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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Ndassa in court over corrupt transactions

ANOTHER Member of Parliament (MP) Richard Mganga Ndassa (56) appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday charged with two counts involving corrupt transactions.

The charges against the MP for Sumve Constituency under the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) ticket relate to soliciting 30m/- and electricity services from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco). Before Senior Resident Magistrate Emilius Mchauru, the lawmaker, who headed the Public Investments Committee (PIC), denied the charges.

He was granted bail on condition of securing one surety, who signed a bond of 10m/-.

The magistrate adjourned the case to April 18 for mention, as investigations into the matter, according to the prosecution led by a prosecutor from the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Denis Lekayo, have not been completed. It is alleged that the legislator committed the offence on March 13, this year, in the city of Dar es Salaam.

Being an MP and member of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Public Investments, Ndassa solicited 30m/- from Tenesco’s CEO, Mr Felchesmi Mramba. Such amount, according to the prosecution, was an inducement so as he could influence other members of the committee to give clear recommendations on the account of Tanesco for the 2015/2016 financial year.

The matter was in relation to the affairs of their principal. Ndassa was charged with soliciting electricity services from Mr Mramba for similar purposes.

The services, the prosecution alleged, was to be rendered to two customers, Matamga Mbushi and Lameck Mahewa, who are relative and friend, respectively of the MP. The arraignment of the lawmaker comes just a day after three other MPs from CCM were charged with a similar count of corrupt transaction.

They are Ahmed Saddiq (53), Kangi Lugola (54) and Victor Mwambalaswa (63). Saddiq, the MP for Mvomero in Morogoro Region, Lugola, the legislator for Mwibara in Mara Region and Mwambalasa, a lawmaker for Lupa Constituency in Mbeya Region, are alleged to have solicited 30m/- from a District Executive Director (DED) in order to provide clear recommendations on accounts.

The prosecution told the court that the three legislators committed the offence on March 15, this year, at Golden Tulip Hotel in Kinondoni District in Dar es Salaam. Being MPs and members of the Standing Parliamentary Local Authority Accounting Committee (LAAC), the trio allegedly solicited a sum of 30m/ from Mr Mbwana Soud Magotta, the DED of Gairo District Council.

Such amount, according to the prosecution, was an inducement so as they could give clear recommendations on the account of the district council for 2015/2016 financial year.

/Daily News.

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