Col. Abdulrahman Kinana

A tallying agent for Chadema party on Wednesday told the High Court that CCM’s campaign manager Kinana connived with the assistant returning officer for Segerea Constituency to manipulate the results in favour of Dr Mahanga.

Mr Fred Mpendazoe (Chadema) is disputing the victory of the current CCM’s member of parliament for Segerea constituency. The co-defendants are the returning officer and the Attorney General. Livingstone Rugema (31) who was CHADEMA’s tallying agent, testified that Mr Kinana conspired with the returning officer to rig the votes.

During re-cross-examination, defence counsel Jerome Msemwa asked how the discovery of the election result forms had affected the outcome of the final tallying, a question which Rugema failed to answer. When asked again by the defence if Mr Mpendazoe had complained about any irregularities during the voting, Rugema denied receiving any complaints from him.

Mpendazoe who filed the case number 98 of 2011 complained to the court that election procedures had been violated. According to Mpendazoe, the court should nullify Segerea’s results and call another election or automatically declare him the winner. Meanwhile, eight people were arraigned at Ilala District Court charged with house breaking and robbing  eight bags of sugar worth 62.5m/- from the godown of Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) situated at Vingunguti, Nyerere Road in Dar es Salaam.

The accused Yusufu Mohamed (32), Maarufu Issa (32), Bashiru Ramadhani (37), Hamisi Ramadhani (28), Bernad Haule (32), Adam Jongo (27), Janal Japhari (25) and Lukas Seti (47), pleaded not guilty to the offence and were remanded for failure to meet bail conditions set by the court. It was alleged by State Attorney Aidah Kisumo that, on unknown date, time and place the accused conspired to commit the offences.

Resident Magistrate Tarsila Kisoka adjourned the case until March 28, this year for another mention.  In another case, Mbezi Tangi Bovu resident Rogastian Mushi (46), was also brought before the same court charged with stealing motor vehicles worth 70m/-.

However, the suspect pleaded not guilty to the offence and was remanded for failure to meet bail conditions set by the court. State Attorney Denis Mujumba alleged that, on unknown date, time and place the accused conspired to commit the offence.

He also alleged that on November 15, last year at about 10:00 a.m. at city centre, the suspect stole three motor vehicles make Toyota Mark Two, Nissan Patrol and Harrier worth 70m/-, properties of Nicolaus Suke.  Resident Magistrate Janeth Kinyage adjourned the case until March 28, this year for another mention.

By JULIUS BWAHAMA and JOYCE KABIGI, Tanzania Daily News

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