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TCB accountant arraigned over false documents, loss of funds

CHIEF Accountant with Tanzania Cotton Board (TCB) Simon Maganga appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrates’ Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday facing six counts of using documents intended to mislead his principal, embezzlement and misappropriation and occasioning losses to the government.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges before Principal Resident Magistrate Thomas Simba.

The magistrate granted him bail on conditions of securing two reliable sureties, who were each required to sign a bond of 28m/-.

One of the sureties, according to the magistrate, was required to surrender in court 28m/- cash. Alternatively, the magistrate further ordered, such surety must present in court a title deed of immovable property positioned in Dar es Salaam, which is certified in same value of not less than 28m/-.

The other condition required the accused to surrender to court all his travel documents. The case was adjourned to July 24, this year, for mention.

Investigation into the matter, according to the prosecution led with Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) Officer Max Ali have not been completed.

Mr Ali alleged before the court that on diverse dates between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010 at the Tanzania Cotton Board Offices within Ilala District in the city, being an employee of the board as chief accountant, the accused used different documents with intent to defraud his principal.

PRESIDENT John Magufuli has appealed ...

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Mwandishi: FAUSTINE KAPAMA

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