DPP drops ‘criminal’ case facing newly-appointed RC Malima

02Nov 2017
The Guardian
DPP drops ‘criminal’ case facing newly-appointed RC Malima

JUST a week after being restored to government by President John Magufuli, former deputy cabinet minister Adam Kighoma Malima has been cleared of criminal charges brought against him at the Kisutu resident magistrate’s court in Dar es Salaam.

Adam Kighoma Malima

Malima and co-accused Ramadhani Kigwande – his personal driver – were accused of obstructing a police officer from carrying out his duties and assaulting a police officer on duty, respectively, following an incident in the city back in May this year.  

But the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) yesterday withdrew the case against the two, submitting a nolle proseque under section 91(1) of the Criminal Procedures Act (CPA).

This led senior Kisutu resident magistrate Respicius Mwijage to drop the case altogether and let the two accused off the hook.

It had been alleged that on May 15 this year, in the city’s Masaki suburb, Malima obstructed a police officer trying to arrest Kigwande for allegedly attacking and hurting one Mwita Joseph, an official of Priscane Business Enterprises company.

Mwita was said to have been in the process of trying to carry out a civil arrest of Kigwande for allegedly wrong parking a vehicle belonging to Malima in the area.

The case was already well into its hearing stage with the second witness lined up by the prosecution scheduled to give testimony in court yesterday.

Malima, a former member of parliament for Mkuranga constituency, served as deputy minister in a number of portfolios in the government of ex-president Jakaya Kikwete.

Although he was left out of the current cabinet, incumbent president John Magufuli last month appointed him regional commissioner for Mara, effectively restoring him to government after a lengthy absence.

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