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Ntagazwa, son arraigned over 75m/- T-shirts fraud

24th April 2012
Former cabinet minister Arcado Denis Ntagazwa (L) sits next to his lawyer, Alex Mgongolwa, at the Kisutu Resident` Magistrate`s Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Former cabinet minister and Muhambwe member of Parliament Arcado Ntagazwa (65), his son and another person yesterday appeared in the Kisutu Resident Magistrates' Court in Dar es Salaam charged with obtained goods worth more than 74m/- by fraudulent means.

The prosecution, led by State Attorney Ladislous Komanya, named the other accused as Senator Mirelya (60), a resident of Kimara on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, and Webhale Ntagazwa (29), a resident of Kimara Temboni.

Before Resident Magistrate Liad Chamshama it was alleged that the accused committed the offence on October 22, 2009 at Msasani Mikoroshini in Kinondoni district in the city.

Komanya alleged that on the material date the accused, with inntent 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.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge and the first accused, Mirelya, was remanded in custody after failing to meet the set bail conditions while Ntagazwa and his are out on bail.

Before the Magistrate set the bail conditions defence counsel Alex Mgongolwa had request bail for the accused, saying the offence they were charged with was bailable.

Magistrate Chamshama ordered each of the accused to deposit 12m/- in cash with the court or surrender a title deed of unmovable property of an equivalent value. They were aso ordered to secure two sureties who would sign a bond of 5m/- each.

Komanya claimed that investigation into the case was incomplete. The case was adjourned to May 2, this year, when it comes up for another mention.

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