Accountant jailed 23 years for stealing 4.3m/-

24Mar 2016
Edward Qorro
The Guardian
Accountant jailed 23 years for stealing 4.3m/-
  • The official will serve 16 years in gaol for deceiving his employer and another 7 years behind bars for causing loss to the government

The Arusha district court has sentenced Loserian Raphael Laizer, an accountant with the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) pastoral council, to 23 years imprisonment for obtaining 4.3 million/- through fraudulent means.

According to the ruling delivered by district magistrate Dimitrio Nyakunga on Friday last week, Laizer will serve 16 years in gaol for deceiving his employer (NCAA) and another seven years behind bars for causing the government such a loss. The two jail terms will run concurrently.

The prosecution, led by Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) Arusha regional chief Juventus Baitu, told the court that Laizer, while working for NCAA’s pastoral council, used false documents to commit the offence which falls under the Economic Sabotage Act.

He is said to have prepared a fake list of students to be sponsored by the council, a move that saw him fraudulently pocket the money.

“The list was prepared to indicate that the students were paid the said amount as allowances, when in fact they were not,” prosecutor Baitu said.

At the same time, the NCAA’s former chief conservationist Bernard Musomi Murunya is also facing charges of abuse of office before the Arusha resident magistrate’s court.

Murunya, who is now a member of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) under a ruling CCM party ticket, is alleged to have caused the authority a loss of $66,000 (133m/-) through his actions.

According to the prosecution led by PCCB officers Monica Kijazi and Rehema Mteta, on September 9, 2011, in his capacity as NCAA chief conservationist, Murunya failed to properly discharge and honour his duties in a deal with Cosmos Travel Agency, resulting in the said monetary loss.

He was arraigned in court alongside the NCAA’s former tourism manager, Veronica Ufunguo.