the city; knowingly Patel and Ashar imported into Tanzania some electronic communication equipments, which are Voices over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gateways and Cisco Router without having a license issued by TCRA. According to the prosecutor, the accused persons, at unknown date within Zanzibar Municipality, installed and maintained the said equipment without a license and that between February 25 and April 18, this year; they allegedly used the equipment which was not approved by the Authority.
The prosecution alleged further that within the same period, the accused unlawfully operated an international gateway to receive and transmit telecommunication traffic without a license issued by the Authority. It is alleged further that between February 25 and April 18, this year, in Zanzibar Municipality, unlawfully and with intent to avoid payments, all accused transmitted international telecommunications traffic without using a gateway licensed by TCRA. The prosecution further alleged that within the same period, being unlicensed operators, Patel and Ashar terminated international telecommunications traffic by using unlicensed GSM VoIP gateways, thereby causing a pecuniary loss of 4,357,080,000/- to the government and TCRA.
During this rainy season, remember these safety tips before you leave your house:
Before setting off:
Consider whether your journey is essential. If not, can it be delayed until after the rain has subsided?
Plan your journey in advance, taking care to avoid areas which are prone to flooding, and factoring in extra time to allow for slower speeds and potential congestion
Let relatives and friends know your intended route and expected time of arrival and where possible, travel with others
Check that your windscreen wiper blades are fully functional. If both front and back blades are not up to scratch, get them replaced
Make sure you fill up. Using your lights and heaters and being caught in traffic use more fuel than driving in normal conditions
Carry a mobile phone in case you encounter any difficulties during your journey