Sabaya, co-accused deny armed robbery charges

19Jun 2021
The Guardian
Sabaya, co-accused deny armed robbery charges

FORMER Hai District Commissioner Lengai Ole Sabaya and his co- accused yesterday denied charges of armed robbery after appearing at Arusha District Court.

The suspects have since been remanded at Kisongo Prison.

Senior State attorney Tumaini Kweka told   Arusha district magistrate Salome Mshasha that the prosecution had completed   investigations and was ready to read the charges  before the suspects.

State prosecutor Tarsila Gervas alleged that the former DC, alongside his co-accused, on February 9, this year raided Said Saad’s shop and held the owner at a gun point.

According to the prosecutor, the incident occurred at Bondeni Street in Arusha.

The prosecutor, further, told a full-packed court that Sabaya and his bodyguard Sylivester Nyengu and Daniel Mbura committed another armed robbery offence by roughing up Sombetini ward councilor Bakari Msangi, handcuffed him, walking away with 390,000/-.

The court also heard that the former DC and his co-accused beat up and stole a phone and 35,000/- from Ramadhani Ayoub.

According to the prosecution, investigations into other four charges such as money laundering, economic sabotage, corruption and leading a criminal gang are yet to be completed.

Ole Sabaya was greeted by jeers and heckles from a multitude of Arusha residents who flocked the court to catch a glimpse of the former DC.

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