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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

MP`s son, five others in court over bank theft charges

22nd May 2012

Six former Stanbic Bank employees and an alleged son of a Special Seat member of parliament Anna Komu, Evance Komu (29), yesterday appeared in the Kisutu Resident Magistrate Court in Dar es Salaam charged with 113 counts, including conspiracy, money laundering, forgery and stealing more than 124m/-, USD 709,920 and euro 20.009.34

The prosecution, led by State Attorney Leornad Chalo, named the accused names as Vicent Koroso (25) from Mbezi; Frank Kokomkwaya (29), who lives at Sinza; Josemart Sanga (26); Uzzelotte Manyanga (40), a resident of Kigamboni and Herrieth Lema (33), from the University of Dar es Salaam.

Chalo claimed in court that on diverse dates in 2010 and between January and December 2011 at Kinondoni in Dar es Salaam region, the accused conspired to defraud Stanbinc Bank.

He further alleged that on December 31, 2010 at Kinondoni the accused, being officers employed by Stanbic Bank, stole USD 21,544.88 the property of the bank from the bank's suspense account number 0296000236611.

It was alleged that between 2010 and January 2011 at Kinondoni the accused Manyanga and Lema, being persons employed by the same bank as head office branch manager and asset custodian, respectively, omitted to direct full and true entries to be made in the books of accounts.

On the money laundering counts it was alleged that on diverse dates between June 2010 and 9 August 2011 at the same place the accused Koroso, Komu, Kokomkwaya and Sanga, being officers of the said bank, acquired USD 417,225.72 property of the bank from account No. 0296000236611 while they knew or ought to have known that the money was the proceeds of theft.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges. Manyanga and Lema are out on bail while others who are charged with the money laundering offence are still in custody.

The case was adjourned to today.

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