Two Swissport employees are being detained by the police at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) on suspicion of stealing mobile phones valued Sh7 million the property of Sued Chemchem, a Kariakoo businessman in Dar es Salaam.
Speaking to journalists yesterday, the Acting Police Commander of Tanzania Airports, Renatus Chalya, confirmed the arrest of the two employees with 32 mobile phones, commodities belonging to Chemchem.
Commander Chalya named the company's employees as Daudi Mwenge (49) and Jackson Kituka (30), both drivers of Swissport Company, noting that investigations were still in progress before taking them to court.
The incident occurred on 11th November at 13.00hrs after a Qatar Airways plane landed at JNIA from China, where the police had set a trap to monitor the employees, tracking their movements.
After a short time they succeeded trapping and arresting the two staffers with 32 mobile phones on their personal vehicles. The mobile phones were Nokia, Sharp and M-Horse all valued at Sh7million.
Chemchem said that he bought 180 phones valued at Sh24 million, noting that in the past year six boxes of mobile phones valued at Sh240 million were stolen from different businessmen. “Thieves are still working without any action taken against them,” the trader lamented.