Justice seizes 40bn/- assets, fines

18Apr 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Justice seizes 40bn/- assets, fines

THE government has confiscated 40bn/- worth of assets including minerals through court orders in the current financial year.

The Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Dr Augustine Mahiga

The Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Dr Augustine Mahiga said this in the National Assembly yesterday, tabling budget estimates for the 2019/20 financial year, specifying that confiscated assets are worth 39.64bn/-.

 Confiscated items include gold and various gemstones worth 32.752bn/-, a gold measurement device worth 305m/-, 2,469 cattle, four lorries and four saloon cars, he stated.

“Fines paid by people who were convicted for various offences in courts of law amounted to 4.783bn/-,” the minister said.

A total of 234 files related to corruption offences were received by the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) out of which charge sheets were prepared for 56, Dr Mahiga noted.

As for poaching, he said that 1,293 cases were reported, out of which 204 were concluded and the remainder continues in various courts.

“There were 2,545 cases of drug-related offences and out of this number, 756 were concluded whereas 591 cases of economic sabotage were also reported and 113 charges concluded,” the minister said.

The courts, according to Dr Mahiga, heard five cases related to election petitions which are in different stages of hearing before determination. They include petitions for Kinondoni, Tanga Urban and Korogwe Rural constituencies and two civic seats for Ubungo constituency in Dar es Salaam.

There have been 52 constitutional cases lodged at the High Court, nine of which have been appealed at the Court of Appeal and they are in different stages, he told the House.

As for human rights, 14 cases were registered at the Arusha-based East African Court of Justice (EACJ).

Dr Mahiga asked the National Assembly to approve 55.175bn/- for the ministry out of which 25.232bn/- is slated for salaries, 22.051bn/- other charges and 7.892bn/- development projects.



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