The Kisutu Resident Magistrates' Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday adjourned a conspiracy, money laundering, forgery and theft of more than 124m/-, USD 709,920 and euro 20.009.34 case facing six former Stanbic Bank employees and an alleged son of a Special Seat member of parliament, Evance Komu (29), until June 7, this year.
The other accused in the case are Vincent 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.
The prosecution, led by state attorney Elizabith Kaganda, assisted by Leornad Chalo, informed the court that the case had came up for amendment of the charges, but that had not been done as of yesterday, thus requested court permission for extra time to do so.
Defence counsel Malima Savid however opposed the request, arguing that the two weeks given before were enough.
This was supported by another defence advocate, Mafuru Mafuru, who said that the prosecution was supposed to have amended the charges during the two weeks earlier granted by the court.
However, magistrate Tarimo granted the prosecution their request and adjourned the case to June 7, this year.
She said that it was true that the charge was defective but they had to consider it as the emergency because one of the accused, Komu, was very ill.
It is alleged 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.
It is 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 is alleged too 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 make full and true entries in the books of accounts.
On the money laundering counts it is 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 money laundering are still in custody.