Tanzanian government refutes reports over missing DPP’s office computers

ICT sector

A Tanzanian government senior official on Saturday denied reports of mysterious disappearance of computers from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

“Some computer parts were stolen from the Dar es Salaam region office of public prosecutions and not from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Biswalo Mganga,” Augustine Mahiga, the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, told a news conference.

“All documents related to suspects with economic crimes are intact and the DPP’s office has not been affected by the disappearance of the computers,” added Mahiga.

The minister admitted that some computer parts were stolen from the Dar es Salaam region public prosecutions office and not from the DPP, adding that police were probing the burglary.

He said the Dar es Salaam region public prosecutions office was not dealing with prosecution of economic crimes.

On Friday, Tanzanian police said they have launched investigations into the mysterious disappearance of computers from the DPP.

Lazaro Mambosasa, the Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, said police received information about the theft on Tuesday morning.

“No one has been arrested in connection with the incident so far,” Mambosasa told a news conference in Dar es Salaam.

The disappearance of the computers came at a time when the DPP’s office was scrutinizing several plea-bargaining letters submitted by various economic crimes suspects.

The DPP’s office has been scrutinizing letters submitted by people accused of economic sabotage, who seek to enter plea-bargaining arrangement with the state for their release.

On Oct. 12, President John Magufuli revealed that 138 suspects have been discharged from various remand prisons countrywide after agreeing to compensate the government billions of shillings they had swindled.

On Sept. 22, Magufuli gave seven days to DPP Mganga to consider offering forgiveness to remandees charged with economic sabotage or money laundering who will repent and refund the money that they had laundered.

The president directed the DPP to visit suspects awaiting trial in remand prisons across the country and listen to them whether they were ready to accept the offer for clemency.

On Sept. 30, Mganga said 467 people charged with financial crimes in the country had submitted applications seeking the presidential amnesty.

The DPP said the 467 facing various financial crimes have pledged to refund a total amount of about 47 million U.S. dollars.

Mganga said some of them have agreed to pay directly while others have requested to pay in installments.

President Magufuli said the money to be recovered will be spent on financing development projects and improving social services. Enditem

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