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Fraud at 77m/- project lands official in court

19th February 2013
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The executive Chairman of Coast Belt Agriculture General Organisation (CBAGO) Frank Katunzi, at the end of the week appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate Court in Dar es Salaam charged with five counts including theft of 77m/-.

Before Resident Magistrate Geni Dudu it was alleged that the accused committed the offence on January 2009 at unknown place in Dar es Salaam.

The prosecution team led by State attorney Tumaini Kweka said that on the said month the accused with intent to defraud forged a project write up purporting to show that the said CBAGO Fund secretarial was approved to rehabilitate Mgunga Mkokola irrigation scheme knowing well it was false.

On the second count it was alleged that on May 25, 2010 at the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Co-operatives the accused being the executive chairman of the said CBAGO stole from Tanzania/ Japan food and counterpart fund secretarial 77m/- that were allocated to him for rehabilitation of Magunga Mkokola Irrigation scheme.

On the third count it was alleged that on unknown date of August 2010 at unknown place the accused with intent to defraud forged a project implementation report that alleged the Magunga Mkokola Irrigation scheme had been rehabilitated in the first quarter of the project knowing it was not true.

On another count it was alleged that on August 18, 2010 at the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Co-operatives in Ilala District, the accused Katunzi knowingly and fraudulently uttered a false project implementation report to the said Tanzania/ Japan food Aid counterpart fund secretarial purporting to show that Magunga Mkokola Irrigation scheme had been rehabilitated in the first quarter while knowing the same to be false.

On the last count it was alleged that on August 20, 2010 at the same place the accused with intent to defraud the said Tanzania/ Japan, attempted to obtain 75m/- purporting to be funds for the second quarter rehabilitation of the said Magunga and Mkokola.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded until February 25 later this month when the case comes up for bail ruling.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN