Police hold farmer for allegedly killing village chairman 

18Feb 2019
The Guardian Reporter
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 Police hold farmer for allegedly killing village chairman 

POLICE in Manyara Region are holding a farmer, Limito Lebangu (19) for allegedly killing the Gijedabung village chairman, Faustine Sanka (59).

Manyara Regional Police Commander, Augustino Senga.

Manyara Regional Police Commander, Augustino Senga said that police are also looking for three other suspects who are said to assist Lebangu to commit the crime.

RPC Senga claimed that youth in the village were accusing the late Faustine Sanka of collaborating with game rangers to restrict them from conducting illegal hunting activities at the Gurusi forest in the Tarangire national reserve.

He said the village chair was killed on February 14 at 5pm and his body dumped at the Gurusi forest near the village.

“We found him dead on February 14th, and his body parts eaten by wild animals. The late Sanka left his home in the evening of February 9th using a   motorcycle with registration T 942 BKE”, said the RPC.

He said the first suspect, Limito Lebangu (19) a resident of Gijedabung village has pleaded guilty claiming to have committed the crime in collaboration with three other persons.

He named them as Miraji Hidikimu, Hamis Hussein and Aziz who was identified by one name.

The RPC said that before his death, the village chairman had given a list to the game wardens of youths engaging in illegal hunting activities in the reserved forest within Tarangire national game reserve.

He said all the suspects will be arraigned as soon as investigation into the case is completed.

In another development, police in Manyara are holding Ramla Omari (23), a farmer from Nangara village for allegedly throwing away a one-day-old infant on February 12.

Ramla is said to have dumped her bay in a pit shortly after delivery at around 9am.

RPC Senga said “We are holding the suspect for interrogation . She claimed to to dumped the baby because she was facing financial constraints.

He said the body of the baby had been preserved at the Mrara hospital in Babati.

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