Kisutu Resident Magistrate?s Court

Kisutu Resident Magistrate?s Court

The three suspects included Leonard Mutabingwa, the Tax Exemptions Manager with the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), Julius Rutta, the Finance Director with the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) and Stephen Urassa, a Senior Legal Officer with the Tanzania Electricity Company (Tanesco).

Before Resident Magistrate Janeth Kaluyenda, Mutabingwa was charged with four counts, in which he was accused of corruptly receiving a total of Sh 2,102,100,000( Sh 2.1billion).

Prosecutor Leonard Swai told the court that on January 27, 2014, Mutabingwa through Mkombozi Commercial Bank?s account No.00110202613801, corruptly obtained for himself Sh1, 617,000,000(Sh1.62billion) the money which was part of the Tegeta Escrow Account from the IPTL boss.

The money, according to the prosecutor, was a reward for representing TRA and Mabibo Wines and Spirits, owned by James Rugemalira, in court.

On the second charge, the court was told that on July 15, 2014 at Mkombozi Commercial Bank Mutabingwa corruptly obtained Sh161,700, 000(Sh161.7million) through his account number 00110202613801, the amount that was part of the Tegeta Escrow Account.

In the third charge Mutabingwa was accused of receiving the same amount of money (Sh161,700,000) through the same bank account number on August 26,2014 in reward for representing TRA and Mabibo Wines and Spirits owned by James Rugemalira, in courts, the matter that is related to the principal?s affairs.

The same accused person was again charged with corruptly obtaining Sh161.7million through the same bank?s account number.

Prosecutor Leonard Swai from the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) assisted by Max Ari said the case against Julius Rutta came up before Resident Magistrate Devota Kisoka while cases against the two others were sent to Magistrate Janet Kaluyende.

According to the prosecutor, the second accused (Rutta) committed the offence on February 6, 2014 at Mkombozi Bank main branch within Ilala District as he corruptly obtained for himself advantage of Sh161,700,000 through his account number 00120102646201, which was part of the Tegeta Escrow Account.

The court was told that the accused received the money from James Rugemalira, a private international consultant and director of VIP Engineering and Marketing and former director of Independent Power Tanzania Ltd (IPTL).

It was alleged that the money was given to him as a reward for facilitating payment from the mentioned account to Pan African Power Solutions (T) Ltd.

Urassa was accused that on February 14, 2014 he had corruptly obtained for himself advantage of sum of Sh161, 700, 000 through his Mkombozi Commercial Bank account number 00120102658101 from the same IPTL source.

The court was told that the money was a reward for representing Tanesco and other related companies which had entered in contract with Tanesco in court, the matter which is in relation with his principal?s affair. All the accused pleaded not guilty but only Urassa was released on bail after meeting the conditions. His colleagues failed meeting bail conditions.

Mutabingwa?s bank account had ordered to be closed for a while and that he should not go out of Dar es Salaam without court permission.

On Wednesday this week, two people, Rugonzibwa Mujunangoma, the Director of Legal Services in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development and Theophil Bwakea, Principal Engineer of the Rural Energy Agency (REA) appeared before the same court Kisutu on the same (escrow account) saga.

Leading the prosecution was Leonard Swai from the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) who was assisted by Max Ari. The case came up before Senior Resident Magistrate Emmilius Mchauru.

The court was told that Mujunangoma committed the offence on February 5, 2014 at Mkombozi Bank after he corruptly obtained Sh323,400,000 through his account number 00120102602001, from Rugemalira, as a reward for his work as a provisional liquidator.

The other accused, Bwakea, who appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Frank Moshi was alleged to have committed the offence on February 12, 2014 at Mkombozi Bank after he corruptly obtained Sh161, 700,000 through his account number 00410102643901 at the same bank and from the same source.

It was alleged that the money was a reward for being among members who prepared a policy allowing the private sector to produce and sell electricity to the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO).

Source The Guardian

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