Police hold 3 conmen, 5 TRA robbers

07Feb 2016
Aisia Rweyemamu
Guardian On Sunday
Police hold 3 conmen, 5 TRA robbers

Police in Dar es Salaam have arrested three men, suspected of having conspired transportation of bricks in cartons disguised as genuine consignment of tobacco to Germany last month.

The Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander (RPC) Simon Sirro told journalists on Friday that the trio, namely Mohamed Waziri, Samson  Tarimo and Felix Tarimo had on January 4, defrauded Ahmed Huwel, owner of the consignment  by exchanging 71 cartons of tobacco worth Sh150m destined for Germany with stone bricks..Commander Siro told journalists that the driver of the truck Mohamed loaded off the boxes of tobacco products he was entrusted from Morogoro at a yard belonging to Samson’s father at Mabibo area where in collaboration with car mechanic Felix, emptied the cartons, filled them with bricks, sealed and have them exported to Germany.Mohamed had collected the consignment of 99 cartons each weighing 200kg from Morogoro-based Alliance One Tobacco Tanzania Ltd company by the order of Huwel, but only 28 boxes were found to be genuine on reaching Germany aboard a cargo ship belonging to the Mediteranian Shiping Company Ltd.Though they were transported to Germany by the Pathfinder Logistic Solution Ltd, on discovering the fraud, the owner  filed a criminal case accusing the truck driver of swindling him of the consignment.According to Commander Siro the suspects have confessed to the crime, saying the genuine tobacco was sent to a client in Tanga.But while they are in police custody awaiting trial, the police are holding the 71 boxes of rocks to prove their case.In the related incident, police have arrested five men and seized two vehicles they allegedly used as carriers for the stolen computers, television set and other equipment from the office of the Commissioner for Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) in Dar es Salaam on January 16.  Commander Siro named the suspects including two security guards from Suma JKT company on duty that night as  Hussein Kombo and Soseph Manoti who collaborated with outsiders Omary Said, Rajab Said and Vedasto Benard in committing the robbery. According to him, the security guards have also confessed of having provided robbers with a plan for the pickings inside the office. The stolen material, according to him included a computer used by the current minister of Finance Dr Phillip Mpango who was the-then TRA General Commissioner, that was used to store data on tax evasion and information surrounding containers corruption saga at the Dar es Salaam Port. 

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