Segerea incident: MPs, top officials charged

24Mar 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Segerea incident: MPs, top officials charged

FOURTEEN members of the opposition Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema), among them top officials and three legislators, appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday charged with seven counts including rebuffing a lawful order, destruction of-

-property and use of offensive language.

The MPs are Halima Mdee (Kawe), Ester Bulaya (Bunda) and Special Seats MP Joyce Kishoa. Mdee is also the chairperson of the party's women’s wing, BAWATA.

Non-legislative elected officials include Ubungo Mayor Boniface Jacob and Segerea Councillor Patrick Assenga, who were brought before magistrate Huruma Shaidi.

State prosecutors side led by senior advocates Lenatus Mkude, Mkunde Mshanga and Ester Martin named other suspects as Henry Kilewo, Yohana Kaunya, Kedmon Mhembo, Mshewa Karua, Khadija Mwago, Pendo Raphael, Cedilia Michael, Happy Abdallah and Stephen Kitomari.

In the first count, Prosecutor Mkude claimed that on March 13th at the Segerea prison in Ilala district, Dar es Salaam all the suspects and others not present in court rejected a lawful order which wanted them to disappear from the Segerea prison’s gate.

In the second charge, Prosecutor Mshanga said that on the same day, the suspects conducted an illegal gathering at Segerea prison thus raising fear and breaching the peace among the surrounding community.

It was also claimed in the third count that at the Segerea prison, the suspects and others not in court mobilized people and caused damage of the prison’s main gate against the law.

In the fourth count, it was claimed that Mdee uttered offensive words to Sergeant John of the Prison Force directing him to open the gate.

It was alleged that on the same day, Bulaya uttered offensive words to Sergeant John also ordering him to open the gate, which resulted into chaos.

In the sixth count, Ubungo Mayor Boniface Jacob is alleged to have uttered offensive words to Sergeant John of the Prison Force ordering him to open the gate, thus leading to a breach of peace in the area.

It was alleged that Jacob assaulted Sergeant John by pulling him and tore part of his uniform while knowing the sergeant was executing his duties.

All the accused pleaded ‘not guilty’ and they are out on bail. The case was adjourned to April 23 for preliminary hearing.