The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) dropped the charge of money laundering in the economic trial of six people allegedly linked to the theft of 164,160,000 liters of diesel valued at $ 246 billion in the Kigamboni region of Dar es Salaam.
This was revealed last Friday at the Kisutu Magistrates’ Court when the trial was mentioned. State Prosecutor Ester Martin told senior resident magistrate in charge Godfrey Isaya that the DPP had decided to drop the charge in accordance with section 91 (1) of the Criminal Procedure Act (CPA).
She informed the court that the DPP, under the provision in question, would not prosecute the defendants for money laundering. In the circumstances, the accused would therefore face only three charges.
After the court upheld the DPP’s decision, the Advocate General replaced the indictment and read the remaining charges to the defendants. They include damage to property used for the purpose of providing the necessary service, theft and loss caused to a specified authority.
The defendants were not allowed to plead in favor of the charges because the case falls under the Law on Combating Economic and Organized Crime. The magistrate reminded them that his court still does not have jurisdiction to hear anything, including the issue of the bond.
He said the case against the defendants would be tried by the Economics, Corruption and Organized Crime Division of the High Court. The lower court could only adjudicate the case after obtaining the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Following the DPP’s decision, however, the defendants will be entitled to bail, which will be issued by the High Court. The court adjourned the case to July 29, 2021, for mention, as investigations into the case are incomplete.
The accused at the trial are Didacus Chacha (43 years old), resident of Kibada in Kigamboni, Lulu Kayombo (35 years old), who lives in Kunduchi Mtongani, Lilian Kileo (58 years old), resident of Mbezi Beach, Amri Mzee (45 years old), who resides in Ikwiriri and Ashrafu Karwani (51), a resident of Jet Lumo.
Prosecution, the attorney general told the court that on September 1, 2019 in the area of Tungi in the district of Kigamboni in the region of Dar es Salaam, the defendants damaged the pipeline used for the supply of diesel, owned by the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA).
He alleged that between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2021 in Tungi area in Kigamboni district, by deliberate acts, the defendants caused TPA a financial loss of 500m / –
The court heard that on May 31, 2021, in the Tungi area of the district, all defendants had stolen 164,160,000 liters of diesel worth $ 246 billion, owned by oil companies.