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Hearing of Rukaza bros 6.3bn/- EPA theft case set for May 16

17th April 2012
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Hearing of a theft case involving two brothers alleged to have stolen 6.3bn/- from the central bank's External Payment Arrears (EPA) account will start on May 16, this year.

The case was adjourned by resident magistrate Hedson Mkasimongwa because the chairman of a panel of magistrates hearing it is on a journey, but he sent a message that tomorrow he would be ready to continue with the hearing.

The prosecution side, led by State Attorney Shadrack Kimaro, told the court that the case had came up for hearing but they could not present witnesses, hence asked for another hearing date.

Magistrate Mkasimogwa adjourned the case to May 16, this year, when the hearing continues.

The accused in the case are Johnson and Mwesiga Lukaza, who are alleged that on diverse dates between December 2003 and December 2005 conspired to steal from the Bank of Tanzania (BoT).

They are alleged that on 2 November, 2005, with intent to defraud, they forged a deed of assignment dated 2 November, 2005 between Kernel Ltd of Tanzania and Marubeni Corporation of Japan purporting to show that Kernel had been assigned a debt of 6,300,402,224/64/- by Marubeni Corporation.

It is further alleged that on 11 November 2005 the accused uttered the said forged document to BoT. It is also alleged that on 7 December 2005 in Dar es Salaam the accused stole the said amount from BoT.

On the last count it is alleged that on the same date and place the accused obtained credit by false pretence.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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