Corpun file 19161
Daily News, Dar es Salaam, 1 May 2007
Migori resident gets 5 years jail term
By Correspondent in Iringa
A RESIDENT of Migori in Iringa region, Fedi Matembwe, has been
sentenced to five years imprisonment and 12 strokes of the cane
after being found guilty of assault with intent to steal.
The ruling was delivered by Iringa High Court Judge Frederick
Werema after the accused had twice appealed against a ruling by
the primary court at Mtera and later the district court which had
sentenced him to 7 and 15 years jail terms; respectively.
Following his dissatisfaction of the ruling by the district
court, Mr Matembwe appealed against the rulings in the High court
which convicted him of the offence and sentenced him to 5 years
imprisonment and 12 strokes of the cane.
In his judgement, Justice Werema said that the issue was not on
whether Matembwe had stolen the phone or not since he was
identified by the complainant as the person who snatched his
cellular phone worth 85,000/-.
Judge Werema further said after the complainant had notified the
police of the incident, they went to the assailant's house and
found the said phone.
Meanwhile, the High Court in Iringa has set free Lessa Msigwa who
was sentenced to 15 years in jail after it was satisfied that the
evidence adduced in court was not sufficient to convict him.
The decision was reached by Judge Werema who said that the
prosecution had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that
Msigwa was involved in an armed robbery.
Msigwa and another suspect, Bartazar Mbangala, were convicted of
the offence by a district court and the former was sentenced to
15 years in prison while the latter was set free.
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Corpun file 19156
Daily News, Dar es Salaam, 18 May 2007
Bukoba residents jailed 30 years
By Meddy Mulisa in Bukoba
THREE residents of Bukoba were yesterday sentenced to 30 years
imprisonment and 12 strokes of the cane each after they were
convicted of being in unlawful possession of firearms.
Before the court were Fadhil Kajuna (28), Godwin Revelian (22)
and Mohamed Angelo (35),all residents of Kashai Matopeni, in
The fourth accused, Bahati Mbelege (30), a taxi driver, was
acquitted by the court for lack of sufficient evidence against
Prosecuting Police Inspector Shaweji Alawi, told Resident
Magistrate Wilbard Mashauri that on May 29, last year the three
accused were intercepted at Buhembe village as they were heading
for Bugabo area for purposes of committing a crime.
He told the court that the accused had hired Mbelege in his taxi
and upon being searched they were found in possession of a
sub-machine gun with 17 rounds of ammunition.
The accused had pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecution
called a total of six witnesses to establish its case against the
Before passing the sentence, Magistrate Mashauri noted that he
was satisfied with the evidence submitted by the prosecution.
He convicted Kajuna, Revelian and Angelo and sentenced them to
fifteen years imprisonment for each count. He also ordered them
to be caned 12 strokes. The sentences will run concurrently.
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