Bahi member of Parliament Omary Badwel (43) yesterday appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam, charged with two counts of corruption.
Prosecution led by Beny Lincoln and his assistant Janeth Machullya both with the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) claimed before Resident Magistrate Faisal Kahamba that the accused committed the first offence between 30 May and 2 June, this year, in Dar es Salaam.
Machullya alleged that on the mentioned dates the accused being a member of the Parliament for Bahi Constituency and member of the Parliamentary Local Authorities Accounting Committee (LAAC), and therefore a public officer within the meaning of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Act, did corruptly solicit a sum of 8m/-.
It was alleged that the accused solicited the said amount from Sipora Liana, a District Executive Director of Mkuranga District Council as an inducement to influence members of the committee to approve the Council’s 2011/2012 financial report.
On the second count, it was alleged that on June 2, this year, at Peacock Hotel, Ilala District in Dar es Salaam, the accused did corruptly receive the sum of one million shillings, from Mkuranga District Council Director, Sipora Liana -- as part of a strategy to push for the approval of the council financial report.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge and was out on bail after meeting bail conditions of two reliable sureties who were required to sign a bond of four million shillings each.
Lincolin informed the court that the investigation into the case is complete.
The case was adjourned to June 18, this year when it comes up for mention and to set the date for the preliminary hearing.
Badwel was arrested last Saturday by officials of PCCB at a hotel in the city for allegedly receiving a bribe of 1m/- from local government officials at Mkuranga in Coast Region.