Ex-Information executive faces fifty counts of fraud, forgerg

21Aug 2019
Crispin Gerald
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Ex-Information executive faces fifty counts of fraud, forgerg

AN assistant information director was yesterday arraigned at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s court, charged with 50 counts of abuse of office including fraud and forgery.

Former Assistant director of youth in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Esta Liwa (L) escorted by police detective before appears at Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday faces 22 counts including forgery. Photo: Correspondent Miraji Msala

The prosecution led by State Attorney Pascal Magabe told Resident Magistrate Vicky Mwaikambo that Esther Liwa used her office to defraud her employer by forging inflated expenditure documents and pocketing the monies running into millions in the period of March 11 to June 30, 2015.

Magabe said for the first to 16 counts, the official fraudulently forged a document titled ‘accommodation allowance' to 16 district officers where she said they had been paid 32,500/- as sitting allowance for youth training held in Singida region.

From the 17th to 20th counts, the accused person is said to have forged inflated payment for media allowance, where she said that Festo Sanga a journalist of Standard FM radio station was paid one million and Emmanuel Michael paid 100,000/- for attending the training.

Liwa is also accused of forging an invoice for 405,000/- which she said was used to purchase equipment for training. 

It is also alleged that on June 25, 2015 Liwa abused her office by forging a document to show that a total of 11m/- was spent during the youth training held in Singida.

The state attorney further alleged that the accused person from March 11 to June 30 forged and committed fraud of 5.4m/- for the purpose of conducting the training in Singida region.

Liwa was also charged with other person identified as Johnansen Kaimukirwa, a driver in the ministry, who was charged with eight counts including forgery and fraud to purposely defraud his employer.

Another state attorney Joseph Kiula said that Liwa the accused person forged a document to show that 18 people attended a youth facilitation seminar in Ruvuma and 17 out of them were paid 32,500/- while the one was paid 65,000/-.

She also allegedly forged an office document to show that a journalist from TBC, Hamza Mashore was paid 750,000/- as allowances for preparation of media work and DVDs.

It was alleged that in September 23, 2015 Liwa, while in the office abused the office and forged a document to show to his employer that she spent total of 10.3m/- for the training.

Kaimukirwa was charged with forging receipts of three filling stations including three receipts of Gapco, two from Oil Com and three from Oryx Gas to show that the first accused bought fuel during the training in Ruvuma district.

It is alleged that in 2015 while serving the office as a driver, he issued false documents showing the cost for transport to and from the training as 2.1m/-, including fuel and other costs.

Both accused persons denied all the charges, and the prosecution told the court that investigation for the case is still ongoing.

The court under the Resident Magistrate Janeth Mtega ordered each accused persons to submit the surety from a recognized institution to sign a bond of 10m/- and to attend to court in the date given.

Both the accused persons met the condition for bail and the case was adjourned up to September 3.

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