MUWASA directors, contractor in 9.1bn/-fraud case

21Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
MUSOMA
The Guardian
MUWASA directors, contractor in 9.1bn/-fraud case

TWO former directors of the Musoma Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (MUWASA) and a prominent businessman were yesterday arraigned in court for allegedly misappropriating 9.1bn/- in public funds.

The three accused persons facing economic sabotage charges including former managing director of MUWASA Hawaiju Gantala, his deputy Emmanuel Ruyobya and Musoma businessman Mahuza Nyakirang’anyi whose firm, Nyakirang’anyi Construction Co. Ltd was contracted to implement the project.

A statement released yesterday by the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) in Musoma, Mara region, said its detectives arraigned the trio before Mara Resident Magistrate Rahim Mushi in connection with the squandering of 9,130,446,846.99/- meant for the development of a water project in the neighbouring Bunda district in the region.

The three accused persons who face economic sabotage charges are former managing director of MUWASA Hawaiju Gantala, his deputy Emmanuel Ruyobya and Musoma businessman Mahuza Nyakirang’anyi whose firm, Nyakirang’anyi Construction Co. Ltd was contracted to implement the project.

In the first count of the economic sabotage case number 02/2019, prosecution alleged that the accused persons conspired to occasion the loss of 613,500,000 to MUWASA.

In the second count, according to PCCB statement, it was alleged that on18 January 2017, then MUWASA MD Gantala issued certificate of completion of the project to authorise payment of 7,547,348,246/- to Nyakirang’anyi Construction Co. Ltd while knowing that the intended work was not done.

Prosecution told the court that justifying payment for incomplete work that was contracted to the company in tender number AE/040/2011/2012/W/01 amounted to economic sabotage. 

In the third count, Gantala who is the first accused is accused of using false documents to trick his employer into making the payment, contrary to section 22 of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau Act.

The statement said in the fourth count all the three were accused of laundering a total of 613,500,000/- contrary to sections 12(d) and 13(a) of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau Act number 12 of 2006.

And in the fifth count, the statement said, all the three were accused of economic sabotage and occasioning the loss of 613,500,000/-. 

The trio is among five people PCCB has linked to the misappropriation of public funds in the Bunda water project. Others who are on the run according to PCCB statement are Juvenary Shilianga, director of Fortress Building Co. and Peter Kisobare who was an engineer with MUWASA.

“The Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau in Mara region hereby appeals to the suspects who are still at large to surrender themselves to any PCCB office or Resident Magistrate’s court in Mara or nearest police station,” reads the statement.