An executive director and a senior human resources officer of the Procurement and Supplies Professional and Technician Board appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate Court, Dar es Salaam, over the weekend charged with abuse of office.
Clemence Tesha and Winfrida Igogo, an executive director and a human resources officer at the board respectively, employed Amani Ngonyani who is unregistered person in procurement activities.
Ngonyani was also accused of unlawful taking of employment in procurement activities.
Prosecutor from Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) Salha Abdallah, assisted by Sofia Gulla, told the court that the offence was committed on June 22, 2010 at the Procurement and Supplies Professionals and Technician Board area while discharging their duties.
It was further alleged that the act was a violation of the provision of section 46 (1), of the procurement and supplies professional and technician.
On the second count, it was alleged that on the same date and place Tesha and Igogo intentionally employed Ngonayni in procurement activities as business development manager while he was not registered as procurement and supplies professional and technician.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges and are on bail after meeting bail conditions to secure two reliable sureties from the government or any recognised institution who will sign a bond of Sh10m each.
State Attorney Abdallah informed the court that the investigation into the case was incomplete, prompting Magistrate Kahamba to adjourn it until July 27, this year when it comes up for mention.
Over the weekend, meanwhile, the prosecution side - in the case facing former cabinet minister and Muhambwe Member of Parliament Arcado Ntagazwa (65), his son and another person - filed a certificate of adjournment requesting the court to add 60 days to finish doing their investigation
Prosecution led by State Petronila Kisaka filed the certificate from the Regional Police Commander because the investigation into the case is still in process while the 60 days of doing the investigation are over.
Other accused persons in the case are Senator Miseya (60), a resident of Kimara on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam and Webhale Ntagazwa (29), a resident of Kimara Temboni.
Presiding resident magistrate Liad Chamshama adjourned the case until July 25, this year when it comes up for mention.
It was alleged in the charge sheet that the accused committed the offence on October 22, 2009 at Msasani Mikoroshini in Kinondoni Dstrict in Dar es Salaam.
It was alleged that on the material date the accused, with intent to defraud, obtained 5,000 T-shirts and 5,000 caps, all valued at 74,950,000 from Noel Severe by falsely pretending that they would pay for the goods within one month, which they knew to be false.