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Court holds session at church attack scene

8th January 2013
Accountant Bernard Maimu (L) of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania’s Mbagala Parish in Dar es Salaam briefs Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court magistrate Walialwande Lema (3rd-L) and Principal State Attorney Tumaini Kweka (2nd-L) yesterday on destruction made to property at the premises of the church in recent commotion blamed on religious fanaticism. The court had shifted to the suburban church as part of proceedings of a case in progress in the court. (Photo: Staff Photographer)

The Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday carried out part of its court proceedings at the crime scene, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) in the Mbagala Zakhem area of Dar es Salaam.

The presiding Resident Magistrate, Walialwande Lema, the Prosecution, led by Principal State Attorney Tumaini Kweka, drove to the area in a convoy of eight vehicles and laid out some five charges against the ten suspects accusing them of vandalism, trespassing, theft and armed robbery that resulted in the loss and damage of property to the said amount.

The accused in the case are Hamad Senkondo, Shego Shego, Mashaka Imani, Hamza Mohamed, Mikidadi Sadiki, Juma Mbegu, Issa Abdallah, Hamis Kimwaga, Ramadhani Mburuand Mohamed Yusuph.

Bernad Maimu who is a treasurer of the said church received the caravan and showed them the damage which allegedly caused by the accused.

Issuing the preliminary report, Kweka stated that, sometime in October 2012, in the Temeke district in Mbagala area, a 14 year old boy defiled a copy of the Quran by urinating on it. The incident quickly spiraled out of control and turned into riots that led to the vandalism of the church and subsequent property theft and destruction.

The accused are said to have been armed with iron bars and rocks with which they broke through the church fence and proceeded to break doors, windows, utilities and most all amenities. They did not stop at vandalising but also according to the prosecution they went on to steal computers, printers, electrical keyboards, a projector, speakers, clocks and even some plastic chairs.

The case has been adjourned for January 21, this year.