Three nabbed in Dodoma over ivory worth 33m/-

05Dec 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Three nabbed in Dodoma over ivory worth 33m/-

POLICE in Dodoma Region have arrested three people found in possession of four pieces of ivory weighing 16 kilogrammes and worth over 33 million/-.

Regional police commander (RPC) Gilles Muroto said the three who all hail from Kondoa District were caught at Maili Mbili in Dodoma municipality following an operation that included the arrest of several other people for different offences.

He named those apprehended with ivory as Hussein Henry (40), resident of Dar es Salaam with roots in Kondoa, Mussa Ramadhan Mbinde (35) from Kondoa, and Abdallah Ramadhan Abdallah (32), also from Kondoa.

“They were arrested while travelling on a motorcycle with registration MC 516, Fekon model, from Kondoa to Dodoma municipality,” Muroto said.

He explained that the same police swoop also led to the recovery of 20.4 million/- in cash stolen from the Simba Cement office in Dodoma, and the arrest of Edward Ngassa, a former employee of the company.

According to the RPC, Ngassa claimed that he was robbed of the money along Uhindini Street in the municipality.

But a check into available records showed no reported cases of robbery on the mentioned street, and when police investigators inspected Ngassa’s residence, the money was found hidden at the bottom of a plastic bucket.

Meanwhile, police also arrested two people suspected of stealing three batteries from the Halotel mobile phone company watchtower at Chang’ombe and the University of Dar es Salaam.

The two suspects are Eliezel Muhongole, a Halotel-employed technician, and Alfredy Mlugu, a farmer and resident of Mpunguzi.

Police also seized 1,140 rolls and 438 sticks of bhang, arresting nine people in the process. Another 10 people were apprehended over 20 litres of local brew which the police also confiscated.

The owners and operators of 164 motorcycles and 89 vehicles were also nabbed for various traffic offences, and have all been arraigned in court.

Three people were arrested for allegedly stealing the properties of petty traders whose stalls were recently demolished to pave way for the standard gauge railway (SGR) project.

Detailing police activities in the region from January to October this year, RPC Muroto said a total of 521 people were convicted of various crimes and sentenced to jail by courts across the region.

Of these, 246 were jailed by courts in Dodoma and Chamwino, 104 in Mpwapwa, 89 in Kongwa, 16 in Bahi, and 65 in Kondoa and Chemba.